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Day 1: Arrival to winter wonderland

Stop At: Adventure Apes, Rovaniementie 227e, Kuusamo 93800 Finland
You will be picked up from Kuusamo airport in the afternoon for a half-hour drive to your adventure camp for the week in the countryside of Kuusamo. You will be welcomed with a homemade lunch complete with our favorite local foods followed by a gear check to ensure you have everything you will need to enjoy the week. You can test out your gear on a short kicksled tour of the area and warm up after with your first introduction to Finnish Sauna culture, complete with a refreshing roll in the snow.
Duration: 7 days

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Shared accommodations at Adventure Apes Lodge

Day 2: Igloo building and ice fishing

Stop At: Adventure Apes, Rovaniementie 227e, Kuusamo 93800 Finland
It’s time to play in the snow as you start to build your own igloo! After breakfast, you will work as a team to start the base – a huge pile of snow which we will let freeze and harden until tomorrow. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to try your luck ice fishing on one of the nearby lakes while you admire the beauty and silence of Finnish nature. After settling in for the evening, you will gain a deeper understanding of Finnish culture by watching a film about Finland.
Duration: 7 days

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Shared accommodations at Adventure Apes Lodge

Day 3: Finishing the igloo, winter olympics and night in the igloo

Stop At: Adventure Apes, Rovaniementie 227e, Kuusamo 93800 Finland
This morning, you will finish your igloo followed by an afternoon special-edition Winter Olympics. Be prepared for lots of laughs! You will also have some free time to relax or explore the area surrounding the adventure camp on your own. After dinner, we will have a housewarming party for your new igloo and the most adventurous of you will have the chance to sleep the night in the igloo. You will stay plenty warm with our four-season sleeping bags.
Duration: 7 days

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Shared accommodations at Adventure Apes Lodge or option to spend the night in an igloo

Day 4: Full-day snowshoeing adventure in the wilderness

Stop At: Adventure Apes, Rovaniementie 227e, Kuusamo 93800 Finland
Today is an adventure deep into the wilderness. After breakfast, we will pack our backpacks for a full-day, guided snowshoeing adventure far off the beaten path. You will be walking in deep snow with the help of special shoes designed to keep you on top while admiring the snow-covered forest. With all this activity it will be important to stay well-fueled! We will be sure to bring our favorite local snacks and enjoy a camp lunch in the silence of nature.
Duration: 7 days

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes Lodge

Day 5: Visit to a reindeer farm and free time in Ruka Ski Center

Stop At: Rukatunturintie 9 Rukatunturi, Kuusamo 93830 Finland
Reindeer herding is an important part of life in Northern Finland, especially for the native Sámi people. Today you will have a chance to visit a traditional reindeer farm, meet and feed the reindeer, and have a chat with the local reindeer herders. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about this animal of the Arctic to the people who know them best.

In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore Ruka Ski Center on your own. If you are feeling adventurous, you can go downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling or on a river floating tour. (All the activities in Ruka are add-ons at an extra cost and will require advance booking.) If you are looking to relax, you can spend the afternoon with a good book and a cup of coffee in one of the cafes and restaurants or do a bit of souvenir shopping.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes Lodge

Day 6: Cross-country skiing

Stop At: Adventure Apes Lodge, Rovaniementie 227, 93800 Kuusamo, Finland
It is time to experience one of Finland’s favorite winter sports: cross-country skiing. Your guide will show you the basics during your first ski lesson (or share some of their favorite tips if you are already an experienced skier). After fueling up at lunch, you will be ready for a relaxed afternoon skiing tour through beautiful fields, forests and lakes.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Shared accommodation at Adventure Apes Lodge

Day 7: Time to say goodbye and transportation back to the airport

Stop At: Adventure Apes Lodge, Rovaniementie 227, 93800 Kuusamo, Finland
We like to say a great adventure never ends; it merely changes form to become part of who you are. On day seven your adventure in this winter wonderland will transform into some of your best memories as you take off for Kuusamo airport to catch your flight back to Helsinki (see the flight schedule that meets the airport transfer times).
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Kuusamo Airport (KAO)
Lentokentäntie, 93600 Kuusamo, Finland
Duration
7 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 6x Breakfast
  • 6x Dinner
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Accommodations as indicated in the tour description
  • All meals and activities as shown in the itinerary
  • All special outdoor sports gear such as snowshoes, skis, fishing gear, etc…
  • Liability insurance of Adventure Apes
  • Services of a private, professional Finnish/English speaking wilderness and outdoor sports guide
  • Travel to and from Kuusamo airport and all local travel indicated in the adventure program
Exclusions
  • Flights or transportation before or after the start of the tour
  • For all days, last-minute modifications to the activities may be required in the event of weather and safety issues. If this happens, we will work to offer a comparable activity. 
  • Hotels before or after the start of the tour
  • Meals, snacks or drinks other than those listed and alcoholic drinks
  • Optional activities in Ruka on Day 5; preliminary bookings at extra cost will be made on Day 2 after discussions with your guide.
  • Personal outdoor clothing/apparel ( A complete recommended gear list will be provided before the tour)
  • Single room accommodation (This can be added at an additional price depending on availability)
  • This tour does not include:
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Accessible for those with limited eye sight
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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3 of us hired out snowshoeing gear for a 5 day expedition in Oulanka National Park. We drove up from Helsinki and we were greeted by the amazingly helpful Heidi. She really made sure our gear was good for us and even said we could phone her up up if we had any problems during
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Response from adventureheidi, Owner at 7-day best winter activities in Kuusamo
Responded 7 Mar 2019
Hi all, Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are happy to hear the gear worked perfectly for your adventure. It was our pleasure to welcome you to the lodge for breakfast! You are welcome at the lodge any time! Best, Heidi
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