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A Northern Adventure: Exploring Finland’s Wilderness

PRIVATE/GROUP TOUR - 9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Witness the majestic Brown Bear in their natural habitat.
  • Experience the thrill of encountering Europe's largest mammal, the Elk.
  • Explore Finland's stunning landscapes and highest waterfall at Oulanka National Park.
  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Finnish fells at Pyha-Luosto National Park.
  • Encounter Arctic wildlife in a natural setting at Ranua Wildlife Park.
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Tour Overview

Set out on an unforgettable journey through the unspoiled wilderness of Finland with our expertly curated itinerary, you’ll seamlessly transition from urban sophistication to the tranquil landscapes of Kuhmo, where the thrill of encountering wild brown bears awaits. 

Dive into the surreal experience of bear watching under the cloak of night, capturing the essence of the taiga in its purest form.  

Afterward, indulge in leisurely exploration before embarking on a mesmerizing elk safari through the lush evergreen forests.  

Traverse Oulanka National Park to discover the breathtaking Kiutaköngäs Waterfall, then venture to Pyhä-Luosto National Park to marvel at the majestic Isokuru waterfall. Finally, conclude your adventure in Rovaniemi with a captivating visit to Ranua Wildlife Park, where arctic and northern animal species thrive amidst enchanting coniferous forests. This itinerary promises a seamless blend of natural wonders and cultural immersion, ensuring unforgettable memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Inclusions
- Private Transfers
- Accommodations
Exclusions

- Optional Activities
- Air fare & Travel Insurance

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Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Welcome to Finland!

Upon arrival at Helsinki Airport, you will be greeted by your driver who will provide private transportation to your hotel.

After checking in, take some time to rest for your overnight stay in Helsinki.

Upon arrival at Helsinki Airport, you will be greeted by your driver who will provide private transportation to your hotel.

After checking in, take some time to rest for your overnight stay in Helsinki.

Exploring Finland
Day
2

Helsinki - Kajaani – Kuhmo

At the appropriate time, your driver will meet you at your hotel and provide private transportation to the airport.

Domestic Flight from Helsinki to Kajaani.

Upon reaching the airport, your driver will be there to greet you and facilitate your transfer to your hotel in Kuhmo, which is approximately 1.5 hours away.

Enjoy your overnight stay in Kuhmo.

At the appropriate time, your driver will meet you at your hotel and provide private transportation to the airport.

Domestic Flight from Helsinki to Kajaani.

Upon reaching the airport, your driver will be there to greet you and facilitate your transfer to your hotel in Kuhmo, which is approximately 1.5 hours away.

Enjoy your overnight stay in Kuhmo.

Exploring Finland
Day
3

Kuhmo – Bear Watching

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Evening Group Bear Watching Experience

Tonight, you'll have the opportunity to partake in a collective bear-watching adventure. You'll be picked up from your hotel and transported to the bear center before heading to the observation hides.

Encountering the Wild Brown Bear in its natural habitat, the untamed taiga, is an indelible experience. Photography aficionados will have the chance to capture the shot of a lifetime from the comfort and safety of specially constructed bear hides. Each hide comfortably accommodates 1-4 people, with bunk beds provided for those in need of rest.

Included in the experience are transfers (approximately 50 minutes each way), an early dinner at the bear center, snacks in the hides, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and a personal tour guide.

Recommended equipment to bring: weather-appropriate clothing, binoculars, video and still cameras, and a small snack. Please note that smoking is prohibited overnight, and we request absolute silence during this time. ...read less

Exploring Finland
Day
4

Kuhmo - Day of Leisure

In the morning, return to your hotel after an exhilarating night of bear watching. Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Evening Group Elk Safari

Tonight, nature enthusiasts are invited to explore the evergreen forests in search of the European Elk (Alces alces), the largest member of the deer family native to Europe. This impressive mammal is well adapted to its environment.

Embark on a guided safari to encounter these majestic creatures - their presence at dusk creates a unique ambiance. During your excursion, you may also catch sight of the elusive Wild Forest Reindeer (Rangifer Tarandus Fennicus), the untamed relative of the semi-domesticated reindeer known as "Santa's Rudolf," along with various bird species.

Your tour package includes transfers and a coffee break.

Overnight stay in Kuhmo. ...read less

Exploring Finland
Day
5

Kuhmo – Rukatunturi

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Private Half Day Oulanka National Park Hike, with Private Transfer to Rukatunturi.

This morning, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the Oulanka Visitor Centre (approximately 311 km, 4 hours' drive), the main information point in Oulanka National Park, located in the park's center. At the visitor center, hiking information is available at the information point.

Your private guide will take you to the Most Impressive Waterfall in Finland. A guided introduction to the biodiversity, animals and history of the area. Walking distance to the Kiutakongas Waterfall 1km. Duration 1.5 hours. Afterwards, return to the visitors center where you can relax by the fireplace or continue directly on to your hotel.

Afterwards, you will be transferred to your hotel in Rukatunturi, located approximately 30 km, 30m drive.

Overnight stay in Rukatunturi. ...read less

Exploring Finland
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6

Rukatunturi – Rovaniemi

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Private Half Day Pyha-Luosto National Park Hike, with Private Transfer to Rovaniemi

Today, you will be met at your hotel, and will be transferred to Pyha-Luosto Visitor Center Naava (approximately 164 km, 2 hours' drive), which houses a fascinating nature exhibition on the nature and cultural history of Pyha-Luosto National Park. The exhibition is free of charge. If you are feeling hungry, you can have lunch (own expense) at the restaurant located in the Naava center before your tour starts.

From the visitor's center, your private guide will take you to the Isokuru (big gorge) waterfall- karhunjoumalampi (bear drinking pond) around the fell. Your tour will last approximately 4 - 5 hours.

Afterwards, you will continue on to Rovaniemi (approximately 128 km, 1h40m drive).

Overnight stay in Rovaniemi. ...read less

Exploring Finland
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7

Rovaniemi

Half Day Ranua Wildlife Park Visit, with Private Transfers.

Today, you will have a car/minivan with an English-speaking driver at your disposal to visit Ranua Wildlife Park, located approximately 81 km from Rovaniemi (a total of 5 hours, including transfers and a 3-hour visit).

Ranua Wildlife Park, established in 1983, specializes in arctic and northern animal species. The spacious animal enclosures are situated amidst northern conifer forests, the natural habitat of most of the animals. The park is open every day of the year, and the changing seasons add an additional dimension to the Wildlife Park visit.

Overnight stay in Rovaniemi. ...read less

Exploring Finland
Day
8

Rovaniemi – Helsinki

At the appointed time, your driver will meet you and provide private transportation from your hotel in Rovaniemi to the airport.

Domestic flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki.

Upon arrival at the airport, your driver will be there to meet you and transfer you privately to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Helsinki.

At the appointed time, your driver will meet you and provide private transportation from your hotel in Rovaniemi to the airport.

Domestic flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki.

Upon arrival at the airport, your driver will be there to meet you and transfer you privately to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Helsinki.

Exploring Finland
Day
9

Helsinki – Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport.

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and privately transferred to the airport.

International Flight Home

Exploring Finland

Helsinki, Finland

Kuhmo, Finland

Rukatunturi, Kuusamo, Finland

Rovaniemi, Finland

Places You'll See

  • Helsinki, Finland

    Helsinki, the sustainable capital of Finland, is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green urban areas. Helsinki marches to a wonderful and unique beat of its own with dynamic food, design, architecture – and sauna! – scenes. The rhythm of Helsinki is laid-back and the city is easily approachable, literally. The public transportation system is one of the best in the world and it is also easy to walk and bike everywhere. Travelers can venture out to the forest, enjoy a concert, flow to a festival, enjoy a Nordic dinner or try one of those iconic public saunas.

  • Kuhmo

    Kuhmo

    Immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness of Kuhmo, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Finland’s vast taiga. Here, amidst pristine forests and tranquil lakes, embark on unforgettable wildlife encounters. Join a bear watching excursion and witness the majestic brown bears in their natural habitat, or venture out on an elk safari to catch a glimpse of Europe’s largest mammal roaming free. Feel the thrill of being surrounded by untouched nature, where every rustle of the leaves and crackle of twigs tells a story of the wild. 

  • Rukatunturi

    Rukatunturi

    Escape to the breathtaking landscapes of Rukatunturi, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure amidst the splendor of Northern Finland. Towering fells, dense forests, and crystal-clear lakes create a stunning backdrop for a myriad of activities. Lace up your hiking boots and explore scenic trails that lead to panoramic viewpoints, or hit the slopes for exhilarating skiing and snowboarding experiences. In the summer months, embark on kayaking expeditions across tranquil waters or reel in the catch of the day on a fishing excursion. Whether you seek adrenaline-fueled thrills or serene moments of tranquility, Rukatunturi offers an unforgettable escape into nature’s embrace. 

  • Rovaniemi

    Rovaniemi

    Step into the magical world of Rovaniemi, the bustling capital of Finnish Lapland, where enchantment awaits around every corner. Visit the iconic Santa Claus Village and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere year-round, meeting the jolly old man himself and crossing the Arctic Circle. Explore the vast wilderness on exhilarating husky safaris, where eager sled dogs lead you through snow-covered forests in search of adventure. Discover the wonders of Arctic wildlife at Ranua Wildlife Park, home to a diverse array of native species, from polar bears to lynx. And as night falls, gaze in awe at the dancing colors of the Northern Lights, painting the night sky with their ethereal beauty. Rovaniemi is a place where dreams come alive, promising unforgettable experiences in the heart of the Arctic wilderness. 

Hotel Options

4 Star Properties

Helsinki : Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Kuhmo : Hotel Kalevala

Rukatunturi : Scandic Rukahovi

Rovaniemi : Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna

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