Much Better Adventures

Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Packraft and Wildcamp in Finland's Thousand Lakes

Explore a beautiful boreal forest by land and water

From

Trip Ref #8302

Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Packraft and Wildcamp in Finland's Thousand Lakes

Explore a beautiful boreal forest by land and water

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Finland

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

May-Oct

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Tampere-Pirkkala Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Wild camping

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

No paddling or hiking experience needed, just the ability to swim and handle around 20km of relaxed paddling and some scenic hikes.

Travel across 'The Land of a Thousand Lakes' and through the Helvetinjärvi National Park in small, lightweight packrafts

Stop at the famous Helvetinkolu Crevasse, the unique Haukanhieta dune beach, a lakeside sauna and more

Wild camp in complete peace and quiet and as far away from light pollution as it gets

Included

Guides

Professional, English-speaking, wilderness guides

Accommodation

2 nights wild-camping, 1 night in a hotel

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Equipment

All your packrafting and camping equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Tampere-Pirkkala Airport

17:15 on Day 1

Ends

Tampere-Pirkkala Airport

15:00 on Day 4

Transfers

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start time on Day 1 and book any flight that leaves after 17:00 on Day 4.

Travel options

The easiest way to reach Tampere–Pirkkala Airport (TMP) is via a short internal flight from Helskini (HEL) with Finnair.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Wild camping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Wild camping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Finnish cuisine blends traditional and modern continental foods to create delicious and varied dining opportunities. Dishes commonly include fish, pork, beef or reindeer, as well as lots of vegetables and mushrooms. Typical meals include cabbage rolls, hearty stews, meatballs, and fish prepared in a number of ways. While camping, the food will be simple, hearty, healthy and fresh.

Vegetarian, vegan and other dietary requirements can all be catered for: just let your host know before arrival.

What is the accommodation like?

The wilderness

You'll wild camp in twin-person tents in remote and serene locations. High-quality tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mats are provided. If the weather is nice you can also choose to forego the tent and sleep under the stars!

Day 1

The land of a thousand lakes

Travel deep into the aptly named land of a thousand lakes. Set up camp by Lake Kovero, review the plan for the weekend and enjoy a delicious dinner around a flickering campfire.

Day 2

Packcraft

Packrafting

10km

Hiking

3km

After a safety briefing, spend the day paddling the scenic Lake Kovero surrounded by dense forests and pale rock formations. At one point you'll deflate your craft and portage it across a narrow isthmus to the adjacent Lake Luoma. Set up camp on the shoreline and enjoy a peaceful evening exploring the area, before lighting the fire and sitting down for a well-earned meal.

Day 3

Lake Haukkajärvi

Packrafting

10km

Hiking

2km

Wake up in the heart of the Finnish wilderness and paddle and hike along a chain of small lakes to Helvetinkolu – an ancient crevasse that splits open the forest. Cook up a quick lunch around the campfire and then paddle the length of that water-filled crevasse, ending on the shores of Lake Haukkajärvi. Enjoy a final campfire on a dune beach and then watch the sun set over one of the best views in the park.

Day 4

Sauna and home

Start the day with a traditional Finnish sauna right on the lake shore. Clean up, relax, take a refreshing dip in the clear water, enjoy lunch in the adjacent restaurant and then head back to Tampere Airport in time for your flight home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

What do I need to bring?

  • Lightweight, breathable clothes for paddling and hiking
  • Sun protection (sunglasses, hat, sunblock)
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Waterproof top and bottom
  • Warm fleece, sweater or puffy
  • Swimsuit and towel (if you’re feeling brave!)
  • Water bottle
  • Packable camp pillow (optional)
  • Shoes that can get wet, like Crocs, neoprene socks or “barefoot shoes” (no flip-flops)
  • Sturdy, supportive hiking shoes (waterproof is ideal)
  • Head torch
  • Personal items

Packrafting involves paddling in light inflatable boats, then packing them up and hiking with them to access new areas. Originating from wilderness travel in Alaska, packrafting is a bit of a niche sport but rapidly gaining popularity. The whole paddling kit (raft, paddle, PFD and helmet) weighs under 5kg and packs down really small so it’s easy to carry, yet it's also durable, stable, easy to paddle and certainly not to be mistaken for a pool toy.

No paddling or hiking experience is needed, just the ability to swim and handle around 20km of relaxed paddling and some scenic hiking. When you are not packrafting, you'll need to carry everything with you (tents, sleeping bags etc,) however, the overall weight is only about 10kg including the packrafting gear.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

From May to early June, daytime temperatures are around 20°C, while from mid-June to mid-September temperatures range from 15-25 °C. At the end of September the temperatures start to decline again. Summer nights are very short and don't really get dark at all, while from mid-August the nights get darker, revealing starry skies and sometimes even the Aurora.

Unfortunately it is not possible to leave luggage behind on this trip. We recommend that you pack light and follow the kit list to make this trip as enjoyable as possible.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

From …

Transferrable Deposits

Cancel up to 31 days before departure and we'll transfer your deposit into credit for a future booking.

Free Date Changes

Free date changes up to 31 days before departure.

Similar Trips

From

PROPER
ADVENTURES

All our adventures get you out of the city to explore the wilder side of our world

EXPERT LOCAL
GUIDES

Get places you wouldn’t yourself. Our guides know where to go, what to do and how to stay safe

HASSLE
FREE

Route planning? Transport? Accommodation? Equipment? It’s all taken care of

SMALL GROUPS
OF GOOD PEOPLE

Join a diverse global community, bound by a shared love of the outdoors