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Packrafting and Wild Camping in Finland

Explore the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’ and camp among beautiful boreal forest over a wild long weekend


Trip Ref #8302

Packrafting and Wild Camping in Finland

Explore the ‘Land of a Thousand Lakes’ and camp among beautiful boreal forest over a wild long weekend


3 nights




2 days off work




Up to 8 people


Tampere-Pirkkala Airport or Tampere Railway Station



Wild camping



Based on 31 reviews


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

Journey through the rugged Helvetinjärvi National Park in lightweight packrafts, wild camping on remote lake shores

Paddle the length of Helvetinkolu Crevasse, an ancient rift that cuts through the forest, to Lake Haukkajärvi

Enjoy a crackling campfire at the unique Haukanhieta dune beach, and relax in a traditional lakeside sauna

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

Get to grips with packrafting





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 settling in for a well-earned meal.

Day 3

Lake Haukkajärvi





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

Day 4

Lake shore sauna

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



Professional, English-speaking, wilderness guides


3 nights wild-camping


Munch on tasty food throughout


To and from the airport or train station and everything in-between


All your packrafting and camping equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Visas where required

Day 1

Wild camping · Twin share




Day 2 – Day 3

Wild camping · Twin share




Day 4

Departure day




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!


If you are a solo traveller, you can get a guaranteed solo tent for greater privacy on request. See Optional Extras for pricing.

The Area




Tampere Railway Station or Tampere-Pirkkala Airport (TMP)

15:30 at the railway station, or 16:30 at the airport, on Day 1


Tampere Railway Station or Tampere-Pirkkala Airport (TMP)

16:00 at the railway station, or 16:30 at the airport, on Day 4


A shared group arrival transfer will firstly collect anyone waiting at Tampere Railway Station at approximately 15:30 on Day 1 and will then continue to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport to collect anyone waiting there at approximately 16:30.

A shared group departure transfer will drop off those with onward travel arrangements by train at Tampere Railway Station at approximately 16:00 on Day 4 and will then continue on to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport for approximately 16:30 for anyone who is flying out.

Travel options

It is possible to fly into Tampere-Pirkkala Airport (usually via Helsinki - HEL) and this is a good option if the flight times are okay, however they are often at unsociable hours or don't maximise your time. If this is the case from your departure point, we recommend getting a flight to Helsinki and catching a train from Helsinki Airport to Tampere Railway Station (via Tikkurila Railway Station). Whether flying or arriving by train, please ensure that your arrival and departure times coincide with the shared group transfers as private transfers are not available. Please see the FAQs for further information on taking the train.

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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 (if you’re feeling brave!)
  • Travel towel
  • 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

Solo Tent Occupancy

Payable Before Departure

Solo Tent Occupancy

Per Person

- Lois(June 2023)

thus is a great trip for enjoying the splendour of the Finnish lakes and forests.... just magical carrying a featherweight pack raft through the forestsurrounded by birdsong and the scent of forest plants. we enjoyed clear blue skies and all water. Perfect

- Helen(May 2023)

Beautiful scenery and true Finnish camping and sauna experience. Man or woman Vs bog then trees whilst carrying the raft!

- Tez(September 2022)

I went with my husband packrafting and camping for 4 days and it was amazing. The guides (Joose and Chris) were really knowledgeable and we learnt so much about Finland, it's flora and fauna, its culture and food. On top of that we had a great time paddling and camping seeing some absolutely amazing views!

- Natalie(September 2022)

This trip completely surpassed my already high expectations - I couldn't recommend it enough! Joose & Chris were exceptional hosts and I learnt so much about Finnish culture, the environment we were in, and of course new skills from the activities involved! The group were all lovely and I had a great time getting to know everyone. I'm already looking into further MBA trips I can line up and look forward to :)

- Dan(July 2022)

Excellent experience for a group keen to dip their toe into wild camping. The scenery is some of the best you can see and after a few days of vigorous activity you leave surprisingly rested.

- David(October 2019)

The last trip of the year, on the first weekend of October, was quite something. No matter it was -4 degrees; no matter it snowed - the autumnal (for that, read Finnish summer) colours were a stunning array of reds, golden yellows, browns and greens. This land of boreal forests and mirror-glass lakes provided a backdrop like no other to a brilliant few days packrafting and camping. And the silence was something else! Joose was an excellent guide, with heaps of wilderness and paddling experience to pass on. The food was simple, but hearty, and the crackle of the open fires (and possibly just a drop of whiskey) kept us warm well into the night. Really impressed with the quality of the kit - the packrafts were so good I think I'll be getting one myself next year! And the sauna and lake dip on the final morning was a fun little insight into Finnish culture. If ever I was going to do a MBA adventure twice (and I've done a few), this'd be it.

- Stephen(October 2019)

The level of preparation from the host, Joose, was great. Great logistics, carefully selected equipment, a challenging but achievable plan and a well-organised trip.

- Joshua(October 2019)

The location and experience were great.

- Justin(September 2019)

Finland is a beautiful country, our guide Joose was great everything planned well for the pack rafting and camping sites. He was extremely well knowledgeable of the area we explored and of the country itself. He wanted to show off his country and history and was proud of Finland. This was shown throughout our time with him. The last he planned out for the sauna and a restaurant meal was a great way to finish off the trip.

- Nick(September 2019)

Joose was a knowledgeable, friendly host - fantastic guy. All the equipment was in great condition, so no problems there either.

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 39kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2023 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

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 around 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.

Remember that you will add the weight of the packraft to your personal items when hiking, so you will have to be prepared to carry around 10kg on your back.

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): the overall weight is about 15kg including the packrafting gear. However, you only walk around 2-3km each day with gear.

Sure can! Over 70% 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.

If there are no suitable connecting flights to Tampere-Pirkkala Airport to coincide with the group transfers, we recommend flying in and out of Helsinki and taking the train between Helsinki Airport and Tampere. This is an easy and relatively cheap option, with trains costing roughly €10 each way. You should book a flight that arrives in Helsinki by 13:00 on Day 1, and departs Helsinki no sooner than 19:00 on Day 4. There are usually two trains per hour of approximately 1h 35m to 1h 50m in duration. You will need to take the commuter train from Helsinki Airport to Tikkurila Railway Station (about eight minutes) and change onto the train to Tampere. This can be booked online, or on the platform or train itself. If travelling by train, please ensure to arrive at Tampere Railway Station by 15:30 on Day 1 and depart Tampere Railway Station no sooner than 16:00 on Day 4 to coincide with the group transfers.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, 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 specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.


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