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Ice, Snow and Saunas in Finnish Lapland

Ice-climb a frozen waterfall, hunt for the northern lights and trek across untouched powder. Eyes open for reindeer, moose and bear

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Ice, Snow and Saunas in Finnish Lapland

Ice-climb a frozen waterfall, hunt for the northern lights and trek across untouched powder. Eyes open for reindeer, moose and bear

DURATION
3 nights
LOCATION
Finland
ANNUAL LEAVE
3 days off work
SEASON
Dec-Mar
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Rovaniemi Airport, Finland
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Cabin

OVERALL RATING

5.0

Based on 96 reviews
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

There's a lot going on during this trip - snowshoeing, climbing, hiking - but a basic level of fitness will handle it all.

Head beyond the Arctic Circle and into the frosty landscape of the Pyhä-Luosto National Park

Don your crampons and ice axes and climb the Korouoma Canyon, the highest ice wall in Finland

Chase and learn how to photograph the aurora borealis – it's wildfire in the sky

Day 1

The adventure begins

Hiking

2hrs · 1km · 70m up · 70m down

Head into the Finnish wilderness and settle into a cabin in the woods, where your guide will lay out the plan for the next few days. After a welcome dinner with your fellow adventurers, wrap up well and head outside in search of the spectacular aurora borealis. Your guides will bring tripods along and teach you how to successfully photograph the Northern Lights in all their glory.

Day 2

Trek and snowshoe the Pyhä-Luosto National Park

Snowshoeing

5hrs · 9km · 400m up · 400m down

Ice Climbing

2.5hrs · 600m

Clip on your snowshoes and hike out into the Pyhä-Luosto National Park - a snowy wilderness of frozen valleys, ravines and tunturis, the remnants of 2 billion-year-old mountains. Take a break around midday for a campfire lunch and then return to the cabin to warm up. In the afternoon, you’ll try your hand at ice climbing and learn how to use axes and crampons to successfully ascend a frozen waterfall. Back at the cabin, you’ll pack for tomorrow’s adventure before unwinding in a steaming hot sauna. Don’t forget to check outside for the aurora.

Day 3

Ice climb the Korouoma Canyon

Ice Climbing

4-5hrs · 600m

Wake up early and drive to the Korouoma Canyon, one of the top climbing destinations in Lapland, where you’ll face off against the highest ice wall in the country. Spend the day honing your skills on the high quality ice at Charlie Brown and Mammoth until you’re climbing like a natural. In the afternoon you’ll hike across a landscape of frozen creeks and thick evergreen forest searching for animal tracks in the fresh snow. You’ll learn tips on how to build a fire in the arctic and then undertake a truly Finnish experience, as your guide cuts a hole through the lake ice so you can take a ‘refreshing’ dip before heating up in the nearby sauna!

Day 4

Time to go home

After a last breakfast in your cabin, catch the Skibus back to the airport and return home with some incredible stories and pictures to share with your friends.

Included

Guides

Expert, friendly, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

3 nights in a genuine Lapland cabin

Meals

Delicious and filling Finnish cooking

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All the snowshoeing and ice climbing equipment you'll need

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Visas where required

Day 1

Cabin · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Cabin · Twin or triple share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Finnish food is delicious, blending traditional and modern continental cuisine. Dishes commonly include fish, pork, beef or reindeer, but also involve lots of vegetables and mushrooms. The hotel restaurant also serves American-style food like burgers, chicken, ribs and nachos, as well as Lappish specialities like salmon, reindeer stew and reindeer steak.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Pyhä

You'll be staying in a cabin in the woods – the genuine Lapland way! After a day of Arctic adventures, it is blissful to step into the warm ambience of a cabin in the woods, and enjoy roaring fires and a sauna. Your host uses a selection of woodland cabins of different sizes and occasionally your group may be divided between two cabins.

The cabins are equipped with clothes dryers, a shared kitchen with facilities such as a filter coffee maker, electric kettle, microwave oven, 24/7 complimentary WiFi, WCs and a shower. A nutritious buffet breakfast will be available to keep explorers fuelled. There is also a communal lounge area to relax in during the evenings. You will typically stay in twin or triple rooms (with a shared bathroom). Double rooms are available on request.

Should you wish to book additional nights' accommodation in Pyhä before or after the trip, we recommend booking Hotel Pyhätunturi as this is located close to the ski bus stop and within walking distance of the slopes.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Last Skibus stop in Pyhä

No later than 20:15 on Day 1

Ends

Skibus stop in Pyhä

Any time on Day 4

Transfers

Round-trip airport transfers on the SkiBus are included or you can upgrade to a private transfer, see Optional Extras below. From Rovaniemi Airport (RVN) board the Skibus to its last stop in Pyhä where your guides will meet you. The Skibus travels between the airport and Pyhä several times a day. Check the updated timetable. Catch the 18:05 bus at the latest on Day 1. Travel time: 2 hours.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Rovaniemi Airport (RVN) from major airports across the UK and Europe.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

All the snowshoeing and ice climbing equipment you'll need

What do I need to bring?

  • Waterproof and windproof jacket and trousers
  • Insulated/ Down jacket
  • Warm fleece or sweater
  • Thermal top and bottom (wool/merino is best, avoid cotton)
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • Neck gaiter or scarf
  • Multiple pairs of wool or synthetic socks
  • Warm, waterproof boots (of similar type to 'Sorel Caribou' snow boots)
  • Swimsuit (seriously)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Padded Insulated Jacket

Payable Before Departure

Padded Insulated Jacket

Winter Boots

Payable Before Departure

Winter Boots

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Private Airport Transfer (min. 3 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private Airport Transfer (min. 3 people)

Per Person

Cara G.
Honestly so much fun! An

Honestly so much fun! An adventure we will never forget! Sadly didn’t see any northern lights but the rest of the trip more than made up for it. The ice swim was a definite highlight, as well as the hikes through national parks seeing wild reindeer and conquering the frozen waterfall!! The guides are fantastic - go above and beyond to make sure you’re comfortable! Will take the time

Nadia
Absolutely fantastic

Absolutely stunning scenery. Did not get a chance to see the northern lights but the ice climbing, snow shoeing and hiking were absolutely ace! Big shout out to Inessa, Thomas and the gang behind the scenes for making it such a fantastic trip, the hosting was top notch and they made sure we got as much out of the experience as possible.

Megan S.
Fantastic trip

This trip was incredibly well organised and run. The scenery and activities were fantastic and the guides really made sure everyone was comfortable at all stages. The food was really good and made sure any dietry requirements were catered for. Thank you to Inessa, Thomas and Laura for such a wonderful experience, I will definitely be booking with MBA again!

Saskia K.
Amazing experience in breathtaking scenery

Lapland was stunning, beautiful location, an amazing place to hike and learn to ice climb for the first time! The guides were very knowledgeable and professional, I felt safe throughout the trip. Everything I needed was included, such as all the climbing equipment, big meals every day, and even hot drinks when out and about!

Lucas
🤙

It was a fully packed short break with a good mix of challenge and relaxation, although mostly challenge! But that's what I signed up for.

As someone who is generally fairly fit but have no ice climbing experience, I found it a great introduction to the sport and I managed to get in lots of good climbs. The hiking through the winter scenery was also really nice.

The food and accomodation was very good and better than what I expected. This is a more expensive trip than some others, but you get what you pay for.

Jennifer M.
Would Absolutely Book Again!

I didn’t know what to expect, but this far exceeded any expectation I had! The accommodations were much nicer than expected, our guides were awesome and I loved the diversity of different food options and locations we tried!

I’d absolutely use MBA again!

Only complaint is that there isn’t a ton of communication prior to the adventure of where you’re staying and how to get there. We were able to figure it out but sharing a location, logistics of your “Ticket for the bus” would make it much easier, but absolutely worth booking and all things one could ask before hand (which I totally recommend you do!)

Kirsty C.
Incredible trip. Amazing place, people,

Incredible trip. Amazing place, people, activities alongside awesome guides. Highly recommend this brilliant weekend.

Martin R.
Absolutely fantastic

Such a great trip. The guides were exceptional, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. They looked after us, made sure we were prepared, were patient with us on the activities, taught us about the landscape and made the trip unforgettable. The location is lovely, the views are beautiful and the experience of being this far north and experiencing artic conditions fantastic. The accommodation in Pyha was excellent and the area has so much scope for activities. It’s a short trip but you do so much it feels longer, they are big days and a packed itinerary but great food, friendly guides and a lovely place to stay let you fit so much in.

Jenny C.
Fabulously Freezing Foray into Finland

Every element of this trip was superb - it’s a great mini adventure in fairly extreme conditions (about -20C at one point!) and surrounded by the snow-clad beauty of Lapland winter. It was all coordinated perfectly by the guides, who are the best I have experienced on these sort of trips. They kept the atmosphere relaxed despite a packed schedule, were very personable, knowledgeable, reassuring, with no egos etc etc. Huge thanks to Inessa and Antonin, Jeppé and Tina (apologies if the latter two aren’t spelt correctly!)

Heydon M.
Super quality adventure trip

What a trip! Relaxed but challenging, good humoured but organised.

From start to finish, the trip was smooth, well organised and enjoyable. Accommodation, transfers and kit were all excellent. The guides were incredible- knowledgeable, fun and enthusiastic throughout.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 69kg 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 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. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

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.

To enjoy the snowshoeing and ice climbing a basic level of fitness is needed, however no previous experience is required.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Winter in northern Finland is very cold, so be prepared for a truly arctic experience! In January and February temperatures range from -18°C to -8°C. In March and April it warms up a bit, ranging from -13°C to 3°C, with snowy days around half the time. Days are very short, but that just increases your chances of seeing the Northern Lights!

Ice climbing is the sport of climbing up ice walls with the aid of equipment like ice axes and crampons. Like rock climbing, you have a harness, rope and belayer to prevent you from falling. Unlike rock climbing, however, you can use your tools to carve hand and footholds wherever you need them. Also, ice climbing is not as arm-intensive at it looks. Your guides will show you how to do most of the climbing with your legs. The climbs you'll be tackling are graded as 'Water Ice' grades WI2 to WI4.

The climbing will keep you warm on the wall, and while you’re down at the base your guides will provide you with puffy down jackets and hot drinks to keep warm.

Your hosts are true winter adventure pros. They have been guides and leaders on trips around the world, and have gone on expeditions to Antarctica and Nepal. Their guides all have a minimum of Rope Activity Instructor certification, and many are also certified Ice Climbing Instructors.

Round-trip airport transfers on the SkiBus are included in your costs, or you can upgrade to a private transfer for an additional £54.

The Skibus travels between the airport and Pyhä several times a day. Check the updated timetable. Catch the 18:05 bus at the latest. Travel time: 2 hours.

To find the bus, exit the airport through the main doors; the bus stop is 30m away. The bus driver will already have your reservation. Show your passport and you’re good to go. The 5th and final stop is right in front of your hotel.

Any excess luggage you bring with you can be safely left in your accommodation while you are out adventuring.

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 always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

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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