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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

Annual Leave

2 days off work

Location

Finland

Difficulty

Moderate

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

Why it's Much Better

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

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

Perfect your brave face. Cut an ice hole and jump in before heating up in a sauna

Stay in a cabin in the woods and eat traditional food cooked over the campfire

Chase and learn how to photograph the aurora borealis. It's wildfire in the sky

What's 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

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Itinerary

Day 1

The adventure begins

On your Feet

Approx. 2 hours of hiking

Accommodation Type

Cabin

Meals

Dinner

Head into the Finish wilderness and settle into a cabin in the woods where your guide will lay out the plan for the next 4 days.

After a welcome dinner with your fellow adventurers, rug 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 its glory.

Day 2

Trek and snowshoe the Pyhä-Luosto National Park

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of snowshoeing

On the Snow

Approx. 3 hours of ice climbing

Accommodation Type

Cabin

Meals

All meals

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 Korouma Canyon

On the Snow

Approx. 4 – 5 hours of ice climbing

Accommodation Type

Cabin

Meals

Al meals

Wake up early and drive to the Korouma 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.

After a hot lunch 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

Activity

Easy day

Meals

Breakfast

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.

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.

Accommodation

Pyhä

Accommodation

Mountain huts

Rooms

Twin or triple share

Meals

All meals

You'll be staying in a warm cabin in the woods - the genuine Lapland way!

Private room upgrade

If you are a solo traveller, private rooms are also available for a charge of €50 per night, subject to availability. Please ask when booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Finland
  • Personal expenses such as snacks and alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance that covers ice climbing
  • Upgrade to a private airport transfer (GBP 54 additional)
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

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

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 7.

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

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 specialties like salmon, reindeer stew and reindeer steak.

Dietary needs can be accommodated - just let the hosts know on booking.

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 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.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

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

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!

Our group adventures are adult only however if you would like to bring children along this can be arranged by requesting a private trip with the host. This trip is suitable for children from age 12 only.

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Pyhä

When

20:00

From Rovaniemi Airport (RVN) board the Skibus to its last stop in Pyhä where your guides will meet you.

End

Where

Skibus stop in Pyhä

When

11:00

Your guides will drop you back at the Skibus stop in Pyhä which will take you back to the airport.

Kitlist

What's included?

All the snowshoeing and ice climbing equipment you'll need.

What do I need to bring?

  • Waterproof and windproof top and bottom
  • Insulated/ Down jacket
  • Warm fleece or sweater
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • 2 pairs of gloves
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • Neck gaiter or scarf
  • Multiple pairs of wool or synthetic socks
  • Warm, waterproof boots
  • Swimsuit (seriously)

Meet Your Host

Arturri and team

As well as ice climbing and wilderness skiing, Arturri and his team of local experts also specialise in hunting and photographing the incredible Aurora Borealis, and Arctic survival workshops. A committed ambassador for the genuine Finnish sauna experience, Arturri also owns a local restaurant that utilises the finest natural ingredients the northern wilderness has to offer.

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Dates & Prices

Bespoke trips only

There are currently no planned group departures. Please contact this host to request a quote for a custom trip.

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