Winter activity taster in Kuusamo

Winter activity taster in Kuusamo


Length: 5 days, 4 nights
Location: Northern Finland
Season: Winter

In the winter months, Northern Finland is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with peaceful snow-covered forests, vast frozen lakes and the Aurora borealis dancing overhead. This five-day guided adventure allows you to experience the best of it: try Finland’s favorite winter sports, learn about culture and traditions, taste local foods and enjoy the beautiful scenery.


  • Relax in the Finnish sauna

  • Build and sleep in an igloo

  • Try Ice fishing

  • Go on a full-day snowshoeing adventure through the snow-covered forest

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Availability: December to mid-April
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights (7-day tour also available. Learn more)
Group size: 2-20
Activity level: Beginner
Best suited for adults in normal fit condition, no previous experience with outdoor sports or winter conditions required. Activities can be adjusted for different challenge levels depending on group.
Gear needed: Normal travel gear for winter conditions including winter boots, winter trousers, winter jacket, fleece, woollen socks, thermal underlayer, hat, mittens, head torch (Standard winter gear rental is also available)
Transportation: Transfers to and from Kuusamo airport and local travel are included; flights are not included
Language: English or Finnish (Other languages available on request)
Booking: Pre-booking is required, contact us for availability

Heidi is the host & guide par excellence! She opens her home to you; shares her wilderness knowledge freely & leaves you satisfied that you’ve had a totally unique experience. I’ll certainly be back for more!

Departure dates

This activity can be tailor-made! Contact us to book as a private tour, to customise the adventure, or for other departure options.

February 2020
1-5 February
8-12 February
15-19 February
22-26 February

March 2020
21-25 March
28 March to 1 April

April 2020
4-8 April
11-15 April

February 2021
6-10 February
13-17 February
20-24 February
27 February to 3 March

March 2021
27-31 March

April 2021
3-5 April
10-12 April

Adventure programme - Winter adventure in Finland

Day 1

Arrival to winter wonderland

You will be picked up from Kuusamo airport in the afternoon (see the flight schedule that meets the airport transfer times) for a half-hour drive to your adventure camp for the week in the countryside of Kuusamo. You will be welcomed with a homemade lunch complete with our favorite local foods followed by a gear check to ensure you have everything you will need to enjoy the week. You can test out your gear on a short kicksled tour of the area and warm up after with your first introduction to Finnish Sauna culture, complete with a refreshing roll in the snow.

Meals included: Lunch, Snack, Dinner

Day 2

Igloo building & ice fishing

It’s time to play in the snow as you start to build your own igloo! After breakfast, you will work as a team to start the base – a huge pile of snow which we will let freeze and harden until tomorrow. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to try your luck ice fishing on one of the nearby lakes while you admire the beauty and silence of Finnish nature. After settling in for the evening, you will gain a deeper understanding of the  Finnish culture by watching a film about Finland.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

Day 3

Finishing the igloo, winter olympics & night in the igloo

This morning, you will finish your igloo followed by an afternoon special-edition Winter Olympics. Be prepared for lots of laughs! You will also have some free time to relax or explore the area surrounding the adventure camp on your own. After dinner, we will have a housewarming party for your new igloo and the most adventurous of you will have the chance to sleep the night in the igloo. You will stay plenty warm with our four-season sleeping bags.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

Day 4

Full-day snowshoeing adventure in the wilderness

Today is an adventure deep into the wilderness. After breakfast, we will pack our backpacks for a full-day, guided snowshoeing adventure far off the beaten path. You will be walking in deep snow with the help of special shoes designed to keep you on top while admiring the snow-covered forest. With all this activity it will be important to stay well-fueled! We will be sure to bring our favorite local snacks and enjoy a camp lunch in the silence of nature.

Meals included: Breakfast, Camp lunch in the wilderness, Snack, Dinner

Day 5

Time to say Goodbye, transport back to the airport

We like to say a great adventure never ends; it merely changes form to become part of who you are. On day five your adventure in this winter wonderland will transform into some of your best memories as you take off for Kuusamo airport to catch your flight back to Helsinki (see the flight schedule that meets the airport transfer times).

Meals included: Breakfast


The accommodation for this adventure is the Adventure Apes guesthouse in the countryside of Kuusamo. Once a public primary school, the guesthouse has been newly renovated to provide clean and cosy, standard-level accommodations. The dorm-style rooms have bunk beds with a maximum occupancy of six people per room; shared bathrooms are in the corridor connecting the rooms.  Bedlinen and towels are included.

You may also have the option to spend a night outdoors in the igloo nestled snugly in one of our four-seasons sleeping bags.

Adventure in photos

Pricing and inclusions

1255 including VAT

This adventure is 1255 euros per person including VAT and does not include flights.

Please note that modifications to the program and activities are possible due to weather and/or safety reasons. We cannot promise that you will see Aurora Borealis but your guide will do their best to show them to you and adjust the program if the night sky is clear.

Tour includes

  • Accommodations as indicated above

  • Travel to and from Kuusamo airport and all local travel indicated in the adventure program

  • All meals and activities as shown in the full program (please contact Adventure Apes for the complete program)

  • All special outdoor sports gear such as snowshoes, fishing gear, etc…

  • Services of a private, professional Finnish/English speaking wilderness and outdoor sports guide

  • Liability insurance of Adventure Apes

Tour does not include

  • Hotels before or after the start of the tour

  • Airfare

  • Flights or transportation before or after the start of the tour

  • Personal outdoor clothing/apparel ( A complete recommended gear list will be provided before the tour)

  • Single room accommodation (This can be added at an additional price depending on availability)

  • Meals, snacks or drinks other than those listed and alcoholic drinks

Winter gear rental

Some adventurers prefer not to buy personal outdoor winter clothing. If you are travelling light or just prefer not to add to your closet, we are happy to offer a winter gear rental package that will help keep you warm in arctic conditions.

Preliminary booking is required to ensure appropriate sizes are available and payment can be made upon arrival in cash or by credit card. The winter gear package includes:

  • Thermal underlayer (trousers and shirt)

  • Woolen socks

  • Fleece or heavy sweater

  • Winter jacket

  • Winter trousers

  • Winter boots

  • Small hat + big hat for extra cold weather

  • Gloves + mittens

  • Buff

  • Balaclava to be used in the igloo

Personal winter gear rental package: €50