Best winter activities in Kuusamo

Best winter activities in Kuusamo


Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Location: Northern Finland
Season: Winter

This one-week guided adventure takes you deep into a winter wonderland with snow-covered forests and frozen lakes in Kuusamo, Finland. You will try Finland’s favorite winter sports, experience the culture through unique local experiences, learn about traditions, taste local foods and enjoy beautiful scenery.


  • Be immersed in a winter wonderland

  • Build and sleep in an igloo

  • Experience Full-day snowshoeing and cross-country skiing adventures

  • Try Ice fishing and visit a reindeer farm

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Availability: December to mid-April
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights (5-day tour also available. Learn more.)
Group size: 2-20
Activity level: Beginner
Best suited for those 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!
— Benjamin, Adventure Apes Adventurer

Departures 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
1-7 February
8-14 February
15-21 February
22-28 February

March 2020
21-27 March
28 March to 3 April

April 2020
4-10 April
11-17 April

February 2021
6-12 February
13-19 February
20-26 February
27 February to 5 March

March 2021
27 March to 2 April

April 2021
3-9 April
10-16 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

Visit to a reindeer farm and free time in Ruka ski center

Reindeer herding is an important part of life in Northern Finland, especially for the native Sámi people. Today you will have a chance to visit a traditional reindeer farm, meet and feed the reindeer, and have a chat with the local reindeer herders. This is your chance to ask any questions you may have about this animal of the Arctic to the people who know them best. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore Ruka Ski Center on your own. If you are feeling adventurous, you can go downhill skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling or on a river floating tour. (All the activities in Ruka are add-ons at an extra cost and will require advance booking.) If you are looking to relax, you can spend the afternoon with a good book and a cup of coffee in one of the cafes and restaurants or do a bit of souvenir shopping.

Meals included: Breakfast, Snack at the reindeer farm, Dinner

Day 6

Cross-country skiing

It is time to experience one of Finland’s favorite winter sports: cross-country skiing. Your guide will show you the basics during your first ski lesson (or share some of their favorite tips if you are already an experienced skier).  After fueling up at lunch, you will be ready for a relaxed afternoon skiing tour through beautiful fields, forests and lakes.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

Day 7

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 seven 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 at Adventure Apes Lodge 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

It was a very special and unforgettable moment travelling in the Finnish Lapland with Adventure Apes. It was my first time doing cross country skiing in the unique landscape of Finnish Lapland, dog sledding through the forest, snowshoeing and many more. The silence of Finnish winter is so calm and it made me feel like I’m totally in a different world. I will definitely come back to Lapland whenever I have the chance.
— Zahariz, Adventure Apes Adventurer

Pricing and inclusions

1495 including VAT

This adventure is 1495 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, skis, 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

  • Optional activities in Ruka on Day 5; preliminary bookings at extra cost will be made on Day 2 after discussions with your guide.

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