- Travel by private minibus and canoe.
- No previous experience required.
Four days in Finland staying in Kuikka Base Camp and a remote bear hide (one night). Guided hike and use of smoke sauna included. Three breakfasts and three dinners included.
Basecamp Kuikka is a run by wildlife photographer Lassi Rautiainen and his family, who are extremely knowledgeable about the residents who live in the surrounding wilderness. Located on the shores of Lake Kuikka, this former forest worker's residence close to the Russian border is a traditional Finnish rural log house. Although basic, the inside is cosy with clean running water, internet connection and satellite television. The Rautiainen family make it an extremely welcoming atmosphere and often hold evening lectures in the dining room about the wildlife of the area. Basecamp Kuikka has 8 dormitory style rooms with bunk beds fitting up to 2-8 people in each room. Toilet facilities are communal, as are the shower facilities. As this is Finland, of course the accommodation wouldn't be complete without the traditional sauna and optional smoke sauna (which takes 6 hours to heat).
All breakfasts, 2 dinners included.
This trip has been graded as grade A (leisurely). Leisurely grade trips are designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip packed with interest. As the location of this trip is not far from the Arctic circle, daylight hours are longer than that of the UK and can range from between twelve to sixteen hours of direct sunlight and two to four hours of twilight. When out in the sun care should be taken to drink plenty of water and protect yourelf, especially when out in the canoe as the suns intensity can be amplified by reflections off the lake. Please note that the facilities in the bear hide are more basic with dry toilets and no showers (please see accomodation section for further details) as they are designed in such a way as to not interfere with the wildlife.
Normal group size and age
Normally 4 to 12, plus local guide and appropriate local staff. Minimum age 16.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
Designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors and want a relaxing trip packed with interest.
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