Fly to Kuusamo; transfer to Basecamp Oulanka.
Half-day husky safari. After sorting out all of your equipment for the week there is then a free morning to try sledging around the areas of Basecamp, or enjoy a game of football or hockey in the deep snow. All games equipment are available free of charge from the front desk. After lunch, we head off for the husky safari. We start with an explanation about the huskies and instruction on how to drive the sleds. We then take a 10km tour driving our own sled and dog-team. Adults drive, with children sitting in the sled.
Snowshoeing. Gentle half-day snowshoe walk in the Oulanka National Park past frozen waterfalls and following the Kitkajoki River. Afternoon is spent in the children's now park, which is supervised by Basecamp guides. Follow the 'snow trail', which leads to a teepee where hot drinks and pancakes are served. Families can also have a go at making a snow sculpture. Late lunch back at base, and free afternoon for further snowshoeing, sauna or hot-tub.
Free morning or optional ice climbing next to the Basecamp and afternoon visit to reindeer farm. See extra expenses section for more details. After lunch we visit the reindeer farm and museum. The Sami people will perform a traditional ceremony and afterwards we can enjoy hot drinks around an open fire. Everyone will have the chance to ride on a reindeer sleigh, and try lasso throwing.
Explore Ruka and optional activities. Spend the day at the popular ski resort of Ruka. Your guide will organise transfers (included) and book activities for you. Downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris are available. See 'Extra Expenses' section below.
Morning cross-country ski lesson and free afternoon. We learn to use the skis following easy tracks, with gentle uphill and downhill slopes and playing games in the snow. Free use of skis after the lesson. Late lunch back at base, and free afternoon for further snowshoeing, sauna or hot-tub.
Free day. Options include unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; downhill skiing at nearby Ruka (transport and skiing not included); or further dogsledding and snowmobile safaris. There is possibility for ice climbing for all ages. As a farewell celebration, we have the option of eating dinner around a campfire, or in a tepee (Kota) on the edge of the National Park.
Transfer to Kuusamo and fly to London.