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Family rafting from Basecamp Oulanka in Finland

Finnish Summer Adventure Family Holiday

6 days
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Summer activities for all the family in Finland

Finland’s vast tracts of Arctic tundra, lake and forest are cloaked beneath an all-enveloping layer of snow and ice for seven months of the year but, with the first spring thaws, they’re relieved of their white shroud and the landscape positively springs back to life. Wildflowers carpet the meadows, salmon leap up the river and - in mid-summer - the sun simply refuses to set. You’ll enjoy paddling on the sparkling lakes, rafting on the waters of the River Kitka, swimming in the clear spring water and even an optional brown bear watching trip. Oulanka is always a popular winter family destination, now we are offering the chance to experience it during summer!
Our wilderness base is located at the edge of Oulanka National Park in a truly spectacular setting, perfect for outdoor adventures and enjoy exciting activities together, throw in a daily sauna and...this is the life!


  • Canoeing on Lake Juuma
  • Learn wilderness skills in the Oulanka National Park
  • Rafting on River Kitka
  • Daily Saunas

Key information

  • 5 nights comfortable wilderness lodge with all meals included
  • 4 days mixed activities
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 9 years.
  • Countries visited: Finland

What's included

  • All breakfast, 4 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3936
Trip Notes

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  • Day 1

    Start Basecamp Oulanka

    Depending on the arrival time, during dinner, we have our welcome briefing where we discuss the week ahead and get an introduction to Basecamp and the local area. There is also the opportunity to swim in the spring water lake and to use the sauna and enjoy the long, light summer night.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Introduction to paddling towards the village of Juuma

    We start our adventure by learning wilderness skills that will come in use in the wilds of Oulanka National Park including making a fire, how to orienteer and basic first aid skills. After lunch we have an introduction to paddling. In this introduction our goal is to learn the basic skills for kayaking and/or canoeing. The introduction takes place near the shore in shallow waters. Once we have learned the basics we will paddle towards the Juuma village.

    We will have free time to use the kayaks/canoes after the trip.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Check point canoeing, swimming in spring water

    Today our task is to travel from one checkpoint on the lake to another following a map taking a picture at each location as proof.

    Once we have found all the checkpoints we will show the pictures to our guide to receive a prize. Canoeing is a great way to take in Finland’s picturesque scenery and it is always a good idea to keep an eye on the shoreline as you may spot some of the incredible wildlife of the area. The afternoon is free to further explore or swim in spring waters of lake Juuma.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    The Little Bear Trail

    The Little Bear Trail starts from our doorstep. It is an 11-km-long trail leading to the southernmost part of the national park. This scenic route is perfect for a day trip and offers a possibility to see the grand natural features of the Oulanka National Park: roaring rapids, sheer cliffs and dense forests. The wildlife along the trails is unique and versatile partially for the reason that there are northern and southern slopes to grow on.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Rafting to Russian border

    We start our day with a short hike to Jyrävä waterfall along the famous Little Bear Trail. In calm waters, we practise safety procedures and our guide will give us a brief introduction including the instructions needed for the tour. On this route we get to experience the tranquillity of this remote part of Northern Europe, all the way down to the Russian border zone.  Along the scenic route we will encounter some gentler rapids and swift running waters while we will have the chance to explore the beautiful landscape of Oulanka National Park.  Cameras can be stored into a dry bag and brought with you. In the afternoon we transfer back to Basecamp in time to enjoy a delicious farewell dinner and a final chance to relax in the sauna and hot tub.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6


    This morning our adventure in the Finnish wilderness comes to an end and those on the group flights return to Kuusamo for the flight back to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info




There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 evening meals are included.

The food at Basecamp is a delicious range of local produce that is prepared on site by the inhouse chef. Starters consist of a salad buffet with 3-4 different choices. The main courses consist of wild game such as elk, chicken and salmon. There is also the option of vegetarian food. Dessert consists of lingon berries, blue berries and cloud berries that have often been picked by the chef herself. It is refreshing to know that what is viewed as superfoods in our supermarkets, grows locally to Basecamp. These berries are served with a selection of quark curd, cream, ice cream, cakes and pan cakes. Lunch normally consists of hot soup with elk, salmon or a vegetarian option.


Lapland is characterised by an arctic/continental climate that varies greatly throughout the year. Many people expect Lapland to be cold all year round, but in fact, temperatures can soar in summer as a result of influences from the North Atlantic Current which bring warm air to the region. While winters are icy and cold, summers are much warmer and milder. The average temperature is a pleasant 15°C while highs can hit 21°C on the hottest days. With very low levels of wind, conditions can feel very balmy in Lapland at this time. Unlike the chilly winter months, temperatures hardly ever drop below 13°C. Midnight Sun: from the end of May to the beginning of August you will find daylight around the clock as the sun does not set below the horizon.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 3 - Moderate
This trip gives you the chance to go paddling, rafting and the option of navigating a high ropes course.
As with all our mixed-activity trips, no experience of the activities is required for this holiday. However, to enjoy this trip to the full, a fair level of fitness, and physique are required.
The itinerary is active with periods of time spent outdoors or in water. There is a good balance between scheduled activities and free time to allow you to organise the trip at your pace, according to your fitness level and preferences.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3936
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Basecamp Oulanka

Spend 7 nights in the Finnish Wilderness at Basecamp Oulanka, a characterful lodge situated on the edge of Oulanka National Park. There are two accommodation buildings, one with 8 rooms and one with 10 rooms. On the lower level, there are double rooms all with en suite bathrooms. Above them are twin rooms with a mezzanine comprising of 2 mattresses suitable for children and all are en suite. Depending on your group size and rooming requirements an underoccupancy supplement of £185 may apply. A family of four will be allocated a large room at the time of booking, please let your sales consultant know at the time of booking if you want to upgrade to one double room and one twin room (subject to availability). 

The third building is a cosy restaurant and bar, with a log fire, sauna and outdoor hot tub.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 8772 3936
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2018
    lynne connell

    fabulous holiday!

    We had a fabulous holiday in Finland with our 10 year old daughter. The other travellers in the group were lovely and we all got along. The accommodation was clean and cosy and our daughter loved sleeping in the mezzanine level. The food was really good- wholesome and tasty and plenty of it. The staff at basecamp were so nice too and very helpful. The activities were good fun- especially the rafting- and it was good being out in the great outdoors with all the clean fresh air. We were also able to take out the kayaks and canoes out on the lake whenever we liked which was a bonus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I really enjoyed the peace and quiet and no TV etc. At night after dinner we would play cards and games with the children or go down to the lake to make a fire and have a chat. We also used the hot tub and sauna a lot- very relaxing. I slept really well too! It was great to see reindeer wandering around.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader Martii was fantastic- so knowledgeable and really great with the children. He was really good with all the safety elements which inspired confidence. A genuinely nice person!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you like outdoor activities and don't need bars, shops etc then this trip is for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The optional extra activities - apart from the climbing wall- were very expensive which put us off doing them.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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Departures are planned in July and August. 

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