Family rafting from Basecamp Oulanka in Finland

Finnish Summer Family Adventure

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Trip code: 
FVO
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Family Holidays
Min age:
8
Group size:
4–16

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 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 Oulanka, 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!

Highlights

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

Key information

  • Travel by private minibus
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader
  • 7 nights comfortable wilderness lodge

What's included

  • All breakfast, 6 lunches and 7 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 us on
0208 772 3936
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Basecamp Oulanka

    In the evening, during our welcome dinner we can discuss the week ahead, get advice on the local area and get answers to any questions.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 introduction to paddling. In this introduction our goal is to learn the basic skills for kayaking and/or canoeing. 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 check point on the lake to another following a map taking a picture at each location as proof.

    Once we have found all check points 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 Ala-Juumajarvi.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    The Little Bear Trail

    The Little Bear Trail starts from our doorsteps. It is a 10-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. It includes red fox, hare, elk and reindeer. It's also possible to spot wolverine and wolves tracks.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Day rafting to the Juuma lake, experience 7 rapids

    During today's exhilarating rafting trip we get to experience 7 different rapids, from class I to class III. Before heading into the first rapid we’ll practise our rafting skills and how to work as a team on a lake. At first we get to explore class I rapids – this is a good warm up! In class II rapids we can test our teamwork skills and have fun. The final rapid class III Harjakoski will give us good challenge and a nice refreshing splash of water. In the afternoon there is an option to try our climbing skills on adventure courses, to experience the excitement of high ropes and enjoy the scenery over Juuma lake from the top of climbing tower Mount Karhu.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Free day optional activities Lappish drum, bear hide, paddling along River Oulanka

    This day is free to enjoy a variety of optional activities on offer today including taking part in building and designing a traditional Lappish drum. These drums have been used by local communities in the old times to interconnect with spiritual life. In the evening there is an option to visit bear watching huts. This magical experience is located in the heart of Siberian taiga forest where you have the opportunity to see the king of forest from the safety of a comfortable "hide".

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Rafting to Russian border

    We start our last day by visiting Oulanka National Park Visitors Centre. Here we meet our guide and will find all the equipment for our paddling day on river Oulankajoki down towards the Russian border zone. The river takes us through the untouched Siberian forests – home of golden eagles and reindeers! On a sunny day we can enjoy swimming from its sandy beaches. 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 tube.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Departure

    Our trip ends at Basecamp Oulanka.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Finland

No visa required for UK passport holders visiting Finland.

Vaccinations

Finland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 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 4-6 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.

Weather

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. We do not recommend that non-swimmers book this trip due to the time spent on water during the gorge descent. In general there is a certain amount of rough and tumble and a few minor cuts and bruises cannot be ruled out.

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Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Basecamp Oulanka

Our 'wilderness camp' at Basecamp Oulanka is a lovely complex of wooden buildings providing comfortable and cosy accommodation in a stunning location overlooking a lake and backing on to the Oulanka National Park. All rooms are moderately-sized family rooms comprising a bathroom, twin beds for the adults and a mezzanine floor for up to two children.

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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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