Trek 2023 – Finland’s Arctic Adventure

Discover the snow- covered pine and spruce forests, the peaceful scenes of frozen lakes in the silent wilderness from 2nd-6th March 2023. 

Complete 5 days snow-shoeing & Cross-country Skiing with likeminded friends all while supporting your local lifesaving Air Ambulance charity. Marvel at the spectacular scenes each day and enjoy the incredible night skies.

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You’ll be snow-shoeing to a remote overnight cabin, cross country skiing and husky sledding, staying in a traditional log cabin in the woods, relaxing in the Finnish sauna and enjoying the incredible night skies. If you are lucky catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!

Register your interest now – email: charlotte.evans@ehaat.org or call 0345 2417 690.

*Please note: The minimum age to take part in this trek is 18 years old

Trek highlights

  • Overnight Adventure to a cosy wilderness cabin, complete with traditional lakeside sauna
  • Explore the ridges & frozen lakes on snowshoes
  • Cosy up in the cabin to experience the magical Northern Lights
  • Husky Sledding trail through snow-white forests and frozen lakes
  • Cross Country Skiing through the flat pine forest and frozen lakes

Climate

Temperatures in March are typically -6°C with highs of -1°C. The coldest part of the day is at night, when temperatures can drop to -10°C, so visitors are advised to wrap up warm at night in thick layers.

Who accompanies us?

This Trek in organised by Discover Adventure on behalf of Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. You will be accompanied by Discover Adventure Leader (if 20 places booked), UK Medic, Local guides, Cook and an Essex & Herts Air Ambulance representative.

The Flight inclusive trip is financially protected by The ATOL Scheme. Essex and Herts Air Ambulance is acting as an agent for Discover Adventure ATOL 5636.

What’s the daily routine like?

Each day’s trek will vary in duration but you will trek 5-6 hours a day, with lunch and rest stop in the middle of the day.

Fundraising target

A minimum fundraising target of £2300 is required to take part in this adventure, plus a £300 Registration fee. We will be there to help you every step of the way with ideas and advice on how to reach this target and support your local live saving charity. Why not ask your employer to match fund for you?

This amount includes flights, travel and accommodation costs when in Finland.

Interested but want to know more?

Please register your interest to join the Finland Trek below

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Trek information

Challenge Grading: Yellow 2

Trips are graded Yellow, Orange or Red, in increasing level of challenge. This trip lies within the Yellow range. The grade is determined by factors such as terrain, distance, climate, altitude, etc. Each colour grade has a spectrum which reflects the difficulty of these factors; trip duration, accommodation and living conditions are also taken into account.

The Challenge Factor icon shows the most challenging aspect – the cold conditions, which adds to the difficulty of the activities. The grade reflects the overall trip; some sections will feel more challenging than others. Unusual weather conditions also have a significant impact, and not all people are tested by the same aspects.

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly London to Kijaani/Kuusamo

Drive through the seemingly endless snow-covered landscapes to our comfortable cabin near Hossa in north -eastern Finland. After settling in, we will have an evening meal before heading off to bed. Night cabin.

Drive approx. 1-2 hours

Day 2

Snowshoeing

We have a full in -country briefing about the activities ahead and then kit up thoroughly. After an introduction to snowshoeing, where we quickly get the hang of this non-technical walking activity, we leave our cabin behind for our overnight adventure! Our route takes us through beautiful, silent woodland; the landscapes are magical, and the silence of our surroundings, broken only by the crunch of the snow and our laughter, adds to the atmosphere. We break for a picnic lunch around an open fire, then continue our invigorating journey to our cosy wilderness cabin, complete with traditional lake-side sauna. Staying here is a remote experience and you will feel like the early pioneers! Night cabin.

Snowshoe approx. 5-6 hours

Days 3

Snowshoeing

Returning by snowshoe, we explore the ridges and frozen lakes on our way back. Elk, wolves, lynxes and hares live in the woods, though are very seldom seen: we may be lucky enough to spot tracks in the snow. Returning to our main log cabin, we have time to relax aching muscles in the sauna and settle for an evening of watching out for the magical Northern Lights. Night cabin.

Snowshoe approx. 5-6 hours

Day 4

Husky-Sledding & Cross- Country Skiing

Husky-Sledding is usually one of the highlights of the trip! We drive to our husky farm and meet out intelligent, enthusiastic and very photogenic teams of huskies! After learning a little about the dogs from our ‘musher’, we have an introduction to sled-driving and set off! Pairing up, we take it in turns to drive while our sled buddy enjoys the ride. The dogs will be excited when they sense a run, but when everybody is ready to go they suddenly go quiet as they set off through the frozen wilderness. The trail takes us through snow-white forests and frozen lakes: a truly memorable highlight of our adventure.

After lunch we also have time for an introduction to cross- country skiing- one of the most popular winter hobbies in Finland. A relatively short tour through the flat pine forest and frozen lakes test what we’ve learned: it’s not uncommon to see a reindeer here, so keep your eyes peeled! Due to the number of husky teams available, we split the group so that half goes cross country skiing while the other half goes sled driving: the groups will then swap. Late afternoon we gather together to celebrate our Artic Achievements. Night cabin.

Sledding/Skiing approx. 5-6 hours

Day 5

Fly Kijaani/Kuusamo to London

Early start to drive to the airport for our journey home.

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NB: the order of activities may change depending on the local conditions and logistics.

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