Weekend trip to Kuusamo & Riisitunturi 14.-16.1.2022
Join this international trip from Oulu to experience the winter wonders of Kuusamo and Riisitunturi!
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Overview of the program:
8.00 Departure from Oulu Bus Station, Charter Bus Platform
8.30 Departure from Linnanmaa (St. Lucas Chapel)
Coffee break (30 minutes) at ABC Pudasjärvi
12.15 Arrival at Adventure Apes Lodge, Kuusamo. Welcoming lunch and briefing about the weekend’s program. Settling into your rooms. Guided indoor games and getting to know each other.
In the afternoon we leave for a guided snowshoeing safari in the snowy forest. While walking we will also learn about the surrounding nature and animals living in the wintery forest. After an hour of snowshoeing we arrive at an atmospheric hut in the middle of the woods, where we make a campfire and enjoy dinner. After the dinner we climb on snowshoes to the nearby hill and if we are lucky, we might see the Northern lights dancing on the sky! Return to the lodge and light evening snack.
After breakfast transfer to Riisitunturi National Park in Posio. In winter the spruce trees that cover many of Riisitunturi National Park’s hillsides are clad with a thick coating of condensed frost, creating a photogenic white forest. We walk along the path by foot or explore the the snowy landscape by skin based skis to the resting place, where we will enjoy lunch by campfire.
From Riisitunturi National Park we continue our journey to Ruka, where we will first have some snow fun by sledding! After a guided walking tour in the Ruka Village and ride by the gondola we will have time to explore the Ruka Village by our own. Dinner is by own arrangement. There are several restaurants to choose from.
We return to our lodge in the evening. Our guides will give a lecture about the Finnish sauna. Those who want can enjoy the sauna and why not also try rolling in the snow and making some snow angels!
After breakfast it is time to put on the winter gear and to head to the ice of the nearby lake! After safety instructions everyone can drill their own hole in the ice and then it is time to try your luck on the ice of the largest spring in Europe, Lake Kitkajärvi! After we have caught our lunch fish we increase our appetite by taking part in our own winter Olympics, filled with laughter and playing with the snow!
After lunch it is time to pack our packs and head back to Oulu. On the way back we will stop for a coffee break in Jalavan kauppa, which is the oldest still functioning shop in Finland.
17.45 Arrival at Linnanmaa and 18.00 arrival at Oulu bus station.
Good to know:
Level of difficulty
Activities are physically semi-demanding. We will go by snowshoes and skin based skis at a slow pace. You need to be in moderate physical condition to enjoy the activities. This tour is not suitable for people with moving disabilities or back pain.
How to dress for the winter conditions
You need to have with you a small backpack and warm winter outdoor clothing including under and mid layers, warm outer layer, warm winter boots, beanie, scarf and gloves. If you do not have your own winter gear, you can rent them from us for the whole duration of stay for 50 €.
The rental winter gear set includes:
● One set of thermal underlayer (trousers and shirt)
● Woolen socks
● Wind and waterproof jacket and trousers
● Down jacket
● Winter boots (suitable for snowshoes)
● Small hat + big hat for extra cold weather
● Head torch
See video about the rental equipment and also instructions how to dress for the winter conditions here.
Accommodation takes place in Adventure Apes Lodge, which is a newly renovated old village school building in the small village of Vasaraperä surrounded by lakes, forests and fields in the beautiful countryside and a 30-minute drive to the town of Kuusamo and Ruka Ski Center. Each room has a private bathroom, either ensuite or in the corridor. Bedlinen and towels are included with all rooms. Rooms are 4-6 person rooms with bunk beds. You can see photos of the rooms on the Adventure Apes Lodge website.
The price includes all meals except for the dinner on Saturday in Ruka. In addition you can bring your own snacks (eg. drinks, chocolate bars, nuts etc.).
Health and safety
Safety of all activities is our priority. Our guides are professionals in their field and have valid first aid training as well as the necessary hygiene skills.
We follow the current health and safety guidelines. You must not participate in the trip while ill. If you or a person living with you in the same household has symptoms of the flu on the day of the departure, you may not attend the trip. Make sure you have a valid travel insurance covering the cancellation of the trip in case of illness.
Terms and cancellation
Saaga Travel Ltd. is the responsible tour operator of the trip.
We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the program eg. due to weather conditions.
Minimum number of participants is 16. If there are not enough participants, Saaga Travel has the right to cancel the trip. In the case of cancellation by Saaga Travel we will refund your payment in full.
The general travel package conditions and Saaga Travel’s special conditions apply to the trip. Read the terms on our website (in Finnish: contact us if you need English version) before buying the trip.
The combination of travel services offered to you is a travel package within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2015/2302. Therefore, you are subject to all EU rights regarding package travel. Saaga Travel is fully responsible for the proper implementation of the entire travel package. In addition, Saaga Travel has acquired the protection required by law to refund your payment and, if transportation is included in the travel package, to secure your return transportation in the event that the company becomes insolvent. Read about the most important rights under Directive (EU) 2015/2302 on our website (in Finnish; contact us if you need the English version).
Terms of cancellation
The passenger has the right to cancel the trip at any time before the start of the trip. In this case, a cancellation fee will be charged as follows:
a) Office costs € 15 when the trip is canceled no later than 45 days before the start of the trip
b) a booking fee of 30% of the price of the trip if the trip is canceled later than 45 days but no later than 21 days before the start of the trip
c) 50% of the price of the trip if the trip is canceled later than 21 days but no later than 7 days before the start of the trip
d) 75% of the price of the trip if the trip is canceled later than 7 days but no later than 3 days before the start of the trip
e) 95% of the price of the trip if the trip is canceled later than 3 days before the start of the trip.
Saaga Travel Ltd, tel +358 0(40) 826 2345, [email protected]
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