Journey beginning and ending at Kuusamo, Scandinavia
Available: 2019-01-29 to 2019-04-06 starting from $5880 AUD
Discover your inner rally driver in Finland. This is the Ultimate Winter Adventure – action packed days that will thrill you. Based in Kuusamo, about an hour’s flight north of Helsinki, you will be in the midst of stunning wilderness landscape dotted with lakes and hills with tall pine trees.
During the five days of adventure you will learn to control your car like a true rally champion at the Juha Kankkunen Winter Driving Circuit, enjoy husky & snowmobile safaris and learn about reindeers and ice fishing.
Return to your cosy apartment after the day’s activities and relax in your own private sauna.
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Day 1 – Arrival in Kuusamo
Kuusamo is located north of Helsinki, about an hour’s flight away, in the midst of stunning wilderness landscape dotted with lakes and hills with tall pine trees.
Upon arrival at Kuusamo airport, a 30-minute taxi transfer to Ruka, a ski resort where you will be spending the next few days. Ruka has 21 ski lifts and 34 slopes. Why not have a go at downhill or cross country skiing between the organised activities! Ski lessons are also available.
Overnight in your private apartment with sauna.
Day 2 – Snowmobile Safari to a Reindeer Farm
This snowmobile safari takes you through the beautiful forests and ice covered lakes to an idyllic and private reindeer farm. Here you will drive a short circuit on a reindeer sleigh and receive a diploma for it. You can also try traditional Lappish Lasso- throwing. During a light lunch at the farm, the reindeer herder will tell you about the reindeer and the life on the fells. Driving distance about. 50 km. Duration about 5 hours.
In the evening, you will enjoy a traditional Lappish dinner in an old farm house, Iisakin Talo. This farm house is located in Iisakki Village which is a reproduction of an old Rajala farm that was located about 50 kms east in Paanajärvi. Finland lost this part of the country to Russia after the WWII There were totally 32 building in the original Rajala Farm, 14 out of which have been rebuilt here.
Day 3 – Winter Driving School on a Ice Circuit
After breakfast transfer to Juha Kankkunen Winter Driving Circuit. Juha Kankkunen is without a doubt one of the greatest rally drivers of all times – 23 International Rally wins and four times World Rally Champion makes his career unforgettable.
On two amazing snow and ice covered tracks, his instructors with a wealth of winter racing experience behind them, will teach you how to control a car at high speed on an ice-covered racing circuit. They will train you in the art of rally racing techniques and driving lines. Lunch and snacks will be served during the day and after the full day training you will be awarded a diploma for your efforts! Transfer back to your accommodation. Duration about 7 hrs.
Day 4 – Husky Safari
After breakfast drive to a local Husky Farm where you will be greeted by the excited barks of the huskies, always happy to see visitors!
To see huskies pulling a sleigh is to witness teamwork at its best. You will lead these tireless dogs as part of the 10km Husky Dog Safari. The huskies are usually driven by teams of two: the driver and the passenger. Take turns and get a feel for the exotic ride!
A husky guide will give you instructions on how to handle a dog team and then you are off into the winter landscapes (2 persons/dog team). A hot soup lunch is enjoyed by the campfire on return to the husky farm. Transfer back to your accommodation. Duration about 4.5 hrs.
In the evening your guide will pick you up from you accommodation for a unforgettable adventure to search for the Northern Lights. You’ll be seated in to a sledge pulled by a snowmobile and we start driving into the forest. Our route goes through varied landscapes. After a good while of sledding we arrive to a camp. There you make a fire together with the guide and make coffee and tea and grill sausages. If we are lucky we can see the Northern Lights dancing in the sky while we travel. Duration about 3 hours.
Day 5 – Ice Fishing on a Frozen Lake
Strap on your snowshoes as today you will try your hand at ice fishing. Lead by an experienced fishing guide you will walk along a frozen lake to a good ice fishing spot. Your guide shows you how to make a hole in the ice and how to check fishnets located under the ice. If you are lucky you can catch perch, white fish, pike, grayling or even lake trout. During the trip we will enjoy soup lunch by the fire. Duration about 3 hours.
Overnight in your apartment with private sauna.
Day 6 – Departure day
Transfer to airport for your flight back to Helsinki or to another destination.
Private airport transfers in Kuusamo
5 nights’ accommodation in a private skiing apartment with sauna
5 x breakfast
4 x lunch
1 x dinner
winter outfits complete with thermal overalls, hat, gloves, boots
all activities with private guides
private transfers to/from activities
husky safari 2 pax/sleigh – own sleigh available for surcharge
24-hour emergency service
Taxes and service fees
1 day Juha Kankkunen Winter Driving Experience including:
• full day driving training instruction
• training cars (Brand new, 4 Wheel drives, Audi & Volkswagen)
• full damage insurance without self-liability
• professional rally driving instructors
• unlimited petrol
• lappish lunch at race track
• snacks & soft drinks
• race track rents + track safety
• towing tractor + driver
• spare cars
Skiing is optional but easily included and arranged.
To find out more or to book this incredible tour, contact Globetrotter Lifestyle today!