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Finnish Lakeland for Birdwatchers

Rock and Lake offers great circumstances for birdwatchers to experience the birdlife of Finnish Lakeland. There are nine cottages situated in an area between a nature reserve and a FINIBA area. The cottage rent includes also a map with marked areas of interest, bird-watching tower, safe paths and forest roads to the watching places. We also rent boats, canoes and hides as well as arrange guided birdwatching trips. Guiding in English and Finnish.

Aurora Workshop

An aurora photographer will teach you how to capture the aurora with your own camera. You’ll learn all about the northern lights and how to use the settings on your camera to get the best effect. The workshop duration is 1h. The workshop normally takes place during the first afternoon, or before the outdoor aurora hunting tour.

Self-Drive Fishing Trip

Kuhmo city is situated in the Wild Taiga area, so from here you’ll find a lot of lakes, rapids and forests. Kuhmo is known as “the City of a Hundred Rapids”. The Pajakkakoski rapids are situated only 800 meters from Hotel Kainuu, and there is a stone pier built for tar boats along the whole length of the northern bank, which makes it easy to go fishing on foot. The price includes accommodation in double rooms with breakfast for three nights, coffee with a local guide on the first day, fishing permits for rapids of Pajakkakoski, and a sauna each evening.

Summer/Autumn – Horse Safaris

The rolling fells of Lapland are made for horse riding. The vast landscapes and the great silence make this horse safari a truly exceptional and captivating experience. Roaming the wide-open wilderness on a Finnish horse, you’ll find it hard to avoid the feeling of a little cowboy – or cowgirl – awakening within you. Children also have a chance to ride on Icelandic horses.

Escape to the Wilderness - a Full Day Snowmobile Safari in Ylläs

This snowmobile excursion provides a complete get-away with snowmobiles in the wilderness of Lapland. The remote tracks take us around snowy landscapes of Lapland: up the hills, cross the rivers, along the lakes and swamps. This snowmobile safari is for the ones who like to go beyond the most common, explore something new and have more challenging driving. During the day we will enjoy a lunch in the forest accompanied by a hot drink.

Catch the Northern Lights – in a Glass Igloo

Staying overnight in a glass igloo feels like sleeping out in the open, only it's just as warm and cosy as a hotel. The igloo village is set in an opening surrounded by pine trees, sufficiently far away from the city lights, making it ideal for watching the Northern Lights and enjoying starry skies. Have a good night’s sleep as the Aurora Alarm searches the skies for you: once it has woken you, all you need to do is open your eyes, look at the night sky and enjoy the sight from the comfort of your bed. The igloos can fit 2–5 persons. Open: Dec 1 – Mar 31

Go to the Nature Around Rovaniemi in the Autumn

The best part about Lapland is its wild nature, Arctic environment and pure, fresh air, water and forests. The silence of the surroundings, the sound of the wind, the taste of free-running water in clear springs and the smell of growing trees.

Aurora Floating Under the Northern Lights in Rovaniemi

Dip into a cold lake under the Auroras and let your mind rest – sounds bizarre, doesn’t it! Tonight, this is possible on a safari to a secret venue. Guided floating is safe with a high-quality rescue suit that covers your whole body and keeps you dry. As you have your own clothing under the suit, you will not get cold even in the open 0-degree water.

Ski Tour on the Russian Border

A classic among Upitrek tours and a perfect choice for your first cross-country skiing tour in Finland! The guided hut-to-hut tour follows the Eastern Border Winter Trail right on the Russian border. The skiing distance is approximately 100 km, which is covered in 5 days. Guaranteed international departures in Feb-March. You ski, we take care of the rest!

Punkaharju Nature Reserve

The Punkaharju esker ridge has been an international tourist destination for two hundred years due to its beautiful surroundings. It is one of Finland's national landscapes and the beautiful lake views seen between its majestic pines are still the biggest attraction of the area. The area's landscape is easy to explore along marked trails and paths, which crisscross along the ridge. The Puruvesi and Pihlajavesi lakes shimmer brightly between majestic pines on summer days. It is not difficult to understand why the Punkaharju Nature Reserve draws a steady stream of visitors every year.

Nuuksio National Park

Within easy reach from Helsinki you can escape into wild natural settings and enjoy Finnish scenery at its best, with lakes, green forests and rigged crags. Pack your backpack for a memorable family picnic or campout. The nearby Finnish Nature Centre Haltia spotlights the best of Finland's natural treasures.

Scenery Snowmobile Safari with Wild Food Lunch by Open Fire

Experience the breathtaking sceneries around the Ruka Fell! This tour is great for families and beginners. The 30 km route will take you to the most beautiful natural sights of Kuusamo's Lappish nature. En route we will take a break at a wilderness hut and enjoy the silence of the great outdoors. A Wild Food lunch will be served at the campfire.

Ice Karting Open Race

Put the pedal to the metal and challenge your colleagues, friends or family for a fun race on ice and snow! Feel the excitement and have a great time on a safe ice track, driving karts and competing against time, other drivers or yourself.

Snowshoe Adventure

We’ll start from our Safari Center, where we'll teach you how to use the snowshoes. We'll head up to Vuokatti's hills and enjoy the amazing winter scenery. After the walk, we'll enjoy some hot drinks and snacks. Perfect for families and groups!

Open Water Swimming

Enjoy outdoor swimming in the clear waters of Helsinki. Explore open water swimming locations in the Baltic Sea and enjoy its beautiful Archipelago. Or do your open water training in Kaitalampi, the #ows training paradise of the region. Our professional swimming guide / lifeguard takes you to the best open water swimming locations and ensures your safety. You can hire a wetsuit, a swim hat, goggles and a tow float for you swim. Book a half-day or full #ows daytrip. Additional services: Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons and treks, wild food foraging and wild food meals.

Pre-Christmas Adventure in Lapland

This pre-Christmas trip to Rovaniemi, home of Santa Claus, is a great combination of all the Christmas must-do's at the Arctic Circle and is especially suitable for families. During your holiday, you will have a ride in a reindeer sleigh to meet Santa Claus, enjoy pristine snow-covered nature during a husky safari and feel the Arctic wind in your face on a snowmobile. More info from our office:

Skiing at Ruka is so Appetizing

The ski season at Ruka Ski Centre lasts more than 200 days. The multifaceted Ski Centre offers excellent ski tracks and slopes along with magnificent Lappish views and plenty of opportunities to taste wild food and other local delicacies. You can find travel packages on our website, e.g. Lappish Wild Food Dinner in Iisakki Village.

Lapland Short Break at Torassieppi

A short break at Torassieppi, including awesome winter activities like a husky safari and Lappish foodie experience. The Torassieppi Reindeer Farm & Northern Lights Resort is situated by Lake Torassieppi, right next to Pallas-Ylläs National Park. Located in an area with no light pollution, it is one of the best places to watch the Northern Lights. The restaurant's delicious food is local and organic. With cozy rooms, cabins with fireplaces, lakeside saunas and our own reindeer and husky farms on the doorstep, Torassieppi has all the ingredients for the perfect getaway.

Wild Swimming Adventure

Explore the best wild swimming spots with a local swim guide in Helsinki Region. Enjoy dips in the Baltic Sea and learn to know its beautiful archipelago. Walk with our guide to out-of-the-way swimming spots in Nuuksio National Park, where there are over 80 little lakes and ponds. Choose from a 3h urban swim tour to a whole day swim-walk trek. Our swim guide is a professional beach lifeguard and takes care of swimming safety.