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Arctic Adventure

Finland Multi-Activity CHALLENGING
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About the Challenge

The perfect antidote to a cold, wet British winter is a cold, dry Arctic adventure!

Replace the British winter with a Scandinavian wilderness away from the crowds and enjoy mesmerisingly peaceful scenes of frozen lakes and snow-covered pine and spruce forests.

We’ll be cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and husky-sledding, pushing ourselves in this harsh but compelling environment. Back at our log cabin, we can relax in the sauna and watch the night skies for the captivating dance of the Northern Lights.

 

 


Arctic Adventure

5 DAYS
  • Fly to Finland and arrive in Kuusamo, in north-eastern Finland. A major centre for winter sports, Kuusamo is surrounded by beautiful unspoilt scenery. We drive through these seemingly endless snow-covered landscapes to our comfortable cabin near Hossa. After settling in, we will have an evening meal before heading off to bed. Night cabin.

    Drive approx. 1 hour

  • We have a full in-country briefing about the adventures ahead, and then after kitting up thoroughly, learn the basics of cross-country skiing – one of the most popular winter hobbies in Finland. A relatively short tour through the flat pine forest and frozen lakes tests what we’ve learned; it’s common to see reindeer here, so keep your eyes peeled! After this we can head out on one of the well-prepared ski tracks – some are easy, some harder and hillier; so choose a suitable level. Time and energy-levels permitting, we then start making quinzees – a type of igloo – before relaxing back at the cabin, where the sauna will soothe any aching muscles! Night cabin.

    Ski approx. 3-5 hours

  • After another short introduction, we set off from the cabin in our snowshoes, following a route through beautiful snow-covered forests of pine and spruce. 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. Back at the cabin, we finish our quinzees – anyone wanting to sleep in them overnight can do so – and there’s even the opportunity to try ice swimming! The sauna beckons again tonight, and we’ll be hoping to see the magical Northern Lights. Night cabin / quinzee.

    Snowshoe approx. 4-6 hours

  • We drive to our husky farm near Kuusamo, where we meet our intelligent, enthusiastic and very photogenic teams of huskies! After learning a little about the dogs, 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, and the day is a truly memorable highlight of our adventure! Late afternoon we head to our hotel, where we can celebrate our Arctic achievements. There may also be time for an optional visit to a reindeer farm. Night hotel.  (Dinner not included)

    Sledding approx. 4-5 hours

    NB: The order of activities may change depending on local conditions and logistics; this can affect which night is spent in the hotel.

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

EIC Challenge for a Cause

5 DAYS
  • Fly to Finland and arrive in Kuusamo, in north-eastern Finland. A major centre for winter sports, Kuusamo is surrounded by beautiful unspoilt scenery. We drive through these seemingly endless snow-covered landscapes to our comfortable cabin near Hossa. After settling in, we will have an evening meal before heading off to bed. Night cabin.

    Drive approx. 1 hour

  • We have a full in-country briefing about the adventures ahead, and then after kitting up thoroughly, learn the basics of cross-country skiing – one of the most popular winter hobbies in Finland. A relatively short tour through the flat pine forest and frozen lakes tests what we’ve learned; it’s common to see reindeer here, so keep your eyes peeled! After this we can head out on one of the well-prepared ski tracks – some are easy, some harder and hillier; so choose a suitable level. Time and energy-levels permitting, we then start making quinzees – a type of igloo – before relaxing back at the cabin, where the sauna will soothe any aching muscles! Night cabin.

    Ski approx. 3-5 hours

  • After another short introduction, we set off from the cabin in our snowshoes, following a route through beautiful snow-covered forests of pine and spruce. 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. Back at the cabin, we finish our quinzees – anyone wanting to sleep in them overnight can do so – and there’s even the opportunity to try ice swimming! The sauna beckons again tonight, and we’ll be hoping to see the magical Northern Lights. Night cabin / quinzee.

    Snowshoe approx. 4-6 hours

  • We drive to our husky farm near Kuusamo, where we meet our intelligent, enthusiastic and very photogenic teams of huskies! After learning a little about the dogs, 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, and the day is a truly memorable highlight of our adventure! Late afternoon we head to our hotel, where we can celebrate our Arctic achievements. There may also be time for an optional visit to a reindeer farm. Night hotel.  (Dinner not included)

    Sledding approx. 4-5 hours

    NB: The order of activities may change depending on local conditions and logistics; this can affect which night is spent in the hotel.

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


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £199 Fundraising target £2,250 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £199 Fundraising target £1,250 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £199 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,125 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • All transport from London to Kuusamo return
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leader; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides and drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Any specialist equipment for activities (except clothing) and instruction
    • Entry to any sites included in the itinerary
    • Airline taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • One meal where specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)
    • Optional visit to reindeer farm (can be booked locally)
    • Optional winter boot rental (approx. 40 euros)
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £300 Fundraising target £1,000 Tour Cost £550.00 Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £199 Fundraising target £2,250 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £199 Fundraising target £1,250 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £199 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,125 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • All transport from London to Kuusamo return
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leader; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides and drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Any specialist equipment for activities (except clothing) and instruction
    • Entry to any sites included in the itinerary
    • Airline taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • One meal where specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)
    • Optional visit to reindeer farm (can be booked locally)
    • Optional winter boot rental (approx. 40 euros)
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £249 Fundraising target £2,250 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £249 Fundraising target £1,250 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £249 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,125 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • All transport from London to Kuusamo return
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leader; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides and drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Any specialist equipment for activities (except clothing) and instruction
    • Entry to any sites included in the itinerary
    • Airline taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • One meal where specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)
    • Optional visit to reindeer farm (can be booked locally)
    • Optional winter boot rental (approx. 40 euros)
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £249 Fundraising target £2,250 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £249 Fundraising target £1,250 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £249 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,125 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • All transport from London to Kuusamo return
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leader; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local guides and drivers
    • Local support and back-up equipment
    • Any specialist equipment for activities (except clothing) and instruction
    • Entry to any sites included in the itinerary
    • Airline taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • One meal where specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at the time of writing)
    • Optional visit to reindeer farm (can be booked locally)
    • Optional winter boot rental (approx. 40 euros)
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions or activities
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • Some accommodation (in hotels or camp) will be twin-share. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller in a shared room.

    On some nights we are likely to sleep in more communal accommodation such as dormitories, huts, local homestays or monasteries, depending on the trip, and you may be sharing with a larger number of participants or the whole group; this type of accommodation cannot always be single-sex.

  • We stay one night in a hotel on a twin-share basis, and the rest in a traditional wooden cabin with good facilities - though expect it to be fairly compact. Accommodation is in bunk-beds, dorm-style.

  • The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we enjoy a buffet-style lunch-stop, other times we might have packed lunches. On some trips we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.

    Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we may be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local lifestyles. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. In some destinations we work together as a team with local guides to help set up or break camp, or prepare meals. Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something!

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.

    Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check requirements on our website; please ensure you allow plenty of time.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.


Testimonials

Stuart - March 2017


Rated: 5* This trip was amazing, each day had different wow factors.

Carla - March 2017


Rated: 5*  This trip was amazing.  Steve was fantastic as were our Finnish hosts.  The only slight negative I can mention is that we didnt really have a spare day so missed out visiting the Reindeers!  However, the overall experience was amazing and
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I've not stopped talking about it since - the huskys being the main highlight. Thank you again DA for another impressive trip. I will be back again soon!
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