Discover the magic of Finland with this exciting, action-packed trip. Start off in vibrant Helsinki and explore the city, taking in the beautiful buildings and perhaps spending the evening sipping a drink in one of the many exciting new bars. Once you've had your fill of the capital, board a train north to Vuokatti and experience the wonder of train travel through Finland, with stunning landscapes rolling past your window. In Vuokatti, your days are filled with adventure. Try your hand at mushing your own team of sled dogs, snowshoe through the wilderness, ride a speedy snowmobile and even learn how to snowshoe through the drifts.
Welcome to Finland! After your direct flight from London Heathrow to Helsinki, make your own way into the city to check in for your two-night city break. The country's capital is easily accessible by train from the airport.
Today is free for you to explore the exciting city of Helsinki. The Finnish capital is simply bursting with culture and activities sure to keep you busy. By day, why not admire Helsinki’s mix of history and forward-thinking, with grand classical architecture reflecting the city’s past and innovative, modern buildings showing that it always has one eye to the future. By night, we recommend a visit to the opera or a drink at one of Helsinki’s numerous bars and bustling night cafés. (B)
Check out of your hotel and make your way to the Helsinki Train Station to catch the train up north to Kajaani. Travelling by train across Finland is a relaxing and easy way to take in the magnificent and diverse landscapes of the country. When you arrive at Kajaani Station you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in Vuokatti for check in. (B)
Today your experience in the Finnish wilderness really starts. Learn the basics of driving a husky sled before setting off on the Nuppu and Nallo winter trail, a fantastic 0.5 km trail perfect for learning how to "mush" your own team of dogs. Warm up afterwards with a hot drink and hear tales about the day-to-day life of the huskies. (B)
Take things up a notch today on an exciting snowmobile safari that takes you up to the Vuokatti hills. From here, the beautiful winter scenery opens up all around you. Afterwards, the rest of the day is free so you can head to the ski slopes or try your hand at other activities. (B)
Snowshoeing is the perfect way to explore Vuokatti’s winter landscape. Snowshoes allow you to walk easily across the top of snow drifts that would be too deep to manage in boots. Your guide will lead you up to the Vuokatti hills. Along the way, breathe in the fresh air and keep your eyes peeled for animal tracks! (B)
For your last day in the winter wonderland you get to put your new-found dog sled mushing skills to the test. Strike out from the arena into the peaceful and surreal winter forest along the spectacular 6km trail where you can get a true taste of the skill of driving over a long distance. (B)