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Cross country skiing tour from guesthouse to guesthouse

Cross country skiing tour from guesthouse to guesthouse

Northern Karelia  is the home of the Finnish national romanticism. It is the enviroment familiar to those, who have read Kalevala, our national epos. The landscape is dominated by hills, which are gentle but large. Typical to Finland, there are lakes every here and there. In winter the lakes are frozen.The forests and lakes are all covered by snow.

The best cross-country ski touring  season in North Carelia is in February-March. Shiny winter days are perfect for skiing. The distance between the guesthouses varies between 15 to 30 kilometers, which takes 6-8 hours with breaks. The backcountry skiing track is made for traditional style only. 

You will get hot tea or berry juice with you in your backpack as well as sandwiches. It is good to have also some chocolate or peanuts for quick need of energy. Nothing beats the feeling of sitting down for a moment and enjoying a short break in the woods - in total silence. Sometimes you see footprints of wild animals on the ski track.

After the leg you willl arrive in the next guesthouse, where your luggage has already been transported during your skiing tour. You will be welcomed by the host and get to the hot sauna. Some guests cool-off by rolling in the snow after sauna while others prefer chilling out in warmer conditions.

On days between you will have a chance to ski a roundtrip in the neighborhood of the guesthouse - or not ski at all. These days also give the group some flexibility in case of bad weather (snow storm or very cold weather)..

Karelian kitchen  is famous for rich buffet tables with dishes made of pure ingredients such as fish, vegetables, mushrooms and berries. The favourite dish of many locals is Karelian pie, which is a traditional pasty filled typically with rice or smashed potatoes and served with egg butter. These local delicacies you will taste every evening. Every day you get with you a take-away lunch for the trip. 

You have a guide with you on all the legs and the transportation from Kuopio is included. If you have any special wishes regarding the travel arrangements, do not hesitate to contact us: sales@skafur-tour.fi


CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING TOUR FROM GUESTHOUSE TO GUESTHOUSE  

Accommodation: 2xnights Puukarin Pysäkki, 2xnights Laitalan Lomat, 3xnights at Pihlajapuu

Meals:  7xbreakfast, 7xtakeaway lunch, 7xdinner

Guidance:  guided in English and in German

Equipment:  rental ski equipment included (if you do not need it, 90€/person will be deducted.

Transportation: transfer from Kuopio airport included

Flight from Helsinki 11.2. at 13.20 arriving 14.10 and 14.30-15.25 118,50€/person not included. It is better you'll book it online yourselves.

Requirements:  Basic cross country skiing skills and good physical condition are needed, not suitable for children under 15 yrs

Program:  amendments possible

Arrival day

  • by 6pm arrival in Kuopio
  • tranportation to the guesthouse Puukarin pysäkki  (150km)
  • dinner
  • night at Puukarin Pysäkki

1st day

  • breakfast
  • getting equipped for the tour
  • testing the equipment on a 8km cross-country skiing roundtrip around Paalajavaara
  • sauna  
  • dinner
  • night at Puukarin Pysäkki

 2nd day

  • breakfast
  • 1st leg of the tour 26km with a lunch break (grilling sausages by open fire)
  • arrival at guesthouse Laitalan Lomat
  • sauna 
  • dinner
  • night at Laitalan Lomat

 3rd day

  • breakfast
  • local ski track of 16 km 
  • sauna  
  • dinner
  • night at Laitalan Lomat

 4th day 

  • breakfast
  • 2nd leg of  the skiing tour 27km to guesthouse Pihlajapuu 
  • a stop in a traditional farm house
  • arrival at guesthouse Pihlajapuu
  • dinner

5th day

  • breakfast
  • local ski track of 12 km 
  • smoke sauna
  • dinner (blazzing salmon, you will also see the preparation process)
  • night in Guesthouse Pihlajapuu

6th day

  • breakfast
  • 3rd leg of the skiing tour: 23km to Männikkölän Pirtti and Bomba
  • Karelian pies for lunch 
  • visit to the traditional Carelian house Bomba by skiing 
  • possibility to buy souvenirs
  • skiing back to the guesthouse Pihlajapuu
  • sauna
  • dinner

7th day

  • breakfast
  • departure at 12am

 

 

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Location Forest
Price 1242,70€/person
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Accomodation guesthouses in double rooms
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