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Relaxing Winter Break in Koli National Park, 2 days

Relaxing Winter Break in Koli National Park, 2 days

Trees loaded by snow like in fairy tales and open views as far as eye can see. Into the Finnish national landscape you get best by snowshoeing or by skiing. Not forgetting relaxation after the exercise.

Koli National Park  is also called the national landscape of Finland.Why? Its views have inspired artists over the years and the landscape has been written, painted and composed in numerous pieces of part. The hills are remains of the Karelidian chain of mountains formed almost 2 milliard years ago. The highest point of Koli hill chain as well as whole southern Finland is called "Ukko-Koli", which is located 347 meters above the sea. The climate is exceptionally cold and therefore trees get extremely high snow-load. One tree might have 3000 kilos of snow on it.

Break Sokos Hotel Koli   is very unique due to its location on the top of "Ukko-Koli".Cars are left on a parking lodge and people take an elevator up to the hotel. The hotel has been totally renovated during the recent years and is now very modern but sits still nicely in its environment. Next to the hotel there is a nature center worth visiting.  

Koli Relax Spa  is a new type of spa, in which you are treating yourself in different pools, showers and saunas. You will get with you a bucket full of personal care products. You may take with you drinks from the café bar and also order them to the pool area. Main idea is to offer visitors peaceful own time. Children under 18yrs are allowed to visit the spa only with theri parent/s and can only use the spa until 4pm after which only adults use the spa until 8pm.   

Skiing  in its all formats is available. There are alltogether 13 slopes divided in two skiing areas in Koli. Ukko-Koli slopes, which start right from your hotel, are more challenging and Loma-Koli slopes better for snowboarding and families. Same ski pass can be used in both the areas. For cross-country skiers there are 60 kilometers of ski-tracks. The most challenging are the 3 and 7 kilometer tracks on the hills. In spring it is also nice to ski on the lake ice. 

Snow shoeing tour  starts by picking up the gear needed and a short techiniques info at outside the nature center Ukko, after which your guide will lead you to the Koli nature. After a while you will have a break and enjoy some hot coffee/tea as well as some snacks. Snowshoeing is easy and fun for all the people. not depending on your physical condition. 

Kota ja Alamaja  are catering services located a short way from the hotel. On your first day you will get a picnic in a teepee. Youtside the teepee you can meet reindeers Ukko and Akka. You snowshoeing tour will end up in Alamaja (=cottage down by the lake), where you will get to sauna again and this time even winter swimming if you like. Your visit will end up by having a Karelian fish meal together in Alamaja. 

 

WINTER OF KOLI NATIONAL PARK

Accommodation:  Break Sokos Hotel Koli

Meals:  2xbreakfast, 2xlunch

Recommended age:  over 13yrs (Note: families with smaller children, please see our Koli family package)

Guided tour: for gtoups over 6 people the snowshoeing tour is guided, for grups 1-5 people self-guided

Equipment:  snowshoes and poles are included in the price. On request an advance booking can be made on outdoor footwear and clothing for the price of  30€/person/day and skiing equipment as folliows: cross-country skiing set 31€/day, downhill skies/snowboard 40€/day and helmet 7€/day. Skipass we recommend to buy at Koli: 32€/day for adults and 26€ for children (key card needed).  

Transportation:  airport transfer Joensuu-Koli-Joensuu included 

Program: example

Arrival day

  • 5pm signing in
  • 7.30pm  evening snack in "Kahpitsa" hotel pizzacafé (not included in the price)

1. day

7-9am  breakfast

  • 10am-1pm cross-countryskiing tour or downhill skiing (see prices above)
  • 1-2pm  picnic lunch in the teepee (1,7km from the hotel)
  • 2-4pm  more skiing or free time
  • 4pm dinner in "Grill It" hotel restaurant (not included in the price) 
  • 6pm Relax Spa after which you can spend a relaxed evening in library bar

2. day

  • 7-9am  breakfast
  • 9-10  signing out and luggage into storage
  • 10am-1pm  snowshoeing trip
  • 1-2pm  sauna
  • 2-3pm  lunch
  • leaving home/next destination

Please note: there are rooms for families with pets, extra fee for a pet 10€

 

LOCATION
Airport: flights to Joensuu
Railway: Joensuu

 

Category Tours
Location Forest
Price 321€/person (14), 332,40€/person (6), 320€/person(2)
Prices for children 145€/child in extra bed
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