Join us for a winter adventure day in Saariselkä.

Morning Trek & Guided Exploration:

After picking up you from your hotels and gearing you up for the day, we start with a briefing on equipment and a trek across the snowy tundra. 

You'll explore the UKK National Park of Saariselkä, learning about the area's unique flora and fauna. Depending on the snow conditions, we will use snowshoes, gliding snowshoes, or backcountry skis to navigate the terrain. Our knowledgeable guide will provide insights into the UKK National Park's ecosystem and its historical significance. There will be opportunities to take photos, and identify typical birds, animals, and tracks.

Lappish Lunch:

After the trek, enjoy a Lappish lunch at Kaunispää Fell, where you can take in the stunning views of Saariselkä and the national park. The meal is prepared with local ingredients, offering a taste of regional culinary traditions.

Afternoon Sauna:

In the afternoon, relax in a traditional sauna located in Laanila. Our guide will explain the sauna culture and history, and there will be an opportunity to try ice swimming for a truly invigorating experience.

Photo Credits: Jaakko Posti, Tero Turpainen / Visit Finland

Know before you go

Family Friendly:
This experience is family-friendly, with a recommended age of 10 years. However, we can adjust for smaller children with easier hike options to ensure everyone has a great time.

Meeting Points:
For those in the Inari & Ivalo region, we meet at Xwander Basecamp in Ivalo at 9:00 AM. For those based in Saariselkä, we will meet at your hotel between 9:30 and 9:45 AM. We start by preparing you with winter overalls and boots suited for winter trekking.

What do I need to bring?

  • Warm, layered underclothing suitable for winter trekking (we will provide with overalls and boots)
  • Hat, gloves, and scarf
  • Camera or smartphone
  • Personal water bottle
  • A sense of adventure and curiosity!

Information

Duration

6 hours

Booking in advance

2 days

Difficulty

Easy

Minimum age

10

Location

Ivalo

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