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Have you tried before snowshoeing on a frozen lake or enjoyd snowy landscapes on sled dog safaris? Here you can admire starry nights, northern lights, and moon rays on the glistening snow. Winter nights in North Karelia are full of magic. In North Karelia, you have opportunity to spend time with sled dogs and discover winter wonderland in Finnish wilderness. Popular skiing tours from guesthouse to guesthouse in Nurmes introduce you to Finnish culture and winter activities. In addition, you can spend relaxing time in cozy guesthouses and taste local flavors without rush.
Book activities online and spend a memorable winter holiday in North Karelia, Lakeland Finland!
Snow Fun in wilderness
Gliding snowshoe hiking
It is nice and smooth to move in snowy forest with gliding snowshoes. A local guide will teach you how to walk or glide with snowshoes and shows the most beautiful sceneries of wilderness. This hiking trip in Kitee will take 2-3 hours. After hiking there will be snacks by the open fire.
Kicksledding on ice and snow
This three-hour guided tour in Kitee introduces you the secrets of kicksledding on ice and snow. During the safari you can enjoy the beautiful Karelian wilderness. Service available in Finnish, English, Swedish and German.
Explore Koli Hills with gliding snowshoes
Enjoy the national landscape of Koli and snowy forests with gliding snowshoes. The tours are 2-3 hours and are suitable for guests over 15 years old. A normal physical condition is required.
Cozy accommodation and sled dog safaris
If you want to combine a location middle of nowhere, a cozy accommodation and sled dog safaris in wilderness, then Eräkeskus Wilderness Lodge in Lieksa is a perfect match for you. They provide all-inclusive packages from couple day trips to one-week tours with fluffy dogs. Service available in English and German.
Frozen lakes and starry nights
A week on an island
Spend a memorable week in Villa Raita on an own island in Rääkkylä. The week includes accommodation, guided skiing and snowshoeing on the frozen lake and meals. Possibility to learn more about Finnish culture and daily life in North Karelia. For extra fee you can try ice fishing or bake Karelian pasties with local guide.
From January to March – 8 days & 7 nights
Starlight tour in Koli
In Koli National Park you can have a guided tour up to the Hills to admire winter nights with millions stars. If you are lucky, you might spot northern lights over Lake Pielinen. During the tour, the guide will tell stories about Koli’s history and culture. Also, a cup of a hot drink is a one part of the tour.
Skiing tours for beginners
Smooth landing on skiis
If you have not been earlier on skiing tour or your skiing skills need to be updated, this tour might be suitable for you. This guesthouse to guesthouse skiing tour in Nurmes includes skiings lessons, a short Finnish course, several sauna experiences, delicious food and nice accommodation in three different guesthouses.
In February – 8 days & 7 nights.
Shorter tour in winter wonderland
This shorter skiing tour includes as well accommodation in three guesthouses, opportunity to visit sauna and meals in every destination. Daily skiing lengths are between 15 and 25 km. Note that this tour is self-guided and previous skiing skills are required.
In February and March – 4 days & 3 nights.
Skiing tours for experienced ones
Traditional skiing tour from guesthouse to guesthouse
Enjoy shiny weather, glistening snow and frozen lakes while skiing from guesthouse to guesthouse in Nurmes. The tour will be guided in English and in German. Be ready to ski 10 to 25 km per day. Previous skiing skills are required.
In March – 8 days & 7 nights.
Skiing tour with Karelian culture
This skiing tour combines two cozy guesthouses, Karelia á la carte dinners, relaxed skiing, sauna and accommodation. There is also possibility to spend extra days in Karelian spa hotel in Bomba, Nurmes. Tour is self-guided.
In February and March – 5 days & 4 nights
Kontiolahti Biathlon World Cup 29.11.–4.12.2022
Biathlon World Cup will start this year in Kontiolahti and tickets are already on sale. Come to cheer your favorites to win and enjoy the atmosphere in North Karelia!
Stay longer in the region and find accommodation near by the Kontiolahti Biathlon Stadium. For instance, Joensuu, Kontiolahti and Koli locate maximum 45 min drive away from the Stadium.