From guesthouse to guesthouse cross country skiing
Set out for a tour by ski to the idyllic countryside of North Karelia. Snow, white forests and frozen lakes; February and March are the best times of the year for skiing in North Karelia.
The sun is shining, the snow glistens, the frozen lakes and hills are covered with a thick coat of snow.
Daily skiing tour is between 15 and 30 km and 6 to 8 hours with breaks. You should already be able to ski and have a good condition, you also get fitter every day! We´ll eat sandwiches and chocolate and drink hot tea or berry juice on the breaks. Please bring your own rucksack and thermos flask with you.
It is quiet in the forests. Sometimes you can see hare footprints or even elk footprints crossing our ski track.
In the evening you can have a sauna and cool-off in the snow. You also get to know typical Finnish homemade delicacies and after a good night sleep you are fit to ski again. The food is local and we also often use organic products!
Group size: 4-12 persons
Price: 1150 EUR
Single room: 20 EUR/day
Rental skiing equipment: 80 €/person
Please, give your shoe size, height and weigth. You can also bring your own ski boots but please, remember to inform the ski binding so that we can reserve you the right skis.
Additional days: 72 EUR with full board and skies, transfers not included.
Transfer to airport 160 EUR.
The tour price includes:
On the arrival day, Saturday; one group transfer from airport Kuopio at 18.00. Return on Saturday one group transfer to airport Kuopio at 12.00 (for the flight of 14.30). (All extra transfers from/to airport 160 EUR).
Accommodation at 3 different guesthouses (Puukarin Pysäkki, Laitalan Lomat and Pihlajapuu) in double rooms, full board, sauna every day, luggage transport, guidance. The group is an international group. The guidance will be in English and in German! One or two guides per group.
Please note, that because we are saving nature, we take the bed linen with us from the first guesthouse to be used in all the other guesthouses, too. The bed linen bag will be carried by the luggage transfer. You will get clean towels in every guesthouse.
Physical condition needed:
Skiing experience and good condition to ski max. 30 km/day. We advice you to ski in your home country or elsewhere before you take part in our skiing tour. A lot of team spirit!
Our skiing track is a nature track made by snowmobile. So in case of a hard wind and snow storm we cannot guarantee the track stays open all the time. Sorry about the inconvenience! We reserve the right to changes in the program due to weather conditions.
Arrival at Karelian Guesthouse Puukarin Pysäkki, in Valtimo (about 150 km transfer from airport Kuopio, 1,5 hours driving time). Dinner and getting to know the fellow-skiers.
Getting to know the skies, skiing tour around Paalajanvaara in the afternoon, 6 km. Accommodation in Puukarin Pysäkki.
Starting the tour by skiing through forests and fields and along lakes, 24 km. We grill sausages by the campfire on our pause. Accommodation in Laitalan Lomat.
The house ski track of Laitalan Lomat, 16 km. Accommodation in Laitalan Lomat.
Skiing along variable terrain to Guesthouse Pihlajapuu, 27 km. We make a pause inside in a farmhouse. Our host and hostess in the farmhouse are very nice and genuine Finnish persons. Accommodation at Pihlajapuu.
Skiing tour in the surroundings of Pihlajapuu 15-25 km. A possibility to massage (against payment). Accommodation at Pihlajapuu.
We make a short skiing tour to Nälkömäki (10 km). In the evening smoke sauna at Minna’s and dinner (glow-fried salmon) at Pihlajapuu. Accommodation at Pihlajapuu.
Group transfer to airport. Time to say hei, hei!