Mid Winter Backcountry ski tour

Back Country Winter Tour with Sleds in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

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Early winter in  is great time for skiing through the forests and fell areas in wilderness area of arctic Lapland. This guided back country ski tour takes you virgin snow, small cabins and serene forests and hills of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. On the tour everyone has a pulka (a sledge for the equipment and food,  rental included) .

  • Professionally guided backcountry ski tour in Finnish Lapland from hut to hut
  • Program duration: 8 days / 7 nights, 6 skiing days
  • Typical day trip 15 km (extra), classic style with sled (pulka)
  • Main guiding language is English, group size 4-8 persons
  • Price 935 € / person

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  • Day 1 – Transportation from Kittilä airport to Rauhala. Overnight accommodation in a holiday cabin or in the rooms for 2 persons. Dinner and accommodation. After the dinner the guide will tell about the week’s program and preparations.
  • Day 2 – Transportation to Pallas Nature Centre by Pallastunturi hills. At the Information centre of the Pallas-Ounastunturi National Park we will have possibility to learn more about the nature of this area from an exhibition and slide show. We start our ski tour from Pallas heading to our first stop at Nammalakuru cabin where we we stay over next night. Theme of the day: how to make fire in wilderness.
  • Day 3 -This day we continue from Nammalakuru northwards to Hannukuru wilderness cabin, where we will stay next two nights. There is a wilderness sauna by the cabin. Theme of the day: Navigation in the wilderness.
  • Day 4 – Day trip on open fell/hill area (tunturi) from Hannukuru to Suostunturi. Theme of the day: How to make survical snow shelter.
  • Day 5 -From Hannukuru we continue our tour over open fells to Hietajärvi lake and Pippovuoma swamp. After crossing Ounasjoki we will reach Ketomella and our wilderness cabin. There is sauna by Ketomella cabin. Theme of the day:  Survical in the arctic wilderness.
  • Day 6 – From Ketomella we continue to Tappuri cabin in the middle of reindeer herder’s roundup area. After a break we continue to Sioskuru cabin by Pyhätunturi fell. Overnight stay in Sioskuru cabin. Theme of the day:  How to prepare a winter camp.
  • Day 7 – From Sioskuru we continue to via Pyhäkero wilderness cabin to Lappish village of Hetta by Ounasjärvi Lake. Bus transfer from Hetta to our basecamp in Rauhala. Theme of the day:  Multi-day winter treks in Arctic area.
  • Day 8 – Breakfast in Rauhala, departure.

Accommodation for the first night and last nights in the base camp Rauhala in a holiday cabins or room for 2 persons. During the tour accommodation in wilderness huts and holiday cottages in rooms for 2, 4 or 6 people. There is electricity, running water and sauna in the basecamp. Wilderness cabins (2nd to 6th nights) have very basic facilities but a stove to heat the cabin.

On this tour you should have earlier cross-country skiing experience and be able  to ski 3 km / hour with a sled in varying terrain/soft snow.

Program includes:

  • Guidance and guide’s services
  • Full board as mentioned in the program: breakfast, lunch bags, dinner, accommodation
  • Rent of equipment: touring skis, poles, ski boots, a sled
  • Bus transportation according to the program
  • Return transit from Kittilä Airport or Levi to Rauhala

Optional services:

  • Additional nights in Rauhala (full board), 94 € / night
  • Rent of sleeping bags, 32 € / week

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  • Sat 25 Nov 2017 open for reservations, unconfirmed
  • Sat 2 Dec 2017 open for reservations, unconfirmed
  • Sat 6 Jan 2018 open for reservations, unconfirmed
  • Sat 13 Jan 2018 open for reservations, unconfirmed
  • Sat 20 Jan 2018 open for reservations, unconfirmed

To make reservation enter your information in the form below, please. After receiving your reservation we will send you confirmation, more information and invoice for the reservation fee. Do not reserve flight or other tickets before receiving the confirmation.

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Health, safety and insurance

Any medical conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease or epilepsy) or other issue which could influence performance during the trip as well as special diets should be informed to the organiser   well before the tour. Take possible personal medication and prescriptions packed in a waterproof package.

We recommend that you take an travel insurance with a cancellation cover for your flights and holiday. With an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) you can receive necessary medical treatment for free or at a reduced cost in Finland, however the card does not render travel insurance obsolete.

How to get there

We start our tour from Rauhala Village in Kittilä, about 30 minutes drive from Kittilä Airport (KTT). Rauhala is located ca. 30 km from Levi Ski Resort and ca. 40 km from Ylläs Ski Resort (Äkäslompolo Village). There are several ways to get to Rauhala.

Price and reservation information

Deposit (reservation fee) is 200 € / person . Final payment is due 12 days prior to tour start. We send you invoices for both payments. Primary payment method is bank transfer (IBAN). If you need credit card payment option, please let us know. Credit card convenience fee 2,5% for whole sum will be added to final payment .

After you have reserved flight or other tickets, please send us arrival/departure times and flight codes, so we can pick you up right time from the airport or inform about arrival to Rauhala. Please inform us also any health/medical conditions or special diets, we should take into consideration.

If the passenger cancels the booking for no particular reason (see Package Travel Act, § 15) at least 12 days before the departure date the cancellation cost is equal to booking fee. Later cancelations are assessed the entire program fee . Office fee is 75€/person (in case of changes or cancellations defined in Package Travel Act).

The company (Netgalleria Oy – Feel The Nature Treks ) is a package holiday company  registered by Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority and it has lodged security against advance payments for travel. This tour is a package defined in Finnish Package Travel Act. For more information: http://www.kkv.fi/en/ .

Due to the weather conditions and other circumstances changes to the program are possible.

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Personal Equipment Check list

  • Ski suit or other suitable outer layer (jacket, pants) clothing for skiing
  • Woolly hat, warm ski gloves
  • Long underwear
  • warmer ski gloves/mittens
  • extra second layer (synthetic/wool) or warmer ski suit
  • Thin fleece and long sleeve thermal
  • Scarf / hood
  • Wind proof jacket with hood, scarf
  • Socks – Medium thickness wool / synthetic socks or medium socks teamed with a liner.
  • Backpack for day trips, Thermos bottle
  • Warm winter boots
  • Comfortable clothing for cottage and evenings
  • Flash light or headlamp
  • Towels, toiletries
  • Hut slippers
  • Sleeping bag (night temperatures in the wilderness cabin can be between +10 – +15 °C)
  • Personal medications, Basic first aid kit, Blister kit (athletic tape, Compeed)

There is limited mobile coverage on the area. In some areas where you cannot make a phone call, you could anyway send/receive SMS.

 

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