Wild Swimming in Northern Finland

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This one-week guided wild swimming tour takes you to the pure wild lakes and clean waters of Northern Finland and Lapland in the Kuusamo and Posio regions. Swim along sandy ridges in wild landscapes and in stunning fell sceneries and experience traditional Finland’s cosy cottage life complete with relaxing saunas and meals by the fire. Trip is organised by our partner Adventure Apes, which is the liable tour operator. Booking: Adventure Apes

Higlights

Open water swimming in Europe’s largest spring, in Lake Kitkajärvi
Deep canyon, narrow water swimming in the ice age gulch of Lake Ruoppijärvi
Wild swimming in Lake Livojärvi and underwater photography portraits in kettle hole lakes
Downriver swim in Oulanka river in Oulanka National Park

Details

Availability: June to September
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Group size: 5-12
Location: Northern Finland, Lapland, Kuusamo-Posio
Activity level: Experienced swimmers
Best suited for adults in normal fit condition, experience in open water swimming needed (at least ability to swim 2K at once). Swims can be adjusted for experienced pool swimmers, who are learning to swim outdoors. Note that we will swim in rain or shine so there may be rough conditions depending on the weather.
Gear needed: At least 2 swimming costumes, 1-2 swimming goggles including one tinted pair, 1-2 swim hats, slippers and trainers, wetsuit, warm sweater and water/windproof jacket, beanie/hat, gloves, waterproof sun cream, insect repellent, tow-float or dry bag
Transportation: Transfers from and to Kuusamo airport and local travel are included. Arrival by train to Rovaniemi or Kemijärvi and bus transfer is also available at additional cost. Please contact us for further information and pricing. Flights are not included.
Language: English, Finnish, Swedish
Booking: Pre-booking is required, contact us for availability

Departures dates

This activity can be tailor-made! Contact us to book as a private tour, to customise the adventure, or for other departure options.

Summer 2020 group departures
18 – 24 July

Adventure programme – Wild Swimming in Northern Finland

DAY 1
ARRIVAL AT ADVENTURE APES LODGE AND ACCLIMATIZATION SWIM

The tour begins with welcome lunch followed by a tour briefing and swim gear check. After a short walk to the village beach, we’ll take a short acclimatization swim in Europe’s largest spring; Lake Kitkajärvi. We will do a short water safety briefing including rescuing on the rescue board or canoe and the protocol for gathering together and swimming to shore in case of an emergency. After the swim, we will have a traditional Finnish sauna ready followed by dinner back at the Lodge.
Meals included: Lunch, Snack, Dinner

DAY 2
HIKING AND SWIMMING IN GULCH LAKE, LAKE RUOPPIJÄRVI

After a short drive, we will take a walk through the beautiful forested hill of Ruoppivaara. We will explore the high rocks and enjoy the views down to the ice age formed gulch Lake Ruoppijärvi and pristine forest. After taking in the magnificent views of the cliff and rocks, we’ll hike down to the gulch lake and start exploring it up close with a 1.5 to 2.5-kilometer swim. In the middle swim, we will warm up in a sauna, eat lunch at a cosy summer cabin on the shore and test our luck fishing.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

DAY 3
SWIM TOUR IN LAKE KITKAJÄRVI, EUROPE’S LARGEST SPRING

Today we will get to know our home Lake Kitka by swimming in different parts of this vast sea-like lake and exploring the bays, points and islands. Swimming distances will be customized depending on the weather conditions and energy levels of the group. This may be the perfect day for picking wild herbs and berries for our outdoor snack and hearing about the flora and fauna of the area. We will also have a chance to try standup paddleboarding and canoeing.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch , Snack, Dinner

DAY 4
OVERNIGHT TRIP TO THE SANDY BEACHES OF LAKE LIVOJÄRVI, SWIMMING UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN AND WILD CAMPING IN TENTS BY THE LAKE

On our drive to Lake Livojärvi (45 km), we’ll get to know about the local history and way of life. We will visit an ancient wild reindeer pit system dating back to 3000 B.C. and the Akanlahti log transfer facility, which is the only remaining old log facility in Finland. On the Säikänsalmi beach, “the Riviera of Lapland”, we’ll have a break and snacks before heading to the beach of Kelliniemi. Here we will swim approximately 3 kilometres in shorter sections around the sandy cape. Lake Livojärvi has crystal clear drinkable water and beautiful scenery to surrounding fells.

After a campsite lunch, we will continue to another beach where we will wild camp in tents overnight. Tonight we will cook our campfire dinner together and swim under the midnight sun – something you will remember for the rest of your life. In addition, we will go to the wilderness sauna and enjoy the silence of nature.
Meals included: Breakfast, Camp lunch on the beach, Snack, Campfire dinner

DAY 5
WILD SWIMMING AND SNORKELLING IN KETTLE HOLE LAKES OF HIRSINIEMI

After breakfast, we will walk a beautiful hiking route along the Hirsiniemi cape in Lake Livojärvi and snorkel and swim in kettle hole lakes along the walking route. These clear, green groundwater lakes are marvellous sites for underwater photography so we will take few underwater portraits together. We’ll rest and have snacks by lean-to shelters along the route. After hiking and wild swimming we’ll return to the Lodge where we will have time to relax.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner

DAY 6
SWIMMING DOWNRIVER IN OULANKA RIVER IN OULANKA NATIONAL PARK

After a lazy morning and sauna, we will head to Oulanka National Park where we will stop by the visitor’s centre to learn about the Arctic flora and fauna before doing a short hike to see Kiutaköngäs rapids along the river Kitka. After a camp lunch, we will go down from the esker to the shore of Kitka and continue our adventure by downriver swimming. The river will carry us fast and we can mostly enjoy the ride.

In the evening at the Lodge we’ll have a farewell party with a sauna and barbeque in the traditional Lappish Kota (BBQ hut).
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Farewell Barbeque

DAY 7
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE, TRANSFER BACK TO THE AIRPORT

We like to say a great adventure never ends; it merely changes form to become part of who you are. After today your Finnish wild swimming tour will transform into some of your best memories as you continue your travels back home.
Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

The accommodation for this adventure is at Adventure Apes Lodge in the countryside of Kuusamo. Once a public primary school, the guesthouse has been newly renovated to provide clean and cosy, standard-level accommodations. The dorm-style rooms have bunk beds with private bathrooms and up to six people per room. Bedlinen and towels are included. A traditional wood-heated sauna is available every day.

One night will be spent in tents wild camping by the lake with two-three people sharing a tent. Sleeping bags, sleeping mattresses and towels will be provided and there is an eco-toilet for use on the site. In the evening you will have a chance to relax in the wilderness sauna.

Pricing and inclusions

€1200 PER PERSON

This adventure is priced per person including VAT and does not include flight, train or bus tickets.
Please note that modifications to the program and activities are possible due to weather and/or safety reasons.

Tour includes all:

  • Accommodations as indicated above
  • Transfers – Travel to and from Kuusamo airport and all local travel indicated in the adventure program
  • Meals and activities as shown in the program (At Adventure Apes there are no surprise activity costs, all activities included in the program are included in the price!)
  • Guide services – private, professional Finnish/English/Swedish speaking swim guide and swim safety escort staff
  • Liability insurance of Adventure Apes

Tour does not include:

  • Hotels before or after the start of the tour.
  • Airfare or other transportation before or after the start of the tour
  • Personal outdoor clothing and swim gear (A complete recommended gear list will be provided before the tour)
  • Single room accommodation
  • Meals, snacks or drinks other than those listed and alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance (Travel insurance is required and should cover possible evacuation from the wilderness by helicopter)