Finland Winter Expedition
Gay Adventure Tour
8 days Finland Winter Expedition Gay Adventure Tour with Local finnish travel companion starting and finishing from Helsinki. Our base of all operations will be Rantasalmi in eastern Finland, a small town located in the Saimaa National Park at Finnish Lakeland area.
Northern Lights snowshoe hike | Cross country skiing through Finnish wilderness | Winter fishing Aurora Workshop | Slow travel | Local Gay travel companion | Reduced group of 8 men
OUR PERFECT ENVIRONMENT
At Rantasalmi we share and stay a comfortable 10 person lakeside cottage equipped with all kinds of amenities (fully furnished kitchen, sauna, heating, etc.), we will go on excursions along the area’s cross-country ski, ice skating slopes and enjoy the spectacle of the possible northern lights, boreales.
Slow travel, gastronomy, snow and the Northern Lights await on this active all-gay tour of winter. My frosty Finland tour makes the most of winter: skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, ice fishing, finnish survive skills teamorks, tasting and making local gastronomy and sleeping in authentic cabin at Saimaa National Park to admire the Northern Lights. Together we’ll warm up to Helsinki on an exclusive walking tour. And finally, we veer back to Helsinki for a last night, and if you’ve never swam in Helsinki city center—in the middle of winter no less—you can even scratch that off your list.
When we know that it is possible to travel more and better, we no longer want anything else. We know that adventure is within our reach, and we want to share it with those we love most. And we also want MORE!
That is why I invite you to travel with me, so that you can discover FINLAND in a way that respects the culture that is going to welcome us and the fauna that we are going to observe, because above all we want to generate a trip with a POSITIVE IMPACT!
But first, let me introduce how this work!:
Place to spot rare lake seals and majestic ospreys.
What are you looking for in Central Finland?
Perhaps what I look for in each of my trips…
Discover the different landscapes that nature offers us and learn more about how people live in other parts of the world by sharing a cultural immersion with the local population.
Today I bring you a trip that I have prepared with great enthusiasm since we are going to fulfill one of my greatest dreams (and I hope yours too) together in Finland.
I am Harri, coordinator of this trip and an inveterate traveller, restless ass, who escapes to any part of Finland without thinking twice. I always travel with the aim of showing the beauty that we have on this planet to protect it, take care of it and generate an impact on the consciences of the people who travel with me.
If something defines me, it is the passion for animals. I am a lover of nature and I believe that we should protect it especially when we travel, generating the minimum possible impact so as not to exploit it but rather to conserve it.
This is the Finnish adventure designed for you
Our team does not get stressed doing the typical excursions in a hurry. The objective of the trip is to enjoy each place surrounded by people who above all love nature and want to discover the destination in a conscious way with the impacts that we are going to generate in the destination.
Nor will we go to the same places as other tourists. Combining the extraordinary known with the special unknown will make your senses explode with every step you take.
And on our return home, we will be the loudspeaker to minimize the exploitation of the resources that most tourists unconsciously generate when they travel.
We will be agents of change!
You will live the rawness of Nature, the ancestral culture, the authenticity of being a tribe.
I will accompany you along a route designed to experience moments of truth in a country that overflows with magic for those who know how to find it. Because we will get away from the tourist area to truly connect with every moment that nature will offer us exclusively, far from organized excursions for large groups
THAT'S WHY THIS TRIP IS UNIQUE
Who accompanies you on this journey?
Hey! I am Harri, I am Harri, a Finn living in Spain and passionate about travel, animals and outdoor adventures to little traveled places, always trying to do it in a responsible and conscious way for the planet and local communities.
I admit that I have always liked to travel, discover remote places and live new experiences. And yet, a few years ago, I went back to my roots and returned to my origins by active travels. I had the opportunity to take a daily sauna with a subsequent dip in the lake, paddle with the blue of the sky melting into the water, stop at a laavu to pick a few blueberries and eat something on the grill… It was a very intimate contact with nature, but not a cloistered nature, but alive, where people unfold. This is how the Finns feel their land.
This is how the idea was born
Upon returning to Spain I felt calmer in mind and satisfied with the hunger to travel. It took me a while to realize: 25 years traveling the world and it was the first time I felt this stillness after a trip. And this is what I would like to share with you, another non-invasive way of «doing tourism», respecting the environment that surrounds you and integrating into the environment as the locals do.
Travel companions more important than destination
The intensity of the journey comes from what we create together.
We believe that it is vitally important to form a team with people with the same tastes and values.
In addition to us, you will be accompanied by between 8 (at least) and 12 (at most) fellow travelers.
But not only that, the local team that makes the trip possible is part of this adventure. There will be moments of the trip where we will enrich the way sharing moments with guides and local people…
All the people who decide to join this traveling experience will go through a kind of interview with us to check the affinity with the team and confirm that we are all online.
In this way we will create a very nice and related group, with open and adventurous people. that multiplies the experience exponentially.
Because all the people on the team add up by contributing their grain of sand and thus creating an unbreakable pineapple.
Benefits of this MILTIADVENUTURE to Finland?
Aboriginal culture, majestic nature, fellowship, magic and calm!
We are going to soak up the Earth itself, its culture, its people, its mountains and its myths.
A story of greatness for hearts like yours or mine. Assimilate the beauty and brutality of nature, while we go through your body.
Breaking down the value of the trip to Finland
Budget control in your hands and transparency that benefits everyone.
In this section we explain 2 very important things: ExploraFinlandia does not work as a travel agency and you are the one who controls 100% of your budget.
Use the buttons to find out everything.
ExploraFinlandia does not work as a travel agency that is why we do NOT sell combined travel packages (Package that includes Transportation, activities and accommodation in the same price).
We only charge you for the great value that our service provides. We are Freelance travel designers and you are the one who controls 100% of your travel budget.
Look, we will explain it to you briefly.
The investment to make this trip is divided into 3 parts.
1.- ExploraFinlandia design, advice and support service – It is what we bill you.
2.- Travel budget – All local services that make this travel design possible – You pay it directly.
3.- Flights – The most variable part of the price – You buy it directly.
It is a way of ensuring that the value of your budget ends up where it has to, adding quality to the trip in the most sustainable way possible.
We want you to be an active part of the organization of the trip and of the enjoyment and illusion prior to the departure date. Starting from this idea of enjoying during the months prior to the trip, we create united groups, we communicate constantly to get to know each other better, break the ice… With this we achieve 2 things; first we sow the seed of a united group with all the benefits that this brings to the trip. Second, collaborate so that each participant makes some reservations directly without intermediaries.
With our help, each participant will make some reservations directly (Flight, local reservations that are essential to make in time, etc.), without that money passing through us. This way you will be able to know at all times where for your money, without intermediaries, without losses, in a more sustainable way, reaching the local economy to value much more everything that the trip includes.
And don’t worry, everything you have to book from home will hardly take you time and is a perfect excuse to get in touch and start living the trip together. We will help you with all this and once done we will focus on enjoying the whole experience.
Now read carefully the sections “ExploraFinlandiaService”, “Travel budget”, “Flights” and “What we are not” because they are very very important.
This is what the price of the trip to Finland includes
We explain what it does include and does not include so you can take it into account
Design and Accompaniment
It is the value of experience
8 days of travel accompanied by an expert in responsible tourism travel who has designed this trip, Harri, seo of ExploraFinlandia. Ventura, who will offer a daily plan, coordinate and ensure the smooth running of the trip.
To go hunting for the northern lights we will have an expert guide in hunting auroras and for the icefishing or nature sighting roadtrip as well
We will also live with the people belonging to the local culture, where we can have several teamorks, learn the history of thei area and get to know how local lives here daily.
We will heat the sauna everyday, know how to smoke trouts like finish guys, passing several local areas, having good relaxed time together..
Tours and activities in and around Saimaa
With local guides who will help us see incredible things
Aurora hunting excursion: They will give us precise and relevant information on how to capture those fine rays of light thanks to the fact that a professional photographer will accompany us.
For this great adventure, they will serve us a homemade vegetarian soup during the excursion, they will lend us thermal suits and everything we need to be comfortable outside waiting for the much-desired Aurora!
We will also receive a small photography workshop, food, hot drinks and cookies.
Moto skooter adventure: They will lend us a winter thermal suit, winter shoes and instant heat bags (only if necessary).
Tripods and headlamps.
Activities at frozen lake: The most beautiful ice trail in Finland, from Oravi through Linnansaari National Park to Rantasalmi, or vice versa. Lots of options with snowshoes, tour skates or ice-fishing. The total length of the prepared route is up to 20 km/ one way depending on the weather conditions.
Professional photos: we will take a photo with the northern lights in the background, when possible included in the price of the activity.
knowing NATIONAL PARK
Attractions in Linnansaari National Park
Landscape of the national park: Located in the heart of the Finnish Lakeland, the Linnansaari National Park perfectly reflects its landscape.
Linnansaari National Park is in the heart of the Finnish Lakeland, and an ideal place to spot rare Saimaa Ringed Seals and majestic ospreys. The magnificent landscape alternates between a labyrinth of sheltered islands and broader open waters.
Over 130 islands as well as islets and boulders are part of the area and provide a diverse landscape of forests, ridges, meadows, fields, rocks and waters – the ideal habitat for a bio-diverse flora and fauna.
What is Lakeland?
Finnish lakeland is the largest Lake District in Europe: In a scarcely populated country there’s enough scenery and shoreline for all, allowing you to easily lose yourself in thought or be inspired by the vast clear lakes, intricately splintered by islands, isthmuses and green spits.
Taking a trip to Lakeland is like taking a trip into the heart of Finnish identity.
the most special
Coexistence in a Saimaa Natural Park spending time in a laavu (the typical dwelling) and making our own dinner there . We will be able to go out and see the auroras in an overwhelming snowy landscape. dinner around a campfire and having nice time.
We never promise you that you will see auroras. It is never guaranteed as it depends on how cloudy the sky is and the weather conditions, but the local guides know the area perfectly and will maximize our chances.
We will eat a spectacular cake that is the trip, and the icing is the auroras that if we eat it, we will close a brutal experience.
Other essentials that you should know.
All the people who join this adventure must know…
Sometimes these essentials are part of the experience, other times they are a necessity that do not deserve a large budget investment.
And other times, we don’t even include them in the budget and leave them as optional.
At the moment there is no fixed price (we will publish it at the end of November). That is why it is not specified what it includes and does not include. That is why you can sign up for the list of interested people and you will be one of the first people to receive all the information to apply for a place on this trip.
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Accommodation in Helsinki will be one or two apartments or 4 hotel rooms in the center for the whole group.
Five more nights will be spent on the outskirts of Oravi in a cottage facing the lake and away from light pollution to increase the chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
We will spend one night in the Sami village camping in a Lavvo tent. (Typical tent where the Sami used to sleep)
- 1 nights in Helsinki
- 4 nights in Oravi
2 night in Helsinki
Let’s freak out!!!!
I would love to join this FREESTYLE trip to Finland
What is the next step?
And how can I make an appointment with the coordinator so that he can tell me more things and opt for a place in the nomadic team?
FINLAND WINTER GAY TOURGuided by local expert, Signature, sustainable and very special
Designed and guided by a local expert
Accompaniment and experiences
Without intermediaries that suck your wallet
Team selection - same goals and values
Including everything we have mentioned above