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Finland: Snowmobile Adventure to Russian Karelia

Enjoy an escorted Snowmobile Safari across the Russian border through the wilderness

Enjoy an escorted Snowmobile Safari across the Russian border through the wilderness

What Makes Me Mighty Fine

  • Exciting six day adventure break featuring a three day snowmobile safari into the Russian wilderness
  • Sleep in an authentic wilderness lodge and savour the beauty of nature
  • Travel over 100km each day, cross the Arctic Cirlce, see Paanjarvi National Park, the Mantykoski rapid and the Kivakkakoski waterfall
  • Conquer the 486 metre Paanuorunen
  • Make the most of this great Northern Lights location
  • Specialist Winter Clothing provided throughout the stay including thermal overalls, boots and balaclava on all itineraries

What better way to experience the snow-covered landscapes of Finland and Russia than on a thrilling snowmobile expedition? Spend each day of your Snowmobile Safari travelling to hidden locations within the pristine wilderness, whizzing over glistening fells and frozen lakes and flying through enchanting forests, led by an experienced guide.

Your Snowmobile Safari holiday begins at the wonderful Northernlight Safari Village in Finland. Over the course of your break you will see some spectacular scenery as you travel into Russian Karelia to the breathtaking Paanajärvi National Park. Staying in cosy accommodation on your snowmobile adventure, your belongings travel with you, stored safely on the back of your snowmobile.

All necessary equipment and thermal clothing are provided for you on your Snowmobile Safari holiday and no prior experience is necessary as full tuition will be given at the start of the break. During your trip you might see some native wildlife such as reindeer, elk, wolves, lynx and wolverine. You may also be lucky enough to witness the glorious Northern Lights as they fill the night skies with a splendid display of swirling colours. Without doubt, this Snowmobile Safari will be full of memories which will last a lifetime.

All snowmobile drivers must have a full and valid driver's licence.

Fancy a similar holiday but along the Swedish border? Then you should try our Thrilling Snowmobile Adventure in Lapland where you'll get the chance to spend five days exploring some of the world’s best snowmobiling terrains.

Still in need of guidance? Take a look at our Finnish holiday ideas to find your perfect tour, or check out our snowmobiling holiday ideas and find an activity-led adventure. If you have any further questions, just call our helpful travel team on 0333 800 2033.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Finland

    Enjoy an escorted Snowmobile Safari across the Russian border through the wilderness - Arrive in Finland

    With an evening arrival at Kuusamo Airport, you will transfer to the Northernlight Safari Village in Ruka for the first overnight stay of your Snowmobile Safari.

  • Day 2 - Learning to Snowmobile

    Learning to Snowmobile

    Today is preparation day on your Snowmobile Safari break. Collect your thermal clothing and the equipment you will need for the coming days and then there's a driving lesson at the nearby lake before a delicious buffet dinner. Finally, it's off to your room for a good night's sleep in preparation for the fun ahead.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Paanajärvi Wilderness Centre (120km)

    After a good breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kuusamo border-crossing station. Now the fun really begins! Feel the icy breeze on your face as you cut through the scenic landscape en route to the Karelian village of Pääjärvi. Lunch will be served en route before you continue your journey to the Paanajärvi Wilderness Centre. Travelling a total of 120km today on your Snowmobile Safari, you will finally arrive at your destination where welcome drinks, an inviting sauna and a delicious dinner await.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Paanjärvi National Park (120km)

    Paanjärvi National Park (120km)

    This morning, after breakfast, you will set out on your Snowmobile Safari to the beautiful Paanajärvi National Park. Lunch will be served by the Mäntykoski rapid - a stunning five step waterfall. You will then travel on to the 12 metre Kivakkakoski waterfall - the largest in Karelia - which takes its name from the neighbouring mountain. At the end of the afternoon you will make the 486 metre ascent of the Päänuorunen before arriving at your accommodation for a well earned sauna and evening meal.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Return to Finland (170km)

    Return to Finland (170km)

    Today on your Snowmobile Safari you will cross the Arctic Circle and the old Finnish border as you begin your journey back to Finland. There will be time for some tax free shopping before you leave your snowmobile for the last time and transfer to the Northernlight Safari Village for your final evening. Why not treat yourself to a traditional Finnish smoke sauna before dinner?

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Departure


    After breakfast at the Northernlight Safari Village, you will have some free time to explore before your Snowmobile Safari break comes to an end and you return to Kuusamo Airport for your flight home. What was your favourite part of the holiday? Do you have a renewed passion for the great outdoors? One thing is for sure, your love of this fabulous part of the world is sure to be stronger than ever!

    Meals included:Breakfast


  • Return international flights from London Heathrow (details of regional departures on request)
  • Escorted airport transfers
  • Services of a professional guide
  • Three night's accommodation in the Ruka Tonttu Hotel and two nights in the Paanajärvi Wilderness Centre
  • Tour as per the itinerary
  • Thermal outer clothing
  • Visa invitation fee
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Specialist Winter Clothing provided throughout the stay including thermal overalls, boots and balaclava on all itineraries

Not Included...

  • Russian Visa
  • Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)

Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.


Visas must be applied for at least 6 weeks before departure date.

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