Summer Safaris

White water rafting adventure for families

There are series of seven grade I - III rapids on the Käylä - Juuma trip. The route begins in the small village of Käylä, soon reaching the Käyläkoski rapids (I). These rapids are an ideal introduction to white water rafting and give a taste of things to follow. The rapids give way to more quiet waters, which we cross with the help of an outboard engine to reach the Vähän-Käylä rapids (I). The third rapids to follow are twisting, s-shaped yet easy-going Vääräkoski rapids (I). Then follow the more demanding grade II rapids where you enjoy the increasing speed of faster flowing water. Last but by no means least are end the trip at Harjakoski rapids. Shooting these are grade III rapids you really feel the pulling strength of surging water. At the end of the trip we arrive in the Juuma camping centre.

Duration: 2 hours
Length of journey: 14 km (8,7 miles)
Group size: Minimum 2 persons, maximum 50 persons
Tour rating: Easy, suitable for families, age limit 5 years, 7 grade I-III rapids, vertical drop 17 metres
Price: 30 € /adult, 15 € /child (aged 5 to 12 years)
Price include: Rubber raft and equipment, insurance and transfers between Juuma and Käylä, VAT

Great rapids adventure from Juuma to Pähkänäkallio

The great rapids adventure begins slowly but soon the first rapid Niskakoski (grade III) speed up the exhilarating journey. Even a bigger challenge is followed by the The Myllykoski falls (grade IV) which begin with a vertical drop of 5 metres/16,5 feet along a 50 metres’ journey. Following the shoot at the Myllykoski rapids we enter the gently flowing part of the river in Oulanka national park area where the unique nature of the region provide a good impression of original wildlife hardly touched for centuries. There are numerous species of birds and rare vegetation (such as calypso and lady’s-slipper orchid). Along the 900 metres /0,5 miles long Aallokkokoski rapids the crew have to work seamlessly together. Huge breaker waves rise up against the raft while the river drops a total of 21 metres/67 feet. Here you really get to feel the power of surging water to be followed by an incredible sense of achievement.

The raft is left to enter empty the awe-inspiring Jyrävä falls while the crew pass the rapids on foot on the riverbank. Watch from the shore how the river hammers the empty raft. Better be safe than sorry truly hits the mark here! Here we take a break to enjoy a refreshing drink of squash. Soon the trip continues in an easier pace along several grade I-II rapids. The river flows twisting between steep cliffs along long stretches of rapids. Depending on the level of the water you might not need to paddle at all. Instead, you can concentrate on admiring the dazzling view and artwork of nature. Along the route burrowed in a steep hill side there is a bear’s winter nest to be seen from the river.

The adventure comes to an end at the Pähkänäkallio lean-to shelter where you can dry your clothes soaked by splashing water by an open fire. After a hard day’s rafting we light a campfire to fry exceptionally tasty Finnish sausages followed by coffee prepared in the traditional Finnish way. This is the time to admire the nature in all its glory and engrave these amazing Finnish summer memories upon your mind. Here in the tranquillity of wilderness both body and soul relax and you find all your worries fade into the gentle summer winds to be replaced by a feeling of calmness. After the outdoors snack there is a steep climb up the hill to vehicles taking us back to base.

Duration: 3-4 hours
Length of journey: 10 km (6,2 miles)
Group size: Minimum 4 persons, maximum 40 persons
Tour rating: Demanding (to attend the safari you have to be in good physical shape), age limit 18 years, rapid grading I-IV, vertical drop 80 metres
Price: 55 € /person, age limit 18 years
Price include: Rubber raft and equipment, insurance and transfers between Pähkänäkallio and Juuma, drink of squash, sausage, coffee and VAT

Great rapids adventure from Juuma to Oulankajoki

Beginning of the trip as above. After the great rapids the river slows down and the scenery grows more majestic by the minute while the raft follows the gentle flow of the river. As the raft glides past untouched nature the magical ambience of the river and the scenery is finally broken when the river joins the river Oulankajoki. From here onwards, golden beaches shining in the early evening light adorn the riverbanks.

River Oulankajoki is a popular fishing ground and every now and then you spot somebody fly-fishing waving their hand at you in greeting. The meadows by the river are abundant with delicacies of the northern summer – wild strawberries and currants ripened by the sun, waiting to be picked. The adventure draws to an end close only 2 kilometres/1,2 miles from the Russian border where the raft is pulled ashore enjoying the beautiful summer night while waiting for a car to take you back.

Duration: 5-6 hours
Length of journey: 20 km (12,4 miles)
Group size: Minimum 4 persons, maximum 40 persons
Tour rating: Demanding, suitable for first timers (age limit 18 years), rapid grading I-IV, vertical drop 85 metres.
Price: 70 € /person, age limit 18 years
Price include: Rubber raft and equipment, insurance and transfers from Oulanka border region to Juuma, drink of squash, sausage, coffee and VAT

Canoeing route from Kiutaköngäs to Jäkälämutka

River Oulankajoki flows in a wide valley. Upstream, the river is flanked by beautiful wild flower meadows and lush vegetation. Downstream the river basin finds its way in a valley of high sand banks. Oulanka national park area shows the unique nature of the region at its best and gives a good view into wilderness hardly touched for centuries. There are numerous species of birds and rare vegetation (such as calypso and lady’s-slipper orchid) here.

Duration: 6-7 hours
Length of journey: 22 km
Group size: 1-40 persons
Price: 25 € /person
Price include: Canoe and equipment (life jacket, paddle, map and water tight bag), transfers from Jäkälämutka to Kiutaköngäs, VAT

Guaranteed departures 31.05. - 30.09. Monday - Saturday

Canoeing route Savilampi (Visitors centre) - Kiutaköngäs - Jäkälämutka

We are transported to the starting point of the canoeing tour close to Lake Savilampi. Some 300 metres before reaching the lake the canoeists take the canoes down a chute to the lake. Right at the beginning we pass Savinalampi wilderness hut, which sleeps 6-7 people. There are some rapids to shoot where the lake Savinalampi and the river meet. The rapids are relatively shallow and not very fast flowing. At the northern shore of the lake river Savinajoki flows into the lake. The route enters the Oulanka national park at the beginning of the trip.

Having paddled for some 2 kilometrs we hear the roar of the great falls of Taivalköngäs. We admire the falls from the riverbank as it is too dangerous to shoot the rapids in a canoe. We carry the canoes some 200 metres downstream through a path crossing an island right in the middle of the river. Should you wish to stay here longer to admire the falls, there is a wilderness hut that sleeps 10-15 people.

Downstream from the Taivalköngäs falls both the river Oulankajoki and the canoeist calm down. The distinctive beauty of the river valley and tranquillity of the area offer unforgettable surroundings for enjoying the local nature. Here you have the opportunity to leave stress far behind. If you wish to enjoy the undisturbed beauty of the region for a little bit longer, the tour can be extended to carry on from rhe Kiutaköngäs falls all the way to Jäkälämutka. Note that there is no exception to having to pass the majestic Kiutaköngäs falls on foot overland, the thundering water surging down between rocky cliffs is not safe to be crossed waterborne. There is a half kilometre path leading you pass the falls safely

Duration: 2 days
Length of journey: 32 km
Group size: 1-40 persons
Tour rating: Easy but the greater falls must be bypassed overland
Price: 70 € /person
Price include: Canoe and equipment (life jacket, paddle, map and water tight bag), transfers from Jäkälämutka to Savilampi, VAT

Guided Canoeing tour Savilampi (Visitors centre) - Oulanka Visitor Centre

We are transported to the starting point of the canoeing tour close to Lake Savilampi. Some 300 metres before reaching the lake the canoeists take the canoes down a chute to the lake. There are some rapids to shoot where the lake Savinalampi and the river meet. The rapids are relatively shallow and not very fast flowing. At the northern shore of the lake river Savinajoki flows into the lake. The route enters the Oulanka national park at the beginning of the trip.

Having paddled for some 2 kilometrs we hear the roar of the great falls of Taivalköngäs. We admire the falls from the riverbank as it is too dangerous to shoot the rapids in a canoe. We carry the canoes some 200 metres downstream through a path crossing an island right in the middle of the river.

Downstream from the Taivalköngäs falls both the river Oulankajoki and the canoeist calm down. The distinctive beauty of the river valley and tranquillity of the area offer unforgettable surroundings for enjoying the local nature. Here you have the opportunity to leave stress far behind.The Canoe tour ends after the Liikasenstreetbridge on the right side of the river in front of the Oulanka Visitor Centre.

Duration: 3 - 4 h
Length of journey: 12 km
Tour rating: Easy but the greater falls must be bypassed overland
Price: 50 € /person min. 2 Canoes
Price include: Canoe and equipment (life jacket, paddle, map and water tight bag), transfers back from Oulanka  Visitor Centre, VAT

Guaranteed departures 31.05. - 30.09.

NOTE! There are several unlocked huts and lean-to shelters along the riverbanks where to stay overnight free of charge. Please obey the general national park area rules of conduct in Oulanka National Park area. Camping is only allowed in shelter cabins and specific locations reserved for camping.

Mountain bike safari - Nissinvaaran trail

The length of the initial part of the route is some 8 kilometers / 5 miles. We take a break at a lean-to shelter along route to enjoy a drink of refreshing cold drink of squash while listening to the sound of a nearby brook. After approximately 1 kilometer we take to tarmac paved road taking to the small rustic village of Nissinvaara.

After the climb on the highest point of our route we take a break to have a cold drink. Once back in the camp there is a warm sauna by a small woodland pond waiting for us. The gentle heat and steam of a wood-burning sauna and a dip into fresh, clean water relax both body and soul giving a feeling of pure bliss! After sauna it is time to enjoy a meal of tasty fish barbequed on a campfire and reflect upon the course of the day.

Duration: 5-6 hours (3-4 hour's cycling)
Length of safari: 24,5 km
Group size: Minimum 3 persons, maximum 20 persons
Price: 40 € /person, no discount for children
Price includes: Mountain bike and helmet, guide, drinks mentioned in the programme, smoked fish, insurance and VAT

Fishing safari in lake Petäjälampi

There is hardly a lake, pond, river or stream in Kuusamo with no fish in them. In deep waters of lake Petäjälampi its natural inhabitants of pike and perch are joined by grayling, powan and salmon introdused to the lake. Here you have every possibility of a fine catch! The easiest way to begin a family fishing trip is to hire fishing equipment from Kuusamo Safaris, a fishing rod for the younger ones and spinning rod for grown ups.

Duration: 4 hours
Price: 25 € /person
Price includes: Rowing boat, life jacket, fishing or spinning rod, licence to fis on the lake Petäjälampi, insurance and VAT
Additional charge: Have your catch smoked for you 5€ /fish (the fish are cleaned, prepared, smoked and packed to take away with you)

NOTE! There is a quota of 2 fish only of either grayling, powan and salmon per each fishing permit.

 

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