The North Circular Tour

The self-drive itinerary has been especially designed with kids in mind. Highlights of the trip include meeting Santa, time to play in the Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti and a ride with husky team.

Programme Information
Season: 1.5.-30.09.
Place: Oulu, Kainuu, Lapland
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights
Persons: 2 - 5
Price: Adults from 610 €, children 4-12 years from 480 €
Price includes: accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily, visit to Vuokatti Husky and a ride on Husky Mercedes, visit to Petola Visitor Centre in Kuhmo, sauna daily, maps and route notes
Price excludes: flights, lunches, drinks on meals, dinner on day 7 and 8
Additional charge: bear watching tour, guided fishing/hiking/canoeing/berry picking tours, visits: eg. Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti, Hossa Reindeer Park, Ranua Wildlife Park, Santa Claus Village, Santa Park

Programme


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The North Circular Tour

This circular self-drive tour takes you from Oulu on the west-coast of Finland, through the sparsely populated Wild Taiga area on eastern border to the Arctic Circle and back to Oulu.The itinerary has been especially designed with kids in mind. It is full of activities to keep them interested and entertained. There is also a lot for the adults to enjoy too! Highlights of the trip include meeting Santa, time to play in and enjoy the Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti and a ride with “Husky Mercedes”. Depending on your preferred family activities, you can also go hiking, canoeing or fishing. All levels of ability are catered for.

Itinerary:
1st day     Arrival at Oulu        

Oulu – Rokua     approx. 90 km
On arrival at Oulu airport you collect your hire car. Your first stop is Rokua where you check into the hotel situated close to Rokua National Park which you can walk around and explore. In the Suppa tourist centre you can find information on the national park and Rokua Geopark which is Finland’s only Geopark and the northernmost park of the UNESCO network.

2nd day     Enjoy yourself at Angry Birds Activity Park Vuokatti
Rokua - Vuokatti    approx. 120 km  
     
Today is dedicated to the entertainment of the younger members of the family and those kids at heart! You will drive to Vuokatti which is one of the most versatile, all-year-round tourist destinations in Finland. The area provides an endless list of activities but today you will visit one of the newest attractions. The World’s biggest Angry Birds Activity Park was opened in December 2012 and its’ 8700 m2 offer a wide range of activities and experiences for everyone. Angry Birds activity courses, Freestyle hall, climbing walls, Golf arena and game arenas make the time fly! Your ticket allows you to exit and enter as many times as you wish during the day.

3rd day    Drive a husky team        
Another action-packed day in Vuokatti starts with a visit to a local husky farm.  You will meet the enthusiastic husky teams and have a ride on “Husky Mercedes”. Ten huskies pull a specially adapted cart on wheels around the circuit (1,5 km). Adults can try driving whilst the children sit safely in the cart. After a successful morning you will be rewarded with a personalised husky driving license.  

In the afternoon you can enjoy some free time in the Vuokatti-Sotkamo area. On a sunny day you can head to Hiukka beach, if it rains, Katinkulta Spa makes the perfect choice. You can also choose an activity from the Vuokatti weekly program.

4th day    Meet the Brown Bears                
Vuokatti – Juntusranta     approx. 240 km

Time to say good-bye to Vuokatti and travel east to Kuhmo. Here you have an opportunity to visit Petola Visitor Centre which provides information on Finland’s large carnivores – bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine.
 
From Kuhmo the route goes north through the sparsely populated areas alongside the Russian border. Your accommodation, Arola, Helena and Eero’s former dairy farm, is situated on the Russian border. The farm is surrounded by remote woodland inhabited by European brown bears. In the evening you can take part in a bear safari (extra charge) providing an opportunity to observe and photograph these majestic animals from the safety of purpose-built cabins. Alternatively, you can choose a guided fishing excursion and during August - September berry or mushroom picking tours are also available.

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