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Winter in Kainuu

Skiing

Cross Country Skiing

There are numerous skiing trails around Kainuu for you to conquer, naturally at the skiing/tourism centres but also in each of the municipalities – there are suitable options for everyone. The best part of it is, that in most of the cases, you’ll be able to check the condition of the skiing trails from an on-line map!

Hyrynsalmi-Puolanka
Kajaani 
Kuhmo
Paltamo
Ristijärvi
Sotkamo-Vuokatti
Suomussalmi

Downhill Skiing

Vuokatti Slopes in Sotkamo

Vuokatti is perhaps the most famous place in Kainuu, offering 13 well-groomed versatile Vuokatti slopes for all levels and guaranteeing fun for all the family. There’s also much more to do in Vuokatti.

Slopes of Ukkohalla-Paljakka in Hyrynsalmi and Puolanka

You can ski at the two skiing resorts of Ukkohalla and Paljakka using the same ticket, there is a SkiBus between the centres All types of downhill skiers are taken into consideration on the slopes of  Ukkohalla-Paljakka. Complete beginners have their own area where they can safely improve their skills before taking on the larger slopes. Something suitable can be found for everyone from the 14 slopes available. Snow reliability is unique in all of Finland – the season on the slopes always lasts at least till the 1st of May.

Saukkovaara Slopes in Ristijärvi

Saukkovaara Slopes in Ristijärvi are optimal for families with small children. The slopes are open during the weekends and winter holidays.

Vimpelinvaara Slopes in Kajaani

There is a smaller place to try downhill skiing, called Vimpelinvaara, also in the  proximity of Kajaani city centre. The slopes are maintained by the local boxing club Kajaanin Kuohu. The slopes also have their own Facebook page.

Husky Safaris

Husky safaris at Hossan lomakeskus, Suomussalmi

Discover Hossan Lomakeskus, an authentic and welcoming accommodation, in the middle of a boreal forest, in the heart of future Hossa National Park. Hossan lomakeskus offers you a complete program to get to know the Finnish winter.

Husky safaris at Routa Travel, Kuhmo

During the winter time Routa Travel organises private overnight husky tours for couples and day tours for families or other groups. As day tours Routa travel also offers cross country skiing with huskies.

Husky Safaris at Vuokatti Safari, Sotkamo

Experience the beauty of the Finnish nature! In the winter season Vuokatti Safari offers different length husky safaris in Vuokatti area and along the Russian border.

Sled Dog Safaris, Zilivonkkelis, Suomussalmi

Wild spruce forests in Kainuu are perfect for action packed sledge dog safaris. Persistent Huskies, snow white Samoyeds and strong Greenland dogs are taking the riders through the snowy forests. Even the shortest safaris at Zilivonkkelis are the ones to remember for lifetime, not to mention the long ones.

Dog Sledding, Nature Point Paljakka, Puolanka

With a husky team in the frozen forests of Paljakka organised by Nature Point Paljakka will be an unforgettable experience.

Snowmobile Tours

Snowmobile tours in Paljakka, Puolanka

In Paljakka, you may also find up to 500 kilometres of well maintained Snowmobile trails from Paljakka. Also renting of snowmobile with an instructor is possible. 

Snowmobile Safaris at Vuokatti Safari, Sotkamo

In the winter season Vuokatti Safari offers different length snowmobile safaris in Vuokatti area and along the Russian border.

Snowmobile Tours at Hossan Lomakeskus, Suomussalmi

In the middle of a boreal forest and in the heart of future Hossa National Park, Hossan Lomakeskus offers you a complete program to get to know the Finnish winter, including snowmobile safaris.

Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing in Paljakka, Puolanka

In Paljakka, you can walk in snowshoes wherever you care to go – enjoying it without hurry or doing a brisk workout. The area’s amounts of snow ensure that snowshoeing succeeds well into the spring.

Snowshoeing Safaris at Vuokatti Safari, Sotkamo

In the winter season Vuokatti Safari offers different length snow shoe hikes in Vuokatti area and along the Russian border.

Snowshoeing at Hossan Lomakeskus, Suomussalmi

In the middle of a boreal forest and in the heart of future Hossa National Park, Hossan Lomakeskus offers you a complete program to get to know the Finnish winter, including snowshoeing.

Winter Events