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Trail Running, Saunas and Packrafting in Southern Finland (Finland)

Guided running in forests and National Parks staying in hostel, log cabin and wild camping. Try packrafting and soothe your muscles in traditional Finnish saunas!

  • Guided
  • Medium
  • From £/person
  • Apr-Dec, 7 days/6 nights
  • Adults, Groups, Solo

Highlights:

  • Running through ancient forest and wetlands
  • Packrafting for variety and adventure
  • Sunset run to Helvetinkolu crevasse
  • Night in log cabin and wild camping on the beach in two National Parks
  • Four nights in Tampere, Finland's "sauna capital"
  • Easily accessible from Helsinki

Description »

An easy-to-reach adventure with a varied programme of runs

Finland's quiet forests and cool lakes provide the perfect setting for a trail running holiday.

Starting and ending in the attractive city of Tampere, Finland's "sauna capital" and just 1.5 hours by train from Helsinki, you'll be taking part in a programme of guided runs through ancient forests in the Tampere area and in two of Finland's many National Parks.

Stay in comfortable hostel, in a log cabin and camp on the beach

This week-long itinerary for trail running in Finland features 4 nights in hostel standard accommodation in Tampere plus one night in log cabin and a night wild camping on the beach for the nights visiting the National Parks. All camping equipment is provided, so all you'll need is your running gear.

Log cabin accommodation in Seitseminen National Park

Lodge accommodation in Seitseminen National Park. Photo: Seitseminen Lodge..

Saunas to soothe your muscles and packrafting to add to the fun!

No holiday in Finland would be complete without sauna, and this tour also has a strong focus on this central element of Finnish culture. During the week you'll get to experience a number of saunas, including Finland's oldest. There's no better way to end a day's trail running than with a relaxing sauna session followed by a swim in the lake!

In addition to the week's running tours, you'll be experiencing the adventure of packrafting on one day, as you journey down river and run back to catch your lift home!

Packrafting in Finland

A half-day packrafting tour adds extra variety to the week and chance to rest your legs! Photo: WH.

Choose fixed dates or arrange your own tour with friends or running club

Fixed date tour is suitable for solo travellers or guests travelling with one or more companions. Prices are based on 2 persons sharing. See under "Prices" for details of single supplement if solo traveller or requiring single occupancy.

For the fixed date tour, you should at minimum be able to run up to 12km/day in relatively flat woodland terrain at a minimum average pace of 6 mins 30 seconds per km. Some of the runs offer a certain degree of flexibility to vary distance covered and pace for different members of the group.

For private tours, a greater degree of flexibility to vary level of challenge is possible.

Itinerary »

Day 1: Arrival and optional 1 hour run in Tampere

Summary: Arrival and check-in. Accommodation: Hostel in Tampere (dinner not included).

Arrival in Tampere by train. You will be met by your guide at the train station at agreed time (normally 18.00) for short walk (approx. 200m) to your hostel accommodation.

You will check-in to your accommodation, meet your guide and begin to get to know each other. If you're not too tired after your journey, there's the option for a short (approx. 1 hour) run in the evening.

Dinner this evening (as for other nights when staying in Tampere) is not included. There are a number of restaurants in the area to choose from and the group will select something suitable together. During dinner, you'll get a briefing on the upcoming trip.

Day 2: Trail Running in Seitseminen National Park with Overnight in Log Cabin with Sauna

Summary: Running distance: Approx. 11km. Accommodation: Log cabin with sauna.

Breakfast at the hostel, after which your guide will meet you at 10.00 for a 1-hour transfer to Seiteminen National Park. You drop your gear at the log cabin where you will stay this evening before continuing a short distance to the start of the run.

Distance is around 11km and takes you through varied terrain, with landscapes of ancient forest, wetland and and a traditional farm house that illustrates rural life in Finland in the past.

Lunch is taken around the fire. After you return to the cabin, it's time to start heating the sauna – one of a number of Finnish sauna experiences you'll be having this week!

Sauna is a central part of Finnish culture, and your guide will introduce you to this tradition before you have dinner together at the cabin.

Day 3: Trail Running in Helvetinjärvi National Park with Wild Camping on the Beach and Sunset Run

Summary: Running distance: Optional recovery run 5-8km; Sunset run 11-14km. Accommodation: Wild camping on the beach (camping equipment provided) with lake for swimming.

The day starts with the option to do a short recovery run in the local area, distance 5-8km.

On return to the cabin, you take a long, relaxing brunch at 10.00 and then have a transfer (approx. 1 hour) to Helvetinjärvi National Park.

Tonight you'll be camping wild on one of the beautiful dune beaches there, and on arrival it's time to set up camp. No sauna here – but the lake awaits for a refreshing dip later (depending on the time of year, this may be only for the brave!).

The afternoon is spent enjoying the surroundings, when your host can introduce you to some traditional Finnish games while you cook a meal together and enjoy one of Finland's most beautiful beaches.

As evening approaches and the sun gets lower in the sky, it's time for a sunset run through the National Park. Distance is flexible from around 11-14km.

This run takes you to one of the park's most famous sights, the Helvetinkolu crevasse, before returning to camp for a night of wild camping beneath the stars.

Day 4: Running and Lakeside Sauna at Kaupinoja

Summary: Running distance: optional (recovery run + woodland runs at Kaupinoja). Accommodation. Hostel in Tampere (dinner not included) with sauna.

After a night under canvas, there's an optional recovery run in the morning to ease out the muscles before breakfast (and a swim of course if you like) and return to Tampere, where you'll now be staying for the remainder of the week.

After lunch, you visit the Kaupinoja running trails, where there is a lovely circular run to a public lakeside wood-heated sauna.

Dinner in Tampere (not included).

Day 5: Packrafting on the River and Run Back

Summary: Running distance: 8km (following 9km packrafting tour). Accommodation: Hostel in Tampere (dinner not included).

Give your legs a break today, as you travel approx. 30 mins from Tampere to a narrow river, the location for a 9km packrafting tour.

Packrafting is a really fun way to experience the river, and no experience is required. To collect the cars, you'll need to run 8km afterwards!

If you're feeling in the mood for sauna (which is almost compulsory in Finland!), there's the option to visit a different lakeside public sauna.

Dinner in Tampere (not included).

Day 6: Running in the World's Highest Esker and visiting Finland's Oldest Public Sauna

Summary: Running distance: flexible (multiple 2.8km circuits and stair climbing work in protected forest reserve). Accommodation: Hostel in Tampere (dinner not included). Sauna./p>

An esker is a meandering ridge of gravel depositing by a retreating glacier, and Tampere is home to the world's highest. Despite being within the city of Tampere, this is a protected area of old-growth forest with lovely running trails.

Its attractions include world-famous doughnuts and Finland's oldest public sauna still in use.

The day begins with a 20-minute run through the city to Pyynikki, where you can drop gear at the sightseeing tower there before doing laps in the forest trail. Distance of each lap is 2.8km with a height gain of 70m, so ideal for some flexible training.

The tower offers great views over the city, made all the better if accompanied by doughnuts.

A chance to challenge yourself at the end of the week comes with the stairways of Pispala, where the local athletic clubs train. Channel your inner Rocky to do as many repetitions as you wish!

When everyone has had enough, it's time for your final sauna of the week at the Rajaportin public sauna, which also has a coffee shop. Afterwards continue if you wish to Cafe Pispala with its varied menu.

You'll say goodbye to your guide before your last evening at the hostel in Tampere.

Day 7: Departure

Summary: Check-out and departure.

Departures by own arrangement – please check out by 12.00. The hostel is near the railway station, which offers easy access for your onward travel, whether you're heading to Helsinki airport for the journey home or staying on in Finland.:

Dates»

Dates 2020

  • Fixed date: 25.10-31.10.20

Dates 2021

  • Fixed date: 10.10-16.10.21

The fixed date tours are open to anyone fulfilling the running ability requirements (min. age 16).

Private tours:

Tours are possible on other dates by arrangement for group sizes 4-8 persons. Private tours can be offered subject to availability from April to December (as long as there is no snow cover).

Prices»

Prices 2020/21

Standard Prices  
Per person (based on 2 persons sharing)GBP EUR
Single supplement (for solo occupancy)GBP EUR

What's Included »

Included

Accommodation and Equipment:

  • 4 nights' accommodation in hostel in Tampere (prices based on 2 persons sharing).
  • 1 night's accommodation in log cabin in Seitseminen National Park.
  • 1 night wild camping in tent in Helvetinjärvi National Park (all camping equipment provided).
  • Meals

    • 6 x breakfast Days 2-7.
    • 5 x lunch Days 2-6.
    • 2 x dinner (on nights in Seitseminen and Helvetinjärvi National Parks).

    Guiding and transfers:

    • Guided runs led by local guide as per itinerary.
    • Local transfers as per itinerary.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Dinners on nights when staying in Tampere (4 nights total).

Good To Know »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

For fixed date tours, you should be able to run up to 12km/day on relatively flat woodland trails at minimum avg. speed of 6 mins 30 secs/km.

The terrain is trails in forest landscapes in and around Tampere and in two National Parks.

For private tours, a greater degree of flexibility to vary level of challenge is possible.

What makes this "Medium"?

Accommodation during the tour is comfortable standard, with a varied itinerary during the week to break up the runs, including packrafting and saunas.

Daily distances are moderate up to max. 12km.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

Minimum number:

A total of minimum 4 persons are required for fixed-date tours to be guaranteed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.

Groups

Max. group size 8 persons.

Eco Info

This provider has a written ecotourism policy.

Getting There »

Getting There

See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!

Detailed information on travel will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

NB: Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

Travel Summary:

By Air:

Fly to Helsinki for train (1.5 hours) to Tampere, from where you will be met by your guide for short walk to your accommodation.

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