A Touch of Tuntsa
PLACE: Naruska, Finland
MAIN INSTRUCTOR: Laura Ylikoski and Marie Lappalainen
GROUP SIZE: 8 -12 participants
A Touch of Tuntsa is a course for all who want to experience Finnish Lapland at its best and challenge themselves in Finland’s powerful nature while learning basic winter survival skills. The course is organized by Outward Bound Finland (later also called OBF) in co-operation with Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences. Students can earn three credit points in this course (If you are not from Haaga-Helia UAS, discuss about the possibility of getting credit points with your own university).
This course is for people who want to get more familiar with Lapland, improve their own skills on survival, communication and group dynamics. The course is focused especially for people who want to experience the real Lapland for the first time. The course will take place in the wilderness of Tuntsa, Lapland.
- Day 1 - Transportation from Lahti to Naruska, getting to know each other, accommodation.
- Day 2 - Basic wilderness skills (making fire and food outdoors), learning how to ski, Finnish culture.
- Day 3 - Conquering Karhutunturi Fell, skiing, getting ready for an overnight journey in the wilderness.
- Day 4 - Skiing, using wilderness skills in practice, building snow caves, sleeping overnight out in the wild.
- Day 5 - Conquering Sorsatunturi Fell, sleeping overnight out in the wild
- Day 6 - Returning to Naruska, sharing experiences, festive supper.
- Day 7 - Going home, transportation from Naruska to Lahti.
The wilderness of Tuntsa is said to be one of the finest wilderness areas in Europe. It is an open wilderness area with many fells, the highest being Sorsatunturi (628m above the sea level). A characteristic view for the area is spruce topped hills and treeless fells.
During the course we will stay in a small village called Naruska which is located in Lapland near the Russian border. In the Naruska village we will be staying at Naruska Hostel. The village is surrounded by many arctic and forested hills. The place is well-known because it is one of the coldest places in Finland.
Be prepared that during the course the temperature will be from -1 to -30°C. Also the wind can make even a mild winter temperature feel freezing. For example, if there is -15°C and the wind blows 10m/s, the combined effect in temperature is -27°C. Snow covers the whole country during the wintertime and the snow layer can be up to 2 meters thick.
The course follows the principles of experiential learning. The basic idea of experiential education is learning through experience. The group’s and individual participant’s development process comes through various activities and from dealing with these new experiences. The aim is to be able to apply and transfer learned skills from the experience into an individual’s everyday life. The differing backgrounds and experiences of the participants provide a solid foundation for learning.
The Course contains five different theme days and two transportation days. The course will start early in the morning from Lahti on 25.3.2017. There will be minibuses waiting which will transport us to the Naruska Hostel. Drive to Naruska will take about 12 hours including breaks. We leave from Naruska on 31.3.2017. We will be back at Lahti in the evening, many experiences richer.
During the days we will be skiing from a few to 15 kilometers depending on the group’s skill level. We expect the participants to be healthy and have normal physical capabilities. You don’t need any prior experience in camping, skiing or winter hiking and circumstances. If you have concerns about this, don’t hesitate to contact us. During the course, we will be sleeping two nights in tents or under tarps in the wilderness of Tuntsa. The other nights we will stay at Naruska Hostel. We’ll prepare all of our lunches outside.
Outward Bound Finland will provide all group equipment.The equipment includes:
tents, skiing equipment, cooking sets and fuel, maps and compasses, first aid and safety equipment
Participants should have their own personal equipment:
personal warm clothes, sleeping bag, mat for winter conditions, backpack, personal equipment
Outward Bound Finland can also borrow equipment like sleeping bags. A detailed equipment list will be sent to the participants later.
€450 per person
The price includes:
- *transportation Lahti-Naruska-Lahti
- *accommodation in Naruska Hostel
- *meals in Naruska Hostel ( 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners)
- *rents and other costs during the course
- *permits for using the area
- *teaching and guidance
The price doesn’t include:
- *personal insurance
- *personal equipment insurance
- *travel from abroad (flights)
- *snacks between meals
Safety of the participants and the instructors is crucial on Outward Bound Finland’s courses. By safety, we mean comprehensive physical, mental and social safety all of which are worked on during the course so that no one is in danger of hurting or injuring oneself, compromising one’s mental stability or compromising one’s social status.
Safety is our number one priority and that is why we collect also the health information from our participants. Please download the health form from here and send it back to us filled when signing to the course.
Due to the nature of the expedition each participant must acknowledge the fact that we can’t guarantee full safety. With these kinds of expeditions there is always a certain amount of risk involved. We try to minimize the risks by planning the expedition well, preparing ourselves for possible problems and having a professional guide leading the expedition. However, everyone should bear in mind that all participants are responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of the group, and everyone should prepare carefully for the expedition and follow the instructions.
OBF has the liability insurance for the course, however OBF can’t provide insurances for the participants. Participants are advised to have their own travelling insurance which covers skiing and other winter activities.
Sign up for the course
Sign up on Outward Bound courses online with Google form or filling out the PDF enrollment form latest by 20.1.2017
Remember to wait for a confirmation of the course before booking the flight/train ticket.
We will take minimum 8 and maximum 12 participants. The participants must be at least 18 years old.
Terms for cancelling
We charge 25% of the course fee if cancellation is done six weeks before the course.
We charge 50% of the course fee if cancellation is done later than two weeks before the course.
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