On forest ski tour we ski in deep snow, in snow-covered forests, fields or on frozen lake. The tour begins with a short introduction to forest skis and skiing technique – no previous experience in skiing is needed. The destination of the tour is chosen according to snow and weather conditions. The tour can take you, for example, to an island on lake Pielinen where we have a break around a camp fire. The skiing distance and pace is adapted to each group. We stop for a hot juice and snack break during the tour either around a camp fire or in a sheltered place. Tour can be organised for example on sunrise or sunset or even at night in moonlight. The tour is organised snow and weather conditions permitting. Our skis are Peltonen Metsä skis, special skis for deep snow skiing, with skin bases and OAC binding suitable for normal winter shoes
Duration approx. 2–2.5 hours
Group size 2–5 persons
Available January–beginning of April (weather conditions permitting)
Language of the tour Finnish, English, German
Departure and return Koli Shop Retkitupa (Koli Nature Centre Ukko) or according to an agreement
Distance approx. 2–4 km (according to weather conditions, tour destination and group)
Difficulty Suitable for people with normal health, no previous skiing experience is needed. Tour is done in a flat, easy terrain.
Price includes forest ski rental, guiding, snack (warm juice, traditional pastry, cookie), VAT, Koli National Parks’s right of use fee per person, charged by Metsähallitus.
For extra price warm winter boots for the tour €5/pair.
Price valid until end of 2023
Equipment Participants should have suitable outdoor clothing, warm and comfortable, preferably warm shoes with high ankles.
Additional information Feel Koli Nature tours are organised by Ilovoltti Oy (Ilovoltti Ltd.) The company also runs Koli Shop Retkitupa, located in the Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Koli Shop Retkitupa is a small souvenir and outdoor equipment shop with a wide range of Finnish products. We have, for example, Koli T-shirts, local canned fish, beanies, traditional wooden kuksa cups, modern natural composite Kupilka outdoor dishes, knives, dried berries and postcards. You can do your shopping at Koli Shop Retkitupa either before or after the tour. There is also a wide range of rental gear available, for example snowshoes, snow spikes, backpacks, a child carrier etc. In the Nature Centre Ukko, there are restrooms and lockers.
Invoicing According to an agreement
Cancellation policy If cancellation is made 14 to 4 days before the booked tour, 50% of the agreed tour price will be charged. If the booking is cancelled less than 4 days in advance, 100% of the price will be charged. The invoicing will be done according to the confirmed number of participant 4 days prior to the tour, or if more people participate in the tour, according to the actual number of people on the tour.