Nordic Wilderness Challenge

Experience the beautifully serene national parks in Finland this Summer on our brand new Nordic Wilderness Challenge! This 50km challenge will allow you to test your endurance and survival skills while experiencing true Nordic wilderness.

Challenge Snapshot

Join us on our new challenge this summer and explore Finland by kayak! Over 50km you’ll become your own transport, make your own fires and prepare your own meals. This is a perfect opportunity to get wild and learn about nature, Nordic tales and survival skills from skilled and trained guides.

Available Trip Dates to Book Now

Program Date: 12 July - 19 July 2025

*Note: if you have other dates in mind or would like to travel as an individual, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be more than happy to help!

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Want to develop your survival skills in a beautiful setting? Download our Nordic Wilderness Challenge Pack to find out more about this challenge of wits and endurance.

Have you got what it takes?

Challenge Overview

Your intrepid journey will begin in Oravi, an idyllic village located in between the National Parks Linnansaari and Kolovesi. After your initial kayak training session, you’ll be off exploring the Kolovesi National Park, known as ‘paddlers paradise’. You may also spot the curious Saimaa ringed seal.

During the evenings, after setting up camp, you can rest or join in with some guided activities focused on enhancing your wilderness skills. At the end of your journey there will be a celebratory BBQ and a chance to pick up some souvenirs before travelling back to Helsinki to start your journey home.

Kayak on a river - Challenges Abroad

Kayak through national parks

Challenges Abroad team posing after the wilderness challenge

Are you up for the challenge?

Arrival at Helsinki airport
You’ll be met by our in-country team and will transfer to Oravi, an idyllic village located in between the National Parks Linnansaari and Kolovesi.

Days 2–5
Over three days and nights you’ll kayak 10km to set up your first camp in Kuusisaari, followed by 15km to Hoikansaari and another 15km to Pitkasaari. Along the way you’ll join in on some survival skills-based activities led by your guides.

Once in the Kolovesi National Park, known as ‘paddlers paradise’, you’ll kayak through narrow lake channels that form part of the vast labyrinthine Saimaa Lake System. See ancient rock paintings and catch a glimpse of the curious Saimaa ringed seal.

Days 6
Your kayaking challenge reaches its final destination. There will be a BBQ and a chance to celebrate after an incredible challenge!

Download our PDF Itinerary

Want to develop your survival skills in a beautiful setting? Download our Nordic Wilderness Challenge Pack to find out more about this challenge of wits and endurance.

What’s Included / Not Included?

What’s Included?

24/7 in-country support
All accommodation
3 meals a day
In-country transport
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Yellow participant t-shirt
Pre-departure support, including full challenge briefing
An incredible experience

What’s Not Included?

Flights
Visa (free for UK citizens)
Vaccinations
Travel Insurance
Personal spending money
Challenges Abroad team Kayaking

An average day
on the project

Your powers of endurance and resilience will be tested as you paddle 10-15km every day. You’ll need to set up camp every night, securing your sleeping quarters and teaming up with fellow challengers to build fires and prepare food. You’ll need decent social skills to work together with your teammates to live in harmony with nature’s wilderness!

Call us on +44 (0) 1635 88 93 93 to speak with one of our team and begin planning your journey to becoming a Global Citizen

Your Climate Impact

By taking part in this trip, you’ll be contributing to climate change, but you’ll also be igniting positive change. That’s why we pay the full cost of offsetting your impact.
Healthy breakfast of porridge, nuts and fruit - Challenges Abroad

192Kg of CO²e

Average carbon footprint per person

Impact for others, Impact for you.

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