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Experience Pohjola Route in winter

January 15 to 18, 2022


Pohjola – the North – is where Finland was born. This route running along the southernmost fell area in Finland represent the freedom of the north and wealth of forests at its most beautiful

Preliminary program

Saturday 15.1.2022

Individual flights to Helsinki
16:00 AY 441 from Helsinki to Oulu
17:05 Arrival at Oulu airport, your local host will meet you at the airport
Welcome to Oulu!
17:30 Transfer from Oulu Airport to Oulu city
18:00 Check in to Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti
19:00 Short walk to the dinner, site inspection of Lapland hotel Oulu
20:00 Dinner in Lapland Hotel Oulu, Oula - restaurant

Sunday 16.1.2022

08:00 Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
08:45 Transfer to Outdoor activity
Adventure on the ice of the frozen Sea with Oulu Safaris
Sleigh ride on the frozen sea to find the best spot to catch some fish. Frozen sea offers playground for many activities in Oulu, ice fishing is one of the most popular things!
12:00 Transfer to Rokua Unesco Global Geopark
13:00 Lunch & site inspection to Merilä Manor
14:30 Transfer from Merilä Manor to Rokua
15:00 Skiing (skin based skis) with Rokua Outdoors
17:00 Check in to Rokuantähti villa
18:00 Walk to Rokua Health & Spa Hotel, site inspection of the hotel
19:00 Kota dinner next to the hotel
21:00 Late evening sauna possibility at the villa

Monday 17.1.2022

Breakfast at the villa, check-out
08:30 Transfer to Syöte
09:00 Site inspection to Taikaloora cottages
11:30 Lunch at Hotel Pikku-Syöte & short hotel inspection
12:45 Departure to Syötteen Eräpalvelut / Huskies
13:00 Husky Safari 6 km
14:45 Departure to KIDE Hotel by Iso-Syöte and Iso-Syöte Ski Resort
15:00 Short hotel inspection of KIDE Hotel by Iso-Syöte
15:30 Option for ski school, snow boarding, alpine skiing or E-fatbike safari
17:00 Departure to Hotel Iso-Syöte, check in and short hotel inspection
18:00 Snowmobile Safari to Hanhilampi Wilderness Hut
19:00 Dinner at Hanhilampi Wilderness Hut
Short Reindeer Safari during Dinner
21:00 Snowmobile Safari back to Hotel Iso-Syötel

Tuesday 18.1.2022

Breakfast at the hotel, check-out
09:00 Transfer to Oulu
11:00 Site inspection to De Gamlas Hem hotel in Oulu City
11:30 Lunch at the hotel
13.00 Transfer to Oulu Airport
13:20 Arrival at the airport
14:30 AY 438 from Oulu to Helsinki
15:30 Arrival at Helsinki Airport
Transfer to Helsinki City, check-in
Free time
Dinner hosted by your hotel representative


Wednesday 19.1.2022

MATKA 2022 Workshop Day
08:00 (TBC) Transfer to Helsinki Messukeskus
08:45 Check-in
08:55 Opening words
09:10-11:30 Meetings: 7 x 15 min meeting with 5 min break in between
11:30-13:00 Lunch
13:00-15:00 Meetings: 6 x 15 min meeting with 5 min break in between
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-17:30 Meetings: 6 x 15 min meeting with 5 min break in between
17:30-22:00 Party Like a Finn with live music in Messukeskus
Participation is subject to pre-registration on your personal home page
Transfer bus to your hotel

Thursday 20.1.2022

International flights home 


Saturday 15.1.2022
16:00-17:05 AY 441 from Helsinki to Oulu

Tuesday 18.1.2022
14:30-15:30 AY 438 from Oulu to Helsinki


Nordic Art Hotel Lasaretti


Hotel Iso-Syöte

Follow the weather


Bring along

  • Comfortable outdoor clothing
  • Swimming suit for sauna
  • Happy mood

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Contact us

Visit Finland

Anne Niska

Visit Oulu

Hanna Karjalainen