Hiking course in Koli
Are you hesitant about camping alone in the woods? Do you want to gain experience and knowledge before your first overnight hike? Would you like to go on a longer hike, but you're not sure what you should consider?
This hiking course offers you the perfect opportunity to learn overnight hiking skills with a guide. During the course, you will gain experience and learn skills to create the foundation for your own overnight hikes and longer hikes. There is time for free discussion, and you will receive answers to any hiking questions that concern you. The course focuses on learning by doing; participants will prepare their own meals with their camping stoves, set up tents, and participate in orienteering as we progress along the route. You do not need any prior hiking experience. The trail is classified as demanding, and the level of difficulty is considered in the length of the journey. Normal fitness is sufficient.
The course takes place in the southern part of Koli National Park by walking part of the Kiehiset Trail. The route passes through hilly and varied terrain, and we will cover about 10 km over two days. Along the way, you will see the lesser-known parts of the national park and rare gems, such as the views of Lake Herajärvi from Vesivaara and the Rykiniemi beach, which is magnificent with its sandy beach and the Pielinen lake. You will also get to practice crossing the water on the Herajoki cable ferry! We will spend the night in Rykiniemi. We reserve the right to change the route.
-packing and adjusting the backpack -hiking clothing and dressing
-camping stoves, camping food and water supply, camping stove maintenance
-using maps and compasses as well as GPS devices and mobile applications
-erecting a shelter and sleeping in a tent
-safe handling of axes and knives as well as making a fire
-hiking etiquette and the right to roam -maintenance of hiking equipment
Duration: 2 days.
Capacity: 6-12 people.
Availability: 16.9.-17.9. Starting on Saturday at 10:00 and ending on Sunday at 16:00. Languages: Finnish, English.
Departure and return: Seppälä Parking, Herajärven rantatie 36, Kontiolahti.
Price: €180/person. Minimum group size: 6 people.
Participant's own equipment:
Proper footwear for hiking, weather-appropriate clothing, any personal hiking gear, and your own food and snacks. We will send participants a detailed packing list to support packing, and the guide will also help with selecting suitable equipment if needed.
Equipment available for rent from the organizer:
Participants can rent some of the necessary equipment from the organizer.
Terms and Conditions:
Registration is binding once you have paid the course fee through Koli Nature Centre Ukko's online store! You can cancel your course reservation free of charge 14 days before the course date, after which the course fee will not be refunded. You can transfer your course reservation to another person free of charge if you are unable to attend. In such cases, please inform the organizer of the change of participant.
The minimum number of participants for courses is six people, unless otherwise agreed. If the course is canceled by the organizer, the course fees will be fully refunded. The course organizer reserves the right to make changes to the schedule and course location. In such cases, participants have the right to cancel.
The organizer does not provide insurance for participants. Please ensure that you have your own leisure insurance and any other necessary insurance policies in place.