Trips to Kuhmo

Kuhmo is a small town in Northern Karelia, close to the Russian border in the heart of Eastern Finland. The town is best known as a centre for local Karelian culture, as well as the birthplace of the Kalevala, a 19th century poetry epic and national favourite.

Surrounded by a wilderness of forest and lakes, Kuhmo is an incredibly idyllic location. The small town looks out onto lakes Ontojärvi, Lammasjärvi and Lenuta and it is close to the stunning national park of Hiidenportti, making it a great base to explore this wonderful area. The closest airport is Kajaani, which lies roughly 90 minutes away.

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This part of Finland is covered in what the Finnish call 'Wild Taiga'. Taiga is the name given to the huge swathe of coniferous forest that spreads from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia through to North America. Largely made up of pine, spruce and larch trees, the taiga forms the biggest land habitat in the world and it is here, in this beautiful, untouched and untamed wilderness that nature thrives and wildlife abounds.

The luscious forest is dotted with gorgeous lakes, perfect for swimming and canoeing. Endless hiking and biking trails wind through the forest, where mushrooms, berries and flowers grow. With such fertility and uninterrupted wilderness, the taiga is the perfect habitat for many animals. It is common to see brown bear throughout these parts, as well as wolves, lynx, wolverines and eagles.

Due to the abundance of amazing wildlife, our summer trips here focus on wildlife viewing, utilising animal hides that allow you to wait for the animals to come to you, with your camera at the ready, providing an incredible experience. We also include activities such as canoeing and hiking, which are a must-do if you come to this part of Finland.

In the winter, husky safaris, snowmobile tours and snowshoeing activities are in full swing and the Northern Lights often make an appearance. Take part in cross-country skiing and ice fishing and then enjoy a relaxing sauna to warm yourself back up again.

Kuhmo also attracts lovers of classical music, with the renowned Kuhmo Festival of Chamber Music taking place every year in mid-July for a two week period. The festival has been running for 40 years and features over 70 performances at various venues throughout the town. It is often recognised as one of the best and most important classical musical festivals in the world and if you happen to be here at the right time, it is definitely worth a look.

Whatever season you choose to travel here, Kuhmo acts as a great destination to take part in amazing activities and witness some truly spectacular scenery and cultural events. Our holidays here are based out of the Hotel Kalevala, which is situated on the shores of a beautiful lake, providing comfortable, modern accommodation with traditional influences.

Image credits: Visit Finland

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