Winter Activities

Flexible White World

Your expectations can develop. You may have jet lag. The weather may be less favorable for an activity now but soon it will be too good to miss. Villa Cone Beach is the luxury of flexibility. You don’t need to book in-house activities in advance guessing what exactly you’ll get when the time comes.

The versatility of Villa Cone Beach in-house activities is next to limitless. They can be combined and varied, pieces added or cut. Most on the fly. You may jump to another activity, go to a third one or come back to the original doing. Or just relax. The flexibility covers one group at a time.

Photo show a mother and her small daughter skiing in a sunny forest.

Cross-Country Skiing

The paradise for cross-country skiing unfolds right outside your Villa Cone Beach doors. The region is covered by forests and frozen lakes, all under snow in the wintertime and all made for skiing. Easy on-site ski tracks suit beginners. The tracks into the forests are drawn for more seasoned hobbyists to speed up their sporty figures. When the frozen lakes have a thin snow cover they turn into huge stadiums to ski freely.

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You have infinite number of routes to choose from, if you go on traditional forest skis. They are extra long and wide, and a bit heavier. Prior skiing experience is quite useful. You can go wherever you wish, practically, just respect people’s privacy. The beauty and diversity of nature is yours.

The warming Sun often melts the upper layers of snow in March and April. Freezing nights then harden the wet snow into solid Hanki. Early in the morning a strong Hanki can even carry a car. In old times people utilized such moments and brought firewood from forests and dried hay from faraway meadows in horse-drawn sledges. Wise people don’t go too far on Hanki to avoid sinking into snow, which softens rapidly in the new day.

Basic skiing lessons are given to newcomers. It isn’t too difficult and you feel just great to manage the idea. In the Vuokatti ski-tunnel you can also ski in the summertime.

The programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any other available doing or nature object (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Skiing into Forest
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price Adults and children above 12 years 20 €/hour, children under 12 years 10 €/hour, minimum programme total 70 €, whereafter optionally self-serviced without charge
Included Transportation, guide, ski gear, snacks, refreshments
Availability October/November-April
Departure Anytime 8-20, actual departure time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, max 5 h
Difficulty Very easy – exercising
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: ski clothing if applicable
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows a woman walking on snow shoes in a snowy sunny forest.

Snow Shoeing Whiteness

The milieu of Villa Cone Beach is ideal for snow shoeing. There is a place on hand for any taste. Shoe a short distance and the landscape changes from open lake ice to a snowy forest, from a flat to a steep hillside. Everything is covered under soft white stuff. So it’s completely safe and plain fun if you manage to stumble deep into snow. Have a good selfie!

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You have an infinite number of routes and paths to choose from. Everyman’s rights are your rights too! In Villa Cone Beach region you can go freely and just a dose of common sense is enough. Depending on the length of the programme and your wishes, a break at a fireplace will be made for resting, snacks and a hot drink.

The programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any other available doing or nature object (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Snow Shoe Whiteness
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price Adults and children above 12 years 20 €/hour, children under 12 years 10 €/hour, minimum programme total 90 €, whereafter optionally self-serviced without charge
Included Transportation, guide, snow shoes, snacks, refreshments
Availability November/December-April
Departure Anytime 8-20, actual departure time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, max 5 h
Difficulty Very easy – exercising
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: extra winter clothing if applicable
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows Vuokatti Safaris snow mobiles

Snowmobile drive

Drive through Taiga forests on snowmobile tracks passing almost behind a corner. Or do it on Villa Cone Beach lake ice. Have an arctic adventure with your team and wonder the peace of snowy wilderness. Villa Cone Beach differs from the overcrowded tourist destinations. Very likely you will not see a single other snowmobiler, even less likely a tourist. Speed is not the point. Let the machine go forward gently for your safety and nature.

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At Villa Cone Beach you can manage to drive a snowmobile without a driving license, if only you are at least 15 years old. Driving on land requires the owner’s permission. Metsahallitus, the appropriate government agency, together with other partners, maintains a national network of snowmobile tracks. You should have a category T driving license on the official tracks and in certain situations, such as when crossing a road.

Metsahallitus have also opened a handful of free ride areas. A brand new very large area of 2 500 ha close to the Russian border invites you to drive a snowmobile on pristine snow. A tour will take several hours, because the place locates 90 km away and the transportation arrangements alone take 3 hours. In balance you will get a unique experience.

The programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any available other activities or nature objects (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Snowmobile Trail
Booking In-destination
Group maximum 4 guests, drivers minimum 15 years old
Price Each person 75 €/hour when 2 persons on a mobile, each person 125 €/hour when 1 person on a mobile, minimum programme total 225 €
Included Transportation door-to-door, snowmobile gear, guide, snacks, refreshments
Availability November/December-April
Departure Anytime 8-20, actual departure time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, max 6 hours
Difficulty Easy – average – tough
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: snowmobile clothing
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions
Operator Arctica Estates
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Vuokatti Safaris
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The lakes surrounding Villa Cone Beach offer plenty of fish.

Winter Net Fishing

Villa Cone Beach villagers have used fishing nets forever. In the wintertime the methods are different. How to get a net under thick ice? It is easy when you know the trick. Come see and participate in the tradition with modern add-ons. Experience the excitement and the fisherman’s fake coolness after nets have done their patient job under the ice overnight.

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Really fresh raw material for your dish can be prepared by our kitchen, If it’s your hobby and bravura, why not, prepare your favorite dish for your team.

The programme is fully flexible on the fly. There are fixed fisherman costs, regardless of the flexibility.  Any other available doing or nature object, such as sudden Northern Lights, can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Net Fishing on Ice
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price Adults and children above 12 years 40 €/h, children under 12 years 20 €/h, minimum tour total 190 €
Included Transportation door-to-door, guide, expert fisherman, snacks, refreshments
Availability November/December-April
Departure Early in the morning, actual time may be subject to an advance notice and fisherman’s schedule
Duration No minimum, maximum 2-3 hours
Difficulty Easy, case by case accessibility, no disabled access vehicles
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: extra outfit if applicable
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions
Operator Arctica Estates
Winter fun with a merry-go-round sledge in winter wonderland.

Sleigh-go-Round

Sleigh-go-round, locally called Hoijakka, has thrilled the region’s kids and adults alike for centuries. Why not, nowhere else people have a better climate to build a Hoijakka, and it zooms. Certainly Villa Cone Beach has one. The longer the circling rod and stronger the pushing muscles, the faster the going.

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We let the central pole of this marvel freeze firmly in ice. Next we pivot a long rod on it’s top and tie a sleigh to the rod’s free end. Simple as that for a joyful experience.

The sleigh gives slow pace for small children, and any fierceness to older ones, depending on the horsepower rating of the pusher and daredevil qualities of the passenger.

Our new project develops a future Hoijakka. Some of the traditional rustic touch may be gone, but a lot of new fun will step in. Villa Cone Beach guests will be the first pioneers to ride it.

After a guided instruction session you are free to enjoy Hoijakka any time on your own. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Sleigh-go-Round
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price 1 hour free, whereafter any group size 60 €/hour or optionally self-serviced without charge
Included Guide
Availability November/December-April
Departure Anytime 8-20, actual departure time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, no maximum
Difficulty Very easy (except for pusher!), accessible
Payment 1 hour free, payable amount upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: extra clothing if applicable
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows two men ice fishing on a lake ice and the Sun shining just above the horizon in the daytime.

Ice Fishing at Hole

Boring a hole through thick ice equals good exercise. The reward is worth of it, even if your catch remains zero. Sit down and forget stress. Concentrate on the movements of your tiny fishing rod or let thoughts travel. Hours fly by. When coming back to the comforts of Villa Cone Beach your blood pressure is down and hunger up. Shouldn’t we measure your stress level before and after?

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Finnish people can stay on ice whole day, at their favorite place. They may drill tens of holes, many of them done in earlier sessions and now easy to reopen. Most likely your catch consists perches and other small yet delicious fish. As well, after taking a fish carefully up you may want to put it back in the hole, to live in the waterworld happily ever after.

Ice Fishing with thousands of others? Many small and national ice fishing competitions are held in Finland every winter. Read more about fishing in Finland.

If your visit’s timing is right, maybe you like to beat national champions and find your face online and in newspapers? Take warm clothing, a lot of luck and our expert guide, and it is within the limits.

The programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any other available doing or nature object (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Ice Fishing Elixir
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price Any group size 60 €/hour, minimum programme total 120 €, whereafter optionally self-serviced without charge
Included Transportation, guide, fishing gear, snacks, refreshments
Availability November/December-April
Departure Anytime 8-18, actual departure time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, maximum 5 hours
Difficulty Very easy – average, conditional accessibility
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: extra clothing if applicable
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions.
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows a young woman kicksledding on a snowy Villa Cone Beach road.

Kicksled Fun

Kicksled zooms on a snowy road and across frozen lakes. The vehicle is a traditional Finnish innovation used since a century ago. It starts perfectly reliably, every time and in any weather. Many older people, kids and those preferring a practical and so healthy transportation machine love to take a kicksled to school, market or workplace. They are clever to save money and puff zero CO2.

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Kicksledding has become a sport too, with ultra-modern carbon fiber structures and sliding properties.

After a guided instruction session you are free to enjoy kicksleds any time on your own. At your request a guide will continue to ensure your safety. Always so when the route goes on very hard ice or on a road further away, and when the kicksledder is not a grown-up. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Kicksled Fun
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price 1 hour free, whereafter any group size 60 €/hour or optionally self-serviced without charge
Included Guide, 1 kicksled/2 persons, helmets, snacks, refreshments
Availability November/December-April
Departure Anytime 8-20, actual departure time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, no maximum
Difficulty Very easy – exercising
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: extra clothing if applicable
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions, self-serviced kicksledding allowed in safe conditions
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows a big herd of forest reideer, called also forest caribous, on Villa Cone Beach lake ice.

Rangifer Safari in Winter

The best time for a Rangifer Safari is from October to April, when the animals roam in big herds, even hundreds of them together. They may feed in a certain area day by day and are easier to locate. Rangifers are big wild cousins of Santa’s Rudolph the Red-Nose, the small household reindeer. Lucky guests can observe these great animals through the Villa Cone Beach windows. If not, let’s go for a safari to watch or photo Rangifers. Lucky scouting is often needed and then we’ll go wherever they may be.

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Rangifer tarandus fennicus, forest reindeer, also called locally wild caribous, are the specialty of Villa Cone Beach village. Most likely they show up at the villa’s neighbourhood in the period from April to October. In the summertime babies may rest with their moms on villa’s beaches after feeding nearby. They come for safety and comfort. No more than 700 genetically diverse heads are left in the whole EU. Better to come sooner than be late.

Rangifers may roam long distances in a single day. They migrate from east to west for their winter pastures and return to breed the next spring. Villa Cone Beach locates luckily right in the middle. Here is their best April-May birth hideout even today. During the summertime the animals get along in solitude or small groups. Mighty crowns are grown and carried by males, who fight fiercely in September-October to win leadership.

Rangifer classification is Near Threatened, due to habitat loss and predators. Risk of extinction is high. Therefore small groups are being relocated elsewhere in Finland in WildForestReindeerLIFE, a new EU funded project.

Take a closer look at these scary wild animals from our vehicles, as they trust cars more than humans. We never chase any animals in cars nor follow them on snowmobiles. They need all their energy to survive through the wintertime. Sometimes we’ll return empty-handed from a safari, yet always freshened up.

The programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any other available wild animals or nature objects (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way! At any time we can stop for a coffee break or by a nearby restaurant to have a lunch or dinner.

Schedule & Price

Guided Rangifer Safari In Winter
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price Adults and children above 12 years 30 €/hour, children under 12 years 20 €/hour, minimum programme total 120 €
Included Transportation, guide, snacks, refreshments, optional lunch or dinner when tour 4 h+, optional lunch and dinner, when tour 6 h+
Availability October-April
Departure Anytime 7-16, actual time may be subject to an advance request and scouting results
Duration No minimum, recommended minimum 3 hours, no maximum
Difficulty Very easy – prolonged, no disabled access vehicles
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: extra clothing if applicable
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions
Operator Arctica Estates
Another campfire during winter.

Night in Winter Wilderness

A night at a campfire in a snowy and endless forest distances you from everything you experienced so far. No hurry, no stress. Our traditional campfire is made of two logs one on the other, the fire burning slowly yet warmly. Sparks fly to the twinkling Milky Way, or the cloudy darkness sends snow crystals hovering down. When staying overnight, a proper tent or a tiny wilderness log shelter makes home. Unless conditions favor us and we have a snow igloo for sweet dreams. Our default campgrounds are no more than 10-15 minutes away.

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Night life is exotic and suitably hard. The setting will be prepared individually for your needs. You can take it easy, as anytime you can change mind and return to the comforts of Villa Cone Beach. There is no danger in the darkness but imagination can take some hold. The nightly sounds, if there’s any, can be a bit strange.

In midwinter the daylight is shortened just to 6-7 hours. Darkness rules the rest and the Milky Way or moonlight lightens clear nights. In March days and nights reach a fifty-fifty balance. Thereafter the light wins rapidly.

The programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any available activity or nature object (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Winter Night at Campfire
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price Adults and children above 12 years 20 €/h, children under 12 years 10 €/h, minimum total 55 €/h, minimum programme total 175 €
Included Transportation, guide, snacks, refreshments, evening meal, sheltering
Availability November/December-April
Departure Anytime 18-20, actual departure time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, no maximum
Difficulty Easy – prolonged, near villa accessible
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: extra clothing if applicable
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows Villa Cone Beach lakeside sauna facing the snowy Lake Korpijarvi.

Sauna Wellness in Cold

Frequent sauna cuts the risk of stroke by half. It also prevents cardiovascular deceases. That’s a big big bonus. However, the real thing is enjoyment and thoughts wandering anywhere but into work or troubles. Not to mention the ecstasy when cooling down in freezing air after the hot. Rolling yourself in snow feels even more dramatic. Villa Cone Beach lakeside sauna is the programme default. Several more saunas, tinier or slightly bigger, are on hand for the sake of change.

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In the old times the Finns settling into wilderness always built a sauna first. It was the base to stand for hardships and to construct a proper log house. And it was a paradise in the merciless backwoods. In front of Villa Cone Beach we still can see disappearing remains of a sauna built by the first unknown settlers in the place.

Frequent sauna hugely lowers risk of stroke, states the well-known 2018 study by the University of Eastern Finland. The decrease was amazing 61 % among those with 4-7 sessions per week instead of one session only. How about never having sauna? The study also indicates that regular sauna bathing is associated with a reduced risk of coronary diseases, sudden cardiac death, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and respiratory diseases and it lowers CRP level too. Maybe sauna bathing should be made compulsory!

Aching joints and mind love sauna. Skin soothes and softens, thanks to sauna’s anti-aging effect.

Collect sauna know-how at Villa Cone Beach. A free package for our sauna-goers contains designs, recommendations, links to studies on wellness and health, as well as to the best suppliers. Personal instructions are also given.

You can have a pre-physical at cost, when suitably available in the region. Measure your stress level before and after sauna with our exclusive smart ring. You may be surprised.

The programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any other available doing or nature object (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Winter Sauna Wellness
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach, maximum 4 persons in the Löyly (steam) room at the same time
Price Any group size 70 €/hour, minimum programme total 70 €
Included Transportation, guide for instructions and supervising only or co-bathing, sauna gear, refreshments (and spring water at sauna tap), stress level measurement
Availability October-April, order minimum 90 minutes in advance
Departure Anytime 10-21, actual time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, no maximum
Difficulty Easy – average, sauna accessibility
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: swimsuit when applicable, Operator: sauna clothing and amenities
Exceptions
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows smoke sauna feeling.

Smoke Sauna Feelings

The very traditional Finnish sauna is smoke sauna, having a stone pile in its corner with a built-in fire box. No chimney. Smoke gets out through a hole high in log wall. After the sauna master has burnt firewood for several hours, the space is ventilated and readied. Smoke gently smells, walls are black. Throw water on stones and get engulfed in soft sweet steam. Smoke sauna’s health effects are equally awesome than those of ordinary saunas.

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Remember good habits in smoke sauna. It is the dwelling of Saunatonttu, an elf or something, a very old bearded fellow no more than half a meter tall. People say so. For you he retreats into the darkest corner behind the stone pile. Saunatonttu loves to be your host, but gets really really mad if you insult his rules. Don’t worry, we will tell you what the rules are and if necessary, we take the blame.

Smoke sauna can hardly get hotter than 70-80 °C ( 150-180 °F). Even a bit less is just fine. Above that you step in a more modern sauna with a chimney. There we turn more heat on, if you so wish.

Collect sauna know-how at Villa Cone Beach. A free package for our sauna-goers contains designs, recommendations, links to studies on wellness and health, as well as to the best suppliers. Personal instructions are also given.

You can have a pre-physical at cost, when suitably available in the region. Measure your stress level before and after sauna with our exclusive smart ring. You may be surprised.

Programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any other available wild animals or nature objects (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way

Schedule & Price

Guided Private Winter Smoke Sauna
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach, maximum 4 persons in the Löyly (steam) room at the same time
Price Adults and children above 12 years 60 €/hour, children under 12 years 20 €/hour, minimum programme total 280 €
Included Transportation, guide for instructions and supervising only or co-bathing, sauna gear, refreshments, stress level measurement
Availability October-May, order latest at 4 pm the day before
Departure Anytime 16-20, actual time may be subject to host availability
Duration No minimum, maximum 4 hours
Difficulty Easy – average, sauna accessibility
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: swimsuit when applicable, Operator: sauna clothing and amenities
Exceptions
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows the sauna thermometer needle risen to hot 100 degrees centigrade.

Red Hot Sauna In Winter

Q: Where can you open a door and step into a place 130 °C colder?

A: Have a space walk in orbit or have a break from the Red Hot Sauna in the freezing wintertime. If you try it in space without a million dollar suit, it’s pretty much over. But when you exit from the Red Hot into freezing air, perhaps rolling in snow or jumping into a hole in lake ice, your healthy heart only strengthens.

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Open-minded explorers can safely and quite comfortably stand for sauna temperatures up to 100 °C (250 °F), when the air is very dry. The hardcores take somewhat more. If you hesitate, it is fully honourable to turn back from the door. If you go on, better throw just a spoonful of water on stones or nothing at all. Water boils at that temperature.

Exit and in a split second you come from a burner to a freezer that’s 130 °C cooler, feeling fantastically alive and well. Or take both same time! Open the window and let fresh air flow gently over your steaming back while you stay in warmth.

Collect sauna know-how at Villa Cone Beach. A free package for our sauna-goers contains designs, recommendations, links to studies on wellness and health, as well as to the best suppliers. Personal instructions are also given.

The programme is for eligible and fit grown-ups only. Should we so deem or should you request, a pre-physical shall be arranged at cost, when suitably available. Measure your stress level before and after the Red Hot Sauna with our exclusive smart ring. You may be surprised. Here you are a pioneer, since it is unlikely that very hot sauna’s stress effects have been scientifically measured.

Programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any other available doing or nature object (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Red Hot Winter Sauna
Booking In-destination
Group maximum 6 adults, maximum 4 persons in the Löyly (steam) room at the same time
Price Adults 75 €/hour, minimum programme total 150 €
Included Transportation, guide for instructions only or co-bathing, sauna gear, refreshments (and spring water at sauna tap), stress level measurement, certificate
Availability October-May, order minimum 3 hours in advance
Departure Anytime 10-21, actual time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, no maximum
Difficulty Average – tough for a moment, sauna accessibility
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: swimsuit when applicable, Operator: sauna clothing and amenities
Exceptions
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows the winter sightseeing road from Villa Cone Beach to Kuhmo town center. Wind flies snowflakes in a very bright sunshine.

Sightseeing Arctic Winterland

Roads were made for journeys not destinations. The wisdom by Confucius hits perfectly Arctic Lakeland. Winter wonderland roads are made for a continuing marvelous white experience. They just happen to connect places of interest. Live a sightseeing tour around vast Kuhmo town and to neighbouring regions, with visits to a number of seasonal destinations.

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This is just a sample list of the destinations to choose from:

  • Petola, the Kuhmo Visitor Centre, information about brown bears, wolves and other wild predators
  • Atalante, the postmodern Kuhmo library making citizens to read more than anywhere else in the world
  • Tuupala museum area, a former modest upper class family’s log house complex
  • The new generation wooden school, for healthy learning and science of health effects of the building
  • Vartius village, Arctica Estates border crossing to Russia
  • Lentiira, a scenic village close to the Russian border
  • A Brown Bear observation center, in wintertime wolfs and wolverines
  • Sites of war history in Kuhmo and Raatteentie
  • Various enterprises for professionals, nature attractions, historical and cultural sites, exhibitions and events

Reasonable tour time varies over the winter. In October and April there are many more light hours than in midwinter.

Programme is fully flexible on the fly, so we will use the brake pedal and steering wheel wherever you wish to stop or go. Any other available attraction, wild animals or nature objects (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way! At any time we can stop for a coffee break or by a nearby restaurant to have a lunch or dinner.

Schedule & Price

Guided Sightseeing Winterland
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price Adults and children above 12 years 25 €/hour, children under 12 years 15 €/hour, minimum programme total 150 €
Included Transportation, guide, snacks, refreshments and, when available, optional lunch or dinner when tour 4 h+, optional lunch and dinner, when tour 6 h+
Availability October-April
Departure Anytime 8-18, actual time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, recommended minimum 3 hours, maximum 10 hours
Difficulty Easy- prolonged, no disabled access vehicles
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: –
Exceptions
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows Villa Cone Beach under magnificent Northern Lights and stars.

Chasing the Northern Lights

Seeing the Northern Lights may be extremely important to you. Actually seeing is exciting lottery, but we can do a lot. If you are very lucky, you can experience the Northern Lights comfortably at Villa Cone Beach. The season begins in mid-August and ends in April, the period limited by too bright summer nights. The sky can be cloudy and many times the Northern Lights appear only somewhere else. What to do?

Of course, in an emergency we go chasing the Northern Lights!

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The dancing show, also called Aurora, often appears hundreds of kilometers away, to any direction but most often in the north. Our chauffeur loves to drive you there as quickly as possible, if we only can estimate that we have enough time. The destination can be anywhere in the Arctic Lakeland or Lapland. Be prepared for as long a hardship ride as you possibly are willing to take.

The Northern Lights are created by occasional Sun wind bursts against the Earth’s atmosphere. That’s why a forecast can be given no more than days ahead. In Lapland it is too bright early in the fall and late in the springtime. The Aurora peaks before midnight and the best show may last for half an hour only.

Many folks have beliefs and tales explaining the Northern Lights. Finns have learned since the Ice Age that they are a fox running across skies in flames. Other people know the Northern Lights have an important role in fertility matters.

Uniquely on top of that, only at Villa Cone Beach you can try your luck and not only to see but also to hear the Northern Lights! People with a gift of good hearing can sometimes notice muffled or cracking sounds of the phenomena. Aurora create them in so far unknown way probably just tens of meters above the ground. At Villa Cone Beach we amplify these sounds, letting average ears sense them. What a spectacle, a magnificent live Aurora show with mysterious audio in darkness under the shining Milky Way!

The programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any other available attraction, wild animals or nature objects can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Northern Lights Winter Chasing
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price Adults and children above 12 years 25 €/hour, children under 12 years 15 €/hour, minimum total 90 €/hour
Included Transportation, guide, snacks, refreshments and, when available, optional lunch or dinner when tour 4 h+, optional lunch and dinner, when tour 6 h+
Availability October-April, actual time may be subject to an advance request and Aurora alarm info
Departure Anytime to reach the set Aurora destination same day latest at 22
Duration No minimum, normal maximum 10 hours, negotiable
Difficulty Easy- prolonged, no disabled access vehicles
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: warm winter outdoor clothing, Operator: extra clothing if applicable
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions
Operator Arctica Estates
Yet another camp fire in the night.

Picnic at Snowy Fire

A campfire in the Villa Cone Beach local back forest is easy to reach in no time. You can enjoy much of the atmosphere of a campground faraway in a deep forest while your villa’s comforts remain at hand. This easy camping alternative is especially suitable for families with small children. Maybe the temperature is mild and you want to roll big snowballs and build a tiny snow castle. In midwinter the darkness falls early. You can save the late evening for something else.

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Fire burns and sparks fly to the starry sky, which makes your roof above the white floor. The nearby snowy trees are lit beautifully making the walls around the camp. Complete darkness spreads outside. A hot drink warms you up.

The programme is fully flexible on the fly. Any other available doing or nature object (such as sudden Northern Lights) can be included right away. At Villa Cone Beach it’s your way!

Schedule & Price

Guided Snowy Campfire
Booking In-destination
Group maximum Full capacity of Villa Cone Beach
Price Any group size 60 €/hour, minimum programme total 60 €, whereafter optionally self-serviced without charge when near the villa
Included Transportation, guide, snacks, refreshments
Availability October/November-April
Departure Anytime 9-20, actual departure time may be subject to an advance request
Duration No minimum, no maximum
Difficulty Easy, accessible when near the villa
Payment Upon check-out
Clothing Customer: winter outdoor clothing, Operator: extra clothing if applicable
Exceptions Subject to weather conditions
Operator Arctica Estates
Photo shows Villa Cone Beach white wonderland during winter.

Good to Know about Arctica Estates Winter

Villa Cone Beach winter begins in November and ends at about the end of April. Then what is a winter? For us at Arctica Estates it stands for below zero temperatures, at least some snow and frozen lakes The start and the end of autumn and springtime vary a lot. Weather is also a matter of interpretation and a main topic when two locals meet for any reason. Usually both of them exchange brief statements about the weather, past, present or forecast. They agree and are able to move on. That is Finnish small talk at its best.

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The night temperature can reach -30 ºC already in October, but that is hugely abnormal. In December it is no wonder anymore. The coldest weeks come typically at the end of January or in the beginning of February. The temperature can drop below -40 ºC for a night or two, however not every winter. In such a cold, more than twenty degrees colder than in your freezer, cars behave differently. Steering is stiff and going gets harder until the parts warm up somewhat. Your stay in the warmth of Villa Cone Beach goes on comfortably.

March and April are the real spring months. Days get longer, warmer and sunnier. April is the month when we lose our snow and cannot stop the summer from beginning.

It snows from time to time over the whole period, the thickness of snow perhaps being half a meter by the year end and up to maximum 1 meter in March. The temperature raises above zero several times during the snowy time. Then we make snowmen, snow castles and other art of snow. You too!