Catch the Wild North


Jun 1, 2002
Outside Magazine

THE TRIP: Equestrian guide Jorma Patosalmi's family has lived in the Kuusamo region of Finland for more than 400 years, which makes him plenty qualified to lead you through southern Lapland's Oulanka National Park. On Patosalmi's five-day horseback tour on the 56-mile Bear Ring Trail, you'll canter along the sandy banks of the Oulanka and Kitka Rivers. The rugged terrain and long distances (up to six hours in the saddle each day) make this trip best for those with riding experience. Horses North (888-686-6784; and Equitours (800-545-0019; represent Patosalmi and offer the trip June-August, with prices starting at $965 per person. THE HUB: The 6,500-island archipelago of Aland ( serves up the country's best sporting smorgasbord: canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking, and fly-fishing. The Aland Island tourist bureau (011-358-18-240-00; [email protected]) can set you up with a fishing guide, sailboat captain, or escargot expert (snail safaris are big here). Book a waterfront cottage from Längvikens Stugor (011-35-81-84-82-97) for $30 per night. THE EVENT: Crew on a dragon-class sailboat in the 2002 Dragon Gold and Baltic Cups, August 7-16 (register at

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