Wild Taiga Kuhmo-Suomussalmi

The Best Local Experiences in Wild Taiga region

Are you planning a trip to Kuhmo or Suomussalmi? These two together form the Wild Taiga region, known for its magnificent nature. Doerz offers all the best Wild Taiga experiences. With our local guides you can enjoy many authentic experiences, like a traditional peat sauna or a bear watching where you get to see and photograph wild brown bears.

Wild Taiga is a region located in the eastern border of Finland in Kainuu. Its most well-known destinations are Kuhmo and Suomussalmi. The region is known for its wilderness, animals and its unique cultural life. With Doerz you’ll find professional and enthusiastic local guides who will gladly present their home region to travellers. The most well-known tourist attractions in the Wild Taiga region are the Murtovaara house museum, the Kuhmo Arts Centre, the Winter War museum, The Silent people installation and the Musical Forest nature trail. You’ll make the best out of your stay by meeting locals!

Live like a local in Wild Taiga

Kuhmo and Suomussalmi attract travellers from all over the world. The region offers unique culture and amazing nature – not forgetting to mention the intriguing history. Food-related experiences and nature experiences are the most popular experiences in the Wild Taiga region. This is one of the rare places where you have the chance to observe and photograph bears in their natural environment. With Doerz’s local guides you can experience a delicious coffee break with Finnish pancakes or participate in a bear watching where you get to follow the wild brown bears' lives from a comfortable hide.

Browse through our Wild Taiga experiences and choose your own favourites. We have a wide range of local experiences suitable for different kinds of travellers. The hidden gems of the Wild Taiga region can only be found when a local shares their secrets with you. We are sure you will find the perfect travel experiences for your holiday in Kuhmo and Suomussalmi, whether you are a solo traveller, planning a romantic holiday, or travelling with friends or family.

The treasure trove of nature and culture

Kuhmo offers a unique culture life that combines wilderness, chamber music and Karelianism, that is a Finnish cultural movement that focuses on the unique Karelian heritage. Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments, and is very traditional in Finland. Culture-related experiences are one of the most popular experiences in Kuhmo. Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, one of the oldest festivals in Finland, takes place in Kuhmo every July. With Doerz’s local guides you can experience a backstage tour in the Kuhmo Arts Centre or enjoy a cup of coffee with the Festival director of Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival.

Suomussalmi is a reindeer herding area located north from Kuhmo to bordering Russia to the east. The region offers an amazing nature that’s famous for it’s wilderness and excellent opportunities for outdoor activities. We recommend hiking in the Hossa National Park that is known for its pine tree forests and crystal clear lakes and ponds. The Hossa National Park was opened in honor of the 100th Independence Day of Finland. Outdoor activities and especially all the bear themed experiences are the most popular experiences in Suomussalmi. The untouched natural surroundings provide many possibilities including hiking, fishing, hunting, skiing, nature and wildlife photography. You can enjoy picking forest berries and mushrooms on crispy autumn days, just like the locals do. With Doerz’s local guides you can experience a bear night, where you get to see these intriguing animals and much more.

What is the best time to travel to the Wild Taiga region?

Summer and winter are the best seasons to travel to the Wild Taiga region. However, Finland and the Wild Taiga region are worth seeing at any time of the year. In summer the region is at its finest and liveliest. Full of events and the sun is shining from dawn till dusk. In summer you can spend the night in a hay barn – what a unique experience!

In winter you can admire the amazing snowy scenery. In case of being into wintery outdoor activities, try out various winter sports like skiing or snowshoeing. We advise you to book your experiences well in advance regardless of the season.

Wild Taiga region with children

What to do when travelling to the Wild Taiga region with kids? There are many unforgettable experiences to enjoy with your family, like a hike with Icelandic horses or SUP boarding. In case of looking for something more special, visit the unique Musical Forest that’s filled with musical instruments which not only can be played but can be admired as true pieces of art. Authentic experiences are the highlights of your family holiday in Kuhmo and Suomussalmi.

Memorable travel experiences don’t need to be expensive. With our local guides we offer lots of affordable activities to do in the region. When you book any activity, remember to ask your local guide for insider tips! Our guides are more than happy to share their knowledge with you, and give you tips about child-friendly activities you can explore for a very small fee or completely free of charge. A family holiday in the Wild Taiga region can be surprisingly affordable.

Romantic holiday in Wild Taiga

Looking for romantic experiences in the Wild Taiga region? Try a delicious traditional dinner. In case of looking for something special, you can try out a relaxing smoke sauna. Our experienced guides know the area thoroughly and can show you the best places for enjoying nature and the amazing scenery with your loved one.

Kuhmo, Suomussalmi and other destinations in the Wild Taiga region offer a possibility for a relaxed atmosphere without any hurry or huge crowds. Accommodation options vary from cabins in the wilderness to full service hotels – choose the most suitable option for you and your significant other!

Authentic Wild Taiga experiences

If you want to explore something original and genuinely local, take a look at our local experiences listed below. When you find your favourites, make sure to book them right away.

All the Doerz’s service providers are experienced locals who know their home area like the back of their hands. With their local knowledge, you will get to know all the best experiences and hidden gems of the Wild Taiga region. We recommend booking your experiences in good time before your holiday. If you can’t book your experiences in advance, don’t worry. Last-minute reservations will work out too, and you can even book your Doerz experience on the spot. Please take notice that many of our experiences are organised on demand, and they are available for booking also when there is no specified date in the introduction.

Erlebnisse in Kuhmo-Suomussalmi

Further information about companies and their services from www.wildtaiga.fi

Local Tourist Offices:

Kuhmo Tourist Information, Pajakkakatu 2, 88900 KUHMO, matkailu@kuhmo.fi, tel. +358 44 725 5307

Suomussalmi Tourist Office, Jalonkaarre 5, 89600 Suomussalmi, visit@suomussalmi.fi, tel. +358 044 777 3250

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