The taiga forest in Finland is one of the last primeval forests in the world. With trees such as larches, silver fir and spruce - sometimes more than six hundred years old -, a wide variety of animals and clear lakes, the taiga offers great opportunities for walking, hiking or boating.
About eighty percent of the trees in the humid forest areas of taiga are pines, spruces, firs and larches. Unlike most deciduous trees, these conifers are resistant to the harsh winters in Finland. During the winter temperatures can drop to minus 54 degrees in the Finnish taiga. In the summer, the taiga usually doesn't get warmer than plus eighteen degrees. In the warmer parts of the taiga in Finland you can also see birches, poplars, willows and European mountain ash.
In the winter, many seed-eating birds and birds of prey, including the golden eagle, raven, rough-legged and crossbill, remain in the area in Finland. The migration of birds ends in the summer when the Siberian thrush, white's thrush and Red-throated thrush feast on the many insects that swarm in the clouds in large clouds between the trees in the Finnish taiga forest. Mammals have more difficulties with the cold climate and especially the harsh winters of Finland. You can see brown bears, reindeer and wolves in the taiga forest during these periods. You can also encounter beavers, bison, lemmings, arctic hares, pine martens, wolverines and even a few lynx.
No matter which season you come, the taiga is full of energy. The variety of ancient trees, the visible and hidden flora and fauna, the feeling that time has stopped here. In the taiga you feel the balance between man and nature to the very depths of your being.
Taiga School is located in the heart of Finland, by the largest unregulated freshwater source in the country, Lake Kitka, and in the middle of the Taiga forest with its more than six hundred years old trees. From Taiga School you can undertake many special activities, such as ice fishing, trips to and through Hossa National Park, a sleigh rides with huskies, or immerse yourself in the traditional Finnish sauna rituals. You can choose to stay in our log cabin or spend the night in our hotel. Every activity guarantees an unique and unforgettable experience!