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Our weekend course provides you the perfect introduction into most crucial outdoor skills you need to know when exploring and enjoying the Finnish nature on your own. You will also get a lot of cultural knowledge and will meet other like-minded people.

 

LEARNING:

  • Necessary basic skills to start your own outdoor expeditions

  • Safety and risk management skills

  • Cooking on the fire

  • Every man’s rights in Finland in theory and practice

 

We put emphasis on individual learning and creating relaxed and encouraging environment for all participants. Come as you are – there are no dumb questions on this course, but we’ll try out things together and learn from each other.

Accommodation will be organized in the Rajavuori Outdoor Center which provides basic beds, kitchen and bathroom facilities. Course menus are planned to cater vegetarian diet. Any other diets on request.

In order to support individual learning as well as to protect the environment, we wish to keep the group size small. Maximum number of participants for this course 12 people, so be quick and book your place soon.

TIME: 14.−15.9.2019
VENUE: Rajavuori, Laihia (starting point for the Kurjenkierros hike, Levaneva natural protection area) located about 48 km from Vaasa city, and 30 km from Tervajoki railway station.

PRICE: 125 EUR/person, 10% discount for students (including VAT 24%).

Price includes course material, teaching, meals, and accommodation. Return transport from Vaasa or Tervajoki train station can be organized with additional 15 EUR fee/person.

REGISTER: By booking online or filling in the booking form at latest on the 1st of September 2019

 

COURSE PROGRAMME

Saturday:

  • Arrival to Rajavuori outdoor center in Laihia at 12.00

  • Settling in, unpacking the gear

  • Welcoming lunch, introduction and getting to know each other

  • Theory: How to prepare for a short hike in a national park or another natural protection area? (e.g. gear, route planning)

  • Practice: Testing the learned by pair-assignments on the hiking trail

  • Preparing and enjoying dinner together

  • Free time, opportunity to have sauna, chatting and relaxing by the evening fire

Sunday:

  • Breakfast

  • Theory: Introduction to every man’s rights in Finland and responsible behavior in nature, ecological sustainability

  • Practice: Pair-assignments taking you on the hiking trail

  • Theory and practice: How to cook on fire? Learning the basics and testing them while preparing lunch together on the fire.

  • Enjoying lunch together, cleaning and packing.

  • Theory: What to do in an emergency situation? (e.g. being lost, getting hurt)

  • Tea, coffee, snacks

  • Practice: Putting up a tent and setting up a camp on a designated resting area

  • Closing up the course at 17.00

 

What to bring?

  • You will need to have comfortable outdoor clothing, and hiking or good walking shoes for moving in the forest and nature trails. We are also recommending you to have rain gear including gumboots.

  • You will need to bring a sleeping bag or bedding along.

  • Good general health is required to take part into practical activities.

  • You are welcome to bring own snacks along.

 

HOW TO GET TO RAJAVUORI?

Self-drivers
The address for the location is Rajavuorentie 136. There’s a sign in the crossing by the road E687 saying Rajavuoren erä- ja retkeilykeskus.

By train
The closest train station is called Tervajoki and the course timetable is built taking into account the train timetable. We are happy to organize return transport for participants arriving by train.

By bus
It is possible to get to Laihia by bus, but the buses do not run very efficiently during the weekends. In case of looking for suitable bus connection, contact us for more information.

Transport from Vaasa
We are happy to organize return transport for participants without vehicle from Vaasa city center. Contact us for more information on pick-up location and time.

 

Sustainability info

- All meals served during the course are vegetarian due climate reason. We are also favoring fair trade products and seasonal, locally produced vegetables. Food waste is minimized.

- Products we use e.g. washing liquids, have an eco-certification or Nordic environmental label. All rubbish is recycled.

- Group is kept small in order to mitigate the impact on nature during the course activities.

- We are highly recommending participants to arrive to Vaasa/Tervajoki by using either bus or train and to avoid flying.

- Course learning includes information on how to enjoy nature in sustainable manner.