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Autumn hike 2019

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Welcome to Oulu University Scout Troop SOOPA Autumn Hike 2019! This year we will be heading to Lemmenjoki Nationalpark – Sevettijärvi – Neiden, Norway. The hike begins on August 17th in the morning and returns to Oulu August 24th. Lemmenjoki Nationalpark is an easy and diverse environment that is well suited for beginners. The areas of Sevettijärvi and Näätämö are more difficult so they are recommended for experienced hikers.

Can I take part of the SOOPA hike? What it is like to hike in autumn time? What kind of people are other hikers?

Answers to questions above and many other about autumn hike including gear list you will find from this page. If you have not hiked a lot before, you are  first timer in group hike or SOOPA hike then it is absolutely necessary for you to read carefully that page!

Hiking with SOOPA differs from hiking alone or pairs significantly. SOOPA hikes are group hikes that means that group must work together and group dynamics shape the spirit of the hike. People participating our hikes are adults, usually future, present or past students of universities of Finland and exchange students from all over the world.

However student status is not the qualification for the hike nor missing student status restriction to take part to the hike. The most important aspects are cheerful and brave attitude, curious mind, adequate fitness and health and a will to take part of the group.

Our hikers have mutual interest in hiking and experiencing the nature. According our experience even people that did not know each other before the hike have made the group work perfectly and found new friends from the hike.

Hiking areas

Lemmenjoki national park is a well marked area with free cabins, diverse environments and historical landmarks such as an old gold panning area, and historical sami settlements. Suggested area for inexperienced hikers

Sevettijärvi and Nääntämö are harder to traverse. It’s main attraction are it’s many lakes, deep forests and a couple of open-topped fjells

Hammastunturi wilderness area is also slightly more difficult, but has the best options for climbing fjells. A few cabins exist in the area.

Bus schedule

We will travel to the hiking area by bus. Bus will start early in the morning in Saturday 17th August. Pick-up schedule and places are the following: 1) 7:30 a.m. Linnanmaa parking area at Biologintie (Uni. campus, behind the main building). 2) 8 a.m. Tuira (Merikoskenkatu) and 3) 8:15 a.m. the Central Bus Station in the city centre (we are going to wait for the morning train InterCity 273, 23:13 Helsinki – 08:12 Oulu). Bus leaves Oulu 8:30 a.m. and will be in Hemavan about 6:30 p.m. and in Norway about  8-10 p.m.

We will return back to Oulu on Saturday evening 1th of September about 8:30pm. When we return to Oulu, you can be dropped off at the same places.

The departure and arrival times will be arranged according to the arrival/departure times of the trains from southern Finland.

The exact schedule for the hike will be announced later in the instructions sent to the hikers after the sign-up period has ended.

Before returning back home we will have sauna and after-hike meal, which are included in the price. Please note that you should take along towels, swimming suit, shampoo and fresh clothes in a separate bag for the after-hike sauna. Those things can be left on the bus during the hike so you do not have to carry them with you for a week.

Signing up

Sign up for the hike with this online form. The last day for registration is 28th of July 2018 before midnight. This is also when all the payments for the hike are due. If you wish to sign up after this an extra fee of 15 euros will be added, and you have to contact the hike organizers about your participation. Late sign ups are only possible if there are places free in the bus, and proper group for you can be found.

SOOPA has the right to deny the hike from a person who is seen as dangerous to himself or the group. This might occur due to some of following reasons: poor fitness, lack of hiking experience, or a pre-existing health condition. In such a case, all payments will be reimbursed.

If SOOPA must cancel the hike for some reason, i.e. lack of participants, all payments will be reimbursed, including the membership fee if you do not plan to attend any other SOOPA events.

SOOPA hikes are member only so all hikers must pay SOOPA membership free.

All SOOPA’s events are alcohol-free.

Price and payment

The price for the hike is 90 euros. The price includes transportation from Oulu to the hiking area and back, sauna and a buffet lunch on the way back, and a map of the hiking area. The price does not include any insurance. Everyone needs to get one individually. The participants must also pay SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2019 to take part in the hike. Please follow the instructions for becoming a SOOPA member and paying the membership fee:

All payments have to be made to SOOPA’s bank account:

IBAN: FI72 574136 20057718


Reference number: 11565

Sum: 90 euros + SOOPA’s member or supporting member fee for the year 2019

The payments for the hike have to be paid to SOOPA’s bank account by 23rd of July at the latest, so we recommend that you can pay it right after signing up. Those who have not paid the participation fee for the hike or SOOPA’s membership fee by the deadline will not be considered as participating on the hike. If they still want to join the hike, they must follow the instructions for late sign-up. If it is not possible for you to pay to SOOPA’s bank account then ask your finnish friend use her bank account to pay on behalf of you. In that case ask your friend to enter your name to the message field.