Kuikka – the base camp

Kuikka is a former forest workers' residence situated in the municipality of Kuhmo, on the border with Russia. The base camp sits on a headland, surrounded by the Kuikka lake and boreal forest. The building is a traditional rural Finnish log house. The general atmosphere in Kuikka can be compared to that of a large family rather than to that of a hotel.

Arriving to Kuikka


Finnair Helsinki-Kajaani up to 31.7.2023. From Kajaani 165 km by car. Next airport is Kuopio. Helsinki-Kuopio (250 km by Car to base) or Helsinki-Oulu (330 km by car to base). The best and cheapest way is to rent car from the airport.

Airport transfers

  • 280 € taxi (1-4 person) one way from Kajaani (170 km), next person 90 €
  • 440 € taxi (1-2 person) one way from Kuopio (250 km), next person 140 €
  • 540 € taxi (1-2 person) one way from Oulu (320 km), next person 180 €

By car to base camp Kuikka in Kuhmo, Kivikiekintie 938

From south road number 5

North of Kuopio near Siilinjärvi to the right Nurmes and continue from Nurmes to Kuhmo about 60km. About 20 km before Kuhmo right Lieksa 4,5 km and left Saunajärvi 17 km and left Korkea 15km and right 13,5 km and left sign Kuikan kämppä (gravel road) 9,5 km and right Kuikka 1 km.

From Kuhmo city to our base camp Kuikka:

North to Suomussalmi 5 km (n 912) and right Kiekinkoski 44,5 km (n 9121) and left Kivikiekintie Kuikan kämppä 9,5 km and right Kuikan kämppä 1 km. Kivikiekintie 938, 88900  Kuhmo.

N64.06.574 E030.24.169

Driving instructions / map

Day program in summer time at Kuikka base camp in Kuhmo

  • 16:00-16:45 dinner
  • 17:00-18:00 to hides by own cars with coffee / tee + sandwiches + fruits
  • 08:00-09:00 back to base camp Kuikka using own cars
  • 09:00 breakfast
  • 10:00-16:00 own time, downloading pictures, sauna / shower, sleeping, hiking near base camp, free coffee+tea during day time

People observe wildlife in hides the whole night but it is possible too to come back to base camp at night.


  • free wifi
  • 9 rooms for 1-5 persons in each and 2 cottages (2 persons / cottage)
  • max. 18-37 beds depending how many people in one room
  • single room extra 40 € / night/li>
  • 5 water toilets and 2 no water toilets, 5 shower
  • sauna (extra 10 € / person)
  • smoke sauna (extra cost 180 € / 6 hours heating)
  • 2 boats, 2 canoes and good sand shore

Other base camp

  • Old military station 4 km from Kuikka
  • 4 double and 1 single room (high quality)
  • max. 9 persons

In the case of allergies or special diets, WSF must be informed at the time of booking.

Spirits etc.

We may not sell any spirit - please buy yourself beer / wine etc. in advance. Chocolate, energy juice, some souvenirs and nature books available at Base Camp Kuikka.