A MOMENT IN THE LIFE OF A SÁMI REINDEER HERDER
This excursion is a must for you who are looking for an authentic experience in Sámiland.
Nils-Matti Vasara is a 12th generation Sámi reindeer herder who works in the footsteps of his ancestors, carrying on a culture and a lifestyle of centuries-old traditions.
Nils-Matti’s work is based on the rhythm of the eight seasons in the arctic. During the snow-covered seasons, as a guest of Arctic Land Adventure, you can participate in a trip which takes you out to the wilderness to meet with him and to observe him at his chores.
The tour takes you to the frozen tundra of the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area where Nils-Matti spends his days tending to his flock. Reindeer graze freely on their winter pastures while their herder ensures they find sufficient nutrition and that they are protected against predators. Their location is unknown to all but the herder himself, but thanks to modern technoogy your driver-guide can pinpoint their whereabouts - and off you go, on a unique journey to the empire of reindeer.
There are no roads in the wilderness, therefore the transfer is arranged by snowmobile. You’ll be comfortably seated in the passenger sled while your guide drives the vehicle, allowing you to admire the magnificence of the nature surrounding you. Upon meeting Nils-Matti you’ll be surrounded by his reindeer – dozens, even hundreds of them. Curious by nature the reindeer tend to come up close, close enough so you can feed them and close enough for outstanding photo opportunities.
Relax with a hot drink and a snack served by your guide. Have a chat with Nils-Matti and capture the astounding scenes all around you. Listen to the all-embracing silence of the nature – broken only by the voice of Nils-Matti and the sounds of the flock in motion.
The chances are that this trip will be the crowning memory of your arctic holiday.
Minimum 2 person
VISIT TO VASARA REINDEER RANCH
We wish you welcome at Vasara Reindeer Ranch, our home and the home base of our reindeer herd. Here you have a unique occasion to get acquainted with the exquisite native animals of the arctic and observe our everyday life at the Ranch.
Reindeer have been the source of livelihood in Sámiland since times immemorial, and just as importantly, they are the source of legend, myth, magic and power. Carrying on the reindeer herding tradition is fundamental to the Sámi culture and identity.
Your visit will be scheduled at reindeer feeding time - and close encounters of the reindeer kind cannot be avoided! They ramble freely on the grounds and are often quite inquisitive, so be prepared for extraordinary photo opportunities.
After the feeding you are invited to take a seat in a Goahti, a Sámi hut. Sit back, enjoy a cup of coffee and a savory pastry, admire the blaze of the open fire and listen to your host's stories of Vasara Reindeer Ranch.
A visit to Vasara Reindeer Ranch is bound to add a very special memory to your collection of authentic travel experiences!
Minimum 2 persons
Guiding, round trip car transfer from the Village of Kilpisjärvi, hot non-alcoholic beverage and homebaked pastry are included.
You are welcome to join the Reindeer Ranch visit using your own car transportation. We can accommodate up to 40 persons simultaneously. Please contact us for availability and pricing.
CHASING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS AT VASARA REINDEER RANCH
Come and chase the Northern Lights with us at Vasara Reindeer Ranch! Here you are in the right place and in good company to witness how the fairytale firefox races across the snow fields and hits its tail on the snow, causing a shower of sparks which create the breathtakingly beautiful light show known as Aurora Borealis on the sky.
Vasara Reindeer Ranch is a marvellous place for viewing Aurora Borealis - it is a secluded retreat, far from any artificial lighting, in the heart of the auroral zone of northern Scandinavia.
For company - in addition to your guide - you might get a few reindeer which stroll freely on the Ranch grounds. These curious, furry, funny arctic creatures may turn up at any time during your visit to improve your selfies. Just imagine the thrill of capturing a shot of a reindeer with Aurora dancing in the background!
A snack and a hot beverage will be served to you in a Goahti, a Sámi hut, around a blazing fire, and you are welcome to spend a few moments there to warm up as often as you wish during the evening.
The ambience at the Ranch, the cozy Goahti, the blissful silence, the alluring night sky - they all add to a precious experience not easily forgotten - even if the northern lights decide to stay in hiding.
Minimum 2 persons
Guiding, round trip car transfer from the Village of Kilpisjärvi, warm clothing, snack and non- alcoholic beverage and tripod (kindly inform us of your need for a tripod when making a reservation) are included.
You are welcome to join the Chase for Northern Lights using your own car transportation. We can accommodate up to 40 persons simultaneously. The Goahti can be rented for a private occasion. Please contact us for availability and pricing.
Kindly bear in mind that Aurora Borealis is a natural unpredictable phenomenon and its appearance cannot be forecast nor can it be guaranteed.
SNOW FUN IN WINTER WONDERLAND AT VASARA REINDEER RANCH
Unleash your inner child and join us for Snow Fun at Vasara Reindeer Ranch! Come alone, come as a couple, or take your kids, or a group of friends with you, to experience Winter Wonderland.
With or without kids, with previous or with no experience - you can now delight in a range of typical Finnish winter fun and games. Cross-country skiing, ice fishing , snowshoeing for starters. Move on to try your skills with the kick-sledge, a Finnish "man-powered" winter vehicle. Go for some pure sliding fun on the toboggan run. Take a swing ride on the Finnish sleigh-go-round, which is an old-fashioned carousel on ice. Challenge your travelling companions to a snowball fight. Test the reindeer herder's most important tool, the reindeer lasso which we call "suopunki", and take a test drive on his most important vehicle, the snowmobile.
Take a moment to explore the Bealljegoahti, the traditional dwelling of the Sámi people in the bygone days. Take a seat in the cozy Gáttegoahti on the lake shore, enjoy the glow of the open fire and feast your eyes on the surrounding winter scenery. Observe the reindeer as they roam and rest on the Ranch grounds.
The Stuorragoahti is the large hut where you can warm up and relax. Sámi "Joik" music plays in the background, and there are old Sámi artifacts and photographs of the Vasara family history to view, a hot beverage to sip and a tasty pastry to savor. (A hot meal is available upon advance notice.)
At the end of this excursion you are likely to agree that there's no fun like Snow Fun!
Minimum 4 persons
Supplement € 25 / person for a hot meal (reindeer soup or salmon soup, bread and butter, non-alcoholic beverage)
Cost includes: Guided activities, round trip car transfer from the Village of Kilpisjärvi, warm clothing, hot non-alcoholic beverage and pastry
You are welcome to join the Snow Fun in Winter Wonderland using your own car transportation. We can accommodate up to 40 persons simultaneously. Please contact us for availability and pricing.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SÁMI REINDEER HERDER
Meet Nils-Matti, 12th generation Sámi reindeer herder of the Vasara Family. Few Sámi people today are full-time reindeer herders, and Nils-Matti is one of those few. His way of life echoes the life his ancestors lived here for centuries. Nils-Matti invites you to join him on a rare and exclusive journey which takes you out on the vast, frozen tundra of his home region, the Käsivarsi Wilderness Area of Northwestern Lapland.
The excursion starts with a car transfer from the Village of Kilpisjärvi to Vasara Reindeer Ranch. There are no roads in the wilderness and therefore there will be a change of vehicles at the Ranch, and the trip onwards takes place by snowmobile sledge. Dressed in warm snowmobiling gear and wrapped in blankets you'll journey out to the tundra - where exactly, no one knows, until Nils-Matti contacts your driver-guide to give him the coordinates. Nils-Matti spends most of his time out in the wilds, tending to his reindeer herd, but It's the reindeer who determine the whereabouts, not their herder, and reindeer are led by the wind.
Once at the meeting point, be it a half-hour or an hour away, you can observe Nils-Matti at his chores and help him feed his herd. Close-up encounters with the reindeer are on the agenda, just keep your camera ready! Nils-Matti will share with you stories of his work, his family and his way of life during lunch which is enjoyed out in the open.
This trip to the empire of the reindeer in the land of snow and ice is a fascinating and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Not to be missed!
Minimum 1 person
GETTING HOOKED ON ICE FISHING
Käsivarsi Wilderness Area which borders the Village of Kilpisjärvi is a wonderland for winter anglers. Silvery whitefish and red-bellied arctic char are abundant in many of the clear water lakes which dot the arctic landscape.
Winter fishing is pure joy whether you’re a novice or an experienced angler – even when the fish don’t bite. As an added bonus you might catch a glimpse of freely roaming reindeer and hear the enchanting chatter of the willow grouse on your arctic fishing trip.
To reach the fishing site you’ll ride to the wilderness comfortably seated in a snowmobile passenger sledge.
If you are interested in a full-day trip featuring lunch and visits to several lakes. please contact us for an offer.
Minimum 2 persons
FOR ALL NATURE LOVERS: TRIP AROUND SAANA FELL
Saana Mountain – or Saana Fell, as we call it here in Lapland – is the iconic landmark of Kilpisjärvi, rising to the height of 1029 above sea level. The locals call it the ”home rock” and its silhouette is known and loved by all Finns. Join us for an excursion to enjoy the majestic presence of the mighty Saana and the rugged nature of Käsivarsi Wilderness area.
You’ll travel comfortably in a snowmobile passenger sledge in the surroundings of Saana Fell. Your driver-guide makes frequent stops to allow you to admire the magnificent landscape and entertains you with tales of the legendary Saana.
A break for coffee calls for a longer stop which is made at Lake Saana. If the weather is favourable this is the perfect spot to try your ice fishing luck. The guide is at hand to teach you how.
Minimum 2 persons
SKY HIGH IN LAPLAND: EXCURSION TO HALTI FELL
This full-day trip takes you to the summit of Finland’s highest peak, Halti Fell, which measures 1324 meters above sea level. Halti Fell is situated on the border between Finland and Norway, far out in the backcountry where no roads lead and no man lives. Halti spreads itself to both countries, with an even higher peak situated on the Norwegian side. If an experience off-the-beaten track is on your bucket list, this is for you!
Seated in a snowmobile passenger sled you’ll travel through dramatic landscapes across a vast uninhabited wilderness area. Marvel at the snowy peaks of both Finland and Norway and the sweeping views of the treeless tundra which seems to stretch as far as the eye can see.
Once the peak is reached – weather allowing – log your conquest in the guest book and cherish nature’s magnificence. This trip is what memories are made of!
Minimum 4 persons
VISIT TO THREE BORDERS LANDMARK
The northernmost tripoint in the world is where the borders of Finland, Norway and Sweden meet. A visit to this border landmark is on just about every Kilpisjärvi visitor’s wish list.
The tripoint is located in the wilderness – no roads in these parts - at the edge of Malla Nature Reserve, in the lap of the Norwegian and Swedish mountain range. You’ll travel across the frozen Lake Kilpisjärvi in a snowmobile passenger sledge, surrounded by the superb scenery of the three countries.
A stop is made at the border mark for you to stroll freely on the territory of each country. Not to be missed: photos of three countries in less than a minute. And do not expect to see a border patrol or passport control!
Minimum 2 persons