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VISIT TO VASARA REINDEER RANCH

Peera

Reindeer Ranch Visit

Reindeer Ranch Vasara welcomes you to visit our home and the home base of our reindeer herd.  You will learn more on how reindeer are fed, what belongs to herder's daily routines, how's the year of the reindeer, how does the herder recognize his reindeer and what are the other interesting traditions belonging to Sámi way of living. 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. Owner of the ranch has 12 generations of traditions and knowledge of Sámi lifestyle and he would like to share his wisdom with you. Visiting the ranch starts with driving thru hundreds of reindeer waiting for you at the driveway. Feel like a real reindeer herder and jump out of your car to get thru the herd. Our reindeer are not hiding behind the fences - they'll surround you and welcome you all the way down to our home at Lake Peera. So be careful when approaching! During your visit you will get a chance to feed reindeer, pet them if you get lucky and take loads of photos during your visit. We will also welcome you to visit our hut and offer you some hot drinks while explaining the history and the future of traditional Sámi reindeer herding.    AVAILABILITY AND GOOD TO KNOW Reindeer Ranch Visit is available only during winter months Nov 1 - Apr 30 Reindeer are roaming free and leaving the Ranch for the summer The activity will take place daily at 10 AM if the minimum group size (4 persons) is met. We will inform all participants in case of cancellation/postponing. In case you're travelling from Tromsö, please check GoFjord's Special Reindeer Ranch Snow Fun program leaving daily at 7 AM. Further details will be added shortly. In case you have bigger group, please contact us for an offer and availability.   Loading...

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A MOMENT IN THE LIFE OF A SÁMI REINDEER HERDER

Reindeer Safari

Reindeer Safari

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.   AVAILABILITY AND GOOD TO KNOW Reindeer Safari and Reindeer Herder Experience are available only between Dec 1 - April 30 Reindeer are roaming freely and do not stay at the ranch during the summer The program will take 2-3 hours depending on where the reindeer pack is located Minimum group size is 4. In case the group size is not met, we will inform the participants and try to find another suitable time.  You can also book the tour for 2 persons for 512 euros   Loading...

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Dinner

Arctic Sky Dinner Experience

Vasara Reindeer Ranch is a marvelous place for viewing Aurora Borealis - it is a secluded retreat, far from any artificial lighting, in the heart of the aurora zone of northern hemisphere. During winter months (November-March) you will also meet our 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! Lappish 3-course dinner will be served at our Goahti, a Sámi hut, around a blazing fire. You are welcome to spend a few moments there to warm up as often as you wish during the evening. The ambient 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.   Loading...

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Reindeer Herder

Reindeer Herder Experience

Your host Nils-Matti is Sámi reindeer herder in 12th generation. Only 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 500 years.  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 at Lake Peera. There are no roads in the wilderness and therefore there will be a change of vehicles at the Ranch, and the trip continues on snowmobile sledge.  We will provide you warm snowmobiling gear and blankets for your journey out to the tundra. The route is not predefined and Nils-Matti will contact your driver-guide to provide instructions where to find him - and the herd. 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, 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!   AVAILABILITY AND GOOD TO KNOW Reindeer Safari and Reindeer Herder Experience are available only between Dec 1 - April 30 Reindeer are roaming freely and do not stay at the ranch during the summer This is experience is a VIP program for individuals or groups travelling together We will confirm all the bookings manually      Loading...

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Sauna

Arctic Land Sauna Experience

Lapland is an adventure from start to finish! After an eventful day in the Arctic Land nature, a one-of-a-kind sauna experience is in store for you: The Arctic Land Sauna at Vasara Reindeer Ranch. When you book an Arctic Land Holiday your days will be filled with exciting outdoor activities in pure nature and authentic encounters with traditional Sámi culture. Add to this the ultimate relaxation provided during a quintessential Finnish ritual, the sauna bath, for an absolute sense of well-being. The Arctic Land Sauna sits on the shore of Lake Peera, in an exquisite setting at Vasara Reindeer Ranch and offers enjoyment and relaxation all year round. From November to April there are reindeer roaming freely on the grounds, and being inquisitive by nature they may wander up to keep you company while you’re soaking in the hot tub or lounging on the deck in between your bathing sessions. A sauna experience at the Ranch can be equally spellbinding in summer while you marvel at the nightless nights. The darkening evenings from late summer onwards may pamper you with the greatest light show on earth – the Aurora Borealis. The gentle heat of the sauna and the warmth of the outdoor hot tub soothe your muscle tension and rejuvenate your soul. Relax on the deckchair, enjoy the tranquility and gaze at the arctic sky. The adjacent barbecue hut, the Sávdnigoahti, is at your disposal throughout your sauna session, with comfortable seating around a cozy open wood-burning fire and your choice of refreshments and tasty snacks to savour. The Arctic Land Sauna Experience is available to guests staying in the Reindeer Ranch Glass Igloos, in Arctic Land Lodging Chalets as well as to visitors to Vasara Reindeer Ranch. We can arrange for your transfer from the village of Kilpisjärvi or you can arrive by car (we’ll provide driving instructions when we confirm your booking). Please make your booking for the Sauna Experience at least 48 hours in advance.   AVAILABILITY AND PRICING Sauna and hot tub are available year round from 4 PM until 9 PM. During winter months heating the sauna might take even up to 6-8 hours. During rough weather conditions (eg. snow storm, heavy wind) we do not open the hot tub. Winter price Private sauna: 300 euros  Private hot tub: 300 euros Duration: 2 hours Summer price Private sauna: 150 euros  Private hot tub: 150 euros Duration: 2 hours Includes Private rental of the sauna and the hot tub for a 2-hour period, for 1-8 persons The barbeque hut Sávdnigoahti is included for the bathing period plus an additional hour afterwards Towels and toiletries, spring water and arctic berry juice Special price for overnight guests  Our overnight guests staying at the Reindeer Ranch Glass Igloos may wish to avail themselves to the sauna only at the cost of € 150 for 1 hour. This requires minimum 2 sauna booking for the day.   GOOD TO KNOW The Reindeer Ranch Sauna is a traditional Finnish sauna building. It contains two parts: a hot room, which also includes washing facilities, and a changing room. The hot room is comfortable for up to six persons at a time. While there are no showers in this type of traditional sauna, you are provided buckets of heated lake water for washing. The Hot Tub sits outdoors on the deck and accommodates 4 – 6 persons at a time. The water is heated by a wood-burning stove to a pleasant temperature. The Sávdnigoahti barbecue hut with its open fireplace cozily seats eight persons for rest and relaxation. If you wish to order additional refreshments and snacks to be served in the Sávdnigoahti, please inquire about our Sauna Menu. In winter you can take a dip in the chilly water of Lake Peera through a hole in the ice. In summer and in the fall before the lake freezes its cool waters invite you for a swim. Toilet facilities are located in the Ranch House which is just a short walk from the sauna. You might wish to get acquainted with Finnish sauna culture and read these ten tips for beginners. Upon your arrival the staff at the Reindeer Ranch are at hand for advice and instructions. Welcome!  

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Hanki

Join the Snow Fun 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!   AVAILABILITY AND GOOD TO KNOW The experience will soon be available for bookings, through our partner Go Fjords. There will be three options:  From Tromsø and back to Tromsø, including an overnight in our crystal lavvo From Tromsø to Rovaniemi (Santa Claus Village) including an overnight in our crystal lavvo One day experience from Tromsø  Tours are available from December 1st until March 30 and operated by The Arctic Route buses. Booking link and additional details will be available soon. Always check the price and availability online. NB! In case you wish to join the experience while staying in Kilpisjärvi area, please reach out to us directly to check the availability.        

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