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The nature is not experienced only by seeing and hearing, but it feels - in your guts and in your soul. The arctic nature makes you humble, and that is part of what makes it so fabulous! Once you feel it, you want to return.

 

The landscape in Enontekiö is distinguished by its spectacular open and clear spaces, which you can only experience in the treeless wilderness. Once you cross into Enontekiö, the pines and spruce trees disappear and the kingdom of the low-growing mountain birch begins.Enontekiö is one of those rare inhabited places in the world where the birch treeline runs through. The highest fells of Finland are located in Enontekiö, of which the most in area of Kilpisjärvi. The most popular ones of these are Saana and Halti. The spectacular views cannot be described by words, and even a picture cannot deliver the feeling that the view from the top of the fell gives. You just have to experience it.

Do you want to get acquainted with reindeer, those mythical and beautiful native animals of Lapland? Do you dream of witnessing Aurora Borealis, nature’s spectacular Northern Lights display? Are you in search of a thrilling winter holiday off the beaten path?

You are in the right place at Vasara Reindeer Ranch, the home of Arctic Land Adventure.

Choose one of the Arctic Land Adventure's experience programs to crown your visit to Sámiland, the Magic Land!

 


 

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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Northern Lights

Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, dancing across the Arctic sky in hues of green, purple and red, are an unforgettable sight. This gracefully moving display of colors appears to move so close that you can almost touch it. And if you’re completely quiet, you may hear the faint crackling of the Northern Lights in the freezing night. According to an old Finnish Lapland belief, the Northern Lights, also known as aurora borealis, are created when a fox runs across the fells while whipping its tail against the snow, sending sparks up into the night sky. Many a myth has arisen from this fascinating spectacle of lights. For example, there is a belief in Japan and China that seeing the aurora borealis improves one’s fertility. The scientific explanation is that the aurora borealis are created when the charged particles of a solar wind come into contact with Earth’s atmosphere. The closer you are to the polar region, the more often you can see the lights flaming in the night sky. The best way to see the Northern Lights is to move away from the lights of the city. 

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Saana

Visit Kilpisjärvi

Welcome to Kilpisjärvi  Kilpisjärvi sits at the foot of Saana Fell in the middle of the Arctic high-fell area. The village of Kilpisjärvi is located in the northwest extremity of Lapland in the municipality of Enontekiö. Kilpisjärvi is the municipality’s northernmost village, and the last village before the Norwegian border. It is only a 50km (30-mile) drive to the Arctic Ocean, mostly downhill since the village is located about 500m (1,640 feet) above sea level. The village is bordered by Kilpisjärvi lake and the Saana fell, sacred to the Sami people.   The legend of Kilpisjärvi According to legend, many years ago Kilpisjärvi was inhabited by giants. The sullen giant Saana fell in love with the graceful maiden Malla. At their wedding, where they were to be married by the sharp-minded wise man Paras, the jealous rival suitor Pältsä summoned the wicked witches. Suddenly, the wedding ceremony was interrupted by fierce glacial winds, which brought enormous masses of ice. At the last second, Saana whisked his bride into his arms before they were frozen in place. The grieving bride’s tears formed the lake that is now Kilpisjärvi. Many centuries later, the masses of ice melted and the giants were freed. Saana had become even more sullen than before, and the round-faced Malla jumped into her mother’s arms, their tears forming the Kitsi waterfall. Memories of Saana and Malla’s wedding appear in Kilpisjärvi every autumn in its beautiful seasonal colours – the church clothes of the wedding guests had been ripped apart and blown away by the wind into the the hills and valleys. The youngest giants can still be seen at the bottom of the lakes, thousands of years later, in the skeletons of the giant pine trees.    Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre Good place to start your journey is to visit Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre. Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre's permanent exhibition On the Edge of the Caledonides introduces Malla Strict Nature Reserve, Saana Nature Reserve and Research Area, Käsivarsi Wilderness Area, and the residents of Kilpisjärvi. The Visitor Centre is aimed at visitors, tourists, fishers, and hikers on the Nordkalottleden Trail. Free entry. Address: Käsivarrentie 14145, 99490 Kilpisjärvi (Enontekiö) Telephone: +358 206 39 7990   Recommended Hiking Tours   Lake Tsahkal Shortest version is only 2 km but you can make a round tour of 4-6 km. This is mostly flat or slightly elevated route and considered an easy hike. Salmivaara Salmivaara tour is short but pretty steep hike. It's recommended to take Nordic walking poles with you.  Saana Towering over the east of Kilpisjärvi is the Saana fell, sacred to the Sami people. Its looming profile, rising 1,029m (3,376 feet) above sea level, is a well-known sight to most Finns. Saana gets its name from the Sami word meaning polypore, a kind of fungus, which refers to the fell’s shape. The west side of Saana became protected in 1988, because the summit area of the fell is barren and home to many rare species of butterfly. Saana is a must visit attraction in Kilpisjärvi. In summer time you might be able to conquer the fell even in 2-3 hours but during the winter months, the hike might take a bit longer. Check the weather before you go.  Malla Nature Reserve and The Three-Country Cairn Malla’s nature reserve is Finland’s oldest protected nature reserve. The Malla fells were first protected in 1916 when Finland was still under Russian rule. The nature reserve was recognised as a National Park in an independent Finland in 1938. Thanks to its calcareous soils, the highlands of the Little Malla and Great Malla fells are home to some rare species of alpine plants and butterflies. Some of these plants are not found anywhere else in Finland. Malla is the easiest to conquer during summer months by taking the boat to The Three-Country Cairn (3 km) and then walking back to the village. The entire tour is approximately 20-25 km. The Three-Country Cairn, which is located in the Malla nature reserve on a man-made island in the Kolttajärvi lake, marks the tripoint between Finland, Sweden and Norway. The world’s northernmost tripoint is also the northernmost point in Sweden and the westernmost point in mainland Finland. The Three-Country Cairn is a popular destination for hikers in summer and for snowmobilers and skiers in winter.    Maps You can find some useful tips from here: Map of Kilpisjärvi      

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Saana

Visit True Lapland

Enontekiö - True Lapland   Enontekiö is the ultimate destination for adventurers craving purity in nature and the authentic Arctic experience. In this land of wide open spaces, where three Nordic countries meet, reindeer and man alike roam free. Visitors here can experience the Northern Lights and traditional Lapland culture. This is true Lapland, the pure Arctic, where Finland‘s only mountains rise in the distant horizon to welcome you to explore on snowshoe, ski, husky sled or snowmobile. From the rivers to the mountains Enontekiö’s name means the “birthplace of rivers,” and the ancient major waterways of Fell Lapland offer many experiences. In the summers, canoers will find both relaxing and challenging routes along the Ounasjoki river. The free-flowing river will carry them through untouched Arctic nature and past traditional riverside villages. Farther north – as far north as Finland goes – the cold waters of Lake Kilpisjärvi teem with huge Arctic char. The border river between Finland and Sweden features churning rapids for rafters and fly fishermen. As you move away from the rivers, you’ll find the perfect place to explore via bicycle in Enontekiö. With 350 kilometers of mountain bike trails, ranging from easy to the most challenging. Even a one-day bike ride will bring you to fabulous terrains featuring rivers, fells, valleys, stony hillsides and more. Ride along roads built by the Germans during WWII. Stop and take pictures at the restored Järämä fortifications. From May to August, you’ll have long days stretching out, often for 24 hours. This constant sunshine coaxes the plants to blossom for a few weeks in summer, a rare sight for any visitor. Winter slows the rivers and lakes until they freeze solid. These are the months when you hear the rip and roar of snowmobiles echoing off the distant fells. As the sun stays hidden under the horizon, the night sky above frozen Lake Kilpisjärvi erupts with the green fires of the Northern Lights. Snowmobile riders often go to the middle of nowhere just to park and watch nature’s silent fireworks. Local fell guides are happy to lead you to the most attractive places, hidden in the wilderness. During spring, when the days are long, fishermen try their skill and luck by boring holes into the rivers and lakes. And teams of huskies, with so much energy, yearn to pull your sledge across unbroken snow on trips lasting 10 minutes all the way up to 8 day Arctic expeditions. You’ll likely pass cross-country skiers, gliding across snow 2 meters deep. Enontekiö has more than 300 kilometers of ski trails, and skiers can enjoy the long days and warm weather sometimes as late as June in Kilpisjärvi.  Blueberries, buffets and a bed by the border Food might never taste the same again, after you spend a week sampling Arctic delicacies from Enontekiö. The ingredients come from the purest soil, water and air, and the long Midnight Sun creates strong tastes. Every autumn, wild mushrooms, sweet blueberries and cloudberries are carried from the forests and fields to the dining table. You can watch your reindeer cooked over open fire, or grab homemade pastries with Arctic berries on your way to another adventure. Or just enjoy fresh fish year-round from some of the cleanest waters in the world.   Saana fell, Enontekiö The snow blankets Saana fell, usually beginning in November, and lasting for months. During the polar night, when the sun can’t be bothered to crawl out of bed, the distinctive white hill takes on shades of pink and orange and the ever-pervasive blue. As night falls over Kilpisjärvi, there’s a good chance your view of the sparkling Milky Way will be blocked by the silent dance of the Northern Lights. Hi gain and long shutter speeds are a must!

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