This is the most popular tour of ours. The 3km reindeer ride in snowy forest is split in half, one actually needs to get to the lake from the closest road. Be prepared to drive yourselves, we will explain how. After the hard work the reindeer will appreciate if you give them some food, lichen. That is the best time to take photos of them too. After warming up inside and having hot juice you will try ice-fishing at Wolf Lake. This is private lake where you can catch rainbow trout, grayling, perch, white fish or pike. Later those who wish will explore the surrounding forest on snowshoes and when tired have salmon (or rainbow trout) soup lunch with typically Finnish rye bread while sweet bun with tea or coffee are for dessert.
The meeting point is our winter starting place at Kätkäjärvi (address: Kätkäjärventie 407, Sirkka). You can get there by taxi or your car from Levi center, it will take approximately 15 minutes.
- DURATION: over 4 hours, often 4.5 hours.
- SIZE OF GROUP: 2-15 persons
- AVAILABILITY: December – April
- PRICE: 110 € adults, 65 € children (4-12 years of age), in high season weeks 50-2 (Christmas and New Year) and weeks 7-9 (10.2.-3.3) 125€ adults and 75€ children under 12 years of age
A 3km reindeer ride in a sleigh through magic forest. You can close your eyes and let the reindeer take you to the Lappish hut on the shore of Hukkajärvi Lake, where elk burger and hot drinks will be served. Searching for the Northern Lights is best done from the frozen lake in the middle of pure nature without any light pollution.
- SIZE OF GROUP: 2-15 persons
- AVAILABILITY: December
TYPE OF PROGRAMME: Come to admire the arctic nature to our forest in the middle of nowhere. You will be brought by a sled pulled by a snowmobile from the closest road. Then you will be given snowshoes and a little map with marked points of interest to look for. Snowshoeing is just as easy as walking. If you wish you can also use the QR codes that you find in the forest. You will learn about the plants` and animals` survival strategies in the harsh climate. At the end you will be served elk burger inside of the hut where you can ask more about what you have seen. If you prefer cheese instead of meat burger, indicate that when making a booking. There would be 45 minutes of snowshoeing itself and you will be going your own pace with your friends or family. The distance you will walk would be between 800 metres and 2.5 km, you decide.
- DURATION: approximately 2,5 hours
- SIZE OF GROUP: 2-18 persons
- AVAILABILITY:End of November – April
- PRICE: 75 € adults, 50€ children (6-12 years) Not suitable for children under 6.
We will admire the snow covered forest and bog on snowshoes over a distance of less than 2 km. We will reach our Wolf Lake and start ice fishing. Typical catch is rainbow trout, however also whitefish and perch are common. Your catch will be grilled over an open fire in our Lappish hut and for everyone hot salmon soup or elk burger will be served with traditional rye bread. Decide beforehand and let us know when making the booking. Before heading back on snowshoes, again 2 km, we will enjoy a special coffee and a sweet bun.
NOTE: Take warm clothes with you to put on for the ice fishing part. You will get warm and perhaps sweaty while snowshoeing.
To get to Wolf Lake we need to follow a forest path for 1.5 km on our kicksled. Then we try our fishing luck on the lake. Typical catch is rainbow trout, however also white fish and perch are common. Your possible catch will be grilled over an open fire in our Lappish hut and for everyone hot salmon soup or elk burger will be served with traditional rye bread. Before heading back on kicksled, we will enjoy a special coffee and a sweet bun.
- DURATION: 3.5-4 hours
- SIZE OF GROUP: 2-6 persons
- AVAILABILITY: December – mid May
- PRICE: 70 € with soup, children (4-12 years of age) 45 €
For those who do not like exercise or the reindeer and would like to come for ice fishing, this is the right option. You will be taken to Wolf Lake on a sledge pulled by a skidoo. Then you try your fishing luck on the lake. Typical catch is rainbow trout, however also grayling, whitefish and perch are common. Your possible catch will be grilled over an open fire in our Lappish hut. You will grill popular Finnish sausage and enjoy hot drinks and a sweet bun. If you want your group can alternatively select our specialty, an elk burger, instead of sausages. Inform us when booking which option your group prefers. Then it is time to return.
- DURATION: 3.5-4 hours
- SIZE OF GROUP: 4-12 persons
- AVAILABILITY: December – beginning of May
- PRICE: with grilled sausages 60 € adults, 40 € children (4-12 years of age), with elk burger 70€ adults, 45 € children
Our reindeer live in the wild in summer, therefore we wait until they come back home in December. They agree to work for us as long as they get enough food to survive the tough winter. Tahra (Stain) is almost white, like a prince. Velho (Wizzard) is a calm and trusted professional, while Pilvi (Cloud) and Dionisos are the hardest workers we have. The only racing reindeer in Kittilä area is our Tornado, but Orpo (Orphan) and Myrsky (Storm) can easily generate the same speed.
Reindeer are semi-wild animals therefore dress warmly, you never know what kind of trip they have planned for you.
- Cancellation fee is 30 euros.
- Cancellation more than 30 days prior the tour 100% refund –cancellation fee.
- Cancellation more than 15 days prior the tour 50% refund –cancellation fee.
- Less than 15 days prior the tour, no refund possible. Consider taking travel insurance in case of sudden illness or similar.
Come prepared for winter conditions with warm winter boots that have enough space for your socks, woolen socks (possibly knitted), mittens (not finger gloves, please) and warm under layers that should be preferably wool, fleece or similar. Try to avoid cotton as it retains moist and makes you feel cold. The outer layer should be weather proof.
Do not forget to bring a hat.
If coming for example from warm regions and do not wish to invest money into equipment you will never use afterwards, there are places where you can rent such gear (excluding thermal underlayers), one of them being snowmobile rentals in the center of Levi or at Kittilä airport.
Please let us know of all relevant food allergies when making the booking or latest 24 hours prior the tour. Our fish soup is either salmon or rainbow trout soup. Please note if allergic to either of these and inform us.
Our tours are held in English. If you wish to be guided in Finnish or Russian, please let us know ahead of time. The most basic information (safety/driving instructions for reindeer ride and ice fishing) is available in writing in French and Spanish, however, our guides do not speak those languages at all.
Pregnancy and Health Limitations
If booking a reindeer tour inform us ahead of time of any relevant health limitations (e.g. broken arm, undergone back surgery etc.) that shall be taken into consideration when selecting suitable animals for you and your family. Although each reindeer departs individually, we put an emphasis on safety and try to find a perfect match for you and your reindeer.
The meeting point during the snowy period is our winter starting place at Kätkäjärvi (address: Kätkäjärventie 407, Sirkka). If navigating yourselves, use google maps (not garmin or iphone). You can get there by taxi or your car from Levi center, it will take approximately 15 minutes. Try to come some 5-10 minutes before the tour starts at most. There is no waiting room as we are in the middle of nowhere, so come with proper winter gear on. It is a private road so make sure to book before coming.