SEPTEMBER- NOVEMBER

Activity Week In Lappish Nature

also for city dwellers

  • LENGTH OF PROGRAMME: 1 week (6 days, 7 nights); or according to agreement
  • PRICE: 1200 € /person (if 4 participants), 1400 €/ person (if 2 participants)

Spend a different summer holiday near Levi filled with mainly nature minded activities. Full board at our wilderness hut. Watching wildlife right from your window or on the way to the outdoor toilet? Heating sauna with wood to get a proper wash. Getting tired from the amount of oxygen. Getting up according to the sun and not your watch. How long can YOU be without electricity supply?

  • LENGTH OF PROGRAMME: 1 week (6 days, 7 nights); or according to agreement
  • AVAILABILITY: June (2nd and 3rd week are best) and September(1st and 2nd week are best)
  • SIZE OF GROUP: 2-4 persons
  • PRICE: 1200 € /person (if 4 participants), 1400 €/ person (if 2 participants)

Transportation from Kittilä airport, activity equipment, meals, accommodation outside touristic areas (closest people 1.5 km away), sauna, services of the guide for every day are all included in the price. You choose what experience you want, just let us know your interests and physical shape. 

Programme Options you can choose from:

  • Fishing on Wolf and Wolverine Lakes
  • Autumn torch fishing on Wolverine Lake
  • Amazing bog hike
  • Cycling around Kumputunturi fell
  • ATV (quad bike) try out
  • Sauna nights
  • Visiting reindeer round up fences
  • Hike to Kumputunturi fell and searching for reindeer with help of their GPS
  • Trip to Sodankylä village and visiting a nature trail
  • Visiting Levi village and/or Samiland museum
  • Trip to Inari village and Siida museum
  • Picking all different kind of berries and enjoying pies and jams in September
  • Searching for elk (moose) with a local expert in September
  • Many other hiking options if you wish

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Cultural hike to Kumputunturi fell, looking for reindeer and visiting a reindeer corral

  • LENGTH OF PROGRAMME: 6-8 hours, often closer to 8 hours
  • PRICE: 110€ adults, 70€ children (the hike is too demanding for children under 10)
    Transportation from and to Levi (110km) is included in the price.

TYPE OF PROGRAMME: We will spend the day getting to know the life of the reindeer. We will first visit an old round up corral with reindeer herders` hut. Then we will drive to the root of the fell and make a climb to the top or only to the hut just above the tree line. We can grill sausages or reindeer ribs or taste elk burger while admiring the views.

On the way we will see different types of forest, perhaps some birds and droppings of other animals too. If lucky we might possibly see a reindeer herd with some of our reindeer. You can take part from June till September.

  • LENGTH OF PROGRAMME: 6-8 hours, often closer to 8 hours
  • PRICE: 110€ adults, 70€ children (the hike is too demanding for children under 10)
    Transportation from and to Levi (110km) is included in the price.
  • SIZE OF GROUP: 2-8 persons
  • NOTE: Dress according to the weather, do not underestimate the wind.

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Bog hikes for nature lovers

  • DURATION: approximately 5-6 hours
  • PRICE: 95 € adults, 60 € children (the longer hike is not suitable for children as their legs might be too short). Transportation from and to Levi is included in the price.

Did you know what Finns call their own country in Finnish? “Suomi”, i.e. my bog, my wetland. This is your chance to experience some of the most beautiful views and interesting fragrances on foot with a guide in very unique environment. Those who have tried have never regretted although people might need to step out of their comfort zone slightly.

Quite refreshing for hikers who have never done this before. Rubber boots are a must for the trip as there are no duckboards and the route runs through mainly private land which is especially rich in water birds. We will learn how to walk in the bog and later have a break at our hunting hut which is literally in the middle of nowhere. The trip will last more than half a day, but who would rush back from such a retreat place. The trip will look short on the map, but will feel like 10 km because we have to select the route carefully. Other shorter, less demanding trips are also possible. You can admire the beauty of the wilderness from June to September.
If you wish, you can combine this trip with a fishing afternoon at our private lake or with a sauna evening in the wild. Ask for more details.

  • DURATION: approximately 5-6 hours
  • SIZE OF GROUP: 2-8 person
  • AVAILABILITY: June – September
  • PRICE: 95 € adults, 60 € children (the longer hike is not suitable for children as their legs might be too short). Transportation from and to Levi is included in the price.

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Autumn torch fishing with Northern Lights

  • DURATION: 4 hours. The trip can begin after darkness has fallen and finishes before dawn.
  • PRICE: 150 € if one adult and 130 € if 2 adults

In autumn, we organize torch fishing trips on Wolverine Lake (Kätkäjärvi) a traditional way of fishing around here. When the autumn evenings grow dim and darkness falls, it is time to begin our torch fishing trips. You can lurk at the bow of the boat, spear at the ready, to pierce fish attracted by the beam of light from the torch.

If you come with a friend you will take turns between the spear and paddle. Paddle is used to get the boat going not to disturb the water surface. After the fishing a night snack will be served. If lucky your fishing or snack will be accompanied by Auroras which should not be disturbed by any light pollution here in the middle of nowhere. You can take your catch with you, most commonly it is pike.

  • DURATION: 4 hours. The trip can begin after darkness has fallen and finishes before dawn.
  • SIZE OF GROUP: 1-2 persons;
  • AVAILABILITY: 20th Aug – until the lake freezes (November). Requires a calm lake surface, impossible to organize in wind, fog or rain.
  • PRICE: 150 € if one adult and 130 € if 2 adults

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Us and auroras dinner

usandauroras

  • DURATION: 2-3 hours.
  • PRICE: 50 €/ adults, 35 € children (4-12 years of age)

On the shore of a private Wolf Lake, you can enjoy a three-course meal in peace. Be ready to be disturbed by a sudden call “There they are! The Auroras!” The hut is situated 15 km from Levi centre. That is why on a clear night you have a great chance to see auroras reflected on the lake surface. No light pollution apart from some candle light inside the hut.

In between the courses while waiting for the Northern Lights you can get acquainted with reindeer life. The price includes a starter, main meal and dessert according to what is available in the season. Equipment: warm clothes and shoes (if there is lots of snow, for example in November we travel the last  1,5km from the closest road to the venue on a sled pulled by a snowmobile).

  • DURATION: 2-3 hours.
  • SIZE OF GROUP: 5-18 persons;
  • AVAILABILITY: September – November. 
  • PRICE: 50 €/ adults, 35 € children (4-12 years of age)

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Elk hunting (moose or European elk) 

Our company organizes various hunting programs lasting from some hours to several days. Nowadays you can hunt European elk (moose) from the beginning of September till mid December with a break from mid September till mid October to give the animals peace during the rutting season.  The company owner has hunted in this area over 40 years and with his help you might get a true hunting experience.

What we take care of is hunting permission from the landowner, food and beverages. If you wish, we can also offer you accommodation in the wild, possibly sauna on a lake side etc. What the customers need to take care of is the hunting license, firearms (shotgun or rifle) and the license to carry them and the appropriate shooting test for big game. The package will be then tailor made according to your needs, the size of the group and the planned length of your stay. Depending on your country of origin it might take time to get the paperwork sorted, so please get in touch in time when planning your stay in Levi. 

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Rounding up of reindeer

  • DURATION: 6-8 hours.
  • PRICE: 110 € adults, 75 € children (8-12 years of age) not suitable for younger children because of the possible harsh weather conditions. Transportation from and to Levi is included in the price.

 

This is where you can see hundreds of reindeer on the same spot and take pictures of them. We will drive from Levi to the round up fence; the return trip will be around 150 km. We will spend the whole day outdoors, although in some places there is a reindeer herders` hut.

We will witness how reindeer are driven first into the holding pen, then to the churn in several goes and finally they are caught either by hand or lasso and placed into offices depending on whether they will be released or utilized. As many may have idealized reindeer we may avoid situations where they are slaughtered although that is ultimately their destiny. During the day we will find some time to have a break to grill sausages, eat sandwiches and enjoy some hot drinks. When all of the reindeer have been caught, you have taken photos and tried out what we do, we will head back. You will be given a small present to remind you of the experience.

  • DURATION: 6-8 hours.
  • SIZE OF GROUP: 2-8 persons
  • AVAILABILITY: second half of October – November (the round up day is difficult to predict, it is decided by the reindeer herding cooperative chief and often is announced with certainity the previous night)
  • PRICE: 110 € adults, 75 € children (8-12 years of age) not suitable for younger children because of the possible harsh weather conditions. Transportation from and to Levi is included in the price. 

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Feeding our puling reindeer at our enclosure

  • DURATION: approximately 3-4 hours.
  • PRICE: 90 € adults, 60 € children (4-12 years of age) Transportation from and to Levi is included in the price.

 

If you visit Levi between October and November, there is not enough snow to organize reindeer rides. If you would still like to meet the animals and our trained pulling reindeer have already returned from their summer pastures, you can come and assist us when feeding them with help of a quad bike or snowmobile. Seeing many people would frighten them, that is why only small amount of people come join us. On the way to our enclosure, which is some 60 km from Levi, we can stop at a traditional corral fence and talk about reindeer and their life round the year.

When we get to our enclosure you can take photos and videos of the reindeer while we feed them. During trip we will find some time to have a break and eat sandwiches, pies and enjoy some hot drinks. You will be given a small present to remind you of the experience.

  • DURATION: approximately 3-4 hours.
  • SIZE OF GROUP: 2-4 persons
  • AVAILABILITY: end of October – November
  • PRICE: 90 € adults, 60 € children (4-12 years of age) Transportation from and to Levi is included in the price. 

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Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee is 18 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. 

Gear

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.

Gear rental

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.

Allergies

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.

Language

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.

Meeting point

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. 

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