This excursion is a must for you who are looking for an authentic experience in Sámiland. 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 technology your driver-guide can pinpoint their whereabouts – and off you go, on a unique journey to the empire of reindeer.
The trip is truly special as you travel with reindeer herder Nils-Matti to see his reindeer. The scenery is spectacular in all possible ways and you get a sense of the history of the Sami people and their way of life in the mountains.
You will experience the wonder of seeing a huge reindeer herd grazing quietly in the tundra and the relationship between a herder and his animals. The weather conditions may vary, but as this is the land on which the Vasara family have been living for 12 generations, so you know you are in good hands. The reindeer herders' main expertise is to adapt to the changes that nature and the climate is providing.
This is a truly unique experience that is one of a kind.
Culture and Traditions, Ancient People and Animals, Plants and Animals
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The Vasara reindeer farm is the home of Arctic Land Adventure. Today, the 12th generation of Sámi reindeer herders continues the traditional reindeer husbandry, with modern time updates. We are an original Sámi reindeer farm; thus socio-cultural sustainability and the preservation of traditions are a built-in feature for us. Our visitors share the everyday life of a reindeer farm together with us. The full spectrum of reindeer herder’s life is right here, visible at the very same grounds as our travel business.
Fostering and respecting Sámi traditions is at the core of everything we do. You can see the Sami traditions in the work clothes we wear or the decoration of the buildings. The ceiling lights are handmade from the antlers of our own reindeer. In our dining kota, we serve our own produce at mealtimes and follow traditional family recipes. To not cause stress to the reindeer crazing in the fell, we only take small groups at a time to visit the herd.
In the demanding Arctic conditions, sustainable development and ecological solutions are basic preconditions for everyday life. All our buildings are heated by geothermal energy. Geothermal heat is obtained through a multi-hundred-meter-long heat collection pipeline embedded in Lake Peerajärvi, which we are located by glass igloos also have heat pumps to ensure extra comfort.
We co-operate with local service providers and favour local production. At our premises and our little shop, visitors can find the best of Finnish design and handcrafts. To support financial sustainability, we strive to use local services and labour where possible and available.