First it was a hobby for Sami reindeer herder Markku Nikodemus to train racing reindeer. Then there were people visiting Saariselkä area who wanted to experience how it feels to join the ancient way of traveling around on reindeer sledge.

In 1990 he established a family business with his wife Satu in Riekkovaara, traditional Sami style built field with it's reindeer corral and idyllic cabins only 10 minute drive from Saariselkä. It offers excellent facilities to serve smaller as well as larger groups.

You can participate in reindeer safaris of various lengths and kinds with us, enjoy coffee or lunch in the main log building or 'kota' (Lapp teepee), discuss reindeer and reindeer management. Additionally there's a possibility to try your hand at throwing lasso or listen to traditional Lappish chanting. We can provide guidance in Finnish, English and German.

You can visit us only by making a reservation in advance. 

Reindeer Sledge Ride

We pick you up from Saariselkä and dress you in warm clothes and gear, after which we can start to get acquainted with the reindeer. We will tell you first a little bit about the reindeer and then you will sit down in a traditional Lappish sleigh 2 persons in one sleigh with warm reindeer hides. During the ride in the forest you can take pleasure in the real peace and quiet of nature. After the ride we will warm ourselves in a cabin or in a 'kota', a Lapp teepee, have coffee and talk about reindeer. As a souvenir of the sleigh ride you will receive an international reindeer driving licence, after which it's time to say goodbye and return to Saariselkä.

Full duration of excursion: 2-2.5h depending on the group size.

Aurora Hunting

We pick you up from Saariselkä and provide you with warm outdoor clothes and gear, after which we can start to get acquainted with the reindeer. We will tell you first a bit about reindeer and then you will sit down in a traditional Lappish sleigh 2 persons in one sleigh, on warm reindeer hides.                                              The Aurora hunting in the forest can begin! If the sky is bright you can enjoy the shine of stars and moon and even spot the Northern Lights lighting up the darkness with their green light. But if the clouds veil the sky you can take pleasure in the serenity of the landscape as the reindeer reliably transport you through the forest. When we arrive at a 'kota', a Lapp teepee, we can warm ourselves and enjoy hot juice. As a souvenir of the sleigh ride you will receive an international reindeer driving licence, after which we will take you back to Saariselkä.

Full duration of excursion: 2-2.5h depending on the group size.

Reindeer Farm Visit

Arrival at our reindeer farm where you are welcomed by a Sami host. After short introduction you will be seated 2 persons in one sleigh. Now you can enjoy your 400 metre drive in the snowy forest! You can also try your skills at throwing lasso. 
Afterwards coffee/tea is served in the main log building or in kota (a Lapp teepee) while telling stories about reindeer. As a souvenir of the sleigh ride, you will receive an international reindeer driving license. 

Full duration of excursion: 1-1.5h depending on the group size. 

In Summer and Autumn

Riekkovaara Reindeer Farm is family Nikodemus' summer place. During your visit we feed the reindeer in the yard and tell you about reindeer herding. You will also have a chance to practice throwing suopunki (Sami 'lasso') and have a look inside kota. In the main cabin you will have a cup of coffee and chat more about reindeer and Sami. Transfers from Saariselkä are included.

Full duration of excursion: 1.5h