SAARISELKÄ REINDEER FARM

A family business close to Saariselkä

SAARISELKÄ REINDEER FARM

REINDEER

See and experience the most famous animals of Lapland at close range.

A family business close to Saariselkä

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Our reindeer farm is located far away from light pollution, so you can experience bright and spectacular northern lights.

ACCOMMODATION

You will enjoy our comfortable cabins even for a longer visit.

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

It is safe to visit us also at these extraordinary times. We have improved our indoor hygiene and wear protective visors and gloves.

We hope you will wear protective masks during any transportation as well as when you are indoors. In addition, we ask that you observe the safety distance and use the available disinfectant to wash your hands.

We also want to ensure the safety of our reindeer, which is why at this time the visitors are not allowed to feed the reindeer themselves.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please let us know as soon as possible in advance so we can refund your cancellation.

OUR STORY

Local reindeer herder Markku Nikodemus began his journey to reindeer husbandry by training reindeer for competitions. As tourism industry in Saariselkä region grew, he also wanted to raise sleigh reindeer for a more peaceful ride. And so in 1990, he founded a family business that continues to this day, led by Markku and his wife Satu. In 1996, at the request of customers, the reindeer were taken closer to Saariselkä to the family's summer place Riekkovaara. The number of reindeer has increased from the initial three to the current 25, but the Saariselkä Reindeer Farm still offers its guests a unique opportunity to get to know Lapland, reindeer and Sámi. Our farm has a traditionally built Lappish field, which includes the log main building, a Lappish hut, sauna by a small lake, outbuildings and a reindeer enclosure with reindeer.

On our farm you have the opportunity to experience the nature of Lapland through a reindeer safari, throw Lappish lasso, have some coffee and eat local traditional dishes. You will also hear interesting local knowledge about reindeer husbandry with decades of experience.

We will guide you in Finnish and
in English, for groups also
in German.

Reindeer

In Lapland, reindeer have always been an important part of the local way of life. Over time, reindeer husbandry has changed shape, but reindeer are still part of our language and mind in many different ways. We provide you with a special opportunity to get to know these unique animals and through them also the Lappish culture.

Northern Lights

Northern lights are the source of numerous myths and stories. When you see them dancing in the sky, you can understand why they have inspired storytellers sitting by campfires and aroused mystical imaginations in the minds of listeners through the centuries.

Northern lights do not only occur in winter but can be observed on dark nights at any time of the year. Autumn and spring in particular are good times to see the northern lights.

Accommodation

You can stay in our homely cabins in Purnumukka, an old Sámi village, where the barren beautiful Lappish nature offers great terrain for hiking, mountain biking, berry picking, fishing, hunting and cross-track skiing.

The distance to Tankavaara Gold Village and UKK National Park is only 7 km, and to Saariselkä Ski Resort 30 km.

Watch a video on our reindeer farm

OUR SERVICES

Below you can book a time for the service you want. If you are arriving with a large group, please send us a message beforehand so we can arrange you a private visit if you wish.

Reindeer Leg

We will pick you up from your accommodation in Saariselkä. The visit begins with getting to know the real stars of our farm: reindeer. You will learn about these fascinating animals and also get to know our reindeer as individuals. Then it's time for the reindeer ride. You will enjoy the pure Lappish nature when we ride a 20-minute tour in the woods. In the main house, you will have a chance to enjoy some coffee, while we tell you about reindeer and reindeer herding. As a gift for your visit, you will receive an international reindeer driving license.

The total duration of the visit is 1,5 hours including 25 min reindeer ride.

Contact us and request a quote!
phone: +35840 7489940 
e-mail: info@porofarmi.com

Reindeer Safari to the Kingdom of Snow

We will pick you up from your accommodation in Saariselkä and change to warm outerwear as needed, and then we will get to know the reindeer. We will first tell you a little about the reindeer, after which you will be able to sit in pairs in a reindeer sleigh, in the warmth of a reindeer skin and a blanket. When you ride the reindeer, the most reliable transportation in the Arctic, you can identify with the travellers of yesteryear and enjoy the true silence of nature. After the ride, we move on to a warm building or Lappish hut, where we will have some coffee while the host talks about reindeer and reindeer herding. As a gift for your visit, you will receive an international reindeer driving license, after which it is time to say goodbye and return to Saariselkä.

The duration of the trip is 2-2,5 hours depending on group size. Includes 45 min reindeer ride.

Evening Safari

We will pick you up from your accommodation in Saariselkä and change to warm outerwear as needed. After the host has harnessed the reindeer, you can sit comfortably in the reindeer sleigh in the warmth of blankets and reindeer skins, where the journey is not hampered by a little frost, or a little bit more. The hunting of northern lights can begin! If the night sky is clear, you can enjoy the glow of the stars and the moon, and even see the northern lights flare green across the sky. If clouds happen to cover the sky, you can wrap yourselves in the silence of the dark forest, with full trust that the reindeer will know the way back. In the Lappish hut by the open fire it is good to enjoy some hot juice and warm up. You can explore the sky outdoors or sit in the warm hut and listen to us tell you about the reindeer. As a gift for your visit, you will receive an international reindeer driving license, after which we will transport you back to Saariselkä.

The duration of the trip is 2-2,5 hours depending on group size. Includes 50 min reindeer ride.

Visit to Reindeer Farm

We will pick you up from your accommodation in Saariselkä. Upon arrival at the farm, the Sámi host will greet you and guide you to the reindeer. After a short driving school, you can try your skills in practice and ride the reindeer for about 400 meters in a snowy forest. You will also have the opportunity to test your skills in throwing a Lappish lasso. Later, we will serve you some coffee or tea in a log cottage or Lappish hut where you will have a chance to listen to the host telling stories about reindeer. As a gift for your visit, you will receive an international reindeer driving license, after which it is time to say goodbye.

The duration of the visit is about 1-1,5 hours depending on group size.

Contact us and request a quote!
phone: +35840 7489940 
e-mail: info@porofarmi.com

Summer visit

Saariselkä Reindeer Farm is the summer place of the Nikodemus family and here you have the opportunity to get to know the whole family. During your visit, we will feed the reindeer in the paddock and tell you about reindeer husbandry. Then it’s time to take the Lappish lasso and practice, with the guidance of the host, throwing the lasso. You will also have a peek into the dim Lappish hut. In the idyllic old cottage, you can enjoy some coffee and chat more about reindeer and Sámi.

The duration of the visit is about 1-1,5 hours depending on group size.

Contact us and request a quote!
phone: +35840 7489940 
e-mail: info@porofarmi.com

Accommodation

KUURA
-Built 1993
-Living area 60 m²
-Bed spaces for 4-5 persons
-Downstairs living room / kitchen, large lounge, sauna and laundry room
-Upstairs loft and a separate small room, as well as access to the balcony
-The plot is bordered by a Iso-oja River

Additional information and booking
phone: +35840 7489940
e-mail: info@porofarmi.com