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Aurora with Arctic Action & Lappish Camp Fire Menu
Aah yes, the beautiful pictures of Aurora Borealis! The best that Lapland has to offer, the Northern Lights, right? Im going to be totally honest with you: To see the Aurora is all about luck. Thats why I want you to experience other great Lappish things in a small group; to have a good time for four hours with open fire, Lappish / Finnish food, drinks & treats, stories, views, the polar night, the surrounding nature and atmosphere. And if we are lucky, the skies are clear and the universe serves us right, the Aurora Borealis will add a final touch to our shared traditional Lappish experience in the winter nature. Heres what is going to happen: –Maximum amount of people on the experience is 4. – I will pick you up at 18.00 sharp – I use four different locations depending on the weather & forecast, all of them have roughly the same “schedule”: – A short walk through the night forrest – We start a fire at the lean-to. – Free hanging around the area, spotting the borealis ect. while I cook. – The Dinner – We can try to figure out do the Borealis really hum... – I will watch the borealis radar – If theres no Borealis by the first place, we head on top Ounasvaara for different views & change for Sledging – I will drop you off where you want Other things to note: The car we use is a 2017 Dacia Duster 4x4. I have warm clothes & shoes to borrow.
Reindeer feeding in authentic setting
Experience a unique moment to feed reindeer with a local reindeer herder in authentic setting in the winter nature scenery in the peaceful location of Kairala village in Pelkosenniemi. Kairala is located 145 km from Rovaniemi (2 hours' drive). There is no public transportation in the area, so you need your own car. After we have finished with feeding, you can enjoy a warm berry juice or coffee with a local pastry by an open fire and hear more about the reindeer and reindeer husbandry in Finnish Lapland. You will be guided by an English-speaking local reindeer herder, who is eager to share this tradition and the way of living. Other things to note Please remember to dress up warmly, with many layers, to enjoy our time outdoors.
Finnish cooking class in ♡ of Helsinki
I will welcome you in my home in the design district, Punavuori. The plan for the evening is to create together a traditional Finnish meal consisting of a starter, a main course and dessert. You will get your hands dirty with peeling, chopping and kneading. Sounds like a lot? Finns like to keep things uncomplicated in all aspects of life - including cooking - so we will finish prepping on time. An example menu looks like: Lohikeitto (salmon soup) Lihapyörykät (Finnish meatballs) Korvapuusti (cinnamon rolls) THE MENU WILL CHANGE ACCORDING TO SEASON AND THE REQUEST OF GUESTS THAT SIGNED UP. While we are preparing dinner together, you will have the chance to learn about various exotic Nordic ingredients from the seas and forests exclusive to this region. At the dinner table we can then discuss the latest gossips of the Finnish gastro scene, and you can ask me for tips and recommendations where to eat next. You will also take home a printed version of the recipes with you, so you can share them with your friends and family when your vacation is over. I have vegetarian, vegan, lactose- and gluten-free menu options too. Just ask.
Discover National Park near Helsinki
With Backpacker Helsinki Tour you will enjoy a perfect guiding hike in the National Park of Nuuksio or Sipoonkorppi. On our way, we will cross many different lakes and type of landscapes ! Nuuksio and Sipoonkorppi National Park reflect perfectly the spectacular beauty of the Finnish forest ! On our trip, I will share with you many informations about Finland. Depending on the season, you will have the opportunity to pick berries or mushrooms ! In the heart of the winter, when there is snow enough, possibility to practice snowshoes during the hike ! During the break in the middle of the Taïga forest, you will enjoy a delicious "Glögi" served with Finnish biscuits. I will propose you the perfect trek corresponding to your level of hiking. In the Laavu, the traditional Finnish fire camp, we will end by sharing an authentic home made Finnish soup (also vegetarian option) served with a traditional bread and beverage ! Duration: 4 h Transportation: By car. Meeting at the street Museokatu 8, near to the parliament. Group capacity: From 1 to 4 persons New ! Have a look at my experiences "Day trip in Torronsuo National Park" and "Ice fishing in Helsinki Region" ! Do not hesitate to ask for other dates than those on the calendar :)
The Authentic Helsinki Walking Tour - Small Group
Join this small-group walking tour to explore Helsinki, the capital of the happiest country in the world! Apart from sharing many fascinating stories about Helsinki's history, present, and future, I will be happy to answer your questions about the way of Finnish life and cultural habits. I was born and raised in Finland, and I want you to get a real feeling of Helsinki, not just the touristic one. You'll get to understand the unique Helsinki state of mind and a clear idea of our quite peculiar culture. After the tour, you'll also know the answer to the following questions: Why is sauna so important for Finns? What is the "Unicorn Block" of Helsinki? When do Finns gather at the Market Square to swim in the fountain? Why is there a statue of a Russian Czar in the most famous square of Helsinki? Is Finnish really that difficult to learn? How much is the biggest speeding ticket ever given in Finland? What did Napoleon have to do with Finland? Are we Finns really the happiest people in the world? The groups are small, maximum 8 people, so you'll have a chance to ask all of your questions. In the end, you'll receive a recommendation list of restaurants and things to do in Helsinki that includes all my personal favorites. Let's discover how unique Helsinki really is! My other tours: Other Side of the Bridge - Kallio Tour Smart City, Urban Nature & Helsinkian BBQ

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Northern Lights Hunting small group experience
I will pick you up from your accommodation and take you straight out of the city light pollution to the spot with the highest probability to see Northern lights. In case it is cloudy, then we visit 2-3 places to increase the chances to find a gap in the clouds. While waiting for the Northern Lights, we can enjoy hot drinks and snacks grilled on a campfire. Note, if you are vegetarian/vegan, let me know before the tour. In case you do not know the right setting for your camera to take photos of the Northern lights then I can help you and take photos of you with the Northern lights. If you do not have a camera, I know some good tips on how to take photos by your phone :) The 3-hour tour includes: -Guidance -Snacks grilled by the campfire and hot drinks Not included: -Overalls -Photos Please note: Northern lights are a natural phenomenon and there are no 100% chances to see it. It all depends on the clouds coverage, Northern lights activity and a bit on your own luck :)
Aurora Borealis Hunting with Photography and Videography
Join the once in a lifetime Aurora hunting experience with a seasoned photographer. Former arctic tour guide with professional camera will lead you to the best spots by car (20-300km round trip) to maximise chance to see the northern lights. At the spot I provide a customised photo shooting session and BBQ with campfire during the trip. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that doesn’t like staying in the sky 24/7. We have to hit the arctic road, find the best spot for visibility and be equipped with proper set of camera to actually get them as photos and videos. THE PROCESS 1. Free pick up from your accommodation 2. Aurora hunting (2-4h) 3. Photography session 4. BBQ & bonfire in the wild 5. Drop off back to your accommodation 6. Photos release on the next day *If you have your own camera, I can help you with the camera settings to get the best photos during the trip. *Departure time might vary day to day. You will be informed about the exact departure time on the day of the experience. *Free pickup and drop off within 10 km from the train station (pretty much all accommodation in Rovaniemi). Want to see more of my work? Check out my socials. IG: kunbelievable TikTok: nordies_tour
Unique experience with Northern Lights
We will meet at the reception of your accommodation. We get in a car, then we escape from the city center, towards the spot near the lake (the estimated driving time from the city center around 15-20 minutes, depending on the condition of the road). We will light the fire after arrival if there was no fire already. During our aurora hunt we will enjoy the dark, traditional Finnish wood-fired sausages, hot berry juice or tea - traditional Finnish Christmas drink (depending on what I prepare for the day in Classes). In case we are lucky, I can take pictures of you. The photos can then be sent by email if you wish for an additional 25 euros fee per person. After the aurora hunt, you will be driven back to your accommodation. Note: There is no 100% guarantee that we will catch the Northern Lights, even with ideal sunny weather and activity conditions. It all depends on mother nature. Also winer overall with snow boots can be rented for an additional 10 euros.
Northern Lights with Professional Photographer
Two of my biggest passions are getting combined in the experience I offer. Photography and Outdoors life. From picking berries and the midnight sun during summer to get amazed by seeing the Northern lights above you in wintertime! Join me and my camera to create memories together! I am not a big fan of big groups, so don’t you worry! We will drive away from the city hunting the Northern Lights on our way, making nice (and funny) pictures. All of them will be sent to you the day after the tour. The experience will also include a campfire, warm juice (or a really good coffee), and some snacks, Have you ever grilled (not burned) marshmallows? Alright, I will stop talking, are you in? Please note that the departure time will depend on Northern Lights activity, we will inform you the same day of the departure.
Northern flavors from the fire
Enjoy a local meal prepared on the fire. I am happy to welcome you in my yard in Ylläsjärvi, where you will find a traditional teepee tent called Lavvo. Tents like this are still used by reindeer herders today. We will light up a fire and I will make nokipannukahvi (coffee) and lappish lettu (pancakes) for you, and lappish cheese with berry sauce for dessert. In this cozy atmosphere you get wrapped up in my stories about Lapland, life and culture, traditions, nature and animals and the Northern Lights. If you are interested in taking pictures of the Northern Lights, I can help you with my own tips and tricks. In the summer I am happy to share the best hiking routes with you to enjoy the midnight sun. Please note: - transfer to my house and back to your accommodation can be organized for 4 people - if you are more than 4 people, transfer must be organized by yourself - let me know before booking if you are vegetarian / vegan / or have some allergies I am very flexible with dates and times - just ask.
Ice Fishing in Helsinki Region
La pêche sur glace est en Finlande une des activités Nordique traditionnelles parmi les plus pratiquées en hiver. Lors de cette expérience inoubliable, dans un cadre de nature unique, je réunirai toutes les chances de notre côté pour pêcher des poissons tels que la perche, le brochet ou encore le sandre. Sur le lac Bodom, le plus grand dans la région d'Helsinki, situé à seulement 25 minutes d'Helsinki centre, je vous convie à une initiation de pêche sur glace à l'aide du Pilkki, la canne à pêche Nordique ! Une fois arrivés sur place nous marcherons sur le lac afin de trouver l'endroit idéal où il y a le plus de chance de pêcher du poisson. Je vous expliquerai ensuite comment faire un trou dans la glace et comment utiliser le pilkki. Après c'est à vous de jouer ! Vous serez prêt pour pêcher plein de poissons ! A la fin, dans un Laavu, le refuge traditionnel, je ferai un feu pour pouvoir griller les makkara, les saucisses traditionnelles. Il existe aussi une option pour végétariens. Je vous servirai également un délicieux glögi ainsi que des piparri, des biscuits traditionnels de Noël. Les vêtements chauds sont importants.
Aurora with Arctic Action & Lappish Camp Fire Menu
Aah yes, the beautiful pictures of Aurora Borealis! The best that Lapland has to offer, the Northern Lights, right? Im going to be totally honest with you: To see the Aurora is all about luck. Thats why I want you to experience other great Lappish things in a small group; to have a good time for four hours with open fire, Lappish / Finnish food, drinks & treats, stories, views, the polar night, the surrounding nature and atmosphere. And if we are lucky, the skies are clear and the universe serves us right, the Aurora Borealis will add a final touch to our shared traditional Lappish experience in the winter nature. Heres what is going to happen: –Maximum amount of people on the experience is 4. – I will pick you up at 18.00 sharp – I use four different locations depending on the weather & forecast, all of them have roughly the same “schedule”: – A short walk through the night forrest – We start a fire at the lean-to. – Free hanging around the area, spotting the borealis ect. while I cook. – The Dinner – We can try to figure out do the Borealis really hum... – I will watch the borealis radar – If theres no Borealis by the first place, we head on top Ounasvaara for different views & change for Sledging – I will drop you off where you want Other things to note: The car we use is a 2017 Dacia Duster 4x4. I have warm clothes & shoes to borrow.
Lapland Winter Experience Snowshoeing
The major reason why you should try snowshoeing that it helps to keep a body in a good shape during the winter! Moreover, you will have hiking surrounded by natural scenery of Lapland. The expert guide will show you how to put the snowshoes on and lead you to the deep Arctic forest. Even for little kids and for non-sporting people it is a joyful winter experience. Look around and try to find the wild Arctic animals! Embark on an unforgettable hiking and snowshoeing journey into the forest in the Arctic Circle, where you will pass through frozen rapids and follow amazing nature trails between woods. Also, a forest campfire BBQ will be provided with warm tea. What's included? Winter clothes (overall, boots and gloves) Snowshoes Snowshoeing Hike Campfire BBQ: pork sausage, marshmallows and blueberry tea (vegetarian/vegan alternative on the request)
Small group Northern lights experience
We will meet at the center of Rovaniemi or we will pick you up from hotel, apartment where you stay. I will lead you to the best spots (up to 200km) by comfortable and new car to the special and beautiful place nearby the lake in the forest. Depending on our luck and weather conditions, Aurora lights will be seen on the pictures too! All memorable pictures will be sent to you by email or messengers. After we will have a nice Aurora Borealis Picnic I will drive you back to your accommodation. Please be noticed that northern lights is a natural phenomenon therefore nobody can guarantee that we will catch the lights. However, I hope we will! Other things to note: This is an authentic experience and I will try my best for you to feel it! Even if it will be cold outside, there will be hot food, hot drinks organized in front of the campfire. Please be noticed that "private group" in description does not mean that only your group will attend the experience. We just mark it as private group since there should be minimum of 2 participants.
Northern Light Hunting Tour with BBQ
We are going to meet at the reception of your hotel or at the place of your accommodation. We hop in a car or minibus (depending on the amount of customers who has booked the experience for the current day), than we escape from the city center, to the spot nearby lake or next to the forest (the estimated driving time from city center around 15-20 minutes, according to the condition on the road), depending of the current weather forecast and sun activity situation. We will set up the fire on a spot after the arrival if there would be no fire already. During our Aurora hunt, we will enjoy the darkness, traditional Finnish sausages grilled on the open fire, warm berry juice or glögi - traditional Finnish Christmas drink (depending what I will prepare for the current day). In case if we will be lucky enough, I can take pictures of you on my GoPro camera. Pictures can be sent further to the email, if you want. After the Aurora hunt you will be driven back to your hotel or accommodation. Please note: there is no 100% guarantee that we will catch the Northern lights even in case of ideal weather and sun activity conditions. It is all up to the mother nature. Other things to note 1. Remember to dress up according to the weather conditions. 2. No 100% guarantee to catch the Northern lights. 3. It will be also others who participate in experience. It is not individual.
Reindeer feeding in authentic setting
Experience a unique moment to feed reindeer with a local reindeer herder in authentic setting in the winter nature scenery in the peaceful location of Kairala village in Pelkosenniemi. Kairala is located 145 km from Rovaniemi (2 hours' drive). There is no public transportation in the area, so you need your own car. After we have finished with feeding, you can enjoy a warm berry juice or coffee with a local pastry by an open fire and hear more about the reindeer and reindeer husbandry in Finnish Lapland. You will be guided by an English-speaking local reindeer herder, who is eager to share this tradition and the way of living. Other things to note Please remember to dress up warmly, with many layers, to enjoy our time outdoors.
Finnish cooking class in ♡ of Helsinki
I will welcome you in my home in the design district, Punavuori. The plan for the evening is to create together a traditional Finnish meal consisting of a starter, a main course and dessert. You will get your hands dirty with peeling, chopping and kneading. Sounds like a lot? Finns like to keep things uncomplicated in all aspects of life - including cooking - so we will finish prepping on time. An example menu looks like: Lohikeitto (salmon soup) Lihapyörykät (Finnish meatballs) Korvapuusti (cinnamon rolls) THE MENU WILL CHANGE ACCORDING TO SEASON AND THE REQUEST OF GUESTS THAT SIGNED UP. While we are preparing dinner together, you will have the chance to learn about various exotic Nordic ingredients from the seas and forests exclusive to this region. At the dinner table we can then discuss the latest gossips of the Finnish gastro scene, and you can ask me for tips and recommendations where to eat next. You will also take home a printed version of the recipes with you, so you can share them with your friends and family when your vacation is over. I have vegetarian, vegan, lactose- and gluten-free menu options too. Just ask.
Small Group Arctic Circle Horse Riding
Welcome to the Arctic Circle Horse farm Our small farmstead is located 25 km from Rovaniemi. close to stunning sandy terrain and Lapland nature. Our farm is inhabited by Irish Cob breed horses, whose strong and stable steps take nature and horse lovers of all levels along forest paths to admire the nature of Lapland in different seasons. It is important to us that the horses are well and allowed to live as much of a species-typical life as possible. Our Irish Cob horses live in the big yard all year round. All our horses are shoeless. We want to offer our customers holistic experiences and encounters with horses and the nature of Lapland. You can come alone, with a friend or in a group, a horse experience will be built for you.
Ice fishing experience in the heart of Helsinki
Helsinki has a centuries-old fishing tradition and you can catch many different species in the heart of the city - on the ice! I will teach you the traditional ice fishing technique used in Finland. You will get to walk and fish on the ice of the Baltic Sea in a safe way and get to see some Helsinki landmarks from the sea perspective. I will also tell you about the Baltic Sea and its unique wildlife. Baltic Sea is one of the biggest brackish water pools in the world, meaning it is not exactly a sea nor a lake, but something between! We will meet with the group at the Sibelius Monument in Helsinki, then continue to the fishing spot together, most likely by foot. I (the host) will arrange fishing gear, bait and the necessary safety equipment. Participants will need outdoor clothes suitable to the weather. Typical fish caught in the area: - Common: perch, Baltic herring, ruffe, roach & smelt (all edible) - Less common: zander, whitefish & sea trout (all delicious!) You can keep the catch if you want or you can donate it to the local rescue cats. Catching a fish through the ice can be hard sometimes, so I cannot guarantee a catch, but I can guarantee new and fun experiences and lots of fresh air! :)
Aurora Hunting Safari to Lake Inari, including dinner
Chase the Northern Lights on a 4-hour evening safari in famous Lake Inari. Experince the frozen lakeside by travelling in a sledge pulled by snowmobile and enjoy dinner in our Aurora Island. We will pick you up to our basecamp in Ivalo by minibuss. You will get warm thermal clothes and shoes, then head on to the small village of Koppelo, far from the city lights. Take a seat in your sled and travel deeper into the wilderness with your local guide. Comfortable snowmobile-pulled sleigh is covered by warming reindeer hide and you can enjoy the ride to the frozen lakeside. In the lake we will take a break in the silent beauty of the wilderness. If you are lucky, you might see the Northern Lights in the middle of the lake. You will visit our small island where is a traditional wooden cottage and teepees. We live in the island with my husband, we have there wind and solar energy. If you are interested I am happy to tell about our life in lapland, my family has been fishing and living here for generations. There you can relax and see if you are lucky enought to see the Northern Lights. We will prepare delicious dinner and hot drinks by a campfire. Dinner will be made of local fish or reindeer ( also vegetarian option possible ).
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