Responsible tourism: Wild Taiga rapids swimming day trip, Finland
The idea of all the tours is to get the guests really to meet the nature to get a deeper understanding of the fragile network: everything is connected. This is the reason we avoid everything which might become trash, recycle, dont make any extra noise, stay mostly on the marked trails and use the ready made fire places instead of making a new one for every tour. The company owner also owns some forest and has protected a part of it because of special flora and fauna. Doing this he has been able to serve an area for a very special animal in Europe the flying squirrel. Rapid swimming is one of the most environmentally friendly experience - no engines are needed in the program. Floating down the rapids also makes everybody understand how small we are in the nature - this same rapid has been here for thousands of years, we are just visitors floating on it's waves!
Wilds Piira products are based on the local traditions and the unspoiled nature of the area. The company owner has all of his life been active in protecting the traditions, the nature and the possibilities of the local people to live and find their income in the area. Traditions are kept alive in many ways: organizing tar boat tours, wilderness treks with cultural stories and explaining the old use of the forests. During such tours the meals served are always from the area, bought from local shops and bakeries. Also other services, like taxi and small private owned hotels bring money to develop tourism further. WildsPiira is one the most active member in Wild Taiga organization promoting fare travel and co operation between the small local companies.