Finland activity vacation and Northern Lights

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03 Feb 2018
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Responsible tourism: Finland activity vacation and Northern Lights

Environment

Our company was established in 2000 and since the beginning the basic business idea of our company is to offer the tourist a range of products which are in concordance with Finnish nature. Our tours include unmotorized activities like hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing and cycling and a well-balanced connection with nature is the foundation of all our operations.

Our group sizes are small (on this tour max 16 persons) and we believe that being in a small group causes less harm for the environment and it is also more comfortable for the traveler.

In our purchases, we are committed to preferring durable, locally produced, high-quality products. Disposable products are avoided as far as possible. Ecologically sound products are acquired whenever possible.

We encourage our clients to show consideration for the environment. We always ensure that all litter is removed from any of our activity sites and it is recycled for as much as possible. The adequacy of environmental activities is regularly assessed by means of collecting customer feedback and studying key parameters.

Transfers from/to airport / railway station are included in our tours. Public transport is low in our sparsely populated area so we need to organize charters. To keep the emissions as low as possible we use vehicles according to the group size, eg. not transport a small group on a big bus. Transfers are always organized from the airport nearest to the destination. Many of our tours include also a couple of transfers inside the program. We try to keep them as short as possible and use appropriate vehicles.

On this tour you stay in log cabins. Wood is a responsible choice as a building material. It is renewable as well as recyclable resource supporting sustainable development. Even if Finnish forests are cut down continuously, the amount of timber in Finnish forests is now bigger that in the 1970s.

Community

Our tours take place in sparsely populated, remote border area from where many people, especially young , are forced to move out due to lack of work. By bringing visitors and organizing tours we are bringing more welfare for local people. Our company does not own any hotel, restaurant or vehicles for transportation and we buy all these services from the local suppliers. The accommodation suppliers, restaurants, husky farmers and taxi companies are all small, locally owned businesses and benefit directly from our tours. Our company is also small with only two fulltime employees.

The food is local for as much as possible - fish, reindeer meat, elk and berries.
Also the guides are locals for as much as possible. Approximately 70% of the income goes for the local businesses and guides.

The land and the cabins used on this tour are maintained by the Forest and Park Service of Finland and we pay funds for them which they use for maintaining the area and the fireplaces, open huts and other services in the area which local people are using also.

When selecting co-operation partners, preference is given to those having an environmental policy. In addition, subcontractors are informed of the firm's purchases policy.

Reviews of Finland activity vacation and Northern Lights

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It's hard to choose one - I had a lovely time with the small team of ladies and the hospitality from our guide Mika, and our chef Harri was phenomenal! All the
activities were great, and the food was delicious.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Definitely bring warm clothes and get some exercise in before hand. I'm glad I had started working out before hand so the skiing and snowshoeing were not
too strenuous.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think so - provided employment opportunities for guides, reindeer farmers, husky farmers, etc. and we practiced "leave no trace" during our excursions.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fabulous - can't wait to go back again!

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The husky safari and the general scenery.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The optional activities day - some of the activities incur a further charge (if you wanted to do snowmobile riding or further husky sledge rides. Some other activities are included in the price of the week (snow shoeing/ cross country skiing etc). This fact was not clear on the itinerary.

Also if traveling as a couple, split your clothes/toiletries between you as the small aircraft you take from Helsinki has limited hold space (obviously not enough to hold 1 suitcase per person) - one of our bags was not loaded despite paying extra for it to be put into the hold. Although, it did fortunately arrive the next day by taxi.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, it employed local people as guides and to look after us during our stay.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good. We did not see the northern lights due to cloud cover whilst there, but had a good time nonetheless.

Read the operator's response here:

We are sorry it wasn't clear with supplements for optional activities. We will revise the information so that it'll be clear in the future.

Regarding the problem with luggage it unfortunately happens regularly, worldwide, that the luggage doesn't arrive with the passenger. It's really a good idea to split the things if traveling as a couple. The aircraft however is a typical aircraft used on flights inside Finland, I'm sure it has the "normal" space for luggage in relation to the number of passengers.

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