Family vacation in Finnish Lapland, pick and mix activities

“This tailormade family vacation revels in fabulous Finnish winter activities as high on authenticity as excitement.”

Highlights

Ruka ski resort | Optional activities include: husky safari; reindeer sleigh rides; snowshoeing; snowmobiling; ice-fishing; traditional sauna; wilderness hut or igloo stay

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Environment
Vanha Karhu Apartments allow guests to maintain a low carbon footprint during their stay. They are located in the very courtyard that all sporting activities begin from, as well as being within walking distance of the local shop, the main restaurants and the activity booking office. Should anyone desire to arrive at these destinations by other means, there is a shuttle bus, therefore transportation will be shared, rather than guests traveling individually. This significantly reduces the amount of fuel consumption that would occur should guests require a car to reach essential locations.

Ruka takes great pride in their traditional Finnish wellbeing facilities, promoting health, welfare and local culture. They particularly encourage the use of their sauna in Iisakki village, which has been awarded The Authentic Finnish Sauna Experience certificate. Up to 30 people can enjoy the sauna at once, and it is wood-fired, using a traditional energy source rather than using a more polluting means of energy, such as electricity.

Where activities are concerned, many of them are non-polluting and non-harmful to the environment, such as snowshoe walking, husky safaris, reindeer sleigh rides and ice fishing. Following ice-fishing, those who make a catch are taught how to prepare their fish for dinner and cook it naturally on an open fire, meaning that the fish is not caught wastefully. When machines are used for activities, such as snowmobiles, they are always shared by two people. Halving the number of snowmobiles that could be taken out at any one time, reduces harm to the environment by reducing the number of chemicals being emitted.

All of our animal-focused activities work with the utmost respect for their animals’ health and welfare. The husky farm takes great care of their dogs, who receive regular visits from the local vet as well as receiving provincial veterinary services. The farm is also strict about the running distance of each dog per day so that they are never too tired and have time to rest and relax between working.
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The Impacts of this Trip

As well as the saunas, another important cultural aspect of Iisakki Village is the local restaurant. Guests at the apartments are offered wild food dinners, which consists of a menu complete with fish, wild game and wild berries. Encouraging clients to buy local produce not only advocates tradition and cultural exchange but also benefits the economy of the local community. Wherever possible, guides are locally sourced to maintain financial security in the area.

Many of the activities provided focus on authenticity, particularly those that include eating or living ‘like the locals’. Clients can spend the night in a simple wilderness hut, with open fire cooking facilities and a traditional fire-powered sauna. They are also offered the opportunity to stay in an igloo for the night. These back-to-basics experiences offer insights about historical Finnish conventions and promote spending the evening without electricity, using natural energy sources.

Other activities involve furthering guests’ knowledge about the local culture. During the husky safari and reindeer sledging, the guides teach visitors about the animals’ lives and how they serve as an advantage to the community. This furthers clients’ understanding of a tradition that, for many cultures, is seen purely as a source of enjoyment and entertainment, rather than an essential part of Finnish life.

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Reviewed on 13 Jan 2019 by

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


Our whole family sledding with the huskies!

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




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


I am sure it benefitted local people. I would need to understand the specific data points of the vacation village, along with emissions standards for snow mobiles then measure that against our carbon emissions from air travel and bus travel. The Finnish people have clearly more environmental stewardship in their daily lives and this is clear from how they live. The vacation village seemed very efficient and environmentally friendly, but I am no expert.

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


Excellent! The only challenge we had was having younger kids prevented us from doing several activities.

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2018 by

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


So many memorable times, but probably snow mobiling to see Father Christmas.

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


Bring lots of thermals and a head torch.

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


We visited a reindeer farm run by the local community.

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


Absolutely wonderful

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