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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 :)
Tour Helsinki with a city planner
Forget those pre-scripted, crowded, boring touristy tours! In my walking tours, I use my creativity and knowledge to adjust the tour according to your interests and preferences, the group size and the weather conditions; so you will get the best of Helsinki. We will walk together in and around the city center, discovering Helsinki's secrets, learning its history, culture and traditions. Why do Helsinki people have picnic on top of graves? What was the meeting point of the bohemian people of 1880s in Helsinki? How did they build a church inside a giant granite rock? Where did Lenin hide when he was running away from the Tsarist Russia? Which statue is the one that seagulls hate the most? Where did they bury thousands of bodies during the plague? Why is the largest Orthodox cathedral located in a Lutheran country? Where can you eat the best salmon soup of your life? Why Finnish people still cheer for the opponents of the Swedish national football team? How did a Finnish architect influence generations of American architects and skyscraper designs? We will find answers to all of these questions and more, while visiting each of these important locations in Helsinki. Other things to note Be prepared to walk 6-7 km and come with comfortable walking shoes and extra layers for warmth. Please remember to check your messages on your Airbnb account or Airbnb mobile app as that is the main communication tool. You can check out my website for various tours www.atamantours.com

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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 (only if time allows) 5. Drop off back to your accommodation 6. Photos release on the next day *Winter clothing can be rented for the tour. Third layer winter jacket and pants for adults (€‎15 per set). *Free pickup and drop off within 10 km from the train station (pretty much all accommodation in Rovaniemi). *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 (6pm-9pm). You will be informed about the exact departure time on the day of the experience. 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 Light Hunting Tour with BBQ
We will pick you up from you accomodation around 20:00. and go far away from city light to perfect location with open view to north to maximize our chance to see northernlights. I will let you know everything about northernlights and hunting. We will make photos as well on professional camera. You will be provided snacks by campfire (sasauges/vegetarian oprion, cookies, marshmallows, hot berry juice). Included: - Transport - Photos on next day - BBQ by campfire - Info 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. Remember to dress up according to the weather conditions. See more photos: IG: record_travel
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.
Lappish treats from the fire
Enjoy a local meal prepared on the fire. I will welcome you in my garden where there is a tipi tent. These types of tents are still used by reindeer growers today. In the cozy lavvo by the campfire, the lappic pancakes with smoked reindeer are twice as good. For dessert, I serve lappic coffee from the fire & lappish cheese with beer sauce. For vegetarians / vegan I make the pancakes vegetarian / vegan. In a cozy way, I'll tell you about my life in Lapland, the culture of the north, nature and wildlife, stories and legends about the Northern Lights, and all you've always wanted to know. If you are interested in northern light photography, I will also be happy to share my tips and tricks. In summer, I provide information about the best places to enjoy the midnight sun. Please note: - Please provide information about a special diet / allergies when booking; I can take all requests into account - This activity is not suitable for children under the age of 14 I'm flexible with the dates. Other dates and times possible upon request.
Authentic snowshoe safari to Korouoma Frozen Waterfalls
Join me to unforgettable 7-8 hour snowshoe hiking tour to the incredible Frozen Waterfalls of Korouoma! At first we’ll drive to Posio area, 107 km away from Rovaniemi. The snowy winters of Korouoma Canyon provide amazing chances for winter hiking surrounded by beautiful and unforgettable views. After arrival we'll check and fit the gear and the fun starts! You don’t need any earlier experience for snowshoeing! Koronjää trail is 5 km long circular trail, physically moderate because of altitude chances, but easier and enjoyable with snowshoes and ski sticks. We will follow the official park trail but we’ll try some off-road hiking in untouchable snow as well! I will serve hot juice and biscuits on the way. After half way we’ll make a longer break at open fire. We’ll make a fire together and enjoy traditional Finnish coffee and tea with bakeries and grilled sausages and marshmellows. Along the way and when we return to Saukkovaara starting point we have time to discuss Lappish history and nature and of course change experiences! #casaarctica
Experience Lapland – Ice Fishing
Ice fishing is the best choice for people seeking for an authentic local experience. Rovaniemi is an ideal location for fishing enthusiasts with a land of forests and lakes covered in snow. Hike through the Arctic forest to reach your destination for fishing. If the snow is deep enough, strap on your snowshoes and experience walking with the Arctic style. Arriving at the lake, you will drill through thick ice with the support of your professional guide. Wait for a fish while you enjoy the scenery. After a while, head for your cookout trip. Gather around a campfire in the snow, taste the Lappish pork sausages and salmon. Delight in grilling your own fish, if are lucky enough to catch one.
Photo and Video Northern Lights tour
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, 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.
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 ).
Wonderful Hike in the Arctic Forest
We'll meet at the meeting point where I'll pick you up at your address! We will leave about twenty km outside of the city where we will start our walk in the beautiful forest, cross a beautiful river, enjoy nature and its silence, we will arrive at a view at the top of the hill with a magnificent view or we will take a break by drinking a hot tea with cookies and then continue our loop to get back to the starting point. We have 1.6 km to arrive at the gazebo and 2.2 km to return via another path. The difficulty level is easy, very gradual going up to the gazebo and back downhill. This walk will allow you to disconnect in the middle of nature and recharge your batteries. You can ask questions during the walk and you can learn about the local culture and the area
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.
Go to the wilderness by the snowmobile -sitting in a sleigh
You will be picked up from your accommodation in IVALO. We will wear warm socks and winter boots and put the helmets on. Hopefully you have warm winter clothes with you; if necessary you can also rent warm overalls from the main place. You will sit on a sledge of snowmobile between reindeer hides. Your guide is a driver of the snowmobile. We will ride a newer ecological snowmobile to a frozen lake in the wilderness, where we will make a hole in the ice and taste very clean and clear water. We will see different animal steps on the snow and try to see reindeer which live like wild animals. Your guide will tell you about wildlife. Along the way, we drink hot berry juice and eat some cookies. At the same time, we will listen in complete silence. The tour will end back in IVALO and you will be dropped off to your accommodation by car.
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.
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