Jaakkola Reindeer Farm
Jaakkola Reindeer Farm
4.5
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Jaakkola reindeer farm is 30-years old, family-runned tourism company in a neck of Luosto. Jaakkola arranges reindeer farm visits, reindeer safaris, ice-fishing tours, Northern light tours, trekking tours and theme dinners. At farm the visitors will meet friendly reindeer, hosbitable locals and learn about reindeer herding and Saami lifestyle.
Luosto, Finland
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Traveloqa
3 contributions
Jan 2020
We originally booked for the one-hour reindeer ride plus lunch and transfer on 28th of January 2020. However, due to an accident, we missed the bus going to Luosto from Rovaniemi, where we were staying. We right away checked with the owner whether it's possible to move the date of the activity to next day. The owner agreed; however, the timing changed because they could only accommodate us in the afternoon instead of lunchtime. The next day, we came to the place and rode the sleigh for an hour. After that, we warmed ourselves beside the fireplace with the provided tea and biscuits. We were also allowed to feed the reindeer, but only quickly as we were running out of time.

After the activity, we paid the remaining fee by card. We were expecting that at least the lunch fee will be deducted from the original pricing because we did not have lunch anymore in the new booking. However, checking on the fee charged to us, it included the full price (deposit not subtracted) and the lunch fee. We sent an email to the owner to ask for clarification and a refund in case the amount charged was a mistake, but we did not get any response. The rush on the activity is something that we could understand, but getting no response at all from the owner about a possible mistake is disappointing. We even tried to call several times, but they were not answering the phone.
Written 8 February 2020
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Yulia K
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates6 contributions
Dec 2019
A visit to a reindeer farm was a must for us during our trip around Finland. We considered various options, but eventually we chose Jaakkola Reindeer Farm located near Luosto. We opted for this farm because of different reasons. First of all, it is run by a Sámi family, whose culture we’re interested in. This is the third generation of the family who take care of the animals and do their best to show their culture to the tourists. The farm is situated in a forest, which is more preferable than when a reindeer ride is offered in a city. If you need a pick-up, they’ll arrange it for you, and will bring you back to the hotel after the tour is done. In addition, we wanted to have a traditional lunch in a Lappish-style kota hut. The sauteered reindeer with mashed potato was delicious. If you’re thinking about visiting a reindeer farm, this place is an excellent option.
Written 7 January 2020
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Rachelcee
Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
Dec 2019
It was freezing cold when we arrived at Jaakola but we were warmed by Anu's hospitality and her passion for reindeer herding! The reindeer sleigh ride through the snowy forest was great. It was quite amusing to see how stubborn and strong headed the reindeers are. On the way out, the leader stopped and refused to move continuously and our guide had to get off and pull him along as he walked. This was another story altogether on our way back. The reindeers barely stopped! We were told that they know that they're heading home and can't wait to get back. Haha. We stopped in a wilderness cottage to warm up after the first leg of our sleigh ride. Anu shared stories about her Sami heritage and how excited she was when she got her first reindeer who took her to school when she couldn't start her snowmobile. Really loved all the cute, heartwarming stories she told us about reindeer herding! She also taught us how to grill sausages in the fire on a tree branch after sharpening it with a knife!
Written 2 January 2020
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Marie H
De Pere, WI34 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Anu and Jenna provided an amazing experience. It was so much more than just seeing and feeding reindeer, we got to learn about the local people, their tie to the reindeer and land, and enjoy delicious soups and treats. It felt like a true cultural experience, I would highly recommend!
Written 14 December 2019
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Dear Marie, thank you for your time to write a review about your visit. We ourselves enjoyed the tour, too and we were so happy to see that you and the other guests were so interested about our life and culture. Hopefully we see you at our farm one day again. Kind regards, Anu
Written 14 December 2019
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DiSetch
New York City, New York74 contributions
Dec 2019
We took an hour long reindeer ride, then had a small talk about the reindeer and then got to feed and meet a bunch of reindeer. The staff was very friendly and eager to please. The reindeer seem happy and well cared for. The prices aren't bad. This was just an overall fun and pleasant experience. Thank you!
Written 5 December 2019
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Ghadeer2014
Kuwait City, Kuwait10,242 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
This winter adventure is divided into 3 parts:

Reindeer ride
We booked for a reindeer pulled sleigh, which is the most traditional and peaceful way to move through the silent Lappish nature! A sleigh is a land vehicle that slides across the surface, usually of ice or snow. This ride was slow and breathtaking.

Traditional Hut
We also gather in a warm hut to enjoy cup of hot juice with tasty cookies and our host told us about reindeer herder´s everyday life.

Open Farm Visit
Later we met the reindeer up close and fed them. We heard a lot about the life of a reindeer, reindeer herding and how reindeer survive over the cold winters.

SEE photos.
Written 8 April 2019
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Dear Ghadeer, thanks for your review and sharing your experience with others. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and your sleigh ride. Hopefully we meet you again one day. Kind regards, Anu, Jani & team
Written 20 May 2019
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mickhick468
Southbourne, UK6 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
A fairly short guided trip in a sleigh built for 2 but something that will stay with you for a long time. Because of the way in which the reindeer are tethered to the sleigh in front, at least one of you will be eyeball to eyeball with a reindeer during your trip!
Written 23 February 2019
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Hello Mick, thanks for your review and your kind words. We hope to meet you again. Have a lovely Summer! ☀️
Written 20 May 2019
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Alex M
New York City, NY36 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Had a wonderful time at the reindeer farm. We were able to pet and feed the reindeer. Our guide Jenna gave us some interesting information and prepared us for the ride. The ride itself was magical! It’s not every day that you are able to ride a reindeer sleigh thru the gorgeous snow capped forest. After half an hour we returned and entered the warm hut where we had hot drinks and homemade pastries. Jenna then answered some questions. Thank you Jenna and everyone at the farm! Had a great time!
Written 9 February 2019
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Dear Alex, thank you for your review and kind words. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your farm visit and also the sleigh ride through the snowy landscapes. We are happy to tell greetings and such a positive feedback to our lovely guide, Jenna. Hopefully we meet you soon again. BR, Anu
Written 16 February 2019
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GrahamKirstie
Wivenhoe, UK24 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
From making the booking via email to Anu, the visit, feeding the baby reindeer, the sleigh ride & hearing the stories about life of herders, heritage & reindeers was a unique experience.
Written 7 February 2019
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Dear Kirstie, thank you for your visit and taking time for writing a review about your experience. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour. Hopefully we meet you again at our farm one day. Kind regards, Anu
Written 8 February 2019
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Thomas D
2 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
Finland team very pleasant
Amazing ride of 30 mn in a very quick area
very interresting discussions with possibility to discuss about the country and sami culture
Written 30 January 2019
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Dear Thomas, thank you for your nice review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit at our farm. We always intend to share information about the local life during the tours and we love to hear that you appreciated our chatting. Hopefully see you again one day. All the best, Anu
Written 20 May 2019
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