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Reindeer Farm Porohaka - Rovaniemi

We are a reindeer family located in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland.
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About Reindeer Farm Porohaka - Rovaniemi
We are a small reindeer herding family in Rovaniemi, Lapland. Our main source of income comes almost entirely from reindeer herding, which our family has practiced for decades. Our name, Porohaka, has stayed the same from the start of the 20th century when our farm was established. This is our first time to open our reindeer farm for travellers as you. We at Porohaka wish to introduce you to the tradition of reindeer herding. We welcome you with open arms!
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SuZQ0420 wrote a review 4 Jan
San Francisco, California101 contributions87 helpful votes
This was our favorite day in our 3 1/2 weeks in Finland. It was incredible. We arrived to Katja's home and were greeted so warmly. We put on snow suits and went out to feed the reindeer and it was so fabulous.Never have we experienced something like this (yes, we have fed animals on farms but not reindeer in the snow among the trees). We then went and had a delicious lunch prepared by Katja in her home. We then fed the reindeer we were going sledding with and got in the sleds. My 14 year old fell asleep because it was so peaceful and quiet in the forest on the sled with the reindeer. We then came back to Katja's home and went in their little cabin to sit by the fire and have hot chocolate or coffee with a cookie that Katja baked. It was just a truly amazing day and one we won't forget!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from katja_alajarvi, Owner at Reindeer Farm Porohaka - Rovaniemi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your kindest review! We are so happy to hear that we could make your stay here with us so memorable and we could give you so nice moment with our reindeer! You are warmly welcome again!
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M_Ryder_G wrote a review 2 Jan
Shanghai, Shanghai, China3 contributions15 helpful votes
This was everything we were hoping it would be and then some. Katja and the others were all very hospitable and knowledgeable. We enjoyed a small group size and were able to have a lengthy time with reindeer during feeding and then a peaceful sleigh ride. We went with twins aged 7 and as animal lovers, they were in heaven. The lunch was terrific and the warm up time in the hut after was a special experience. This was the best activity we did during our week in Lapland, and that included just about everything one could do. Thank you Katja!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from katja_alajarvi, Owner at Reindeer Farm Porohaka - Rovaniemi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your kind review! It makes us really happy to hear that your day here with us and with our reindeer was so memorable! Hope to see you some day again!
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Yifan Yu wrote a review 1 Jan
Helsinki, Finland5 contributions1 helpful vote
Lovely host and heartwarming experience. The tour was relaxed and cozy, and the activities were very fun. We were taken care of by Katja and her crew at every detail. When sleighing through the frozen forest in warm clothing and shoes prepared by Katja and "wrapped" in double blankets, the experience was truly memorable. The reindeers themselves were adorable, friendly and resilient. For us, they symbolize Lapland and its people. Katja was extremely knowledgeable about reindeer farming and shared with us many interesting facts about the animal as well as the industry. I especially appreciate Katja's passion for maintaining the tradition and their way of life — living in harmony with nature like her ancestors have done. Overall, the tour felt personal and intimate, like visiting an old friend. Thank you Katja, we wish to visit you again.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from katja_alajarvi, Owner at Reindeer Farm Porohaka - Rovaniemi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your very kind and heart-warming review! We are truly really happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay here so much and you felt welcome! You are very welcome again!
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Sinclair B wrote a review Dec 2021
Island of Malta, Malta11 contributions1 helpful vote
This was by far the best experience we had in Lapland, the reason for this is that Katja and her family treat you like family. They can do that because they only accept small groups (maximum 8 persons per day), hence thay have all their time and attention for you. On the day we visited, wr were a total of 6 persons, our family of 4 and another couple, they spil the family in 2 groups, our family started with feeding the reindeers whilst the other couple (were not with us), they started the raindeer ride. The feeding of the reindeers is an incredible experience, you go to the farm from the family home with a sledge being pulled by a snowmobile and you enter the farm with around a 100 reindeer and they come next to you while you feed them, then we got put of the sledge and spent around an hour petting and feeding the reindeers, in the meantime Katja was explaining everything about the reindeers, she's very knowledgeable. After the feeding it was time for our lunch, she took us to her home and we ate a delicious reindeer soup in her dining room, it was served with water and juice. After lunch we went for a long reindeer ride in the forest, I think it took around an hour. After the ride they invited us in the kota and lit up a fire and we had some lively biscuits baked by Katja and a delicious hot chocolate, and we spent some time drinking hot chocolate by the fire whilst 1 of her staff was showing us some tricks hiw to lite a fire without matches or a lighter. This was an incredible day, all the family had great fun and experienced a real day at the farm. I suggest that everyone should try this awesome experience, you won't regret it. Katja and family, hope to see you again one day.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from katja_alajarvi, Owner at Reindeer Farm Porohaka - Rovaniemi
Responded 2 weeks ago
Sinclaire, thank you so much for your very kind and descriptive review! We appreciate it hugely! We are so very happy to hear that your stay here with us and with our reindeer was memorable and you enjoyed your stay so much! You are warmly welcome again!
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Marine wrote a review Dec 2021
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We had an amazing time with the hosts and the reindeers! Katja is absolutely lovely and made sure we and our kids weren't cold during the day. This experience was beyond our expectations. We learnt so many interesting things about reindeers! We could feed the reindeers, had a ride on a sleigh with them and shared lunch and snack with Katja and her husband. We truly recommend to visit this reindeer farm.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from katja_alajarvi, Owner at Reindeer Farm Porohaka - Rovaniemi
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Thank you so much for your friendly and warm review! We are absolutely happy to hear that your stay here with us and with our reindeer was memorable! You are warmly welcome again!
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