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Great fun with reindeer

Fantastic experience on the sleigh ride with reindeer, the lake was beautiful. The service was... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2020
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Snowshoe hike and Ice fishing

Fabulous experience scenery amazing felt very safe in the capable hands of Petra. Walked on through... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2020
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

This is an absolute must-do in my books. We reached there and was warmly welcomed by Petra, our guide. Her instructions to us on how to drive the sleigh and do ice-fishing were clearly explained, peppered with a good dose of humour. There was never a dull moment with Petra.

The reindeer herder clearly knows his reindeers' temperament well, and carefully matched his reindeers to the right person. And after the sleigh-ride, we had the chance to feed the reindeers with lichen.

Ice-fishing and snow-shoeing were new and great experiences, and we thoroughly enjoyed them, but what I really appreciated is that it happened to be my son’s 7th birthday that day, and the fish that he caught was grilled and served with a candle like a birthday cake! And the birthday boy even got to go home with a special gift from the reindeer herder! It completely made his day and he couldn’t stop beaming.

Oh! And the salmon soup that was served at the end of everything? Sensational. The kids all went for double or triple portions, and they still talk about it now.

Definitely a day to remember. Thanks Petra for the memories :)

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank blessedstarsg
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

Offers lovely tours with reindeer but there you'll quickly discover that they offer to kill a fox for 70€. Not fun to explain to your kids that you are giving money to that kind of people.

Very disappointing. Be careful before booking if you have in your personal value not to harm / kill an anim for fun.

Date of experience: September 2017
3  Thank lilyr127
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Petra B, Manager at Wolverine Fell Wilderness and Nature, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Hi,
Thank you for your thoughts. Hunting is not for everyone. What we offer is a chance to find out more about the traditional local ways of hunting. We do not offer or promise to kill any animal for fun, neither on the website nor orally. We mainly organize reindeer rides with ice fishing and snowshoeing. All these are environment friendly activities that have been exercised in the arctic for decades. If fish is caught we grill it for the customers to be eaten. Obviously, we need to kill it first. Sometimes people want to see how it is done, often also children. According to many this kind of death is part of the natural cycle. If someone wishes to release their catch, it is possible if the fish is not injured by the hook.

As far as fox snare hunting is concerned it is a legal way of hunting in Finland. Fox is a cunning creature and has good chances of avoiding the snare. However, skillful hunters were in past able to earn a monthly salary by selling two hides. Nowadays the situation is totally different. However, foxes are pests, they spread diseases (rabies just to mention one) that can infect also your dog. Further, they feed on blue hair, capercaillies, willow grouse and other birds that nest on ground. They also eat young reindeer calves, i.e. your livestock. Hunting for people that live in the middle of wilderness is typically for purpose, either to protect livelihood, gain meat or to control population explosion of particular species. Back in the days it must have been pretty much about the survival of the fittest. It might sound unbelievable, but in the last generation people hunted squirrels to get their hides, as they were used as means of payment and exchanged for goods that were not obtainable from the forest.

The abundance of game, fish and land must have been the reason why people came here to the arctic in the first place. Did you know that every year tens of thousands of elk, called moose elsewhere, are shot in Finland to protect damages of young trees, to lower death rates in car accidents and for meat? Such meat is certainly sustainable and of high quality.

These are just some aspects of the lives of the people here. Many visitors have shown sincere interest in the way people used to live and survived up here in the extreme conditions and we transmit the information to them. The highlight for both our clients and us is true nature experience. What else would one call the moment when it is just you and your reindeer trotting through snowy forest and seeing a capercaillie leaving from a thick pine branch over your head, a willow grouse escaping from a hideaway or a fox crossing the reindeer track just before your reindeer? I hope your soul will be soothed now, once the misinterpretation has been clarified.

Best regards from the Acrtic, Petra
Wolverine Fell Wilderness and Nature

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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

You absolutely have to do this. We went with our four kids ranging 1-12 ( ice fishing and reindeer sleigh ride). We were extremely happy with our experience. The reindeer ride is a lot more exciting than you would expect. Petra was extremely accommodating and friendly. Lunch ( salmon soup) was great. Our 3 year old daughter was excited to be "Princess Anna" out of Frozen for the day. Our 12 year old twin boys who are usually not that easily impressed loved this activity. We can highly recommend this experience. Great value.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

We can't recommend this experience enough. We had such a wonderful day. Petra, our guide, was just so lovely - she was interesting to talk to, funny and warm and we thoroughly enjoyed our time in her company. The reindeers were beautiful and so was the environment. Clearly the reindeers were very well cared for and the owners knew their personalities inside out - they matched the reindeers to the guests very carefully. We loved our experience so much and hope to return very soon. It was magical and so much better than a huge tourist company - it felt personal and was extra-special for that. Thank you so much to Petra for your guidance and insights.

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank dumbledore41
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Petra was very friendly and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch with pea soup and local breads. It was interesting to watch the fish from the ice fishing activity being prepared and the reindeer at rest gave good photo opportunities.
A visit to the gents is a must!

Date of experience: February 2017
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