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Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm
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An impressive afternoon with reindeers

We had a very impressive visit at the farm, learned a lot about reindeers and their farmers life... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
haraldm372
A must visit on your trip to Kuusamo

I am very greatful for having the chance to meet your lovely family, thank you for being so kind... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2022
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Reviewed 14 July 2019

We visited the Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm to see some reindeer's. The current owner of the farm greeted us and took us to see the reindeer's. There were four domesticated ones whom we were able to feed and pet; it was fun. The owner told us about the reindeer's and why they aren't among the others in the forest. We were offered juice and campfire coffee and some home made biscuits in a goahti. The campfire coffee always tastes so good. We were told more about reinseer's and reindeer herding as a profession. The visit to the Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm was very educating.
There is a small shop from where one can buy some herb and reindeer products.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 20 December 2018 via mobile

Visited the farm as our first stop during a weekend to Ruka. Mika met us in the arrivals lounge at the airport and then drove us to the farm. Spent a couple of hours riding reindeer sleds, feeding reindeer and learning about reindeers and reindeer farming followed by time in a traditional reindeer farmers house drinking hot drinks and eating cookies and sausages. Received our reindeer driving licences and then Mika took us onward to our hotel in Ruka.
Mika is an excellent guide - he is really friendly & knowledgeable about the reindeers and patiently answered questions from the kids (where is Rudolph etc.)

We booked directly and it was significantly better value than going via one of the tour operators - we had a private visit for the same price as group trips to other farms!

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank James C
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

I visited this farm as part of the trip was on for 1/2 day and is now in the 7th generation - we saw the working reindeers and also the youngsters and were given an introduction to life as a reindeer farmer

Well worth a visit if you go

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Ann L
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

First time in our lives we've seen reindeers and this has definitively been a great experience. To be honest I was quite sceptical at first, I usually tend not to like it so much when animals are used for "entertainment". But this place is really just perfect! The 2 owners a 2 passionates that live, breathe and love reindeers more than anything else and you can feel it from the first seconds you get there.
The story behind the reindeers and herding is really fascinating as well! I had no idea that these animals were actually living "in the wild" for most of the year and would only come to this farm in wintertime in order to get enough food.
It has been a great day and we've leart a lot! Thanks a lot!

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Fabienne R
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Reviewed 16 January 2018

The visit to the reindeer farm 10 kilometers from the center of Kuusamo was an enjoyable experience, starting with some background of the family farm in English. We got to drive a reindeer "Big Boy", pulling us in a sleigh for 300 metres.

We got to feed the young reindeer in an enclosure. All of them were friendly and approaches us and had their mouthful of lichen. We were told about the Saami way of reindeer herding and how the industry had changed while around a fireplace, roasting sausages. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Date of experience: January 2018
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