“Loorti” reindeer feeding programWhat is the best place to learn about reindeer and reindeer management? Salla Reindeer Park, of course!
We will start our tour at exhibition area where you will see interesting illustrations of the flora, fauna and soil of the region. You will also learn about the old woodlands and the encounters of reindeer and predators. The exhibition is an impressive experience with its natural sounds and stuffed animals. The watercolour art exhibition of the Reindeer Park offers you more enchantment of the nature of Lapland.
After the the exhibition, you will be able to experience real reindeer life outdoors. The Reindeer Park consists of an age-old reindeer pastureland of some 200 hectares. It belongs to the naturally managed woodland area of Kaunisharju ridge: the park is managed according to the old natural values.
We will drive the 1.5-kilometre (0.9-mile) distance to Kössin kentura reindeer management area in the participants’ bus or car. The reindeer will come to their feeding spot as the guide calls them, and you will be able to feed them yourself. The reindeer are used to being fed daily.
We will also see how the ancient hunters and reindeer herds used to live in the wilderness. There are various wilderness huts and peat shelters in the park.
At the end of the tour, we will gather in a Kota shelter or at a campfire to enjoy coffee or tea prepared over open fire and served in wooden Kuksa. You will also have a chance to taste the delicious local Kampanisu cookies. At the campfire, the guide will tell you stories about life in Lapland. At the end of the coffee break, the guide will tell you about the beliefs related to reindeer bones and give you a small reindeer-bone amulet as a souvenir of the tour.
After the coffee, we will return to the main building of the Reindeer Park.
Venue: Salla Reindeer Park, 3.5 km (2.2 miles) from Sallatunturi fell tourist centre in the direction of Kuusamo. From Kuusamo, 102 km (75 miles) via Hautajärvi in the direction of Salla. From Rovaniemi,166.5 km (103 miles) via Kemijärvi and Salla in the direction of Kuusamo.
Available: 1 June - 10 September on order
Recommended to: School classes. Pensioner and adult groups. Families. Also suited for the physically disabled.
Duration: 1,5 hours
Languages: Finnish and English.
Minimum/maximum persons: 4/130.
Transfer: Reindeer Park organizes transfer for the programs from Sallatunturi to the Reindeer Park. Transfer costs 7€ / person
Reservations: Tel. +358 16 837 771. Fax +358 16 837 728. Mobile +358 40 581 3193.
Rates: Adults: € 16, children from 4 to 13 years:, children – 50 %, under 3 years: free admission. The rates include the guided tour and coffee at the campfire.
Payment: International credit cards, banking cards, cash, travel agency vouchers.