Joyful morning as a musher-
Long husky ride
One of the earliest uses for a dog has been to keep it as a draft animal. For hundreds of years dog sleds have been used as a means of transport in the Arctic. Hunters, seal hunters, fishermen and later also the post office, police and border guards used this reliable means of transportation often in difficult circumstances.
Get this great experience in a husky sled! Our routes go through magical forests and you get to enjoy the silence while our guide is driving the sled. We will stop in the forest so you can get amazing photos with the sled and great memories of your ride.
After the ride you can enjoy some warm juice by the open fire and learn more about these charming, purebred Siberian Huskies. I bet that after you have met the huskies of Metsähirvas you will not be surprised why they are one of the most loved animals of the north!
History of Hotel Metsähirvas is entwined with trees and forests right from the beginning. During the Russian rule forest guards were schooled here to look over the Tsar’s lands. Later a forest college operated in the building where we now have a boutique hotel.
This afternoon you can experience how it was to live back then. We will make a wooden artifact from scratch using only traditional methods. This experience engages all sense fields as no machines are used. Immerse yourself in the process and enjoy learning something completely new!
Huskies love running from the bottom of their hearts and they need a lot of exercise to stay happy and healthy. This 15-20 kilometer husky ride takes you through snowy white wilderness as the moon, stars and if lucky - the northern lights guide your way in the arctic night.
You get to be in charge of the dog team and drive the sledge to “kota”. In this lappish shelter a finnish barbecue is set up on an open fire and one can relax while listening to the stories about huskies and northern lights before starting the journey back to the hotel.
Asking for Ahti´s treats-
Ice fishing with a guide
In prehistoric Finland, fishing was the main livelihood. Now you are able to experience how good of a fisherman (or a woman) you are!
Because the river is frozen, the activity starts with drilling a hole in the ice. While waiting for the fish to bite you will hear how the locals live here and what fishing really means for Finnish people. You will also learn about Ahti, the god or possessor of water in Finnish folklore and ancient religion.
Snowshoeing has moved humans for thousands of years. It’s a means to get to places one otherwise couldn’t reach in winter.
Imagine an island on the river. Island where trees, plants and animals have always flourished without human interference. By snowshoes you get to immerse yourself in the surroundings without disturbing wildlife and breath fresh air. Take shelter at “laavu” where the guide makes a fire and have a mug of warm berry juice.
Survivor of Hotel Metsähirvas- learn survival skills with professional guide
Arctic North is a land full of beauty but the conditions can be very harsh. Life nowadays is maybe easier than it used to be, but still most of the locals know the basic skills to survive in the wild.
Our local guide will teach you how to best build a fire in demanding circumstances. You will learn how to find things to eat and drink in nature. At the end of the day only one will be nominated to be the Survivor of Hotel Metsähirvas and receive a little trophy. Let the adventure begin!
Picture: Michael Mead
The day starts from the miraculous Santa Claus Village, where you will hop on a snowmobile and head to a reindeer farm. You will learn to steer the snowmobile and enjoy the thrill of speed safely.
After the excursion you will have plenty of time to explore Santa's village. There are several things to see and do, the most important thing being meeting Santa! Our driver will pick you up at the end of the day and take you back to the hotel.
Winter fun day-
outdoor day for families
Ever tried skiing with traditional forest skis? This great outdoor day offers a variety of winter fun to try out! Find your best technique on the toboggan slide or build a snowman. In winter there are so many things to do outside. This activity is ideal for families and for anyone that wants to have a taste of pure fun outdoors.
Come and join us on this unforgettable day and share it with your loved ones.
Chasing after the lights-
Auroras with snowshoes
The Northern Lights have always been amazed and even feared. There are many folk stories associated with this mystical phenomenon.
This late evening trip starts with an exciting sleigh ride from the hotel to the starting point. You will be given snowshoes and the guide will walk you through the dark old-growth forest to a lean to shelter. In the heart of the forest crackling of the fire is the only sound you hear. In the bright cold night you might spot a greenish glow starting to expand on the horizon, quickly taking over the whole sky.
The magnificent mystery-
Aurora car hunt
The emergence of Northern Lights has long been a great mystery to mankind, but thanks to advancement in science, we now have a comprehensive understanding of the origin of the Northern Lights. Come and find out this mystery and take wonderful photos while solving it!
We will drive to a viewpoint, where we have the best chance to see the Northern Lights. If Lapland’s magic is on our side, we may admire the fascinating lights while enjoying the traditional barbeque. What a perfect way to end the day!
A large sauna with terrace is located by the river. A private beach and a large shoreline are located right next to the sauna and are freely available for use by sauna renters. You can bring your own drinks and dishes to the sauna if you wish.
The sauna and its lounges can comfortably accommodate up to 15 people.
Additional hour 50€
Price include preheating the sauna and outdoors hot tub. Also final cleaning of the premises and spring water for drink.Outdoors hot tub maintenance heating is provided by the customers themselves, hotel will provide the firewood for the heating.
You can bring your own towel to the sauna or rent it from the hotel for 5 € per towel, which includes the towel delivery to the sauna..