Our winter activities 2021-2022
For hundreds of years dog sleds have moved people around in the Arctic. Hunters, seal hunters, fishermen and later also the post office, police and border guards used this means of transportation - reliable also in difficult circumstances.
This joyful morning you get to drive your own husky sled! Our long route goes through pristine forests to the traditional shelter “kota”. Open fire, finnish treats and stories about the charming huskies fill your morning with laughter and joy.
I bet that after you have met our huskies 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!
Dancing Northern Lights with huskies
Long husky ride by night
Huskies love running from the bottom of their hearts and they need a lot of exercise to stay happy and healthy. This long 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.
White dream adventure to a magical island
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 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!
Snowmobile trip to reindeer farm
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.
Picture: Michael Mead
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 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 must do on your trip to Finland! Let the warmth of our traditional sauna melt away all aches and cold in your body after the long day outside. A hole in the ice with wooden ladders waits for the brave to plunge in. It is believed
that a dip in the icy water has many health benefits.
Only thing we can guarantee is the euphoric
A large sauna with terrace is located by the river. A private beach is located right next to the sauna. 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 includes preheating the sauna and outdoors hot tub.
You can bring your own towel to the sauna or rent it from the hotel reception for 5€ per towel.