Responsible tourism: Small group holiday to Finland
Our company was established in 2000 and since the beginning the basic business idea is to offer the tourist a range of products which are in concordance with Finnish nature. Our tours include unmotorized activities like hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing and cycling and a well-balanced connection with nature is the foundation of all our operations.
Our group sizes are small, usually max 12 persons, and we believe that being in a small group causes less harm for the environment – and it is also more comfortable for the traveler.
We encourage our clients to show consideration for the environment. We always ensure that all litter is removed from any of our activity sites and it is recycled for as much as possible. Disposable products are avoided as far as possible.
Transfers from/to airport / railway station are included in our tours. Public transport is low in our sparsely populated area so we need to organize charters. To keep the emissions as low as possible we use vehicles according to the group size, eg. not transport a small group on a big bus. Transfers are always organized from the airport nearest to the destination. Many of our tours include also a couple of transfers inside the program. We try to keep them as short as possible and use appropriate vehicles.
Our tours take place in sparsely populated, remote border area from where many people, especially young, are forced to move out due to lack of work. By bringing visitors and organizing tours we are bringing more welfare for local people. Our company does not own any hotel, restaurant or vehicles for transportation and we buy all these services from the local suppliers. The accommodation suppliers, restaurants, husky farmers and taxi companies are all small, locally owned businesses and benefit directly from our tours. Also the guides are locals for as much as possible. Approximately 70% of the income goes for the local businesses and guides.
Also the food is local for as much as possible - fish, reindeer meat, elk and berries.
The hiking route and fire places used on this tour are maintained by the Forest and Park Service of Finland and we pay funds for them which they use for maintaining the area and the fireplaces, open huts and other services in the area which local people are using also.