Aksyt Ammat Oy

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Äksyt Ämmät was founded in 1995. The company’s policy is to offer unique experiences in the Finnish nature with samples of Karelian culture and cuisine. Ask for the story of the company name! The founders of the company were “angry birds” of their time! Minna is an expert guide and campfire cook. She likes archery and canoeing. She knows how to set up a traditional smoke sauna and always succeeds in finding the way home after a day of adventures. “Every tour has its special focus – but they all have some things in common: hiking, biking, canoeing and skiing and getting to know each other and the locals. One evening is spent in a traditional smoke sauna – but you can go to sauna every evening if you wish. The day always starts with a hearty breakfast and nothing is planned before the breakfast. Our cross country skiing tour requires skiing experience and a good condition, but you also get fitter every day!” Äksyt Ämmät has won many awards within the years. Thanks to our partners! *Scandinavian Outdoor Award for Destinations (SOA Destinations) HONORABLE MENTION, 2018 * Visit Finland; The top entrepreneur in sustainable development, 2017 *Silence with Kantele Finland 100 product, 2017 *Visit Finland; Authentic FinRelax Experience (Silent moments in guesthouses), 2016 *Visit Finland; Culture Finland (Silent Kantele), 2016 *The Best Food Tourism Product, 2015 *The entrepreneur of the year in Nurmes, 2015 *Partner of North Karelia Biosphere Reserve since 2011 (Partner in Biosphärenreservat Nordkarelien seit 2011) *CSR Tourism certified since 2011 (CSR zertifiziert seit 2011) *Karelia à la Carte -Tervetuloa karjalaisen kulinarismin pariin! since 2011 *InnoElma Award, 2008 *Environment award of North Karelia 2007 (Träger des Nordkarelischen Umweltpreises 2007)
Member since: 12 Nov 2018

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

Climate protection by donating money for atmosfair.de projects. Äksyt Ämmät compensates their “flying”
guests’ tours through atmosfair.de
Äksyt Ämmät is a very small company, only one person working throughout the year. In the high season
(winter) Äksyt Ämmät employs local people because of their local knowledge of the surroundings.
Local handicrafts: we reserve time to meet local artisans and encourage our guests to purchase locally
produced products.
Food: restaurants and catering companies providing their services are using local ingredients. We include
half or full pension in our tours for three reasons, to reduce pollution and littering and increase convenience
of tourists as well as to promote local culinary
Accommodation: we select mainly small, family run guesthouses or cottages, or in case of larger hotel prefer
non-chain locally owned establishments.

Environmental responsibility

We have a physical office at the owner’s home. We are not using paper, all our pictures, texts and
publications are located on cloud servers. We only print business cards with our web address. All the printing
is done locally in Nurmes. Website development was taken care by Äksyt Ämmät.
Event and activity organisers: our partners are local, professional event companies, which pay attention to
the safety of their guests and are able to provide experienced guides communicating at the minimum in
English. On request our native speaker can join the group as an interpreter and tour leader
Drinking water: in Finland the tap water is drinkable so we recommend our customers to take refillable
water or sport bottles with them for activities.
Transportation: we use public transport such as buses or trains whenever it is feasible. When it is more
practical or cost-efficient to hire a minibus, we try to choose always the optimal size for the group and make
sure we are not causing extra harm to the fauna and flora. Special attention has to be paid on birds in their
nesting period.
Environmental Awareness: there is a waste management system in Finland of which our customers are
informed if they cook their own food or move by their own car. Empty bottles are taken to the bottle
collection points, where money refund is given. Also there is a sorting system for metal, plastic, paper and
board. The National Parks have their own regulations, which are well presented at all the entrances.

Social responsibility

Cultural Sensitivity: each passenger is provided an article about the rules and regulations of our society.
Traffic and alcohol regulations are tight and have to be followed. Also the Everyman’s law and fishing
regulations are shortly covered with links to extra information sources. In Finland the standard of living is
high and state welfare systems works well. Medical care is well available all over the country. Tipping is not
used as service fee is always included in the price as well as VAT.
Cultural Norms: there are very few norms as the society is very open. People are friendly and well-educated
and are in most cases able to speak English although they can be shy and keep distance at the beginning.
Charity: preserving nature is our number one topic. We offer our guests an opportunity to visit the nature
centres in order to learn, what we do here in order to preserve our unique nature. They can learn about
projects, which are being carried out at the moment of their visit and participate in their own way.