Our Traditional Farm 'Kota' (a circular building with a central fireplace, around which clients sleep on comfortable mattresses on top of reindeer-skin covered benches) is often used by clients on the night before their multiday safari starts as well as on the first night of our 3- and 5-day tours. Hence, during the busy winter season, we can rarely offer it to independent travellers. Outside of the safari season, however, it is possible to stay on the farm with us for a behind the scenes glimpse of life on a working husky farm.
FYI: This accommodation is rustic but comfortable. There is water available for basic washing of hands etc (as well as a standard toilet c.200m from the kota close to the farmhouse), charging ports for computers and underfloor heating but no running water (aka no shower!). The nearby toilet is, as standard in Lappish wilderness settings, an outdoor toilet. Use of sleeping bags and liners is included in the price but you are also welcome to use your own.
Please note that since the kota is situated in the middle of the farm of c.200 dogs, a guide will facilitate your experience and sometimes even (outside of Covid times) stay with you on the farm, overnight (and I am sure that a couple of dogs would love to join you too!).
The kota stay is priced around a base cost that is divided amongst the group participants. Since it is mandatory half board, (because cooking over the open fireplace is somewhat challenging), there is an additional cost for cleaning, bedding, breakfast and dinner calculated into the price to come up with a per person price which effectively lowers the per person price for larger groups.
The stay is half board including a traditional Lappish meal which is cooked over the fire. Please let us know if you have dietary requirements that mean that we have to prepare something other than our standard meal of reindeer, mashed potatoes, lingonberries and gherkins / locally-caught white fish, lemon sauce, rice and vegetables with squeaky cheese or baked bananas for dessert. A continental breakfast will be laid out for you for the morning.
Also included within this price is a guided tour of the farm and the option to walk old dogs on our 2km forest trail, brush dogs or do standard behind-the-scenes tasks like adding bedding to kennels, cleaning bowls, helping with feeding in the evening or basic farm tasks in the morning. Other farm activites can be booked (as suggested below).
Check-in is after 4pm (in other words, you are welcome to come straight to us from the afternoon bus - there is a bus stop just outside the homestead). Dinner is generally served, at the latest, between 7 and 7.30pm (aka when the guides are still at work). If you are to arrive late, we can provide sausages and a salad and you can use the outdoor BBQ fireplace for grilling. Check-out time is before 11am in summer and 10am in winter. If, of course, you have booked farm activities in the morning, or you are helping out with the daily farm tasks, then you can check out after these, although we may need to tidy the kota to have it ready for other use, in the morning.
If you wish, there is also the potential to book a dog agility session, to join in the evening feed of the dogs on the farm, or to try bike-joring with the dogs, etc. In other words, there are a number of additional farm-related activities you could book, including the canoeing products in the summer months.
There is also an additional per person charge of €24 which covers the use of the sleeping bags (and liners), pillows and reindeer skins which you will lie on, and a full Finnish breakfast.
In other words, the night in the kota (including breakfast) will cost:
NB: If there are children or married couples within the group, then there are two sections of benches which we can combine to make it possible for 8 people + the guide to sleep there. However, normally there is bench space only for 6.
Our Wilderness Cabins
We have a number of other wilderness cabins which can be rented by the week (on the Palojöki river, across the Ounasjärvi lake, on the shores of Kellotijärvi and - soon - on the banks of the Tarvantojoki River. Enquire / see our location section for more information.