Visiting a Reindeer Farm in Finland!

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If you ask me what my favourite kind of travel experience is, the answer would undoubtedly be anything I can throw into a dinner conversation with a casual “this one time when I was in……”. And that’s exactly how I feel about the day I went to visit a reindeer farm in Finland. I was feeding, patting, and photographing (okay selfie taking) reindeers like they had just been a new world discovery. For me, this was Christmas in October… and I couldn’t have been more excited if i tried.

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If you’re been reading my blog for a while, I shouldn’t need to explain my fascination (which is to be fair verging on obsession) with anything unrealistic or close to a fairytale. You could say I’m a bit of a dreamer. Guilty as charged… and proud!

So just walking through the wilderness in and around Ruka, Finland, was like a dream come true. I was forever referencing fairytales, movies (like Frozen, The Chronicles of Narnia), and a variety of children’s stories. Yup, I’m a kid who refuses to grow up.

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This one time: Aย Reindeer Farm in Finland

The day started at the Ruka Safari office near Ruka village. We would travel via ATV to the Reindeer farm, around an hours drive from the safari office. Being that it was still autumn, I wasn’t expecting to see snow… so you could imagine my surprise and out of control excitement levels when I awoke to snowfall that morning.

After a one hourย drive in the chilly air, we arrived at the reindeer farm somewhere in the Finnish wilderness. My guide and I were greeted by the owners of the reindeer farm who introduced us to their property and we began to make our way to the reindeer.

A short walk away in the snow, a baby reindeer and three adult reindeer awaited us.

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We began to feed the reindeer and discuss the history of reindeer in Finnish history & culture.

Afterwards we made our way inside for an open fire and light lunch, followed by coffee and pastries. It was a great introduction to Finnish lifestyle over the ages, but more importantly a chance to meet Rudolph and his comrades in the flesh.

After the lunch we started out journey back to Ruka, but not without a little off-roading first. My guide and I ventured into the forrest and we attempted to navigate our way through the snow fall, trees, and slippery streets.

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Thanks to Visit Finland for arranging my itinerary in Finland and to Ruka Safaris for fulfilling my dreams of patting Rudolph’s nose ๐Ÿ˜‰ My opinions are as always, my own.

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    Kate Johnson
    March 13, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    You know they kill these reindeer to eat them right..?
    Maybe not so cute after all.

    Angeliqa Jonsson
    January 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I love this post! It’s so cute and Finland looks gorgeous!

    Donald L Hoikkala
    January 22, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    My Great Grandfather August Hoikkala came over to the US in around 1880 time period, My Father spoke Finnish, and I did not get to learn the language. .I was told many stories of my Routes from Finland and Very Proud to be a Fin..My family has visited a few years ago, they came across family still there and who have the Hoikkala Farm do you know or could share some of this with me. I was informed its a Raindeer farm in the North East Territories of Finland.
    Thanks enjoyed your photos

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    Suvi-Tuuli Palosaari
    October 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    You can also follow this reindeerfarm on facebook:
    AND its own website:

    Suvi-Tuuli Palosaari
    October 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    You can also follow this reindeerfarm on facebook:
    AND its own website:

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    October 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Awesome place with some breeze. thanks for posting nice views.

    October 18, 2014 at 4:50 am

    This is a dream come true! I wish I could experiencing something like that at some point in my life!

    Jesse Owen
    October 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Awww, I’d love to see reindeer up close – looks like it was a pretty cool (hehe) experience ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lucky Traveller Merja
    October 17, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Kate: “Now, what kind of reindeer farm is it? I am assuming they are not raising reindeer for Santaโ€™s sleigh, but raising them for burgers and sausage, right? ๐Ÿ™ ”

    I’m afraid you have got it right :(. Many people eat reindeer meat. I don’t, being a vegetarian.

    On a more positive note, of course Rudolf and his mates are still needed every Xmas to pull Santa’s sleigh all over the world.

    October 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Oh no! I’m so jealous! I live in Finland but I’ve never seen northern lights or reindeers. I’m dreaming about travelling abroad but maybe I should see my home country first! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your great blog and pictures.

    October 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    How cute!

    October 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I would love to visit a reindeer farm!!
    And I totally agree with the “this one time” theory. Always great experiences.

    October 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    How cool! I would try to take them all home with me! haha

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    Kate @ NonstopfromJFK
    October 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Oh my, those baby reindeer are impossibly cute! And that picture of the closeup of the reindeer’s face is awesome.

    Now, what kind of reindeer farm is it? I am assuming they are not raising reindeer for Santa’s sleigh, but raising them for burgers and sausage, right? ๐Ÿ™

    Deepti @ Endless Postcards
    October 17, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Those reindeer are SO CUTE!!!! Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to meet my own little Rudolph – I never really wanted a pony as a child, just a reindeer. Beautiful photos!

    October 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    What an amazing experience! Definitely going to leg it straight there when I finally travel to Finland ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck on the move to Berlin, too.

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    October 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Wow such a unique experience!

    Marie @ Marie Away
    October 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

    This looks amazing and pretty much like a Christmas fantasy. Such beautiful animals. Fun Fact: Reindeer are the only animals to be domesticated in the last 500 years.

    October 17, 2014 at 8:18 am

    This is truly a dream of mine to go there. One day ! Thank you for this beautiful pictures

    October 17, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Oh waauuw! You’re living the Frozen life. I’m jealous ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 17, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Yayy reindeer are so cute! Happy you liked the farm! And once again goof luck to your new apartment!

    October 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

    This is amazing. I feel the same way: eternal Peter Pan syndrome and proud. That’s probably why I’m delaying the Real World indefinitely and (hopefully) eternally, and taking a queue from you and traveling around the world for a year.

    Keep watching the world with glittering eyes and magic is bound to find you.

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    October 17, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I love reindeers! Looks incredible Brooke, what an amazing experience! ๐Ÿ™‚

    October 17, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Oh lucky you! I’ve always wanted to get up close and personal with rudolph haha. Saw your instagram post, good luck with the move into your apartment! x

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    October 17, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Oh myyy, so cute!!!

  • Madelinefedmont@yahoo.con'
    October 17, 2014 at 6:34 am

    The farm looks absolutely awesome!