KATJA & JUKKA ALAJÄRVI
OWNERS OF REINDEER FARM POROHAKA
Hi and welcome to Reindeer Farm Porohaka in Rovaniemi!
We are a small reindeer herding family in Rovaniemi, Lapland. Our main source of income comes almost entirely from reindeer herding, which our family has practiced for decades.
Our name, Porohaka, has stayed the same from the start of the 20th century when our farm was established. We are located in a small town called Alajärvi, about 60 kilometers from Rovaniemi city center.
Alajärvi was once a lively small town with a long tradition in agriculture and reindeer herding. Nowadays our everyday life is focused on reindeer herding all year around.
Our reindeer stay with us during the winter allowing us to take care of them, while during the summer they get to roam around freely. For us, our reindeer are precious and part of the family, and their wellbeing is truly important to us. It is our honour to continue our family´s decades old tradition of being a reindeer owner.
We at Porohaka wish to introduce you to the tradition of reindeer herding. The group size of the travelers arriving to us is small, so we can offer you personal service and tell you in detail what reindeer herding is.
We welcome you with open arms! Together we will visit and feed our reindeer herd of as much as 100 reindeer! During the feeding the reindeer come very close so you will notice just how charming and wise they are.
In addition to feeding the reindeer, you are also warmly welcomed to our house to enjoy a traditional Finnish meat soup for lunch. After the lunch we will continue to other activities, either to ice fishing if the weather is favorable or to a reindeer sleigh ride. You will also have an opportunity to try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing in the beautiful local forest during the winter.
There is also a great possibility to see the spectrum of different animals, such as squirrels, foxes, rabbits and birds in the forest. For small children we also have a sled hill and a small present. At the end of the day we will enjoy warm beverages and local pastries by the fire in our Laplander´s hut.
Transportation to our home and back to Rovaniemi city center is always included in the price. Alternatively, you can also arrive to us with your own ride as our home is easily accessible.
We want to make sure your visit to us is a once in a lifetime experience and our program is suitable for people of all ages. However, if you have any condition of reduced mobility or very small children travelling with you, we kindly ask you to contact us in advance so that we are able to make sure everything is safe and that the day is a success for everyone.
Take your time to get acquainted with our services and do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you wish to know more about, or if there is something else you´d wish to experience with us. We are here for you and we truly wish to make your day with us memorable!
You are very welcome!
Katja and Jukka