Cross-Country Skiing School
Cross-country skiing is one of the most practiced sports in Finland and for many Finns the way to relax in nature. You will learn the basics of cross-country skiing (classic technique) before your guide takes you into the beautiful winter nature of Paljakka
Snowshoeing Tour (daytime)
Your guided tour starts with meeting your guide in the lobby of Hotel Paljakka. First, we will put everybody’s snowshoe equipment in order. Next there will be some brief information on the theory and history of snowshoeing, and then we will go to the start of the trail. The route passes through the forest and the guide will tell you about the forest’s inhabitants and natural environment. Please remember to dress according the weather (e.g. warmly outdoor clothing and winter shoes).
Night snowshoeing in the dark
Your guided tour starts with meeting your guide in the lobby of Hotel Paljakka. You will experience the magic of moving through snow covered trees. Snow reflects any bit of light, coming from the moon or a headlamp, illuminating the trail ahead of you. Keep an eye to the skies as you never know when the Northern Lights might make an appearance! Your guided tour starts with meeting your guide. First, we will put everybody’s snowshoe equipment and headlamps in order. The guide will inform you about the program, where the trip goes and teach you the easy techniques of snowshoeing before we take off to discover the beauty of a winter night!
Husky Safari - Dog Sledding Rides in the Beautiful Natural Setting of Paljakka
Your guided tour starts with meeting your driver in the lobby of Hotel Paljakka. He drives you to the husky program. After safety instructions and driving basics (which are easy) you are ready to go with your guide into the snow-white wilderness. Let the snow get into your face. Both of you sharing the sledge will be riding, half of the time you sit and enjoy the ride and half of the way you will be driving! The safari is accompanied by an experienced guide. Please remember to dress according the weather (eg. warmly outdoor clothing and winter shoes).
Reindeer Farm Visit - A Glimpse into the Lives of Reindeer and Herders
Your guided tour starts with meeting your guide in the lobby of Hotel Paljakka. He drives you to the local reindeer farm. The farm is located 45 min drive from Paljakka resort center. The program includes meeting the reindeers. Everyone will have the opportunity to feed the reindeers. We also enjoy hot drinks (coffee/tea) by the campfire where the reindeer herder will tell us more about the life of a reindeer, reindeer husbandry and life on the ranch. Please remember to dress according the weather (e.g. warmly outdoor clothing and winter shoes).
Snowmobiling for Beginner
Riding a snowmobile for the first time can be intimidating, but fear no more. After this experience, you will know all the safety information and driving basics. Once you’ve learnt the basic rules, which are easy, you will be ready to go out into the snow-covered wilderness together with your guide. You may be the driver or let your guide to be your chauffeur. The driving route goes along a well-groomed track to the top of the nearby hill where you can take some stunning panoramic photos.
The guide will meet in you in the lobby of Hotel Paljakka and take you to the safari house. After safety instructions and driving basics (which are easy) you are ready to go with your guide into the snow-white wilderness. The route goes through the forest and the part of the route goes throug the icy lake, which is safe with guide. On the way we make breaks to enjoy nature’s silence, to have warm drinks and to take photos.
Snow igloo building
Your guided tour starts with meeting your guide in the lobby of Hotel Paljakka. Our experienced wilderness guide invites you to join this excellent and fun activity, to build a snow igloo. You will learn how to select the best snow, cut your own snow blocks and practice block placement using scoops given to you. The igloos will be ready the same day and if you want you can even sleep a night in a self made igloo. If you want this, warm sleeping bags and foam mats are available.
Take part in winter electric fatbike-cycling! The guide will be waiting for you in the lobby of Hotel Paljakka and take you to the starting place of cycling. There you will get the electric bike and the adventure can start. During the route you will be taking breaks and have warm drinks and have time to take photos. Please remember to dress according the weather (eg. warmly outdoor clothing and winter shoes).
Ice-Fishing with a Unique Forellibaari Experience
Paljakka has come up with a new, comfortable way of ice-fishing, a traditional Finnish fishing method. Ice-fishing happens in an igloo-shaped, snow-white tent while you will sit comfortably in a tour desk chair. With an experienced guide, ice-fishing is a pleasant experience. Guide will wait you in the lobby of Hotel Paljakka and take you to the fishing place. You will fish salmons in the big comfortable igloo, which is protected from wind and snow. The guide will give you useful tips for ice-fishing. The guide will stay with you for 1 hour, after that you can keep on fishing yet 3 hours. Please remember to dress according the weather (eg. warmly outdoor clothing and winter shoes).
Nature Photography in Winter
The silence and peace of the forest and clear night skies free of light pollution are an unforgettable experience. This guided photography tour is aimed for anyone interested in improving their photography skills. The wintry nature with snow-covered trees and different shades of blue at dusk create a magnificent surrounding for photography. This excursion is run by an experienced and awarded nature photographer.
Life in a local Reindeer farm
Visit a local reindeer farm where you will get a warm welcome and meet our lovely reindeer herder family. In the farm you will get familiazired the local life of reindeer herders and have the opportunity to feed the reindeers. Every animal is owned by a herder. While listening to their stories about life on the farm, we will enjoy hot drinks by the campfire. Visit to a local reindeer farm offer a great possibility for taking photos and experiencing authentic wilderness life.
Making Delicious Local Disces
The great alternative to experience finnish culture and nature is making your own dinner of local clean ingredients. On the course we prepare pure Finnish food from the ingredients of the season. Experienced chef go over the recipes quickly before the cooking starts, gives you the practical instructions and together you will prepare your dinner. The fish from the nearest lake or rapids, meat from the local hunters, vegetables, berrys, mushrooms and herbs from the forest nearby, all these pure ingredients gives special flavours to the 3-course finnish dinner.