Trips to Torassieppi

Torassieppi is a favourite destination for our guests, simply because the cabin village and accompanying reindeer farm provides a warm welcome to visitors and gives them an insight into a very special way of life. Torassieppi was first established by the herders in 1847 and is one of the oldest buildings in this corner of Finnish Lapland.

Torassieppi is located on the banks of Lake Torasjärvi on the edge of the Pallas Yllas National Park. In 2013, our friends at Harriniva took over the management of Torassieppi and we are thrilled that we can now offer our guests the chance to stay in this stunning location and experience all that it has to offer. The accommodtion here is in cosy cottages, which offer guests their own home from home and space in which to relax.

Torassieppi is able to offer the range of activities provided by its sister accommodation, Harriniva, which means that guests have access to some of the best Arctic experiences in Lapland. The reindeer herding heritage remains one of the main attractions and guests can enjoy the museum here, which documents a unique way of life and how the community has adapted to the modern world. Of course you can see reindeer up close (you often see them whilst on activities in this area) and you can get to grips with some of the traditional herding techniques such as lassooing. You can also enjoy a reindeer-pulled sleigh safari through this pristine landscape. It is hard to imagine that there can be a better way to explore the forests, especially during a Northern Lights safari in the eerie silence of the darkness.

Brand new for 2015/16 we are thrilled to offer our guests staying at Torassieppi the opportunity to experience the ultimate in Aurora glamping – the Aurora Dome. The unique and purpose built Aurora Domes are effectively large tent like structures which have been adapted for this remote environment. Situated on the shores of Lake Torassieppi and with a large north facing window, they provide those lucky enough to spend a night in one, a unique vantage point from which to view the Northern Lights.

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Inside they feature a double/twin bed and are decorated with local soft furnishings and wood burning stove. The sauna and toilet facilities are only a short 50 metre walk away. The domes can be included in your holiday or added on as an additional night at the end of your stay.

You can choose to spend the night in a slightly more unique form of accommodation here as every year the Winter Village, which is crafted from snow and ice, provides guests with the chance to spend the night in a snow room. This is one of those experiences that we really feel can put the cherry on top of the cake. We offer this option across all of our accommodation at Jeris, Harriniva and of course Torassieppi, as there are so few places in the world that you can experience the atmosphere of a hotel created entirely from ice and snow. You sleep in Arctic grade sleeping bags, which will keep you well insulated. Worthy of a visit even if you decide you don't fancy a night sleeping on a bed crafted from ice and snow.

But it is also a great place to visit in the summer. Instead of the Northern Lights you can then witness another natural phenomenon - the Midnight Sun. As the sun usually remains visible until midnight, you will have plenty of time for activities or for relaxing. You can enjoy a hike with a husky through the beautiful landscape, depending on the month you can go berry & mushroom picking and prepare a delicious meal or do a relaxing canoeing trip on the Toras Lake.  There is also an opportunity to spend a night in a Lappish Teepee or a hay barn, or as they call it in Finland: heinälato.

Image credit:  Antti Pietikainen

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