PHILOSOPHY & TEAM

We love the Arctic.
We want to share this passion with you.

Guiding groups through Arctic wilderness is a life-style for us, far from "just another job". We find peace of mind in these forests and hills - and we love to share this experience. On our tours we follow these principles. (Click on titles below to read more).

Genuine nature experience

Our tours are non-motorised. We spend six days with snow-shoes, skis, huskies and reindeer. As we trek in the national park, very often on our tours we don't see other people for days.

Silence

We take at most six people in our groups. This ensures that you can concentrate on the nature with no distraction. And on the most precious gem of Lapland: total silence.

Heart (not hard) winter

The "Silence and Nature" tours take place mainly in January and February. We call this period Sydäntalvi or the "heart winter". In these months the Arctic winter gives its very best! Skies are painted with pastel colors, trees are packed with snow and the probability is the highest that we see Northern Lights.

Spirit of adventure

There will be something awesome and new for each of you. That's a promise.

Comfort and tradition

The adventures in the wilderness are balanced by the comfort of bathing in the saunas and hot water tubs of a lodge spa, by nights in traditional-style but fully equipped log cottages and by cozy moments by warm fire places.

Local tastes

We will serve you some of the finest local specialties - prepared using traditional methods. Ingredients are key - when ever possible we use local and organic products. The fish comes from our chrystal-clear Arctic lakes!

Safety

There is a safety plan for each tour. Our team members have passed the level 1 and 2 of the first aid course of the Red Cross, an examination on hygienic handling of food and an examination on tour safety. We will provide you with high-quality warm clothing from toe to top to ensure you a comfotable experience.

Sustainability

The nature in the arctic is pristine and extremely fragile. We take care not to leave trash behind us in the wilderness. Where possible, we use local products for the food. We use only non-motorised means while in the wilderness.

Our tours revitalize you!


 
 

Team

Tuomas Rautanen

Founder of White Adventure, Tuomas is a passionate winter trekker who has explored Finnish and Swedish Lapland for years on ski expeditions, multi-day husky tours and flying on glider planes (yes, in winter time, taking off from a frozen lake!). Originally from Eastern Finland, Tuomas studied economics in Helsinki after which he worked for eight years at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, the EU Parliament in Brussels and an environmental finance consultancy in Zürich. He then decided to move back home and follow a passion for Arctic nature and adventures and completed the Wilderness Guide Course in Muonio, Lapland in 2013. Since then he has been welcoming White Adventure groups in Finnish Lapland.

Certified Arctic wilderness guide, Certified wilderness cook, first aid skills levels 1&2 (Certified by the Finnish Red Cross). English, French, German, Finnish languages.

Anna-Leena Nordberg

Anna-Leena is a wilderness guide and drama and theatre instructor. She comes from Kolari, Lapland, where she spent her childhood. After her studies in Western Finland, Anna-Leena came back to Lapland to enjoy the unique eight seasons of the region. Anna-Leena lives all year round in Lapland. She is passionate about picking local wild berries and herbs and using these for cooking and jams. She loves also photographing - even when temperatures sink down to -40 degrees! Anna-Leena works also as a teamwork coach, see her website (in Finnish only).

Anna-Leena guides some of the Silence and Nature tours.

Certified Arctic Wilderness Guide, certified wilderness cook, first aid skills levels 1&2 (Certified by the Finnish Red Cross). English, Finnish and Swedish languages.

Johanna Mikkola

johanna.jpg

Johanna was born in Southern Finland but was always fascinated by the far North. After a few trips on horseback in the wilderness of Alaska she realized taking people into the nature is what she wants to do. Thus she studied on Spitsbergen (Svalbard) and graduated as an Arctic Nature Guide in 2014. Missing forests and her native culture she decided to move to Lapland. Nowadays Johanna can not come up with a good reason to move South of the Polar Circle. She also has two Arctic dogs - loyal companions who often joins the tours that she guides for White Adventure.

Johanna guides Silence and Nature tours and the ski expeditions. Have a look at her website.

Certified Arctic Nature Guide, first aid skills in the Arctic (certified by the Norwegian Red Cross). English, Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian languages.


Location

On our tours we move in various places over the week. The base of our tours is an authentic chalet 4 km from the village of Levi, some 150 km North of the Polar Circle (see picture and pin on map below). The chalet is in the middle of the forest and nearby there is just another cottage - otherwise just forest. Close to the chalet there is a tepee where we will sit by an open fire and enjoy dinner on the first evening. In two minutes with snow-shoes you can reach a frozen swamp from where it's easy to watch the sky and stars and try to spot Northern lights. During the five tours days we will explore the vast lands North of our chalet, in the Pallas-Ylläs national park and neaby wilderness.

 

Our chalet, close to the village of Levi, near Kittilä.

Questions and Answers

Click on the questions to see the answers.

What makes your tours different?

You probably come only once to Lapland. You should think what you want to experience in Lapland and see carefully if the the tours offered to you correspond to your expectations.

What makes us different from most other tours in Lapland are the following:

1) We take at most six people per week on our tours. We run a small family business and we want to keep our operation small, cosy and personal.

2) Our base (our chalets) are located far away from the hassle of the touristic villages. There is only one other house close to our chalet, otherwise it's only forest and nature around you. In most village centres there are also lots of lights and as a result you will see Northern lights only if they happen to be very intense. From our place you can see even the weakest Northern lights!

3) Hardly any other people around. Often during the 3-day snow-shoe trek and during the husky safari, we don't see any other people during those days. Our tours are genuine nature exploration. Arctic nature peace and adventure!

4) Off the beaten track. On the snow-shoe days we venture off the beaten tracks, to a remote area of the national park.

5) Finnish guides: in order to give you an authentic experience, all our guides come from Finland. They will be able to tell you stories of their childhood in Finland and about the Finnish society, based on their own experience. Our guides are fluent in English and all of them have guided our tours for many years already.

I'm cold already in October in Paris. How do you imagine I could survive a week in Lapland?

Each season we have guests who have precisely this same concern. Nevertheless, they decide to come. And so far none have regretted - even with temperatures dropping below minus 25 degrees. We provide you with a full Arctic outdoors equipment for the "Silence and Nature" tour. From head to toe. If we are outside, we are moving. If we don't move, we are inside in warm places.

Many of our past guests have written in our guestbook about how they experience the cold. Read more here.

Will I see the Northern Lights (Aurora)?

The area of both tours (Pallas-Ylläs national park) was listed by CNN among the top-11 places in the world to see Northern Lights. Whether you will see Northern lights will depend on two things: first, the sky needs to be clear of clouds. Second, there needs to be auroral activity in the sky. We obviously cannot guarantee either but on every evening that the sky is clear, we just need to remain very vigilant. We also make use of the latest technologies to get Northern lights alarms not to miss the moments when the sky gets painted.

Tuomas, Johanna and Ansku are all passionate hobby photographers and can give you instructions on how to take pictures of the Northern lights (mainly possible only with cameras with manual exposure settings).

How do I get to your place?

The base of the tours, our two private chalets are 5 km North of the village of Levi. They are in the middle of the forest, far from the fuzz and lights of the village.

To reach us, the easiest is to take a flight to the airport of Kittilä. It's just 20 km away from our chalets. Most people fly via Helsinki (capital of Finland) but there are some direct connections to Kittilä e.g. from Munich, Paris, Zürich, Düsseldorf. You can find regular flights to Kittilä with Finnair.fi, Norwegian.com or Lufthansa.com. We will pick you up from the Kittilä airport for free.

For a more environmentally friendly option, you can take an overnight train from Helsinki to Kolari (70 km from our chalets). There is a local bus from Kolari to the village of Levi close to our place.

If you plan to join our tour, we will give you more precise instructions.

How fit do I need to be?

Silence and Nature tour: This tour is accessible to anyone enjoying outdoors activities. You need to be in a physical shape which enables you to make daily treks of 7-10 km in summer conditions (without backpack).

Expedition tour: The expedition tour is physically more demanding than the Silence and Nature tour. If you plan to join the Expedition tour, please get in touch with us and we'll send you more details about the physical requirements.

[Silence and Nature tour] Two nights in a wilderness cabin... what does that mean?

During the "Silence and Nature" tour we'll spend two nights in a wilderness cabin. The log cabin is heated with an wood-burning oven. Usually we need to be careful not to over-heat the cabin rather than being concerned about cold. We cook on a gas stove and in the evenings we rely on candle light because there is no electricity.

Each of you will have your own bed but there are no private bedrooms. Every evening you can wash yourself in a wood-heated sauna where we will have plenty of warm water. The night following this wilderness adventure you will be sleeping again in fully equipped chalets with double rooms, shower, running water and electricity.

[Silence and Nature tour] What do we eat during the tour?

Nature & Silence Tour: We will serve traditional specialties prepared from excellent and where possible local ingredients. Lunches are often prepared on an open fire. We can adapt the meals to most special diets or allergies. Many of our past customers have written about the food in their guestbook entries.

We're only two people. Can we join a tour?

Yes you can. You can either join another group (we take at most six people per group).

We can also organise a private tour only for the two of you (or however many people you are). On a private tour the price per person is higher than if you join one of our open groups.