Private Lapland tour crafted for you
Have you been on those package holidays before where you stay in a hotel and attend organised tours with a big group of tourists? You eat in a restaurant every day and everything just feels touristy and not authentic. If your answer is yes and you loved it then great! What I am about to offer might not be your thing. If your answer is yes but you would prefer to travel sustainably and have authentic experiences then what I have for you might change the way you want to spend your holidays in the future permanently.
My name is Valtteri Immonen and I will introduce you a new way of spending a holiday with your friends, family or partner. I live in northern Lapland and I organise private holidays for people who are interested in authentic experiences in the nature.
I have crafted a tour called Winter Week Experience for you. It is a private holiday that includes accommodation in an authentic log cabin surrounded by beautiful nature and activities in the nature guided safely by me personally.
And remember, all of these activities are private for you. This way you will get so much more out of the experience. On a normal tour you share your experiences with other guests. Many times this means waiting in lines, tight schedules and tourists ruining your experience of seeing the Northern lights first time in your life with their camera flashes. I guarantee you that the value on this private holiday is better.
Why book a private tour?
A private tour is about you and no one else. On a normal tour there are usually a lot of people sharing the experience. This means that there cannot be changes in the schedules or in the program because the guide has to take so many interests into consideration. On a private tour this is not a problem. Its between you and your guide.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic it is also safer to choose a private tour instead of a group package. Read more about our safety measures due to the Coronavirus.
On a private tour its very easy for us to make changes to our schedule if needed. For example if we have scheduled a Northern Lights tour on Friday and the weather forecast says it is snowing then we can do it on another night instead. On a regular tour this is not usually possible.
Travelling with children
If you are travelling with small children it can be very challenging to get them moving on time and do certain stuff. I know this since I have one of those as well. With a small private group we don’t have to worry about ruining the experience for other people because our kids are being difficult.
Everything below are included in the Winter week experience tour. All the activities are private so there will not be other participants except you and your party.
The activities mentioned below are all low-level activities: easily approachable and suited for both the young and the old. Some require physical effort, but not too much. All the activities include transportations, lunch and a professional wilderness guide.
Private Husky Safari
8km Private husky safari with two persons in one sled
Night of the Northern Lights
Campfire evening with the Northern lights and pancakes
A day with traditional Finnish winter fishing
Local villages tour
Tour in three different villages in Lapland
Snowshoeing on the magical Pallas fells in the National Park with lunch prepared on open fire
Log Cabin Accommodation
Accommodation for 5 nights in a log cabin with a sauna and a fireplace
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What others think?
True wilderness experience away from madding crowd with a guide who really knows his stuff
We wanted to experience the beauty of wild Finland like explorers, on our own as far as possible and definitely no tour groups.
Our guide Valtteri found us a chalet hut owned by a local in the middle of the woods to stay in with a roaring log fire out in the sticks. He took us on a whiteout hill climb in snow shoes safely above the tree line to the summit and safely back down again. We were the only 3 people on the slopes. He pointed out animal tracks, birds and the silhouettes of reindeer that we would otherwise have missed.
He took us ice fishing on a frozen lake, dragging our equipment on a sledge with reindeer hide through virgin forest snow, made a fire on the lake and let us dig our own ice holes and fish, explaining the best techniques, whilst bringing us hot coffee. He regaled us with his knowledge of nature, animals and stars.
He cooked for us in a Finnish Kota, brought reindeer soup he had made himself at home, and took us off piste on a fast paced snow mobile trek to the top of a mountain with magical views and husky sledging, ensuring that we met the dogs, whom he knew personally and by name.
On New Year’s Eve he took us to meet two Finnish couples and we celebrated the New Year eating pancakes round a roaring fire with locals watching the northern lights. And the day before we left he invited us to his home to meet his wife and young son, he cooked salmon for us in his own smoker – a lovely, personal touch.
Nothing was too much trouble and we enjoyed both his engaging warm personality and professional expertise. We had an unforgettable taste of real Finland, not the typical tourist chocolate box experience, but a wild natural time with in a stunning landscape that can be ruthless if you don’t have an experienced guide like Valtteri on board who knows his onions and can push the envelope in this environment yet ensure you are totally safe. We enjoyed it so much we shall be returning, in summer this time for whitewater rafting and canoeing and there is only one person in Muonio for us!
Everything worked like clockwork, amazing experience
Went on a canoeing trip with a group of friends, organised by Wildmaker Lapland. 3 days and 2 nights of canoeing, experiencing lapland and beautiful sceneries and rivers. Everything was well organised by our guide and the schedule made for us worked as planned. No hiccups whatsoever!
Thank you again for this amazing experience!
– Topi Vainio
Our week in Lapland
Amazing week in Lapland made unforgettable by Valtteri. His knowledge and skill allowed us to experience this magnificent landscape close up and not to feel like a tourist. Knowing he lives with his young wife and son here all year round means every penny we spent was going to support them and the local community.
– Kelvin J.
I had an incredible guided hiking trip with Wildmaker Lapland. Valtteri is a very experienced wilderness guide and I truly enjoyed his company. One of the best experiences in my life:)
A very well organized canoe trip, guide was excellent
Had a great time in Muonio on a canoe trip. Valtteri from Wildmaker was an excellent guide, friendly, patient and the directions were easy to follow.
Weather was great and the route was easy to paddle, even though I was quite a novice. Spotted some reindeers and swans along the way. Highly recommended!
– Joona Mäkinen
Because it is a private tour there is only a very limited number of spots. Make sure to book fast to reserve your holiday.
Meet the guy behind the wheel
Have you ever experienced true silence in your life? I had not. Not before I came to Lapland. It was middle of the winter, and I was cross country skiing in a frozen forest. Suddenly, I realized something. It was completely quiet and calm. There was no sound whatsoever.
Everything was covered in snow and moonlight was reflecting from it. There was no need for a torch. And just then, the most amazing northern lights started dancing on the night sky.
It was such a powerful moment that I decided to stay. I settled in Lapland and made it my job to give other people similar amazing experiences in the nature.
For years I worked as a guide in many parts of Lapland, learning about what makes for a great holiday in the arctic. Finally, I decided to combine the best bits of what I learned and founded Wildmaker.
That’s why my tour includes all the essentials – accommodation in a log cabin, transportation and activities, all in one package. I always take maximum of five (5) guests at a time to ensure a more personal and engaging experience. The tour is private so there will not be other guests than you and your party.
If you have any questions about the tour or Lapland you can always send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call +358440704883 or send me a WhatsApp to that same number and I will personally answer to your questions