“Everything here is new and ready to receive guests”
Located by Lake Perunkajärvi, basking in Arctic romance, Sirmakko Forest Manor has no problem melting the hearts of its visitors – despite the fact that construction work for the Kota Restaurant and Sirmakko Reindeer Farm last Christmas took a little bit longer than planned. Visitors yearning to be in the heart of Lapland’s nature were eager to experience the new additions, but were very patient.
“Everything here is new and ready to receive guests. We are bustling with plenty of positive energy, and we can expect to be rather busy at least until Easter. It feels really great to be able to offer these new premises for our guests. After the enormous construction project, everyday work feels rather relaxing”, chuckles Hanna Ruismäki, who runs and owns the business with her husband.
People may have different opinions on what they find relaxing. Sirmakko is flooded with enquiries and there seem to be guests for every day of the winter season. The booking list for the next Christmas season is quickly filling up and many company Christmas parties have already been confirmed – and it’s only spring!
“People are just as excited about seeing reindeer as they are about experiencing the Northern Lights”
Reindeer with Northern Lights – or the other way around?
Established in 2002, this family-run business has two great attractions above all: its own reindeer farm and the Northern Lights glowing in the skies above. The Ruismäki couple continue the reindeer husbandry tradition, already in its sixth generation providing ecological and ethical local food.
Visitors will get a taste of reindeer and the reindeer herding culture with holistic reindeer sleigh ride adventures and dining in the traditional Lappish Kota Restaurant. And, with a bit of luck, diners savouring the delicious reindeer meals will be given a colourful performance by the wondrous Northern Lights.
“People are just as excited about seeing reindeer as they are about experiencing the Northern Lights. Our evening programme includes the extremely popular Northern Lights Dinner. There is a high possibility of experiencing the Northern Lights, as we are located in the heart of the forest, far from the light and noise pollution of the town”, Hanna tells.
All roads lead to Sirmakko
It’s true that the Sirmakko Reindeer Farm and Kota Restaurant are located in Lapland’s wilderness, where the only noise is made by the Arctic wind, enhanced with views of the Northern Lights, starry skies, and shimmering shades reflected off the Forest Manor buildings. However, you shouldn’t let Lapland’s distances fool you: the destination is only half an hour’s drive from Rovaniemi. The majority of visitors discover a variety of safaris at Sirmakko, such as via snowmobile safaris organised by tour operators.
“The start of the year and early spring are a little different to the mass tourism experienced during the Christmas season. Snowmobile safaris are very popular at this time. For many snowmobile groups, we are their first pit-stop located at a suitable distance, a place for taking a break. For example, the popular Northern Lights Snowmobile Route travels right by us”, reindeer farm owner Sami Ruismäki reveals.
If the activities at Sirmakko had to be described using only one word, it would definitely be authenticity. Authenticity is what it is all about. As Sirmakko provides authentic, once-in-a-lifetime Lapland experiences, this Perunkajärvi destination is visited from people from many different continents and regions, even from China, Indonesia and India. There is a wide range of nationalities visiting Sirmakko. All are warmly welcome and all roads lead to Sirmakko.
Booking and more information: www.sirmakko.fi
“Reindeer all have their own personalities”, says reindeer herder Sami Ruismäki as he got the sleigh-pulling reindeer bulls of his new reindeer farm moving. This is also a new route for the reindeer, just like everything else at the Sirmakko Reindeer Farm. We went to test their new flagship activity, Day at the Sirmakko Reindeer Farm.
Translation: Arctic Language Company