They ask me why I left New Zealand and moved to this remote village of 140 people on the border of Finland, Sweden and Norway. This is a place where the sun doesn't set for two months in summer - the mid-winter polar night lasts the same. Within 100 miles we have the Norwegian mountains and crystal-clear fjords, high arctic tundra, the city of Tromso and six nature conservation areas. We have northern lights, wilderness trekking routes from easy after-work trips to demanding mountain trails. We have huskies, snowmobiling, and reindeers. This is where I live, play and work. And I welcome you to join us!
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Above Arctic Circle; Rovaniemi and North-West Finland and Northern Norway. We like to keep you active, so even if you are on a road trip with us, we include at least short nature walks to the programme. Our focus is the nature and all the fun you can do there, whether you like day walks or want us to take you on a three-country Nordic ski trip into the wilderness. We know that visiting the famous cities is important, but otherwise we like to keep you off the busiest destinations and show you the Finland and Norway we love. Whenever possible, we work with small local companies, where we know the owners and who share our values of fun and respect.
As a bonus on our trips, you have a professional photographer as your guide, so you can be sure to see the most photogenic locations, not only the ones famous from social media.
How did you get involved in travel?
"I started travelling after finishing my outdoor instructor studies in New Zealand. I worked in the outdoor industry and travelled in Asia and Europe, finally ending up in Finland for the second time in 2011. That was when I really fell in love with the country, especially Lapland. I also met Elina, my now wife, and never really thought about living elsewhere. My two first seasons in Lapland I worked with other companies, gaining knowledge of the arctic winter conditions.
In 2012, I started my company, and ever since, I have been running custom tours in Finnish Lapland and Northern Norway. One of the most surprising adventures with my company was when I was asked to be the face of a large international Finnish Lapland marketing campaign. My photography and my passion for the outdoors has inspired many.
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Elina took me to the family cabin for the first time in our first summer road trip together. This tiny log cabin stands alone by a big lake, surrounded by thick forests of tall trees, large marshlands and total silence. There is no electricity or running water. The simplicity of everything was astonishing. To light the fire in the sauna, carry the water from the lake, take a swim under the midnight sun. I learned the Finnish meditation – staring over the lake, listening to the sounds of the forest. Disturbed only by the army of mosquitos.
I am not much of a "sit still and just breath" person, I am the buzz and adventure of our company and family. However, the Finnish forest has taught me the wonder of silence. I have learned to appreciate the slow pace, just sitting and taking in the amazing landscapes wherever I travel. I still prefer the movement, fun and adventure, but spiced with some quiet moments.
Featured trips & expertise
Outdoorsy travelers and snow-lovers rejoice: this Lapland winter tour was crafted with you in mind. Spend five days on snowshoes and skis, making your way across a winter wonderland that spans both Finland and Norway. Explore Norwegian fjords and arctic tundra - and keep an eye on the snow for wolverine and lynx prints.
Designed for avid hikers seeking a route truly less-traveled, this stunning three-country trek crosses the fabled Land of Giants as it winds through Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Overnight in picturesque, well-equipped mountain cabins, spend your days ambling through untouched wilderness, and let go of the stress of modern life for a week of true digital detox.
Explore the famous Lyngenfjord region during the enchanting Arctic summer. From glaciers and stunning waterfalls to walks along the Arctic Sea, each scene is more breathtakingly beautiful than the next. And no need to worry about making it back home before dark: at this latitude, the summer sun never sets.
From dog sledding to snowshoeing, this adventure above the Arctic Circle covers all the winter activities the region has to offer. With a private guide behind the wheel, there's no need to worry about icy roads and reindeer crossings - just sit back, relax, and enjoy the hidden gems of the polar north.
Welcome to Lapland! With four days in Rovaniemi, there's so much you can see and do. Visit Rudolph and the elves at Santa Claus Village, catch the Northern Lights, and sled with Huskies through a silent forest. Add on two more days for an optional excursion to the icy wonderland of Kemi.
This 10-day itinerary will take you on a variety of hiking trails in northern Norway and parts of Finland, traversing lush valleys and craggy mountain peaks, wide expanses of tundra and clear glacial rivers. Tackle 5 to 12 miles a day off the beaten path, and immerse yourself in the crisp natural landscapes of the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Recent trip reviews for Gareth
Trip to norway, Norway - Aug 12 - Aug 12, 2019
It was sublime. Well organized, varied and very personalized. We loved all of it.