Petting zoos

Meet huskies, reindeer, Icelandic horses and local birds

Encountering a friendly husky dog, a reindeer munching lichen or an adorable fluffy Icelandic horse is often a vacation highlight for children. If your kids are a bit older, bear or bird watching might be the perfect adventure.

In petting zoos and husky and reindeer farms, children get used to interacting with animals in a gentle and respectful manner, while also learning about the animals. 

Huskies and reindeer along Rudolf Adventure Route during winter

The easiest way to meet huskies and reindeer is by skiing or snowboarding on Rudolf Adventure Route. Adventure Route can be accessed by foot from Vuosseli area along Ahonlaita Slope. Our Fun & Games on the Slopes programme includes feeding reindeer on Adventure Route on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 16-17. 

Husky sleigh ride for the entire family

With smaller children, a sleigh ride on a shorter route is a chance to find out what it’s like and also experience the thrill of speed. If you get really lucky, the husky farm might also have puppies to pet!

A gentle reindeer sleigh ride and feeding the reindeer

At a reindeer farm, you can enjoy a slower-paced sleigh ride pulled by reindeer. In the reindeer enclosure, children also have the opportunity to feed the reindeer lichen, following the instructions of the reindeer host.

Lovely horseback riding and sleigh rides

Children who are beginner riders can also enjoy horseback riding with Icelandic horses. The youngest in the family can enjoy riding on a lead line or unforgettable sleigh rides with Finnhorses.

Bear watching – thrilling but safe

Children are also welcome on bear watching excursions if they can remain quiet in the watchtower and stay up until midnight.

When booking a bear watching trip, remember to check if snacks are included in the adventure and what kind of food is suitable on the trip.

Bird watching with the whole family

Many children hope to meet a Siberian jay on their vacation, and it is easy to make that come true on the most popular hiking trails in Oulanka National Park, Kiutaköngäs and Pieni Karhunkierros Trail, as well as on the Riisin rietas Trail on Riisitunturi fell and the Sinipyrstön pyrähdys Trail leading on top of Konttainen fell.

Petting zoos and encounters with arctic animals:

Adventure Apes

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Karhu-Kuusamo

Bear Kuusamo

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House of Northern Senses, talvimaisemia

House of Northern Senses

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Kainuun Luontoretket vie melomaan Hossan upeisiin maisemiin

Kainuun Luontoretket

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Korpikahvila

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Kujalan Porotila

Kujalan Porotila Reindeer Farm

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Kuusamo-opisto

Kuusamo College

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Kuusamon Lintumatkailu

Kuusamo Nature Photography

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Sähköpyöräsafari Kuusamo Safariksen matkassa

Kuusamo Safaris

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Lammintupa Winter Village

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Koskenlaskua Kuusamossa

Northern Lights Expedition

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Northernlight Safaries Yamaha rental

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Palosaaren Poro- ja kalastustila

Palosaari Reindeer and Fishing Farm

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Porotila Orjasniemi & Kuontivaaran latukahvila

Reindeer Farm & Ski Trail Cafe Kuontivaara

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Ruka Adventures

Ruka Adventures

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Ruka Husky

Ruka Husky

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Koskenlasku

Ruka Safaris

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Ruka Trek & Hard Trek Café

Ruka Trek & Hard Trek Café

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Rukapalvelu vie sinut moottorikelkkailemaan Kuusamon maisemiin

Rukapalvelu | Tailored Adventures

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Ruska Laukka Stables

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Salonki Travels

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Wanha Raatesalmi

Wanha Raatesalmi

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