EXPLORE RURAL LAPLAND WITH LAPLAND SHEPHERD HOLIDAYS
LAPLAND SHEPHERD HOLIDAYS
Spend a few summery days at an authentic Lappish village herding animals and doing traditional farm chores!
Recharge your batteries in the warmth and solitude of Lapland's nightless nights, or enjoy a bit of work and experience an active countryside lifestyle with local people and furry friends.
Lapland Sherpherd Holidays are responsible travel at its best - for the benefit of the local community, natural diversity and cultural heritage!
Each of our unique destinations offers unforgettable experiences in an idyllic environment, all located in authentic rural villages of Finnish Lapland
WHAT EXACTLY IS A SHEPHERD HOLIDAY?
A shepherd holiday is a relaxing summer week you can spend at an authentic Lappish village, herding farm animals and learning about life on the countryside. A Shepherd Holiday will always be just as you want it to be - whether you want to relax and enjoy the silence and solitude of the nightless nights or break a sweat and live like a local, it's up to you!
Participating in a Shepherd Holiday means traveling responsibly in Lapland. You will get to experience authentic rural Lapland, meet warm-hearted hosts and get familiar with life on the countryside, all while enabling livelihood and vitality in rural areas and learning about nature's diversity.
HOW IS A SHEPHERD HOLIDAY A SUSTAINABLE CHOICE?
By choosing to travel outside of the tourism centers of Lapland, you are helping to minimize the negative impact of mass tourism in this delicate area.
Shepherd Holidays are built around the existing infrastructure of Lappish villages - we have built nothing new. These picturesque villages already have everything you need for an adventure of a lifetime, so why should we?
All the income from Shepherd Holidays goes directly to the service providers, ie the individual farmers and villages of Lapland.
Traveling responsibly is also about learning, and on a Shepherd Holiday you will learn all about Lapland's unique nature, biotopes and how grazing animals help care for the environment!
HOW TO BOOK?
All the bookings are made directly with the destination you are interested in. Book your holiday by contacting the farm's contact person – you can find the contact details for each destination here. Lapland Shepherd Holidays is a shared effort of multiple small businesses in rural Lapland and all the revenue goes directly to the farm or village. This is why there is no common booking system. This also enables flexibility to tailor each shepherd holiday experience according to your wishes.
WHERE ARE THE DESTINATIONS LOCATED?
At the moment the Lapland Shepherd Holiday destinations are located in three villages in the Lappish countryside: in Viirinkylä, Loue and Simo! Altogether there are four destinations, as two different farms in Loue are offering Shepherd Holidays. All the destinations are located within approximately two-hour driving distance from Rovaniemi.
WHO ARE THE LAPLAND SHEPHERD HOLIDAYS SUITABLE FOR?
For the whole family! A shepherd holiday is perfect for spending quiet time alone in nature as well as for action seekers – you decide! You can book a holiday for your whole family, a group of friends, with your spouse or solo. Previous experience on farm work or even good physical health is not required. We are continuously working towards better accessibility at the destinations.
IS IT CHILD-FRIENDLY?
Absolutely! The Lapland Shepherd Holidays are designed to offer unique experiences for all visitors regardless of age. Children get to see and learn about life in the countryside, food production and agriculture, as well as gain lasting memories with cuddly farm animals!