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Come to our beautiful place and help us take care of the horses and reindeers in Inari, Finland

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  • Last activity: 7 Jun 2024



 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks



  • Description


    Hei! I am a reindeer herding Sámi living in Karasjok, Norway and Inari, Finland. I work as a veterinarian as well. I have my own private practice, which gives me a certain freedom. I grew up in reindeer herding family and these extra ordinary animals are a huge part of my life. During the winter time, we have to take extra care of our reindeer. Some of the animals are taken home for special care. I also have riding horses that I love to spend my with.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    While at your stay, you will learn about the life of reindeer herding Sámi. We are the only indigenous nation in Europe. You will get to know to these extra ordinary animals of ours. Each animal is an individual. The tame ones have also names. We have also male reindeer, that are able to pull sledges.

  • Help


    I am looking for a person, who already has experience to work with animals and horses to help around at our home. I don't have business activity, but I need help in our private daily life.


    -driver's licence
    -preferably some experience with animals
    -flexible and compliant person, with a good sense of humour
    -independent and self-initiated personality
    -to be able to work alone and in a team
    -good health and physical condition
    -good communications skills
    -good knowledge of english (or finnish, norwegian, swedish, if you are not fluent in english)

    Either You would need to take care of the horses in Karasjok, Norway or our reindeer in Inari, Finland.

    If taking care of the horses, it is also possible to ride the horses, if you are an experienced rider. (As an experienced rider, I mean that you need to have very good control of your own body, have a steady mind and good sense of humour. You can't be afraid of the horses nor unsure of yourself, when riding. Both horses can do basic dressage work, jump and they are ok when riding in the forest. The older one is able to do higher level dressage exercises and jump higher fences, if the rider is confident enough. I have a big riding arena, with good surface.)

    Stable work consist of cleaning, taking horses in and out during the colder weather, checking them at least twice daily, changing rugs, filling water buckets, monitoring the health of the horses and treat for example wounds if needed and all other basic maintaince work.

    Depending on the situation and weather, you would need to help to take care of the reindeer. You don't need to have any knowledge of reindeer in advance, because I will teach you all the important things about the reindeer and reindeer husbandry. You need to be able to drive a car during the winter time.

    Daily work with reindeer consist of feeding the animals, monitoring the health of the animals, helping me or some other family member to do basic maintaince work like simply fence reipair, helping with hay, separating the reindeer, treating sick animals etc. I wish that you would be comfortable to treat the sick reindeer by yourself, in case if all the family members are busy. Reindeer are located in Inari, Finland.

    Working hours might vary day to day. Therefore I hope to find someone, who is flexible. I need you to help out at least 5 days a week. Of course you are allowed to have free time as well. Schedules will be discussed with each workawayer individually.

    There is space for 1-2 workawayers.

    Contact me, if you are interested to help me out. Tell me something about yourself, your experience with animals and when you would be able to visit us.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Estonian: Fluent
    Finnish: Fluent
    Sami: Fluent
    Norwegian: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Free accommodation.

    Own room with your own bathroom in our house in Karasjok, Norway.

    Own apartment in Inari, Finland.

    Food is provided free of charge naturally (breakfest, lunch and dinner). There are grocery stores nearby the accommodations, if you want to buy something special for yourself.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I will pick up helpers from the nearest airports like Ivalo, Lakselv, Alta or Kirkenes. If you are travelling by train to the North, I will help you to find the connection transportation. The easiest way to get here is by airplane.

    There is skiing center in Saariselkä (70km away from Inari), if you like to go to skiing or to visit a spa on your free time. Cross country skiing is also possible in both towns. There are Sámi museums in Karasjok and Inari, if you are interested of history and culture. Lots of winter activities are available in both places, if you are interested to see for example huskies.

    If you have anything else on your mind, please contact me. I will discuss about all details with each workawayer.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We can discuss about pets.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Working hours may vary between approx 4-5 hours. 5 days a week, but I would appreciate, if you would be willing to help out when the help is needed during busy season.

Host ref number: 432286638152



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