Pihka Outdoors - Ylläs

Adventures in Finnish Lapland

We take you in the middle of amazing landscapes, pure streams of water and immense silence - all year round!
We offer completely personalized tours and work only with small private groups to guarantee the best experience. We also rent equipment for your self-guided adventures.
Come explore Lapland with us! We are situated in Ylläs, Finland, near Kittilä airport and Kolari train station.

Winter activities in lapland

The picture perfect winter

Winter in Lapland is extreme but enchanting – it gets extremely cold and the sun doesn’t show up for over a month. But winter is the time for all the fun: skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing - you name it. The sky is amazing with the constantly changing colours and on a clear night the dancing Northern Lights will blow your mind.
Summer adventures in Lapland under the midnight sun

Never-ending days of summer

Summertime in Lapland is another extreme – the sun never goes down!
You can go hiking in the middle of the night if you want to. The arctic nature blooms and rivers run free. Breathe the cleanest air in the world and drink water from any stream.
Pure and peaceful!
Tailored adventures hiking with baby in lapland

Your tailored adventure

Tell us what your dream holiday in Lapland looks like - we'll make it happen! 
Always wanted to go on a hike in the wilderness? Learn wilderness skills? Glide on the untouched snow through the forest and have a coffee by the fire at a secret cabin? Climb on top of a fell with snowshoes? Let's go!
All tours will be tailored for small private groups to ensure an exclusive and authentic experience with personal guidance.

The Pihka Concept

We love the Finnish outdoors and this reflects on what we do at Pihka Outdoors. Staring at the always changing flames of the bonfire, skiing in the purest air you can find, relaxing and unwinding in the immense silence on Lapland, following your own tracks on snowshoes.. Breathing in - breathing out. Simply creating the most amazing memories of your life.

Our main value is to offer personalized experiences in small private groups. With us you will not go out on adventures in tourist buses or on busy tracks. We work together with the nature, respecting all of its incredible ways - always in awe of all its amazing aspects.

Our home is in Ylläs - in the middle of the seven fells, near Kittilä airport and Kolari train station. From here we enjoy the whole of Lapland as our playground. 

coffee by open fire in lapland

We are Pihka Outdoors

Pihka Outdoors is owned by our little family. We, the founders Minttu Heimovirta and Joona Kivinen, were once mesmerized by Lapland. Far above the Arctic Circle, here in Ylläs, we felt at peace - and we stayed.

Joona is a true wilderness survival guru, who loves adventures in the most extreme conditions. He looks for ways to feel the powers of nature. He usually follows his own paths and takes a break by open fire whenever possible. His favourite season is Autumn, with its crispy mornings - mosquito free! Joona is a very good musician, if you ask nicely he might bring his banjo along!

Minttu is biologist, journalist and tv-presenter. For her, nature is the place of creativity, in the middle of all the stories. She is mostly interested in the behaviour of plants and animals in forests and fells - who is doing what and why. Minttu will happily share these stories with you and you will go home amazed! Her favourite season is late Spring, when the days are already longer, it's not super cold anymore, but there is still lots of snow to play around with.

Come for an adventure with us!

Our consept
Our consept

Meaning of Pihka?

Pihka is Finnish and means the resin of coniferous trees, such as pine and spruce. You know, the sticky stuff. It actually has superpowers – antimicrobial pihka protects trees from hazardous bugs and disease. Like a helping band-aid!