The lake Kitkajärvi has long been an important source of Wild Food. This fresh water lake is home to a wise little vendace, locally known as Kitkan Viisas (The Sage of Lake Kitkajärvi). The story goes that during the days of the Russian Revolution, people from Kuusamo area moved to Russia to take part in building the socialist ideal state. This vendace was smart enough not to go, even if it could have swum the eastbound rivers across the border. Hence the little fellow was named The Sage of Lake Kitkajärvi.
People in Kuusamo area have farmed reindeer for their livelihood for ages. This magnificent creature can only be seen in Northern parts of Finland. Reindeer live freely in our nature and they can be seen in herds of up to 500 individuals. Did you know that they have 4 stomachs?
Reindeer’s meat is proven to be very healthy by some recent studies and it is absolutely delicious. One of the most traditional Finnish dishes is sautéd reindeer, which is on the menus of most of the WFKL’s restaurants. You should also try dried reindeer meat, which can be found from the shelves of WFKL’s retailers.
Did you know that world’s most famous reindeer is Rudolf the red-nosed Reindeer, the loyal helper of Santa Claus!
Northern Finland is the largest area in the world for organic forest production. A forest is organic if all fertilizers and pesticides used in the growing process are organic too. In 2015 99% of our forests were certified as organic, which means that our natural berries, mushrooms and herbs are also organic!
One great way to experience Wild Food Kuusamo Lapland is to go camping in the woods of Kuusamo with family and friends: pick some berries, swim in a lake, enjoy Wild Food around a campfire and sleep under the Midnight Sun. There's a section in Finnish legislation called "The Everyman’s Right" that gives everyone the right to do all this free of charge! Just remember to respect nature, other people and private property.
To check the full list of Everyman’s rights and responsibilities, click here: http://www.nationalparks.fi/hikinginfinland/rightsandregulations