Santa Claus Reindeer Oy and its two subcompanies, Mrs. Santa Claus Christmas Cottage and Lapland Restaurant Kotahovi, are participating in a program called Sustainable Travel Finland. This program supports Finnish travel companies to become more sustainable and ecological, thus advancing the development of sustainable tourism in Finland. The steps of the program help the company to improve their functions gradually.
We started the program in the spring 2020. Committing to the values and goals of the program was easy: we don’t only want to be ecological, but also to preserve and revive the Lappish cultural heritage. This is why our main objectives are to increase the use of local and seasonal ingredients in our restaurants, and to become more energy efficient in all our operations, such as cooking, recycling, water consumption, heating and electricity usage.
Sustainability has been taken into account also in constructing all our buildings, which are built using materials such as local timber, cellulose and plant based materials.
Sustainable tourism is not only about being ecological: we want to preserve the local culture and traditions as well. Therefore we aim to preserve and revive the reindeer herding tradition, Lappish food culture and other Lappish cultural heritage.