We continue with our series of posts presenting the team at Lapland Safaris. Today is Ville’s turn, who changed the hurry of Helsinki, capital of Finland, for the quiteness and pureness of Saariselkä, in the heart of Lapland. As he says, working with people from different countries is very rewarding, as you learn from each other.
Name: Ville Kaipanen
Q: Where are you from and how did you end up in Lapland?
A: I’m originally from Helsinki. I came to Saariselkä about four years ago to work as a trainee and have stayed here ever since.
Q: How long have you been working for Lapland Safaris?
A: This is now my third year at Lapland Safaris.
Q: Tell us something about your work, what have you done and what do you do?
A: After working for ten years in the security business, I wanted to do something out of the ordinary. That’s when started my studies to become a wilderness guide. I already started to work in Lapland Safaris during my studies.
My main task in Lapland Safaris is guiding snowmobile safaris for all kind of groups, whether they are just a family or bigger leisure or incentive groups. When working with guests from all over the world we all learn new things from each othe, and have good time together. That is rewarding to me. I love to work outdoors and in the beautiful Lappish nature it is great to work as well as relax on the days off.
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Q: From the production of Lapland Safaris, what is your favorite?
A: I really like snowmobiling and it is the best activity in my opinion. I have has lots of great experiences but probably the ultimate was the 10 days snowmobile safari with a small group across Lapland.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I like all kinds of outdoor activities but in the summer fly fishing is my number 1. Whenever it is possible I try to travel and go fly fishing. My hobbies in the winter time are snowmobiling, ice fishing and hunting.