Rustic Arctic Farm
This rustic Arctic farm filming location will transport your viewers back to a simpler time with its gray log buildings and surrounding forest.
Not far from the town of Ranua lies the Hervanvaara farm, complete with several log buildings and access to nearby wilderness. In summer, this idyllic farm allows filmmakers to step into the past, to an era before electricity* or running water. The farm’s buildings are all wooden, unpainted and grayed with age but still well-maintained. In summer, this could be a traditional farmhouse almost anywhere in northern Europe.
In winter, however, the farmhouse is transformed as heavy snow blankets the buildings and crowns the trees of the surrounding forest in white fluff. An added bonus: the snow helps cover up pesky anachronisms that might be hiding in the frame.
* Hervanvaara is still an electricity-free filming location.
Restaurants in Ranua
Ranua is home to cafes and restaurants, including a la carte and lunch buffets. Many are open throughout the year, but some are summer-only. Catering and food delivery are available through a few local businesses.
When filming at the Hervanvaara farm, you might need the following services:
- Northern animals and handlers from the Ranua Wildlife Park
- Guide services
You can find more information on support services at Visit Ranua.
Lapland’s many airports and network of maintained roads and highways make getting to Ranua convenient.
The Rovaniemi International Airport (1 h by car) connects with Helsinki and other European cities 365 days a year. In the winter season, there are additional flights to Asia and European cities. Other nearby airports include Kemi (1 h 30 min) and Oulu (1 h 45 min).
Getting to Ranua via Rovaniemi or Oulu is a no problem, summer or winter. For bus routes and tickets, check out Matkahuolto.
Finnish highway 78 runs through Ranua, making it easy to reach from the Arctic Circle or from central Finland. Hervanvaara Farm is about 25 minutes’ drive from downtown Ranua.
Film Equipment & Crew
There are professional production services that work throughout Lapland. Drop us a line, and let’s find the right one for your next Arctic production.
Permission to film at Hervanvaara is granted by the property owners. Business Ranua can connect your production with the owners.