adjective: wild; comparative adjective: wilder; superlative adjective: wildest

a natural state or uncultivated or uninhabited region.

“an expanse of wild moorland”





suffix: -wards; suffix: -ward



(forming adverbs) towards the specified place or direction.

“eastwards / forward”

Wildward was founded in 2012 and has gone on to become known worldwide for the quality and craftsmanship that goes into the products of the Vihe Vaellus brand.

For the serious outdoors person, the much-loved Finnish brand Vihe Vaellus is the natural choice for a lightweight yet strong and comfortable piece of kit.

Apprentice to the founder of Vihe Vaellus, Heikki Viherto, I was the natural choice for the continuation of its existence and artisan tradition when Heikki retired fully in 2012.

Through Wildward, I continue the tradition of the Vihe Vaellus brand which was founded in 1979.

I offer my work and services to all with a love of the outdoors and who want quality handmade products created with Finnish heritage at the core.

Through Wildward, I am determined to help you enjoy the outdoors more often and for longer by using tried-and-tested Finnish methods that have worked for generations. The top-quality hand-crafted traditional shelters are designed to be lightweight and durable so that you can explore, camp and enjoy nature whenever or wherever you want.


Contact (postal address only)


Pysäkkitie 2
37550 Lempäälä.


Finnish Business ID: 2511055-6
VAT number: FI25110556


Online store:

Wildward offers a range of products for hiking and camping – from shelters and bugnets to raingear and hiking supplies. Guided hikes and courses are also available.

I also offer custom manufacturing at reasonable rates.

How much will a custom product cost? Well, that’s a hard question to answer.

Custom work tends to be a little more expensive as it requires planning with the customer and individually measuring new pieces while I work, which takes more time. If you want an entirely custom product, different size, modification of an existing product, etc, then the price does increase. I am able to work with you to produce your custom piece.

If you have any questions or would like a quote please get in touch.

It might take a few days for me to answer as I also have a family on top of my busy work schedule. I am not online 24/7.

The main working language of the company is English. Obviously we can also speak Finnish, and have access to a Japanese/English speaking guide.

About me:

Tarp manufacturer / Nature and wilderness guide Dan Fraser, I was raised in United Kingdom and am living in Finland.

I consider myself an artisan in the manufacturing of Vihe Vaellus tarps and shelters, as well as a qualified nature and wilderness guide. My previous work includes wildlife surveying, museum conservator, and nature schooling.

My interest in nature and bushcraft has been with me for most of my life, leading to the eventual pursuit of a formal qualification – ‘Professional Wildlife and Nature Guide‘. I have hands-on experience with bushcraft, hiking, and camping over long periods and in varying weathers. I am also a keen birdwatcher.

Vihe Vaellus

founded in 1979

Specialists in lean-to shelters and tarps

Based in Finland, we manufacture light-weight tarp shelters and camping accessories. Our products represent Nordic wilderness tradition at its best. Vihe products are designed to be used with a camp fire in front of them, and serve as a light and functional alternative to a tent – with the added bonus of bringing you closer to the surrounding nature. Perfect for bushcraft, hiking, backpacking, survival, hunting, fishing, scouts and camping.

All our products are handmade in Finland.

Vihe Vaellus proudly boasts the Key Flag symbol of the Association for Finnish Work as a demonstration of our products being manufactured in Finland.