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Ranua Wildlife Park Day: Visit the Arctic Animals

1. Ranua Wildlife Park Day: Visit the Arctic Animals

After being pickup from your accommodation in Rovaniemi you will be driven to Ranua Wildlife Park. Located approximately an hour’s drive away, Ranua Zoo is home to around 50 species of wild arctic animals and 200 animal specimens. All animals live in an environment that is as natural and arctic as possible, which guarantees that the animals feel at home! The excursion suits for the whole family. Actually Ranua Zoo is Lapland’s leading destination of family traveling. There are also some sleds available for smaller children, in case they get tired of walking. Your expert guide will make your Wildlife Park visit even more rewarding as they tell you detailed information about the animals and their personalities as well as answer your questions about their living habits and about the arctic nature. Polar bears, Arctic Fox's, Wolverines, and Lynx's are some of the most popular animals to see among others!

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Rovaniemi: Arctic Animals Sleigh Rides and Wildlife Zoo

2. Rovaniemi: Arctic Animals Sleigh Rides and Wildlife Zoo

Benefit from morning pickup at your accommodation in Rovaniemi, and then travel to Ranua Wildlife Park in the Arctic wilderness. Explore the breathtaking winter wonderland with the help of your English-speaking guide, and see polar bears and hundreds of other species of animals in their natural habitat. Relax with a delicious buffet lunch of traditional food in the middle of a forest. Continue your journey to meet friendly Siberian huskies at a husky farm, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime ride in a sled pulled by the dogs, weather permitting. Talk to traditional reindeer herders at a local reindeer farm in Rovaniemi, and learn the history of reindeer farming in the area. Hear what it's like to live in the Arctic before a short sleigh ride pulled by the reindeer. 

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Rovaniemi: Reindeer Farm, Husky Farm, & Ranua Wildlife Zoo

3. Rovaniemi: Reindeer Farm, Husky Farm, & Ranua Wildlife Zoo

Get to know the incredible wildlife of the Arctic on this 6-hour tour that combines a visit to Ranua Wildlife Park with visits to reindeer and Husky farms. Enjoy hotel pickup and a lunch buffet in the Park to keep you warm.   At the husky farm, get up close to these fluffy arctic animals and experience a short sleigh ride behind them. Meet genuine Siberian huskies and see how they live and work. Then, visit a reindeer farm to learn about these magnificent creatures and the lives of their herders. Take another sledge ride with these gentle animals through a beautiful winter wonderland.   Then, your guide will take you to Ranua Wildlife Park where you can see the only polar bears living in Finland, as well as 50 other Arctic and Northern species, like the lynx, Arctic fox, wolverine, moose, and more. The animals live in spacious fencing in the midst of a northern forest, in the most authentic natural environment possible. Learn about their personalities and ask any questions you like about their living habits and Arctic nature.

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Rovaniemi: Ranua Zoo Visit with Lunch

4. Rovaniemi: Ranua Zoo Visit with Lunch

Visit the only zoo in the Arctic, Ranua Zoo, and encounter animals native to the area. Get picked up from any hotel within 10km of Rovaniemi city center. See moose, polar bears, forest reindeer, wolves, Arctic foxes and more among the zoo's 200 animals. Have a chance to spot elusive owls and other birds that are difficult to track down in their natural environments. Enjoy a buffet lunch at a cozy restaurant and visit one of the biggest chocolate shops in Lapland. Get a ride back to your hotel in the Rovaniemi area at the end of your visit.

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Ranua Wildlife Park Guided Tour from Rovaniemi

5. Ranua Wildlife Park Guided Tour from Rovaniemi

Spend an unforgettable half-day at Ranua Wildlife Park, the world's northernmost zoo, located in an Arctic forest a 1-hour drive from Rovaniemi. Benefit from the services of an English-speaking guide as you meet 50 different species of animals, including brown bear, lynx, fox, musk ox, and more. Established in 1983, the park's spacious enclosures are set in the middle of northern conifer forests, the natural habitat of most of the animals. See the only polar bears living in Finland, as well as other Arctic wildlife.  Then, enjoy a buffet lunch in Ranua after your visit to the zoo, and stop at a Fazer sweets factory, if time permits, on the road back to Rovaniemi.

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From Rovaniemi: Ranua Wildlife Park Visit

6. From Rovaniemi: Ranua Wildlife Park Visit

Be picked up at your accommodation and start the journey to Ranua Wildlife Park. The 1-hour drive will take you through Lapland, where you’ll be able to spot wildlife along the way. It’s not unusual to see reindeer or the gigantic moose along the road. As you head to your destination, your guide will answer any questions that you may have about Finland and Lapland to the best of their knowledge. At the park, follow the 2.5 km long wooden boardwalks through the forest and spot different arctic animals in one place. This is a rare opportunity to meet the local animals that reside in Lapland and other parts of the Arctic. As you walk around the park, your guide will share with you their knowledge of the animals and other aspects of life in Lapland. You’ll spot a variety of animals in the Ranua Wildlife Park. Keep an eye out for polar bears, predatory birds, owls, wild boars, musk oxen, otters, arctic foxes, wolves, wild reindeer, wolverines, and moose. When they’re not hibernating in the wintertime, you might even see brown bears. At the end of the tour, you will enjoy a tasty buffet lunch at the restaurant before returning to Rovaniemi.

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Ranua Zoo + BBQ lunch in Rovaniemi, Lapland

7. Ranua Zoo + BBQ lunch in Rovaniemi, Lapland

Visit the only Zoo in the arctic, Ranua Zoo. Here you will be able to encounter animals that are local to this arctic region. The most popular are the moose and the polar bears. The zoo also shows you over 200 famous local animals, such as forest reindeer, wolves and the arctic fox. One of the best ways to appreciate the animals is while they are eating, the zoo display feeding times in their brochure. Watch while the wolves and polar bears enjoy their meals, before you enjoy your own. Don’t forget the many types of owls that are hard to spot in nature will be there. Afterwards you will enjoy a campfire at the zoo forest park and eat a delicious and unique lunch. Lunch with salmon sandwiches and wood fire grilled wild boar sausage and blueberry juice. Then return to your hotel after you have finished to see everything at this wonderful zoo.

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What people are saying about Ranua Wildlife Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 90 reviews

Alex is a very nice and knowledgeable person, he’s also thoughtful to help us with managing our 2 year old. The walking in the park with heavy snow was wonderful. We couldn’t see polar bear and Fox unfortunately… pushing a pram in deep snow up and down made us both exhausted… but in general it was a good experience and a nice day out.

Nice experience, we enjoyed it very much and the guide is very nice, kind and helpful (I don't remember the name but he is the Argentine guy) The guide also showed us the highest and most panoramic point of Rovaniemi, beautiful!

Apart from the brown bears that hibernate, we see all the animals. The white fox, the polar bears and the wolverines are magnificent! Super tour with our guide Marieka!

I think it's a very good tour! The guide was also very polite and guided me in an easy-to-understand manner!

Prompt pickup, excellent guides, dropped off after activities.