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Rovaniemi

Visit Santa and his reindeer, see the Northern Lights, and get a taste of Arctic life in Lapland's capital.

Our most recommended things to do in Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

1. Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

Chase the Northern Lights on a guided Arctic adventure into the Lapland wilderness on a snowmobile. Enjoy a Lapland-style barbecue snack and the unique snowy landscape at night, illuminated only by the aurora. Go deeper into the brilliant winter landscape of the Arctic Circle in order to chase the auroras. Let your guide lead you on a different kind of snowmobile adventure in an almost completely dark setting, where only moonlight, stars, and snowmobile headlights will light your way. Take in the forests and lakes rising like mysterious shadows towards the night sky in this snow-covered landscape. Warm up at an open fire and wait for the Northern Lights to dance for you in the night sky while you enjoy some warm refreshments and snacks.  If you are lucky and the sky is clear, you might see the flaming Northern Lights dancing in the sky, surrounded by the penetrating silence of the arctic wilderness.

Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer and Husky Farm

2. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer and Husky Farm

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Arctic wilderness on this day trip from Rovaniemi. Ride through the Artic forest on a snowmobile. Expereince the magic of a reindeer sleigh ride and feed these majestic creatures. Visit the dogs at a husky farm and keep cozy with hot drinks and snacks. Following pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Rovaniemi in the morning, venture into the Arctic forest and experience the winter wonderland by snowmobile. Wrap up warm to brave the snow and ice as you speed across to a reindeer farm. Meet the lovable animals on arrival and let them take you on an exciting sleigh ride. Listen to stories about each of the animals on the farm and learn the history and culture of the area. Warm up with some coffee and cookies before you feed the reindeer their favorite treats. Receive your International Reindeer Driver's License before you continue your Arctic expedition at a husky farm. Say hello to the friendly dogs and experience the life of a musher as you traverse the snowy landscape on a sled pulled by your new friends. Indulge in more hot drinks before you head back to Rovaniemi at the end of an amazing day. 

Rovaniemi: Lapland Northern Lights Tour with BBQ

3. Rovaniemi: Lapland Northern Lights Tour with BBQ

Discover the dazzling beauty of the Northern Lights on this bus tour from Rovaniemi. Dive deep into the heart of the Lappish wilderness in search of the dancing Aurora spectacle. Warm up with a mouth-watering BBQ packed with local flavors and pipping-hot tea.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up directly from your accommodation in Rovaniemi and settle into your spacious seat in the climate-controlled bus. Relax on the drive through dense forests in Lapland. Arrive at a stunning lake that is far from any light pollution. Relax as your host cooks up a fresh Lappish BBQ meal and brews some blueberry tea. Listen as your guide reveals the secrets of the northern lights to you. Gaze up at the night sky in anticipation of the lights appearing. Return to you accommodation at the end of the your.

Rovaniemi: Hiking and Snowshoeing Adventure in Lapland

4. Rovaniemi: Hiking and Snowshoeing Adventure in Lapland

Meet your professional guide at your hotel lobby for the transfer to just outside of Rovaniemi in the Arctic forest. Embark on an unforgettable hiking and snowshoeing journey into the forest in the Arctic Circle, where you will pass through frozen rapids and follow amazing nature trails between waterfalls and woods. The short hike is is suitable for youngsters and families. There is a possibility of seeing some birds and wildlife. Also, a forest campfire BBQ will be provided with warm tea.

Rovaniemi: Snowmobile to Reindeer, Husky Farm, Santa Village

5. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile to Reindeer, Husky Farm, Santa Village

Glide along the snowy trails of Lapland on a snowmobile tour from Rovaniemi. Visit a reindeer farm and husky farm for sleigh rides and explore the festive Santa Claus Village. Start with pickup from your hotel in Rovaniemi. Then hop on your snowmobile and first go directly to the Reindeer Farm. Admire these graceful animals and enjoy a short sleigh ride with them. Next, make your way to the Husky Farm where you will interact with these beautiful, loyal, and energetic companions. Learn more about the history of these working dogs, and be pulled on a short sledge ride to see them in action. Once you are back from the farm visits, enjoy some free time to explore the Santa Claus Village. Experience the festive atmosphere, cross the Arctic Circle, and meet Santa Claus. Visit the Post Office on-site and do some gift shopping, before being returned to your hotel.

Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village and Arctic Circle

6. Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village and Arctic Circle

Visit a place where it is Christmas all year round on a tour to Santa Claus Village from Rovaniemi. Meet Santa Claus in person, then cross into the Arctic Circle for photo opportunities. Savor an included Christmas buffet lunch. After pickup at your accommodation in Rovaniemi, head toward Santa Claus's main office in Lapland. Have a private meeting with Santa Claus, and then send greetings to all your friends from Santa's Post Office.  Next, make your way to the painted white line denoting the Arctic Circle, which cuts right through Santa Claus Village. You will officially enter the Arctic area when you cross the line. Cross the circle, enjoy this popular photo spot for all visitors, and get an Arctic Circle certificate. Afterward, have the opportunity to taste a traditional Christmas buffet with lunch at Santa's place before returning to your accommodation in Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Apukka Reindeer Journey

7. Rovaniemi: Apukka Reindeer Journey

Reindeers are a big part of the Lappish lifestyle and have a long history of living side by side with the locals in the north. With this in mind, a reindeer ride is a relaxing way to both explore Finnish nature and get in touch with these beautiful animals. Following a peaceful pace, let the reindeer lead you through the forests. Enjoy the silence of the woods and the still atmosphere all around you and let these beautiful animals guide the way. Afterward, relax with a hot drink. Return from your adventure knowing a lot more than before about the life of the reindeer and reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland.

Rovaniemi: Private Forest Sauna, Northern Lights, & BBQ Trip

8. Rovaniemi: Private Forest Sauna, Northern Lights, & BBQ Trip

Head to an Arctic forest roughly 20 kilometers from the city center to experience the traditional firewood sauna in the forest. The experience of the sauna is such an important part of Finnish culture, that it can’t be compared to anything else. For centuries, it has been a place for physical and spiritual cleansing. Dipping into icy lakes and rolling in the snow are said to be good for your blood circulation, but most people do them simply for the incredible rush. Head to an amazing outdoor forest location to try your hand at winter swimming in the icy water. Raise your head to catch a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights. After the sauna experience, head to the frozen lake to hunt the Northern Lights while you enjoy hot drinks and a BBQ.

Rovaniemi: Snow Hotel Tour and Ice Restaurant Dinner

9. Rovaniemi: Snow Hotel Tour and Ice Restaurant Dinner

Enjoy a unique experience at a Snow Hotel with this tour from Rovaniemi. Ride in a climate controlled bus to a hotel that is created from ice. Take a tour of the hotel's chilly interior before sitting down to a delicious meal in its ice restaurant.  Depart from the meeting point in the early evening and relax during a 30-minute drive to the Arctic snow hotel. Before dinner, take a tour through the hotel and its Arctic curiosities, like the snow sauna.  Learn about the structure's constructions, operations, and special features from your guide and have the chance to order a shot served in a glass made from ice from the ice bar. Built from snow and ice, the restaurant provides a special setting for dinner. Savor Lappish starting with a velvety forest mushroom soup, malt bread croutons, and tar vinegar which is served with crispy flatbread and ciabatta. Choose from main courses like Mouth-watering roast elk, carrot purée, black pepper sauce, and seasonal vegetables, or braised Arctic Ocean salmon, cauliflower purée, crayfish sauce, and seasonal vegetables.  Have something lighter with main courses like Chicken breast seasoned with pepper, grilled tomato, lemon-red wine sauce and seasonal vegetables or fried cold-smoked tofu, white bean pure, stewed kik peas, and herbs served with cherry tomato sauce. Complete your meal with a sweet lingonberry-caramel bavaroise and dried lingonberries with meringue. Return to Rovaniemi at the end of your tour. 

Rovaniemi: Snow Restaurant Dinner Tour

10. Rovaniemi: Snow Restaurant Dinner Tour

Visit the world of snow and ice right at the heart of Santa Claus Village in Lapland, Finland. Enjoy the many snow activities offered here. Go ice skating, slide down the ice hill on a tube or enjoy the beautiful snow and ice sculptures in the Ice bar and Snow restaurant. After some fun time with the activities, it is time to prepare for a unique dinner in the snow restaurant. Built from snow and ice, the restaurant provides a special setting for an unforgettable dinner. Savor Lappish dishes as your culinary experience commences with a rich mushroom soup served with fresh bread and finished off with a delicious lingonberry-caramel bavaroise. Dinner menu: Starter: Velvety forest mushroom soup, malt bread croutons and tar vinegar Crispy flat bread and ciabatta Main course options (please choose one): - Mouth-watering roast elk, carrot purée, black pepper sauce and season’s vegetables - Braised Arctic Ocean salmon, cauliflower purée, cray fish sauce and season’s vegetables - Chicken breast seasoned with pepper, grilled tomato, lemon-red wine sauce and season’s vegetables - Fried cold smoked tofu, white bean pure, stewed chickpeas and herbs served with cherry tomato sauce Dessert: Soft lingonberry-caramel bavaroise and dried lingonberries with meringue

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What people are saying about Rovaniemi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,481 reviews

Matias and Valeriia were incredible guides for us! They really went out of their way to talk about local life/culture and they brought us to an absolutely gorgeous location on a lake to watch for the lights. We were lucky enough to see faint lights at the very end, even on a night with low activity, and I credit Matias with spotting them as we were getting ready to give up. Highly recommend, though the aurora seems quite fickle.

The tour was pretty good and with Jordi we explored a little further about Finland history. He was an amazing guide and the Render part was amazing. If you are going to Rovaniemi you need to take this tour with them, specially with Jordi.

The tour was really great, our guide Tommy was really nice cool and helpful. We couldn’t see any nothern lights but we had a delightful time by the fire and the lake. I totally recommend this tour..

Mattias and Valeria, the guides, great. Very friendly, involved and interested in showing us the Northern Lights.

Fantastic such a wonderful place to visit,the guide was remarkable would definitely recommend a visit