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Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village and Arctic Circle

1. Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village and Arctic Circle

Depart after 10:00 AM and visit Santa Claus in his main office in Lapland. Discover a place where it is Christmas all year round. Have a private meeting with Santa Claus, and then send greetings to all your friends from Santa's Post Office.  Also, the Arctic Circle cuts right through Santa Claus's Village. A white line denoting the Arctic Circle, at its position in 1865, is painted across the park. You will officially enter the Arctic area when you cross the line. The line is a very popular photo spot for all visitors. Cross the circle and get an Arctic Circle certificate. Have the opportunity to taste the traditional Christmas buffet with lunch at Santa's place.

Northern Lights Hunting With Lappish BBQ in Rovaniemi

2. Northern Lights Hunting With Lappish BBQ in Rovaniemi

The Northern Lights dancing up above is such a powerful and unique natural phenomenon - it changes lives down on Earth. Being one of the best places to spot the Auroras, Finnish Lapland is the ideal place to see them. Your guide provides you with a pick-up/drop off at your hotel/accommodation, and then you will be taken away from the city, about 20-25 km away, to a beautiful natural lakeside landscape, where there`s no light pollution, the ideal place to spot this beautiful natural phenomenon. Once there, you will be provided with a traditional Lappish BBQ with Blueberry Tea, and your guides will explain all you need to know about the Northern Lights.

Rovaniemi: Snowman World Entrance Ticket

3. Rovaniemi: Snowman World Entrance Ticket

Visit the world of snow and ice right at the heart of Santa Clause Village in Lapland, Finland. Enjoy the many outdoor snow activities offered here. Go ice skating, slide down the ice hill on a tube, or ride the Lappish sleigh-go-round. Visit the Ice Bar for some refreshments or head to the Ice Restaurant to enjoy a meal made from local ingredients. Both spaces are made entirely of snow and ice and decorated with artistic ice sculptures.

Rovaniemi: Snowmobile to Reindeer, Husky Farm, Santa Village

4. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile to Reindeer, Husky Farm, Santa 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, meet Santa Claus. Visit the Post Office on-site and do some gift shopping, before being returned to your hotel.

Reindeer Farm Visit with Sleigh Ride

5. Reindeer Farm Visit with Sleigh Ride

Immerse yourself in truly authentic Lappish culture with the country’s magical, gentle reindeer. Experience the tranquillity of the local forests as you travel along the glittering snowy trail on a sleigh pulled by a reindeer. After being picked up from your hotel, you will meet the local reindeer herders and familiarize yourself with their culture and everyday life. Take the opportunity to feed the reindeer and take pictures with them. Then, you will depart the farm in a storybook wooden sled, wrapped up in warm blankets, for a short journey with the reindeer into the forest. To show all your friends back home, you’ll receive a certified reindeer sleigh driving license. After returning from your mystical ride, cuddle up in the cozy traditional Lappish hut while listening to the farmer as they share stories of the local history and culture. Taste some steaming beverages and cookies, the all-time favorite for locals to warm up in the winter time.

Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari Adventure

6. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari Adventure

Join this exciting tour opportunity in Rovaniemi for a dose of adrenaline-fuelled snowmobiling action. This is a fantastic tour choice for those looking to pack in some adventure during their time exploring Lapland's gorgeous natural surroundings. To begin this snowmobiling adventure, you will be picked up at your accommodation. Meet your qualified guide and get dressed up in an insulated winter overall. After a short briefing, you will step into a modified Super Jeep and drive up the forest to the snowmobile base. Once participants have had a short briefing on how to operate the snowmobiles and have been provided with necessary safety equipment, you will pull the throttle and make the hair-raising journey into the Arctic Circle forests and lakes. Prepare for some serious speed as you find yourself whizzing across the wild! You will stop to rest before you come back to base and enjoy hot drinks and gingerbread.

From Rovaniemi: Full Day Tour to the Luosto Amethyst Mines

7. From Rovaniemi: Full Day Tour to the Luosto Amethyst Mines

In the early morning, meet your guide at your hotel/accommodation lobby before you are  transferred to the magical Amethyst Mines in Luosto, 100 km from Rovaniemi. In winter time there are no open roads to Lampivaara and Amethyst Mine, so you will get onboard a special snow cat across the snowy forests, The Amethyst Pendolino. Your tour includes a warm beverage, interesting stories about geology and history, the tales of amethyst, and digging your own lucky amethyst stone from the winter digging area. You will be provided with professional tools and you will be assisted by professionals to dig amethysts, which you can bring home after the tour. A campfire BBQ is also included on this tour.

Rovaniemi: Frozen Waterfalls of Korouoma Canyon Hike

8. Rovaniemi: Frozen Waterfalls of Korouoma Canyon Hike

Following pickup from your accommodation, your professional guide will drive you 100 kilometers to Posio where your adventure begins. Korouoma Canyon is a millions-of-years-old fracture valley in Lapland, and is definitely one of the biggest natural attractions that Lapland has to offer. The ice waterfalls are unique in Finland, and are perfect for walking around and appreciating the magical nature around them. On the Korouoma snowy trail you will experience deep snow and unforgettable forest landscapes, with the entire area a natural reserve. At the bottom of the canyon there is the Korojoki River, which later turns into the Kemijoki River. There are plenty of species discoverable in the nature of Korouoma, including deer, wild rabbits, foxes, and golden eagles. Hiking is a great activity for the whole family, as anyone can do it and no previous experience is required. With winter overalls and snow boots provided, anyone can walk in deep snow without feeling any type of cold. You can admire the ice falls along the Koronjää Trail, which leads you past three of the most beautiful frozen waterfalls of the Korouoma Canyon. The Korouoma area in Posio is also an excellent area for a walking day tour and hike. There are many lean-to shelters with campfires in the area, and a campfire BBQ will be served to maintain your warmth and energy during the day. At your tour's conclusion, you will be driven back to your accommodation in the Rovaniemi city center.

From Rovaniemi: Ranua Wildlife Park Visit

9. 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.

Rovaniemi: Hiking and Snowshoeing Adventure in Lapland

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Rovaniemi

Overall rating

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It was actually quite an interesting trip. Although we didn't see the aurora light due to the cloudy weather and the small chance of visibility in April, the Tour guilder name Gábor was really nice, enthusiastic and always helped us to find the best possible place, and helped us feel warmer during the cold. He was actually Hungarian so I was really glad to find someone who also came from here, he alsi taught us the way to make fire with his special tools, how to chop the wood and make it easier to catch the fire and get it burned. I also loved his explanation and his examples of greatest northern light he saw and recorded as well. So although it was not as it suppose to be, it was still and exciting experience for me, and worth to memorize.

I really enjoyed the whole trip. You get to pet and take a sleigh ride with the reindeers. The reindeer guide then tells your about the reindeer industry’s in Finland and overall fun facts while you sip lingen berry tea and eat a fun size cinnamon roll. Similarly, I really loved the husky ride as it’s faster than reindeers. The guide tells you all you wanna know about huskies and she’s very knowledgeable. She also welcomes you to more tea and a cookie Finally the snow mobile is the most exciting part as you go faster than both huskies and reindeers. You are also in control so it’s a cool experience. The general guide was very laid back and chill dude from Finland - I liked him!

Our party of 4 booked this combined tour early April. The weather was perfect, with fresh snow and bright blue sky. Our guide, Jordi, was very friendly and always ready to help and even sent us pictures and videos of our activities. We highly recommend this tour.

We had a great guide! It was one of the most fun activity we had ever had!

Helpful guide! Fun and adventurous experience! Thumbs up! Worth it