8. Rovaniemi: Arctic Animals in Lapland & Ranua National Park
Immerse yourself in the fabulous world of Arctic animals! This tour is the only one in Lapland that really allows you to see and learn about the main animals that reside in the Arctic.
Visit one of the most authentic reindeer farms in the Rovaniemi area as the first stop of the trip. See the herders that have been living just outside of Rovaniemi on the lovely shores of a peaceful lake for more than 200 years. Experience the scenic surroundings as you will learn about the reindeer from the herders. Be shown around the traditional farm with a chance to feed the reindeers lichen, with is their favourite food and like chocolate to them. Warm up with a friendly time around the fire in the company of a herder who will answer all your questions and share their passion.
Drive toward the Russian border with your guide after the great time with the reindeer. Take in Auttiköngas National Park and its' waterfalls as an option, where more of the beautiful nature of Lapland can be experienced with a light snack. Enjoy a filling 3-course meal prepared in a remote wilderness lodge before reaching the final destination. Immerse yourself in wonderful Lapland scenery while making your way to the bear-watching hut. Listen to the Call of the Wild just 200 metres from the Russian border, with the nearest Russian village 100 kilometres away.
Greeted by a professional bear-watcher silently, receive an understanding of being in the open with wild bears in the forest around you. Hike to the look-out cabin, where some markings and footprints left by the bears may be spotted. Take stunning photographs through the windows inside the hut that includes many bunk beds to rest.
Watching for bears is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Learn about the lives of bears from the quiet, calm, and knowledgeable bear guide, while waiting for them to approach the cabin. Listen for the squawk of the white-tailed sea eagles and rooks that gather and let you know that the bears are getting closer.
Eat a quick breakfast the next morning, then the guide will drive you back to Rovaniemi. Visiting the Ranua Wildlife Park on the way back may be an option on the journey. Meet additional Arctic animals such as polar bears, Arctic foxes, eagles, owls, moose, musks, otters, and wolves by going on the Ranua Wildlife Park option. Dine at the restaurant of Ranua for lunch with the optional Ranua Wildlife Park opportunity. Sharpen your knowledge of animals that reside in the "Far North" and get a chance to take great pictures of them.
Arrive back to Rovaniemi around 11:00 if the Ranua Wildlife Park option is taken, and about 13:00 if the Park is visited.