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

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From Rovaniemi: Korouoma Canyon & Frozen Waterfalls Tour

1. From Rovaniemi: Korouoma Canyon & Frozen Waterfalls Tour

Discover the Korouoma Canyon, a 30-kilometer-long and 130-meter-deep canyon located southeast of Rovaniemi which offers breathtaking scenery all year round. During the winter, admire the stunning sight of waterfalls that have transformed into fantastic ice formations. Start with pickup from your accommodation around Rovaniemi, or in the city center, and set off for the Korouoma Canyon nature reserve. Start the tour with a hike through the park, admiring spectacular scenery including cliffs, rapids, and waterfalls. Keep your eyes sharp to observe an array of rare species that call the area home. Snowshoes are optional but may be useful if you need more confidence when hiking down the canyon or just want to enjoy some deep snow walks. Then, observe some of the most spectacular frozen waterfalls in Europe and enjoy the beauty of snowy nature. Warm up with a typical Finnish campfire snack around an open fire constructed by your guide. Learn more about Lapland and the Arctic region's traditions with your guide throughout the day. After an early morning of adventure, return to Rovaniemi where you will be dropped off at your hotel in the late afternoon.

Rovaniemi: Lapland Northern Lights Tour with BBQ

2. Rovaniemi: Lapland Northern Lights Tour with BBQ

Discover the dazzling beauty of the Northern Lights on this tour from Rovaniemi. Dive deep into the heart of the Lappish wilderness in search of the dancing Aurora spectacle. Warm up with a campfire BBQ packed with local flavors along with hot blueberry juice. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up directly from your accommodation in Rovaniemi. Relax on the drive through dense forests in Lapland. Arrive at a stunning lake or forest that is away from any light pollution. Relax as your guide cooks up a fresh Lappish BBQ meal with 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 tour.

Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

3. Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

Experience Reindeer Farm, Husky Sled Ride & Santa Claus Village! Your day will start with transfer to the farm, where you will be able to ride your own reindeer sledge in a brief, 500m long ride. Your newly learned skills will be rewarded with a Reindeer Sledge Driver’s License! Next, make your way to the Alaskan Huskies where you will find these beautiful, loyal, and energetic companions. Experience the Alaskan Huskies in action on a 800m long sleigh ride. Enjoy a traditional salmon soup lunch during your visit and listen to the local reindeer herders as they tell you more about the herding lifestyle and how it is to be a reindeer herder in the 21st century. After the farm visit, you will be taken to the Santa Claus Village where you will have some free time to explore at your own pace. You have the opportunity to experience the Christmas atmosphere, step across the Arctic Circle, meet Santa Claus and children under 140cm can try mini snowmobiling for 10 minutes on our mini-track. Your day will conclude with drop-off back to Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Wilderness Tour with Camera

4. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Wilderness Tour with Camera

Drive away from the city to the place with the highest chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Find a warm spot to set up the fire and sit and wait for the show. Benefit from knowing that the more time you spend outside, the greater the chance of you seeing the lights. Usually, you can view the Aurora in the middle of a huge frozen lake or river. Embark on an experience visiting up to 3 locations to give you the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights. Huddle around the fire with your guide, who will also tell you all about traditional animals and customs.

From Rovaniemi: Lapland Aurora Hunt with Barbeque

5. From Rovaniemi: Lapland Aurora Hunt with Barbeque

Faraway from light pollution, be brave the winter chill in search of the Northern Lights on this guided Aurora Borealis tour from Rovaniemi. Venture out into the countryside after dark, stop at distance view spots according to the Aurora forecast, and enjoy Lappish barbeque and Glögi as you wait for the Lights to make an appearance. - Maximize your chances of seeing the northern lights in Rovaniemi - Warm up with Glintwine and tasty Lappish sausages while you wait - Small group tour - Travel to the most optimal location to see the northern lights

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Tour with Guaranteed Sightings

6. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Tour with Guaranteed Sightings

Welcome to the ultimate adventure for avid northern lights enthusiasts. Your exclusive Northern Lights tour in Lapland promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Arctic Circle. Witness the spectacle of the Aurora Borealis, accompanied by a skilled aurora hunter and photographer. Unlike other tours that are limited to one location, this tour takes you on an exhilarating chase of the Northern Lights wherever they may appear. Guides use their extensive experience and technology to locate the celestial show, maximizing your chances of seeing the awe-inspiring phenomenon. By thoroughly monitoring weather and solar forecasts, you are ensured the best possible viewing experience. If the forecast indicates the Northern Lights will not be visible, you will be promptly notified and offered the option to reschedule or cancel. A passionate team of experts is devoted to providing you with an enchanting experience, dedicated to creating memories that will last a lifetime. You’re not just another group of tourists; you become part of a shared journey to witness nature's most mesmerizing light show. Embrace every moment of the spectacular light show with the assistance of a resident photographer. Leave the capturing of these precious memories in expert hands, so you can immerse yourself fully in the magic of the Aurora Borealis. With a maximum of 8 people on the tour, an onboard photographer, an expert guide, and hotel pick-up and drop-off in Rovaniemi, you can sit back and fully immerse yourself in your Northern Lights experience.

Rovaniemi: 2-Hour Snowmobiling Experience

7. Rovaniemi: 2-Hour Snowmobiling Experience

This 2-hour adventure offers you the opportunity to take a snowmobile for a quick spin and master the art of driving these fascinating vehicles.  You will be driving across the frozen arctic nature, accompanied by an experienced guide, enjoying the magical winter landscapes of Lapland. During the safari, stop for a break to enjoy a hot drink and experience the silence of the vast and beautiful Rovaniemi wilderness. 

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Tour with guarantee

8. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Tour with guarantee

Our tour start from Rovaniemi. We will then head out of the city, far from city lights and find the best locations. We try to get early to the spot to see the aurora in time, and we don’t leave until the aurora is over. You pay tour price only if we have northern lights . If we dont have lights even if we tried during the hunting then you pay only service cost (30e per person , for example fuel and etc.) The tour is very flexible, starting time can be from 5-8pm depending by weather conditions (its very hard to have any specific time because the weather is changing all the time) and each night we choose a different spot and departure time. The tour is better for adults. If you have kids, it is not recommended. Teenagers should be ok. Keep in mind that on some nights it’s too cloudy everywhere or solar activity is too small. In this cases tour will be cancelled, or postponed (in case of availability).

Rovaniemi: Snowmobile and Ice Fishing Adventure with Lunch

9. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile and Ice Fishing Adventure with Lunch

Embark on a Finnish adventure from Rovaniemi as you explore the beautiful wilderness surrounding the city on a snowmobile. Try some ice-fishing and cook up anything you catch around the campfire, accompanied by hot drinks and a hearty soup. Journey into the depths of the wilderness around Rovaniemi as you drive 30 to 40 kilometers along frozen rivers on a snowmobile. Watch the Nordic scenery fly by as you make your way hidden ice fishing spot in the middle of the wilderness. Learn about the Finnish way of life as your guide teaches you how to drill a hole in the ice and prepare the ice-fishing rod and baits. In the meantime, your guide will prepare a delicious soup lunch, accompanied by hot drinks. If you're lucky, this will be accompanied by the catch of the day. After your retreat to the wilderness, travel back to the starting point in the center of Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari with Campfire

10. Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari with Campfire

Experience the Magic of the Northern Lights by Snowmobile! Experience the captivating beauty of the Northern Lights on a snowmobile tour in the Lappish wilderness. Ride through the arctic night as our guide leads you on a unique adventure, where you'll take a break to witness the auroras while warming up with hot drinks and cookies by an open fire. Venture deep into the unlit natural surroundings, where the only light comes from the moon, stars, and snowmobile headlights, and immerse yourself in the stunning winter landscape of forests and lakes. With a bit of luck, you'll witness the Northern Lights dancing in the clear night sky for a truly unforgettable experience. This excursion suits best for adults. A valid driving license is required to drive a snowmobile, but also children can join the safari sitting on a sledge under warm blankets. Note the late time of the excursion!

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based on 6,946 reviews

Although we didn't go very far, we ended up finding the perfect spot on top of a lake with a big horizon. Fotios, our guide, drove through very hidden roads to find a good place. Despite the chances being very low, 20-30%, we saw them in two different locations! The first were very faint, but the second ones were better and we got to enjoy them for 20 minutes before the clouds came. Again, they weren't strong auroras, but it was still very worth it. According to the weather conditions on the week of our stay, if it wasn't because of Fotios and the team, we wouldn't have seen anything if we tried doing it by ourselves. So yeah, worth the money for sure. The pictures he took were also very good and he took as many as everyone asked for. Moreover, on the way back, we got to enjoy some hot berry juice and a cookie to warm up. The tour was 5 h long in total.

Fantastic experience. Alex always keeps you updated on any possible changes or weather and is always available to answer any questions. My tour was moved to the next day due to weather conditions but it was definitely worth it because we managed to see a lot of aurora and in different places. The tour lasts between 6 and 8 hours. Based on how far you have to go to find the right conditions to see the aurora. They will do anything to show you. Highly recommended

Very nice and kind guide, taking genuine care of everybody and adjusting the activity to each participant's skills. The skis were easy to manage and I also appreciated the small size of the group (4+guide). The trip goes through a pristine lapish nature - just snow, sun and the wonderful peace&quiet everywhere. The little barbecue by the fire in the guide's kota was a cherry on the cake :) Warmly recommended to all!

Really nice tour! lovely views and good walking pace, not too slow and not too fast! loved the introductions about finnish nature and trees too! the finnish sausage at the campfire was amazing! only complaint would be that we each had 1 sausage each because they were so good, my friends and i definitely wanted to have another one! Definitely would recommend this, seeing the frozen waterfalls was also very cool!!

The guide was good and overall the experience was good. We were not so lucky to witness the activity. At the beginning some activity was there and was able to capture through camera only as it was very mild. Later, that was also not visible. But, guide took us at least 3 different place so that it might be visible.