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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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Rovaniemi: Apukka Husky Adventure

1. Rovaniemi: Apukka Husky Adventure

Meet and mush with your new howling, furry friends on this safari adventure. Huskies are one of the most beloved animals of the North, and you’ll understand why as soon as you meet the pack. Pet them, pose with them for photos, and listen to stories about their lives.   Then, take a 7- to 10-kilometer long husky sled ride, where you get to be the musher yourself. This means you can control the pack of huskies towing the sled. The dogs absolutely love pulling loads and running on the trail across the forests. Feel the thrill of the ride and the cool wind on your face as you tear through the forests.   Finish off with a hot drink before saying goodbye to your new friends.

Rovaniemi: Korouoma Canyon & Frozen Waterfalls Tour

2. Rovaniemi: Korouoma Canyon & Frozen Waterfalls Tour

Discover Korouoma, a 30-kilometer-long and 130-meter-deep canyon located southeast of Rovaniemi which offers breathtaking scenery all year round. In Winter, the waterfalls turn into fantastic ice formations that are well-known for ice-climbing.  First, get picked up by your guide from your accommodation in Rovaniemi 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, have the chance to 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. Watch as your guide shows you their fire-making skills. At the end of the 8-hour excursion (including approximately 5 kilometers of walking in the nature reserve), return to Rovaniemi where you will be dropped off at your hotel by around 4 PM.

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 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: 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.

Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

5. 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.

From Rovaniemi: Lapland Aurora Hunt with Barbeque

6. 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: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari with Campfire

7. 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!

Rovaniemi: Apukka Reindeer Journey

8. 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: 2-Hour Snowmobiling Experience

9. 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: 5-Hour Snowmobile and Ice Fishing Adventure

10. Rovaniemi: 5-Hour Snowmobile and Ice Fishing Adventure

Delve into the depths of the wilderness as you drive 30 to 40 kilometers along the frozen rivers on a snowmobile and watch the winter scenery fly by. Drive along the frozen rivers to a hidden winter fishing spot in the middle of the wilderness. Learn 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 meanwhile, your guide will prepare a delicious soup lunch. If you're lucky, this will be accompanied by the catch of the day. Afterward, travel back to the starting point.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6,946 reviews

Sadly the lights didn’t show for us but we had an epic night with Klil ! Truly couldn’t fault her one bit ! The whole trip from start to finish was brilliant , Klil is so so friendly & knowledgeable, we really learned some great facts and some lovely folklore about the lights! Klil also dropped us back at our accommodation at the end of the trip even though we were staying outside the radius noted by the company ! She is a 10/10 guide !

we had a great time, didn't catch anything but just the whole experience of a Finnish tradition was brilliant and although it was cold the sun was shining and you soon warm up drilling the hole. Our guide was fantastic and really made the morning more enjoyable. Would definitelyrecommendtrying this.

Excellent except the fact that at the end our guide Left and we have been lucky that some of the turists knew that we have to come back also and came to alert us

The trip was very good, the guide was amazing, she was very kind, talkative and knowledgeable. The whole trip was very entertaining and memorable!

Tokur is very nice and great, he guided us so patiently and play with my kids well!