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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.

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Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer and Husky Farm

1. 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: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

2. Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

This Northern Lights hunting tour by snowmobile takes you deep into the wonderful winter landscape of the Arctic Circle. Your guide will lead you on a unique adventure through nature where only the moonlight, stars, and snowmobile lights illuminate the way.   In the middle of the wilderness, stop to observe the sky. Be surrounded by lakes and forests rising towards the night sky. Without city lights in sight, be amazed by the gorgeous view. The guide will prepare an open fire for warmth, where you can enjoy warm refreshments and grilled sausages.  If you’re lucky and the sky is clear, see the flaming Northern Lights dancing in the sky in mysterious silence.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Hunt and Arctic Circle

3. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Hunt and Arctic Circle

Experience an exciting chase for the Northern Lights on this 3-hour adventure tour including transfers between the different spotting locations. After a pickup from your accommodation, embark on your Northern Lights discovery tour starting from Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi. You will be taken into different areas by your guide-driver, who will make sure to find the best locations to view the Northern Lights. This region of the Arctic Circle offers some of the highest levels of Northern Lights activity on Earth. Along the way, you will also get to enjoy the breathtaking Lapland landscapes and magical snowy fields. If you are lucky and the sky is clear, you might see the flaming Northern Lights dancing in the sky as you experience the tranquility of the Arctic night.

Rovaniemi: Lapland Northern Lights Tour by Bus with BBQ Meal

4. Rovaniemi: Lapland Northern Lights Tour by Bus with BBQ Meal

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: Snow Hotel Tour and Ice Restaurant Dinner

5. Rovaniemi: Snow Hotel Tour and Ice Restaurant Dinner

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. Prepare for a unique dinner in the ice restaurant. Built from snow and ice, the restaurant provides a special setting for an unforgettable dinner. Savor Lappish dishes around ice tables as your culinary experience commences with a rich mushroom soup served with fresh bread and finished off with a delicious lingonberry-caramel bavaroise served on a magnificent ice platter.  Dinner Menu Starter: Velvety forest mushroom soup, malt bread croutons and tar vinegar Crispy flatbread 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, crayfish 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 kik peas and herbs served with cherry tomato sauce Dessert: SnowHotel’s soft lingonberry-caramel bavaroise and dried lingonberries with meringue

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Wilderness Tour with Camera

6. 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 lights. Huddle around the fire with your guide, who will also tell you all about traditional animals and customs. 

Reindeer Farm Visit with Sleigh Ride

7. 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, 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 wintertime.

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: Santa Claus Village and Arctic Circle

9. 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: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

10. Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

Start with hotel pickup, and be guided to the Arctic Circle area. Head for the reindeer farm with the opportunity to meet, feed, and cuddle the reindeer. Listen to stories about reindeer herding, and enjoy a 500-meter sled ride. Receive your reindeer driver's license from the herder as a memento, after which it will be time to take your next trip to the husky farm. Meet the adorable local huskies then experience an 800-meter sled ride through the Arctic forest. Finally, visit the Santa Claus Village where you can meet the man himself, cross the Arctic Circle, and enjoy the Christmas spirit. Enjoy some time at your leisure for gift shopping, and maybe even can send a Christmas letter from Santa's post office.

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What people are saying about Rovaniemi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,481 reviews

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.

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.

I was able to see the aurora at the very end, thanks to the fact that I didn't give up until the end.

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