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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: Lapland Northern Lights Tour with BBQ

1. Rovaniemi: Lapland Northern Lights Tour with BBQ

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: Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer and Husky Farm

2. 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: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

3. 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.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Hunt and Arctic Circle

4. 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: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

5. 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: Snowmobile to Reindeer, Husky Farm, Santa Village

6. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile to Reindeer, Husky Farm, Santa Village

Glide along the snowy trails of Lapland on a snowmobile tour from Rovaniemi. Visit a reindeer farm and husky farm for sleigh rides and explore the festive Santa Claus 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

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.

From Rovaniemi: Ranua Wildlife Park Visit

8. 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: 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: Northern Lights Photography Tour & BBQ

10. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Photography Tour & BBQ

Join a professional Aurora Borealis photographer and learn the tricks of the trade for capturing that perfect Northern Lights moment. The professional photographer will take the best shots for you! Head about 30 to 50 kilometers into the mystical forest, away from the light pollution of the city.  Your tour guide will explain how the Northern Lights are formed and tell ancient tales from the local Sami and Lappish cultures. The photographer can provide guidance in setting up the best shooting angles, shooting screen, camera settings, and more.  To keep you going, sit down for a campfire BBQ and grill some local favorites and delicacies of reindeer sausage and blueberry tea. The photographer will also provide photos of you and the Northern Lights, so you will have a record of every wonderful moment! After the trip, you will receive your Northern Lights photos by email so that you may download them without any additional cost.

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What people are saying about Rovaniemi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,481 reviews

It was a good experience, punctual and very friendly. The place is in low season so it helped not to wait so long. The only unfortunate thing is that the reindeer were not available due to the warm weather we had. The included lunch was of very good quality.

Beautiful evening on the lake with sauna and bath under the midnight sun. Our guide, Tommaso, really kind and generous with information. Recommended experience

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