Northern Ostrobothnia Activities

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From Rovaniemi: Ranua Wildlife Park Visit

1. 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. Have your questions bout Finland and Lapland answered by your guide on the drive. At the park, follow the 2.5 km long wooden boardwalks through the forest and spot different Arctic animals in one place.  Benefit from this 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. 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 winter, spot brown bears. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasty buffet lunch at a restaurant before returning to Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Arctic Animals Sleigh Rides and Wildlife Zoo

2. Rovaniemi: Arctic Animals Sleigh Rides and Wildlife Zoo

Discover polar bears, huskies, and hundreds more Arctic animals in Ranua Wildlife Park on a guided tour from Rovaniemi. Tuck into a traditional Lappish buffet lunch. Enjoy a sleigh ride pulled by a team of dogs followed by a reindeer sleigh ride. Learn all about huskies, reindeer, and local life. Benefit from morning pickup at your accommodation in Rovaniemi, then get ready to meet friendly huskies at a husky farm and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime ride in a sled pulled by the dogs, weather permitting. Talk to traditional reindeer herders at a local reindeer farm in Rovaniemi, and learn the history of reindeer farming in the area. Hear what it's like to live in the Arctic before a short sleigh ride pulled by the reindeer. Continue your journey in Ranua Wildlife Park and discover the Arctic wilderness. Relax with a buffet lunch of traditional food in the middle of a forest. After the satisfying meal, begin to explore the breathtaking winter wonderland in the wilderness zoo with the help of your guide and see polar bears and hundreds of other species of Arctic animals in their natural habitat.

Ranua Wildlife Park Day: Visit the Arctic Animals

3. Ranua Wildlife Park Day: Visit the Arctic Animals

If encountering a bear roaming in the open air doesn’t sound tempting, enjoy a 2.5 km walk in a magical forest where you can meet many animals that can be found in the arctic. After being picked up at your accommodation, drive to Ranua Wildlife Park, located approximately a one-hour drive away. Ranua Zoo is home to around 50 species of wild arctic animals and 200 animal varieties. All animals live in an indigenous environment which guarantees that the animals feel at home. Follow your guide that provides detailed and expert information about the animals and their characteristics as well as answer your questions about their living habits and about the arctic nature. Polar bears, arctic foxes, wolverines, and lynx are some of the most popular animals to see among others. Welcome to the northernmost zoo in Finland and the second most northerly in the world! Ranua Zoo is Lapland’s leading destination for families visiting Lapland. Some sleds are available for smaller children, in case they get tired of walking. Before you start your way back to Rovaniemi, you will have some time to have lunch or small snacks and do some souvenir shopping.

Ranua Wildlife Park Guided Tour from Rovaniemi

4. Ranua Wildlife Park Guided Tour from Rovaniemi

Spend an unforgettable half-day at Ranua Wildlife Park, the world's northernmost zoo, located in an Arctic forest a 1-hour drive from Rovaniemi. Benefit from the services of an English-speaking guide as you meet 50 different species of animals, including brown bear, lynx, fox, musk ox, and more. Established in 1983, the park's spacious enclosures are set in the middle of northern conifer forests, the natural habitat of most of the animals. See the only polar bears living in Finland, as well as other Arctic wildlife.  Then, enjoy a buffet lunch in Ranua after your visit to the zoo, and stop at a Fazer sweets factory, if time permits, on the road back to Rovaniemi.

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The park is about an hour's drive from Rovaniemi, a beautiful walk in the autumn woods, often you could see reindeer on the side of the road. In the park there are many birds, bears, wolves, foxes, reindeer etc. Many are animals that have suffered accidents and have been welcomed and cared for. Our guide (Guillaume) was truly excellent! Lunch in the park café was also good. Absolutely to be recommended.

We really liked this zoo, with rare exceptions we were able to see all the animals and in any case the most impressive. And we liked to see that they had a lot of space. The zoo is located in the middle of the forest, which gives the impression of being in their natural environment. A magnificent experience.

The visit to the wildlife park was very good. We were very lucky to see the polar bear and all the animals they inhabit. Highly recommended experience, also the guide Dominique was very kind and explained to us both the history of Rovaniemi and the animals.

The tour was great, we saw a lot of animals and our guide told us a lot of interesting things about the animals and the zoo

We had a great trip Our guide was great Laughed a lot