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Things to do in 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: 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 5- 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: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

2. Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

Chase the Northern Lights on a guided Arctic adventure into the Lapland wilderness on a snowmobile. Enjoy a Lapland-style barbecue snack and the unique snowy landscape at night, illuminated only by the aurora. Go deeper into the brilliant winter landscape of the Arctic Circle in order to chase the auroras. Let your guide lead you on a different kind of snowmobile adventure in an almost completely dark setting, where only moonlight, stars, and snowmobile headlights will light your way. Take in the forests and lakes rising like mysterious shadows towards the night sky in this snow-covered landscape. Warm up at an open fire and wait for the Northern Lights to dance for you in the night sky while you enjoy some warm refreshments and snacks.  If you are lucky and the sky is clear, you might see the flaming Northern Lights dancing in the sky, surrounded by the penetrating silence of the arctic wilderness.

Rovaniemi: Korouoma Canyon & Frozen Waterfalls Tour

3. 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 lunch snack around an open fire. Watch as your guide shows you their fire-making skills. At the end of the 6-hour excursion, return to Rovaniemi where you will be dropped off at your hotel by around 4 PM.

Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer and Husky Farm

4. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer and Husky Farm

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Arctic wilderness on this day trip from Rovaniemi. Ride through the Arctic forest on a snowmobile. Experience the magic of a reindeer sleigh ride and feed these majestic creatures. Visit the sleigh 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, get ready to 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 hot drinks and snacks 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. After meeting the lovely animals, it is time to venture into the Arctic forest and experience the winter wonderland by snowmobile. Remember to take some memorable photos during the trip. At the end of an amazing day, you head back to your accommodation in Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Wilderness Tour with Camera

5. 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.

Lapland: Full-Day Snowmobile Safari into the Wilderness

6. Lapland: Full-Day Snowmobile Safari into the Wilderness

If you love snowmobile adventures and want to see Lapland from a different perspective, this safari is made for you. This snowmobile tour offers the fantastic opportunity to learn how to master the art of driving a snowmobile.  Your guide will lead you to into the lesser-known country backwoods and tracks that lead to stunning natural sights which cannot be reached during shorter excursions. Stop for a lunch break in the wilderness while your guide prepares a delicious Lappish lunch over an open fire.  Depending on the snow conditions, you might have the chance to try something which every snowmobile driver dreams of: driving on pure, untouched, powder snow.

Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Wilderness Safari Adventure

7. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Wilderness Safari Adventure

Meet in central Rovaniemi and travel to the outskirts of the city to the starting point of your snowmobile adventure. Receive an introductory lesson on how to operate your vehicle before setting off.  Experience Arctic nature in a completely different way as you hop on a snowmobile and drive off to the forest. Take in the beautiful landscapes along the way as you drive through pine tree forests and frozen marshlands. Stop for a moment to enjoy a hot drink in complete silence. Let the serenity of the Lapland wilderness wash over you in a place stiller than you've ever experienced.

Rovaniemi: Lapland Northern Lights Tour with BBQ

8. 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 mouth-watering BBQ packed with local flavors and pipping-hot tea.  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 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: Husky Safari on a Snowy Trail

9. Rovaniemi: Husky Safari on a Snowy Trail

Set off on a husky adventure in the Lappish forest, and find out all about the training, breeding, and racing of these magnificent arctic animals on the local farm. After receiving a short introduction and instructions, the dogs are ready to take you on an exciting 6-mile (10km) ride through the amazing landscapes of the Finnish countryside. Feel the excitement as you speed through the winter wonderland. Try not to miss the opportunity to capture your once-in-a-lifetime moment with your sleigh team. As you listen to the interesting stories of Husky after the journey, warm yourself up with some hot juice and Finnish gingerbread cookies - the local's favorite winter snacks.

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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4.4 / 5

based on 3,923 reviews

The whole experience was amazing. The guides were super nice and helpful all the way. especially ibo and markus that we had were so nice. During the trip itself, there was a small snow storm which made everything more tense, unfortunately we didn't see the northern lights, but got to experience nature in the evening up close. It was very cold, so it was good we listened to guide Ibo and two put on their suits and boots. it made the whole experience better. A strong recommendation from here. They have lot of knowledge about northern lights, so if there is a chance to see it, trust me they will find it. And if you are not lucky to see it, trust me you will still have a great trip. Ibo learned os so much about hunting the lights, we founded next day by our self.

Omg, the nature can’t be explained by words. Even the pictures we took can’t explain it, it was like a fairytale. Our guide Santi was the best! He took time to explain everything in all details, and we learned so much about the nature we walk through. We was a group of 7 in age 33-58, and many of us took the “slide” rute when it was possible. My mom had a back operation for 2 months a ago, and even she could walk the whole way. But this was possible because our guide Santi was so kind to take care of her, and guide the steps. She got special shoes and stocks to help her. If the guide recommends you to change to there’s outfits, then do it. We didn’t freeze and everything was comfortable.

Great experience! Activity provider was kind to let us reschedule our first booking due to bad weather. Unfortunately, it continued and we were still not able to see the Northern lights. But the guides are fantastic, the winter gear is proper, and we felt safe and taken care of every step of the way. We booked a second tour in the same week and were very fortunate to see some Nothern lights from behind light clouds. The guides want to give you best value for money and are happy to stay 10-20min longer if the lights only appear at the end of the 2-hour picnic. Highly recommend this tour.

Fantastic experience. We were very fortunate to have amazing weather with a beautiful sunrise and clear skies from the look-out point at the top of the hill, plus there was a lot of fresh snow from the night before that made it extra fun to walk with the snowshoes. We were group of about 18 people with 2 guides. The guides were very friendly, they let us stay a bit longer at the look-out point given the great weather, and they took great care of the entire group. I'd highly recommend this activity.

The tour was very nice! The sleigh ride lasted about 1 hour and was really fun. We went through a snowy forest with the reindeer, then we went to the yurt, where a little fire was crackling. You could warm up with hot berry juice and listen to information about reindeer and working with them in Lapland. The guides were super friendly and knew an answer to all questions. You could also feed and pet the reindeer. An all-round beautiful experience!