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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

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 with more hot drinks and snacks before you head back to Rovaniemi at the end of an amazing day. 

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Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari into the Arctic Circle Forest

2. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari into the Arctic Circle Forest

This snowmobile safari gives you a chance to ride your own snowmobile on the forest trails through the Arctic Circle area. You will enjoy the beautiful wintery scenery, during the way we will make several stops to admire snowy nature. 2 adults ride on one snowmobile, single riding supplement for extra charge. The tour is suitable for anyone interested to experience snowmobile riding. Children are traveling in the sledge pulled by the guides snowmobile. The driver of a snowmobile has to be at least 15 years old and hold a valid driver license – A1, T, A or B category (please check that it is valid in Finland!) Snowmobile safaris start and end at the Wild Nordic safari centre located opposite the Santa Claus Village. You can skip return transfer and continue your visit to Santa. The riding time on snowmobiles is approximately 1 hour and 30-40 minutes.

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Rovaniemi: Apukka Husky Adventure

3. 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.

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Northern Lights Hunting With Lappish BBQ in Rovaniemi

4. Northern Lights Hunting With Lappish BBQ in Rovaniemi

The Northern Lights dancing up above is such a powerful and unique natural phenomenon - it changes lives down on Earth. Being one of the best places to spot the Auroras, Finnish Lapland is the ideal place to see them. Your guide provides you with a pick-up/drop off at your hotel/accommodation, and then you will be taken away from the city, about 20-25 km away, to a beautiful natural lakeside landscape, where there`s no light pollution, the ideal place to spot this beautiful natural phenomenon. Once there, you will be provided with a traditional Lappish BBQ with Blueberry Tea, and your guides will explain all you need to know about the Northern Lights.

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Rovaniemi: Apukka Aurora Husky Tour

5. Rovaniemi: Apukka Aurora Husky Tour

After being picked up, make your way to Apukka where your experience begins. Once there, meet your beautiful huskies who are eager to take you on an unforgettable ride. Begin your experience crossing snowy forests and wintry lakes, driving your own sledge and receiving the basic knowledge on how to work together with the dogs as a team. Mush through the wilderness, before returning to a traditional Lappish hut to grill some sausages and sip on warm juice by an open fire. The chance to see the Northern Lights get better and better as midnight approaches, and with a bit of luck you can share this special moment with your new furry friends. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll make your trip back to Rovaniemi.

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Northern Lights by Snowmobile & Snacks by Campfire

6. Northern Lights by Snowmobile & Snacks by Campfire

This 3-hour 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.

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Rovaniemi: 5-Hour Snowmobile and Ice Fishing Adventure

7. 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. Afterwards, travel back to the starting point.

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Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Wilderness Tour with Camera

8. 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. The more time you spend outside the more likely you are to see the lights. Usually, you can view the Aurora in the middle of a huge frozen lake or river.  All of the pictures of the Northern Lights on the website were taken during tours, some by clients and some by guides. Some were even taken on a mobile phone. Cameras often capture stronger images than what you can see with the naked eye. However, when the Aurora really starts to dance, no cameras are needed. Put the cameras down and observe this very special phenomenon for a much more personal experience. 

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Rovaniemi: Frozen Waterfalls of Korouoma Canyon Hike

9. Rovaniemi: Frozen Waterfalls of Korouoma Canyon Hike

Following pickup from your accommodation, your professional guide will drive you 100 kilometers to Posio where your adventure begins. Korouoma Canyon is a millions-of-years-old fracture valley in Lapland, and is definitely one of the biggest natural attractions that Lapland has to offer. The ice waterfalls are unique in Finland, and are perfect for walking around and appreciating the magical nature around them. On the Korouoma snowy trail you will experience deep snow and unforgettable forest landscapes, with the entire area a natural reserve. At the bottom of the canyon there is the Korojoki River, which later turns into the Kemijoki River. There are plenty of species discoverable in the nature of Korouoma, including deer, wild rabbits, foxes, and golden eagles. Hiking is a great activity for the whole family, as anyone can do it and no previous experience is required. With winter overalls and snow boots provided, anyone can walk in deep snow without feeling any type of cold. You can admire the ice falls along the Koronjää Trail, which leads you past three of the most beautiful frozen waterfalls of the Korouoma Canyon. The Korouoma area in Posio is also an excellent area for a walking day tour and hike. There are many lean-to shelters with campfires in the area, and a campfire BBQ will be served to maintain your warmth and energy during the day. At your tour's conclusion, you will be driven back to your accommodation in the Rovaniemi city center.

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Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari Adventure

10. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari Adventure

Join this exciting tour opportunity in Rovaniemi for a dose of adrenaline-fuelled snowmobiling action. This is a fantastic tour choice for those looking to pack in some adventure during their time exploring Lapland's gorgeous natural surroundings. To begin this snowmobiling adventure,you will be picked up at your accommodation. Meet your qualified guide and get dressed up in an insulated winter overall. After a short briefing, you will step into a modified Super Jeep and drive up the forest to the snowmobile base. Once participants have had a short briefing on how to operate the snowmobiles and have been provided with necessary safety equipment, you will pull the throttle and make the hair-raising journey into the Arctic Circle forests and lakes. Prepare for some serious speed as you find yourself whizzing across the wild! You will stop to rest before you come back to base and enjoy hot drinks and gingerbread.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,143 reviews

Finnish sauna, snow sauna and jacuzzi are amazing. Very unique experiences! Although the kotahovi restaurant is just average especially the reindeer meat but the whole experience was great! Would definitely go back again.

Unforgettable experience, good guide (Igansi), good motorcycles and unforgettable day. Pity of the cloudy day to see the auroras, everything and that it was intuited, but it is worth it.

It was simply amazing. The owner of the company took us on the snowmobile and let us even try his moto! The dogs were also loving!!! I would recommend this activity to everyone.

Una buena excursión. Los guías muy amables y atentos, especialmente Alexandra. Repetiría sin duda.

It was an amazing experience and the guides were very nice and funny.