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Rovaniemi: Hiking and Snowshoeing Adventure in Lapland

1. Rovaniemi: Hiking and Snowshoeing Adventure in Lapland

Meet your professional guide at your hotel lobby for the transfer to just outside of Rovaniemi in the Arctic forest. Embark on an unforgettable hiking and snowshoeing journey into the forest in the Arctic Circle, where you will pass through frozen rapids and follow amazing nature trails between waterfalls and woods. The short hike is is suitable for youngsters and families. There is a possibility of seeing some birds and wildlife. Also, a forest campfire BBQ will be provided with warm tea.

From Rovaniemi: Ranua Wildlife Park Visit

2. 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.

Lapland: The Frozen Waterfalls of Korouoma Tour

3. Lapland: The Frozen Waterfalls of Korouoma Tour

Your morning shuttle will depart from your hotel and head to Posio's virgin forest area, 160 kilometers from Rovaniemi. Korouoma is a 1-million-year-old fracture valley in the bedrock.  At the valley's center, it forms a magnificent gorge that drops over 100 meters below its surrounding terrain. Thick snow accumulates in the forest trees, making the forest appear completely dreamy and blurred. You can take amazing photos of the ice and snow everywhere. Professional guides will escort you into the forest. In the middle of your hike, your guide will make a bonfire for you and you can experience the traditional cuisine of the Arctic Circle. Korouoma is known for its magnificent frozen waterfalls that cover the tall cliffs in the winter. There are altogether 14 frozen waterfalls along the Korouoma hiking trail.

Rovaniemi: Discover the Northern Lights Photography Tour

4. Rovaniemi: Discover the Northern Lights Photography Tour

Begin with a team meeting about the tour of the day then get a short briefing about current weather conditions, aurora forecasts, and your destination of the day. The focus of this tour is the Rovaniemi area and you will travel by minivan. After reaching the destination you will leave the minivan and continue on foot to reach the perfect spots in the middle of nature. In the destination, your guide, a professional photographer, helps you prepare your cameras for Northern Lights photography and get ready for the show of a lifetime. Northern Lights are always unpredictable and there is no guarantee that they will be found every night. However, this tour gives you the best possible chance to experience and photograph these mystical wonders of the Arctic area. During the night you are a member of an exclusive team led by a professional photography guide. Simply put, you will join real aurora hunters who rely on the following to succeed in their mission: • background research into local weather and Aurora forecasts • live information feed coming directly into the minivan •local knowledge of all the best viewing spots •willingness to go the extra mile, or a hundred miles, to find the aurora During the night, you will normally visit two to three different locations, which are always chosen according to local weather conditions and photograph opportunities. This means that if the sky is clear and there is a possibility to see the aurora 100 kilometers away, we will take the chance and drive you there. Altogether there are over 50 locations from which to choose the best ones each night. 

Ranua Wildlife Park Day: Visit the Arctic Animals

5. 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.

Ice Floating in Lapland With Northern Lights

6. Ice Floating in Lapland With Northern Lights

Embark on a journey to view the majestic Northern Lights while floating in a secret lagoon. With an underwater music show and with high-quality Insulated Suits, this activity is a dream come true. After a 15 km journey outside of the city, where there´s no light pollution, you will be taken to an icy lake surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape - the ideal place to observe this natural phenomenon. Once you are in one of the warm, waterproof survival suits, it’ll be time to float around. If you are lucky, the Northern Lights will appear in the sky overhead. Your tour guide will provide you with the best information about Ice Floating and the Northern Lights. You will be offered hot Blueberry tea and Gingerbread during this activity.

Rovaniemi: Frozen Waterfalls of Korouoma Canyon Hike

7. Rovaniemi: Frozen Waterfalls of Korouoma Canyon Hike

Experience an unforgettable day tour to the incredible frozen waterfalls of Korouma. After being picked up at your accommodation and changing into appropriate clothes, allow your guide to drive you to the Posio area about 100 km away from Rovaniemi. The snowy scenery of Korouma Canyon provides the opportunity for winter hiking surrounded by beautiful and unforgettable views. Korouoma Canyon is one of the largest natural attractions that Lapland has to offer. It is a bedrock fracture zone which is millions of years old. The frozen icefalls are unique in Finland, and they are excellent for walking and appreciating the beautiful nature that surrounds it. The Ice Trail in Korouoma Canyon is the ideal place to try this fun way to experience deep snow and unforgettable forest landscapes. At the bottom of the canyon is the Korojoki river, which ends in Kemijoki River. There are many varied animal species in Korouoma Canyon including deer, wild hare, foxes, and golden eagles. Hiking is the perfect activity for the whole family, and anyone can do it, no previous experience is required. With winter overalls and proper boots anyone can walk in deep snow without any type of chill. The Koruoma Waterfalls are magic and remain frozen until late spring. Precipitation and sub-zero temperatures determine the number and shape of frozen waterfalls. Visitors are stunned by the amazing frozen waterfalls and sometimes the enthusiastic ice climbers can be seen climbing up the frozen waterfalls to the top, despite the intensely cold weather. You will admire the icefalls along the Koronjää trail, which leads you past three of the biggest and most beautiful frozen waterfalls in Korouoma. The Korouoma area in Posio is excellent for a walking day tour and hike. There are many lean-to shelters with campfire spots in the area. A campfire BBQ will be served to keep you warm and energetic during the day.

Rovaniemi: Korouoma Canyon & Frozen Waterfalls Tour

8. 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 gentle hike through the park, admiring spectacular scenery including cliffs, rapids, and waterfalls. Keep your eyes on the 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. Next, savor a typical Finnish lunch snack around an open fire to keep you warm. 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.

Levi: Northern Lights Hunt Including Campfire Snacks

9. Levi: Northern Lights Hunt Including Campfire Snacks

Partake in a Northern Lights hunt that is a bestseller. On this evening night tour, your local guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to a traditional Finnish Laavu (lean-to) by a scenic lake, where you will be treated to a campfire picnic. Once the mood is set, you will enjoy roasted sausages and hot beverages, all whilst bathing in the glow of a warm campfire. Sit back and get comfortable as your guide entertains you with local myths related to the Aurora Borealis, and cross your fingers for the main attraction - a glimpse of the luminescent lights as they dance across the sky. Regardless of how much fortune Lady luck bestows on you, this tour will make you feel the real spirit of Lapland. The tour ends with a transfer back to your hotel.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Excursion by Snowtrain

10. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Excursion by Snowtrain

We cross the beautiful snowy landscape to reach a traditional, Lappish “kota”; a hut deep in the wilderness. Gather around the blazing bonfire, to enjoy light snacks and hot drinks. The guide will help you with camera settings to best capture the Northern Lights. This excursion is completely focused on the Northern Lights, but you also get to experience the beauty of the pure, snowy forest, darkness, and quietness. As the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, nobody can give a 100% guarantee to see them, but this trip presents an excellent chance.

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What people are saying about Lapland

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 119 reviews

Amazing view! And we have very wonderful time with our guides (Clement and Franco), Clement has a good sense of humour and very knowledgeable. Discovering Finnish life and tasting blueberry, Iingberry in the forest , what a wonderful experience. I recommend this trip~ by the way the hot blueberry tea tastes very good:)

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

Helpful guide! Fun and adventurous experience! Thumbs up! Worth it