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Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Hunt and Arctic Circle

1. 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.

Ice Floating in Lapland With Northern Lights

2. 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: Arctic Circle Ice Fishing Experience with BBQ

3. Rovaniemi: Arctic Circle Ice Fishing Experience with BBQ

This ice fishing trip will take you to the best fishing spots in the region. The guides will drive you to the fishing place by minivan. At the frozen lake the guide will share the secrets of ice fishing and will help you to get started. You can find many species in the lakes around Rovaniemi: trout, rainbow trout, perch and whitefish. This is a traditional way of fishing in Finland.  During the program, enjoy some hot juice and BBQ sausages at a bonfire. Experience the peace of nature and a piece of mind that is difficult to find anywhere else in the world in Finnish ice-fishing waters.

Rovaniemi: Icebreaker Cruise with Lunch and Ice Floating

4. Rovaniemi: Icebreaker Cruise with Lunch and Ice Floating

Take a day trip from Rovaniemi to experience our incredible icebreaker cruise. The shuttle bus will pick you up from multiple locations in Rovaniemi and after a drive to Sweden, your ship will depart from Axelsvik. After a quick check-in, begin one of the greatest adventures in Lapland, a sightseeing cruise through the ice in the Bothnian Sea. During the cruise, make stops to enjoy floating in survival suits in the middle of the Arctic Sea and walk safely on the frozen sea ice. Enjoy an audio-guided tour through all 7 decks of the ship via an audio guide application in 16 languages. Watch an exclusive 11-minute movie about icebreakers around the world in the icebreaker theatre. If you get hungry, enjoy a cafeteria on board, where you can enjoy hot drinks and snacks at your own expense. The captain will present you with a Cruise & Swim certificate at the end of the tour as a memorable gift. When the cruise is finished, head to Kukkolaforsen, a Swedish fishermen's village, where a buffet lunch is served in a riverside panorama restaurant. The Medieval village open-air museum is available for a visit, as well, at no charge. After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive back to Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Quad Bike Tour

5. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Quad Bike Tour

Set off on your Lappish adventure by Quadbike just after sunset when Lapland is covered in darkness.   Be shown the best snow-covered trails surrounded by pure Arctic forest by your expert guide. Ride far away from the illuminated city to increase your chances of glimpsing the magic of the Northern Lights.  Finnish Lapland is located right in the middle of what’s called the “Aurora Zone”, making it advantageous for witnessing this unique natural phenomenon. Discover famous constellations in the starry sky while waiting for the magnificent dancing colors of Aurora Borealis to appear.  During a short break, enjoy some tasty hot drinks and gingerbread cookies to warm up your body before continuing on your adventure through the stunning Lappish countryside.

Rovaniemi: Midnight Sun, ATV Ride During The Golden Hour

6. Rovaniemi: Midnight Sun, ATV Ride During The Golden Hour

Experience the color schemes of Lapland by ATV (quad bikes). The midnight sun golden hour is the period during which daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky. Your guides will teach you how to ride an ATV and give you safety instructions. Then you will drive through the Arctic forest. Enjoy the sun peeking through the trees, around this time the moose start to get active - if you are lucky, you will spot some of them. Once you get used to driving these vehicles, you will drive up a hill where you will stop and enjoy the breath-taking view over Lapland. Here, you will have a Lappish BBQ with reindeer sausages and blueberry juice. After the break, you will be driven downhill and through the magical forests of Lapland back to the lakeside.

Rovaniemi City Photography Tour

7. Rovaniemi City Photography Tour

This photography tour will take you to key locations around Rovaniemi City to photograph some of its most iconic landmarks and natural sights. You will be guided by a professional photographer who can teach you some new tricks in photography and share information about Rovaniemi and the surrounding areas. Your photographer-guide also conducts a professional photo shoot during the trip and you will receive edited, high quality photos of your visit to Rovaniemi. During the tour, you will travel by car in order to reach the locations easily, and have plenty of time for photography. Visit Lumberjack Bridge and search for the perfect angle for capturing the bridge and the cityscape in the background. Go to Arktikum Shore for some beautiful sceneries against the backdrop of a frozen river. Benefit from professional tips for landscape photography and admire the Arctic nature, including authentic winter sceneries.

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What people are saying about Lapland

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 121 reviews

We had a nice experience. The lights were very faint but our guides gave us tipps how to get the most out of the trip. They also offered warm clothes and boots even though it wasn't advertised. I recommend them!

It was a great and fun experience. The tour operator is superb and everything from pick up to drop off worked brilliantly. This provider, as well as the activity are highly recommended.

Absolutely breathtaking. We spotted the Aurora and had a fun experience floating and great pictures. Only downside, the suites take on water and it feels very uncomfortable.

we reschedule the trip from 9 until 11 of feb and yes we saw the northern lights a magical phenomenal the arctic central team and amazing and have experience. thanks allj

We went two spots and finally saw the aurora! It was a nice tour that offered us with warm clothes, hot berry juice and cookies!