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  • Northern Lights Hunting With Lappish BBQ in Rovaniemi

    1. 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.

    Our guide was Matias, he was incredibly knowledgeable about the northern lights, explained exactly how they form, he was also super friendly and it was like hanging out with an old friend! We unfortunately didn’t manage to see the lights as it was too cloudy but we still had a great time. We had a BBQ with grilled sausages, salmon soup warmed up by the fire, hot berry juice and then some sweet snacks including marshmallows. It really was great even if we didn’t manage to see the lights, we spent about 2 or 3 hours outdoors warming by the fire, and learning about Rovaniemi. Really recommend this tour, thank you Matias!

  • Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

    2. Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

    This 3-hour Northern Lights hunting tour by snowmobile will take you deep into the wonderful winter landscape of the Arctic Circle. Your guide will lead you on a unique snowmobile adventure through nature where only the moonlight, stars, and snowmobile light systems light the way.   In the middle of the wilderness, you’ll stop to observe the sky. You’ll be surrounded by lakes and forests that rise like mysterious shadows towards the night sky. With the lights of the city nowhere to be found, you’ll be amazed at what you can see. The guide will prepare an open fire for you to warm up, where you can enjoy warm refreshments and grilled sausages.  If you’re lucky and the sky is clear, you might see the flaming Northern Lights dancing in the sky in mysterious silence.

    it was great experience, despite the fact that we didn't see the nothern lights.

  • Rovaniemi: Northern Lights and Husky Sleigh Ride

    3. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights and Husky Sleigh Ride

    Discover the dancing colors of the Northern Lights as you glide across the Lappish landscape on a husky sleigh ride. Enjoy snow-covered winter forests as you travel 5 to 10 kilometers to camp, cozy and safe atop the sled. Meet your guide at your hotel near the center of Rovaniemi and head for the charming farmhouse where you'll greet your dog sledding team. Then it's off to search for the Aurora Borealis. If conditions permit, you may even get to drive the sled yourself. The huskies will lead you to camp to enjoy a hearty Lappish BBQ dinner and good company around a fire. Savor grilled sausages and warm up with steaming beverages as you wait for the Northern Lights to appear. After you've had your fill of stargazing and dazzling light displays, your trusty huskie team and your guide will take you back to the hotel so you can rest up for tomorrow's adventures.

  • Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Hunt and Arctic Circle

    4. 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.

    Everything was perfect. The excursion was like they planning. Nigth was cold and they did a fire for heating up us. They help us with the configuration for the cameras. Besides, we were with the kids and they let us know to stay inside the car for being even more warm.

  • Northern Lights Sledge Ride Pulled by Snowmobile

    5. Northern Lights Sledge Ride Pulled by Snowmobile

    This Northern Lights Snowmobile Sledge adventure depqrts from Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi, and offers you an exciting chase for the Northern Lights. 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.

    Hosts were amazing people. Very informative and caring. There was a large group that went out -4 of us and around 28 in another group. The large group done nothing but complain and showed no respect to us who were enjoying it. The hosts were very patient with them. Even when the lights appeared and they didn’t want to see them as they were cold (they were wearing all the correct clothing but refused to move around). The hosts ensured that us 4 we looked after and made the entire evening a very memorable and enjoyable one The drinks and biscuits were lovely- I would love to be able to buy the hot drink in the uk. It’s was lovely. Thank you for a wonderful experience

  • Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Wilderness Tour with Camera

    6. 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. 

    The experience was excellent. The tour guide was very helpful and he took some great shots of us with the Northern Lights. We were slightly disappointed that we did not see the lights ourselves, since it was cloudy, but through the camera they can be seen. The BBQ was very pleasant. An overall exceptional experience

  • Ice Floating in Lapland With Northern Lights

    7. Ice Floating in Lapland With Northern Lights

    You will 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.

    I really enjoyed the evening but go prepared not to see the lights as to see them are a gift.If you don't see them you'll still have a great time.

  • Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Photography Tour & BBQ

    8. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Photography Tour & BBQ

    Join a professional Aurora Borealis photographer and learn the tricks of the trade for capturing that perfect Northern Lights moment. The professional photographer will take the best shots for you! Head about 30 to 50 kilometers into the mystical forest, away from the light pollution of the city.  Your tour guide will explain how the Northern Lights are formed and tell ancient tales from the local Sami and Lappish cultures. The photographer can provide guidance in setting up the best shooting angles, shooting screen, camera settings, and more.  To keep you going, sit down for a campfire BBQ and grill some local favorites and delicacies of reindeer sausage and blueberry tea. The photographer will also provide photos of you and the Northern Lights, so you will have a record of every wonderful moment! After the trip, you will receive your Northern Lights photos by email so that you may d...

    Bellissima esperienza. La nostra guida, Lorenzo veramente gentile e disponibile. Ci ha portati in riva ad un lago ghiacciato, la serata era splendida e abbiamo visto l aurora. Le foto sono bellissime!!

  • Rovaniemi: Forest Sauna with Northern Lights

    9. Rovaniemi: Forest Sauna with Northern Lights

    Head to an Arctic forest roughly 20 kilometers from the city center to experience the traditional firewood sauna in the forest. The experience of the sauna is such an important part of Finnish culture, that it can’t be compared to anything else. For centuries, it has been a place for physical and spiritual cleansing. Dipping into icy lakes and rolling in the snow are said to be good for your blood circulation, but most people do them simply for the incredible rush. Head to an amazing outdoor forest location to try your hand at winter swimming in the icy water. Raise your head to catch a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights. After the sauna experience, head to the frozen lake to hunt the Northern Lights while you enjoy hot drinks and a BBQ.

    Good guide, special sauna + ice swimming + snow rolling experience. Great BBQ food - sausage, gingerbread, marshmallow, hot berry juice. Too bad can’t catch aurora...

  • From Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Photo Tour with Campfire

    10. From Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Photo Tour with Campfire

    Join this photo tour and chase the northern lights in Lapland. Let your guide take you to prime areas for seeing the auroras and taking in their magnificence. The northern lights are best seen at night, so you'll be driven from the bright city lights and taken into the dark countryside.  Once you are at the perfect spot to see the lights, your guide will help you set up your camera to capture the green lights and the stunning surrounding nature. Make sure you're smiling as your guide also takes pictures of you. Enjoy the breathtaking Lapland landscapes and magic snowy fields. Keep warm by the campfire and snack on barbeque sausages as you learn about the northern lights.

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What people are saying about Rovaniemi

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 118 reviews

We would highly recommend it to everyone! We had booked the Northern Lights Snowmobile Safari. Unfortunately, due to the weather, we couldn't see the northern lights, but the company really can't help. It just depends on the weather! It was still an exceptionally great experience. We were picked up at our hotel and received very warmly. We received equipment and warm clothing as well as a good introduction to the function of snowmobiles. First we drove on established snowmobile roads where we could get a feel for the vehicle. Then we did some off-roading too, which was a really cool experience. The BBQ took place in a traditional kota (wooden hut) and was very tasty! You could eat as many sausages as you wanted and the juice offered was really good. The guides are exceptionally nice and will be happy to provide you with information.

It was a very good evening! We were a group of 5 French and we were picked up in front of our accommodation. Our guide was Lorenzo, very friendly. He took pictures of us there with the Northern Lights in the background. We drove for 45 minutes to completely get out of town and the light pollution. The evening there started at 9 p.m. and for almost an hour and a half we had plenty of dawn! Then it calmed down and we took the opportunity to meet by the fire and eat something. We highly recommend the activity. Just plan to eat before because there what is offered is just a snack, and plan to go in February / March in cloudless weather, otherwise no chance of seeing the aurora.

Our guide was Matias, he was incredibly knowledgeable about the northern lights, explained exactly how they form, he was also super friendly and it was like hanging out with an old friend! We unfortunately didn’t manage to see the lights as it was too cloudy but we still had a great time. We had a BBQ with grilled sausages, salmon soup warmed up by the fire, hot berry juice and then some sweet snacks including marshmallows. It really was great even if we didn’t manage to see the lights, we spent about 2 or 3 hours outdoors warming by the fire, and learning about Rovaniemi. Really recommend this tour, thank you Matias!

The guides were punctual at the time of the chosen one at the hotel. Very kind and patient they taught us how to use the snowmobiles perfectly and the route was easy and very pleasant. The barbecue took place in an incredible environment. No but. 100 percent recommended

Fantastic ride through the Lapland forest - our guide Tiina was great !!