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Rovaniemi: Private Forest Sauna, Northern Lights, & BBQ Trip

4.6 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider: NordicUnique Travels

Rovaniemi: Private Forest Sauna, Northern Lights, & BBQ Trip

Activity provider: NordicUnique Travels
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From US$ 121.07 per person

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Set off for an authentic Finnish experience and enjoy a typical sauna with the Aurora Borealis dancing above your head.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup & drop-off at hotel/accommodation, within 10km of Rovaniemi area
Private group


  • Enjoy a traditional sauna
  • Get the chance to see the Northern Lights
  • Try your hand at ice swimming
  • Savor hot drinks and a tasty BBQ
Full description

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.

  • Pickup and drop-off at hotel/accommodation within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of Rovaniemi area
  • Professional guide
  • Traditional Lapland firewood sauna
  • Traditional BBQ (pork sausage and blueberry tea)
  • Towel and slippers
  • Swimsuit (available for rent, €15 per person)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear

Know before you go

  • Northern Lights sightings are subject to weather conditions and solar activity so therefore they are not guaranteed
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place
  • The starting times can change, in this case, please double check with the local partner
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 15 reviews

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We landed in Rovaniemi, and after check in headed straight for this sauna experience. We got a private cabin with our family, pre-heated, where we could start 1h30 - 1h45. Plently of time to relax. For our kids it was a first sauna experience, and for us a first to roll in the snow - and for the ones who dare take a dip in the froozen lake. The cabine is 35-40min drive from the city, on a desolated lake. If the weather allows, and if you know what you are looking for, there should be a good chance to spot northern lights. We were not lucky. After the sauna, we were served berry juice, cookies and sausages. Contrary to other activities of the same agency, these sausages where not tasty at all

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December 28, 2021

I entered the sauna around the lake at about -20 degrees Celsius! Since the temperature inside the sauna was set to 80 degrees, the temperature difference from the outside was close to 100 degrees, and I was able to experience something like never before! The lake in February was frozen, with small sherbet-like ponds in places where I could enter and play at the sauna intervals. The pond is about below the knee, so you can put it in with confidence. The guide's older sisters were very friendly and humorous, which was great! The sandwiches and marshmallows after the sauna are also delicious, especially the hot blueberry juice. I could see a little aurora lol (Our photo one week ago was so amazing, I think it depends on luck) It was a lot of fun to experience the real sauna in the frigid cold!

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February 26, 2020

It was wonderful

The tour was only for us and the couple, but there were other tours along the lake for aurora appreciation and sauna. When we arrived at the lakeside, there was already a large aurora, so I watched the aurora first and the guide took a picture with my high-sensitivity camera. After that, while I entered the sauna and entered the bathtub outside the hut and warmed up for about an hour, the guide burned the fire and warmed the drink. When sausages and marshmallows were baked after the sauna, a more beautiful aurora was seen along the way! ! At that time, only the guide and three of us were on the lakeside and I was really moved! ! If you can't see the aurora, you might feel that it's expensive, but you can see the aurora, so it feels cheaper ... The response of the laugh guide was great!

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February 11, 2019

Product ID: 180638