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Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

1. Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

Start with hotel pickup, and be guided to the Arctic Circle area. Head for the reindeer farm with the opportunity to meet, feed, and cuddle the reindeer. Listen to stories about reindeer herding, and enjoy a 500-meter sled ride. Receive your reindeer driver's license from the herder as a memento, after which it will be time to take your next trip to the husky farm. Meet the adorable local huskies then experience an 800-meter sled ride through the Arctic forest. Finally, visit the Santa Claus Village where you can meet the man himself, cross the Arctic Circle, and enjoy the Christmas spirit. Enjoy some time at your leisure for gift shopping, and maybe even can send a Christmas letter from Santa's post office.

Reindeer Farm Visit with Sleigh Ride

2. Reindeer Farm Visit with Sleigh Ride

Immerse yourself in truly authentic Lappish culture with the country’s magical, gentle reindeer. Experience the tranquillity of the local forests as you travel along the glittering snowy trail on a sleigh pulled by a reindeer. After being picked up from your hotel, you will meet the local reindeer herders and familiarize yourself with their culture and everyday life. Take the opportunity to feed the reindeer and take pictures with them. Then, depart the farm in a storybook wooden sled, wrapped up in warm blankets, for a short journey with the reindeer into the forest. To show all your friends back home, you’ll receive a certified reindeer sleigh driving license. After returning from your mystical ride, cuddle up in the cozy traditional Lappish hut while listening to the farmer as they share stories of the local history and culture. Taste some steaming beverages and cookies, the all-time favorite for locals to warm up in the wintertime.

Rovaniemi: Apukka Reindeer Journey

3. Rovaniemi: Apukka Reindeer Journey

Reindeers are a big part of the Lappish lifestyle and have a long history of living side by side with the locals in the north. With this in mind, a reindeer ride is a relaxing way to both explore Finnish nature and get in touch with these beautiful animals. Following a peaceful pace, let the reindeer lead you through the forests. Enjoy the silence of the woods and the still atmosphere all around you and let these beautiful animals guide the way. Afterward, relax with a hot drink. Return from your adventure knowing a lot more than before about the life of the reindeer and reindeer herders in Finnish Lapland.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Sleigh Ride with Hot Snacks

4. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Sleigh Ride with Hot Snacks

The thrill of witnessing the Aurora Borealis is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. The Northern Lights dancing up above is such a powerful and unique natural phenomenon it changes lives down on Earth. Your guide will take control of the snowmobile and will take you on a journey through the snowy and unforgettable landscape, all the way to a magic frozen lake, far away from the residential areas and their light pollution. After arriving, a traditional Lappish BBQ will be prepared for you and you can enjoy it next to the campfire to keep you warm. Wait for the Northern Lights to appear while relaxing by the fire, enjoy a warm Sami blueberry tea and listen to the stories and tales of the Northern Lights.

Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Excursion by Snowtrain

5. 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.

Rovaniemi: Arctic Animals Sleigh Rides and Wildlife Zoo

6. Rovaniemi: Arctic Animals Sleigh Rides and Wildlife Zoo

Benefit from morning pickup at your accommodation in Rovaniemi, and then travel to Ranua Wildlife Park in the Arctic wilderness. Explore the breathtaking winter wonderland with the help of your guide, and see polar bears and hundreds of other species of animals in their natural habitat. Relax with a delicious buffet lunch of traditional food in the middle of a forest. Continue your journey to meet friendly Siberian huskies at a husky farm, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime ride in a sled pulled by the dogs, weather permitting. Talk to traditional reindeer herders at a local reindeer farm in Rovaniemi, and learn the history of reindeer farming in the area. Hear what it's like to live in the Arctic before a short sleigh ride pulled by the reindeer.

From Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Sleigh Ride

7. From Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Sleigh Ride

This evening sightseeing tour is there to give you a chance at seeing the Northern Lights, while being comfortably tucked in by warm blankets, to keep you cozy. After the sleigh ride, it’s time for a longer break to admire the night sky. Meanwhile, our guide prepares a campfire around which you’ll hear fascinating stories about the Northern Lights. With the right conditions and a bit of luck, you might get to see this marvelous natural phenomenon. This tour is suitable for adults and children alike, for those without valid driving license and for those who do not wish to drive a snowmobile themselves. On this tour, you won’t drive yourself but will travel seated in a sleigh pulled by guides’ snowmobile.

Rovaniemi: Apukka Reindeer Sleigh Safari at Night

8. Rovaniemi: Apukka Reindeer Sleigh Safari at Night

Just as our ancestors once did, travel on a reindeer sleigh through the untouched wilderness.  Meet your guide and hop on board your sleigh to adventure through Finnish nature. Immerse yourself in the Lappish lifestyle as you glide through the snow. As you see the glow of the bonfire from a remote lavvu, you'll know it's time to stop for a hot drink over some fascinating stories from the reindeer herders.  If lucky, perhaps the Northern Lights will escort your way through the magical plains of Lapland.

Rovaniemi: Santa's Village-Photo-Reindeer/Husky Safari

9. Rovaniemi: Santa's Village-Photo-Reindeer/Husky Safari

Travel to the most magical place for both children and adults at Santa Claus Village in this group tour. Meet Santa Claus in his office and take pictures with him. Get one official framed photo per booking, so you can keep this memory fresh. Experience the thrill of having both reindeer and husky sled safaris, across the Arctic Circle and get your own certificate for this activity. Take some free time to explore the village and buy gifts. Enjoy a delicious lunch at Santa’s restaurant, where will you can savor the taste of the locally produced lunch.

Rovaniemi: Full-Day Highlights Tour with Buffet Lunch

10. Rovaniemi: Full-Day Highlights Tour with Buffet Lunch

Explore Lapland's capital town, Rovaniemi, and get a unique glimpse into life in the Arctic! Your exquisite day will start with an easy 15-minute hike. Here you will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Rovaniemi city. Climb to the hilltop of Ounasvaara, the highest point in Rovaniemi, and find yourself in the middle of a dreamy Finnish forest. After your hike, learn about the Arctic in the Arktikum museum. Here you will have the chance to visit the exhibition and see arctic animals, indigenous people (Sami), and get some knowledge on local history from the ice age to the present. You can also find information and a display of Northern lights. Next, continue your tour and visit the husky and reindeer farm. Feel the excitement of a speedy sleigh ride with energetic huskies, and relax on a comfy sleigh as your reindeer take you into a tranquil forest. Warm yourself up with a coffee or tea and enjoy some cookies. Finally, the climax of the tour involves the iconic character of Rovaniemi, Santa Claus. Visit the Santa Claus Village and get a certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle line. Spend your time in the fairy-tale village full of shops with arctic products, and, of course, meet Santa Claus himself! Inside the village is the official Santa Claus post office, where the elves will help you send messages to your loved ones.

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What people are saying about Rovaniemi

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 117 reviews

Parmi toutes les activités que nous avons fait à Rovaniemi, celle-ci était pour nous la meilleure. Les animaux sont très bien traités, les paysages étaient magnifiques et la balade était bien relaxante. La pause déjeuner à mi-chemin était la bienvenue avec de bonnes saucisses et des explications intéressantes sur les rennes.

Ark was the best guide ever. This activity is worth ever money. Lots of fun and time with the reindeer and dogs, lots of time in the Santa Village. Great story telling about the animals. Great time at the lunch break with tasty food. All involved were so positive, nice, polite, optimistic. Our guide was the best

Very nice experience, unfortunately we have not seen the aurora but nobody can know that. The only thing I think about is that often in March the aurora comes out late, like around 11pm, which is usually the time when tours are coming to an end. I think it would be better to organize myself later.

We had a great trip Our guide was great Laughed a lot

very nice walk in the heart of the Finnish forest.