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How to Spend 1 Day in Lapland

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How to Spend 1 Day in Lapland
Finland’s northernmost district and the home of Santa Claus, Lapland offers endless opportunities for Arctic adventure. With just one day to explore, base yourself at a resort town such as Rovaniemi or Levi, keep traveling distances to a minimum, and maximize your time with a tour that includes multiple activities. Here are some ideas.

Morning: Meet Santa in Lapland 
Lapland’s most popular attraction is the Santa Village just outside Rovaniemi—the “official hometown of Santa Claus”—and visiting Santa is an unforgettable experience for travelers of all ages. Visiting as part of a tour avoids the hassle of organizing transfers and means you can book activities such as a meet-and-greet with Santa in advance. While meeting Santa Claus is the obvious highlight, there are plenty of other things to do at the village, so leave yourself plenty of time to explore. Peek into Santa’s workshops, meet the reindeer, pose for photos crossing the Arctic Circle line, and shop for Christmas-themed gifts. Don’t forget to send a postcard from Santa’s post office, stamped with a one-of-a-kind Santa Claus postmark. 

Afternoon: Enjoy an Arctic Adventure 
Lapland’s wild Arctic landscapes are equally impressive in summer and winter, but for the best views, you need to leave the city behind and head out into the countryside. Husky-sled rides and snowmobile excursions are great fun, while families with younger children can opt for a ride in a reindeer-drawn sleigh or a visit to Ranua Zoo in Rovaniemi. For the best value, choose a tour that includes hotel pickup and transfers. End the day with a delicious dinner of typical Finnish cuisine, and perhaps try regional specialties such as reindeer or moose steak, smoked herring, and sweet desserts made with bilberries. 

Night: Hunt for the Northern Lights
If you’re visiting Lapland between late September and March, set out on a northern-lights safari for a chance of spotting the mesmerizing aurora borealis. Northern-lights tours typically leave the city around 9pm, staying out until the early hours of morning and using aurora-tracking technology to maximize your chances of a sighting. Summer visitors don’t have to miss out—the midnight sun means that the sun never sets during the summer months, and the ethereal glow of the evening hours provides a magical backdrop for activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and cycling. 
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Private Full-Day Trip to Santa Claus Village from Levi

Private Full-Day Trip to Santa Claus Village from Levi

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Spend time at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi on this 8-hour private trip from Levi. Travel by private vehicle through rural Lapland to this Santa-themed park, and enjoy the attractions independently. Meet the great man in the Santa Claus Office, send Santa-stamped greetings, and enjoy the elves’ workshops, restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities (own expense). Your experience includes round-trip private transport, hotel pickup and drop-off, and park entrance fees.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$414.30
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Rovaniemi Guided Tour and Santa Claus Village

Rovaniemi Guided Tour and Santa Claus Village

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Get to know Rovaniemi and meet Santa Claus at the Santa Claus Village on this 3-hour, family-friendly tour. See Rovaniemi’s highlights on a panoramic tour as your guide shares facts about the city, Finnish Lapland’s capital. Then, travel through countryside to the magical Santa Claus Village and come face to face with the great man himself in the Santa Claus Office. Visit the Main Post Office to send Santa Claus-stamped greetings, join an Arctic Circle crossing ceremony, and enjoy the shops, elves’ workshops, snow activities, cafés and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.68
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Ranua Zoo Family Tour from Rovaniemi

Ranua Zoo Family Tour from Rovaniemi

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Enjoy a visit to Ranua's Arctic Wildlife Park without the hassle of renting a car. This tour from Rovaniemi includes round-trip transportation in a comfortable tour vehicle with included WiFi, allowing you to browse and post photos to pass the time. Upon arrival, your entrance fees are already taken care of and you will be able to explore the world's northernmost zoo at your leisure. Hotel pickup and drop-off complete the stress-free experience.
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  • 5 hours
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$111.31
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Midnight Sun Arctic Picnic On The Top Of The Hill

Midnight Sun Arctic Picnic On The Top Of The Hill

A wonderful night adventure for unique natural phenomena lovers. Our tour takes you up to the top of the Santavaara Hill. The path leads through small birch forests and it takes about 30 minutes of walking until we reach the top of the mountain above the treeline. On days with good weather, the view up here is incredibly beautiful. The sun shines even at night, but it does not heat very much. Therefore, your professional guide will set up a fire for you, using the classic method of mining fire - flint and bark of a tree. We will use campfire not only for heating, but also for cooking. Delicious and simple midnight snacks will be prepared by your guide. The Lappish wild berries nurtured by the midnight sun are also healthy, and can be eaten just as they are when you find them. Just imagine: you are in Lapland, on top of Santa Claus Hill, under the midnight sun - this is an excellent occasion to celebrate that moment and drink a glass of sparkling wine. Cheers!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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