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How to Spend 2 Days in Lapland

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How to Spend 2 Days in Lapland
Two days in Lapland means you can travel farther into the Arctic region, spend a night at an ice hotel, and enjoy plenty of outdoor activities. Plan ahead to maximize your time, and choose tours that combine multiple destinations or include accommodation for the best value. Here’s how to spend two days in Lapland.

Day 1: Santa Village and Snow Hotel
Morning: Just outside Rovaniemi, the Santa Village is the “official hometown of Santa Claus,” and it’s a must-visit attraction for travelers of all ages. Meet Santa himself, peek behind-the-scenes of Santa’s workshops, shop for festive gifts, and send a postcard from Santa’s post office. The village can get incredibly busy, so it’s worth booking a tour that includes meeting Santa, as well as transfers from your hotel.   
  
Afternoon: Stay in the festive mood with a visit to a traditional reindeer farm, and learn all about Lapland’s native animals. Depending on the time of year, you might get to see baby reindeer or take a reindeer-sleigh ride. Alternatively, Ranua Zoo in Rovaniemi is home to the only polar bears in Finland, as well as Arctic fox, brown bears, and lynx.  

Night: Book a night at the Snow Village in Ylläs, where you can try regional specialties such as reindeer steak, enjoy drinks at the Ice Bar, and then snuggle up in a thermal sleeping bag in a room made entirely of snow.  

Day 2: Adventures in the Arctic
Morning: Whether blanketed in snow or blooming with wildflowers, the sweeping plains of Lapland provide a dramatic backdrop for outdoor activities year-round. Ride on a husky-pulled sled or snowmobile, try your hand at ice fishing, or enjoy summer activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding, or canoeing. 

Afternoon: Learn more about Lapland’s unique history and cultural heritage with a visit to one of the region’s more unusual attractions. Perhaps take a tour of the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, the only one of its kind in Europe, located in Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Alternatively, foodies can discover Lappish traditions with a tour of a meat smokery or a local brewery. 

Night: Increase your chances of an aurora borealis sighting by booking a northern-lights safari that uses aurora-tracking technology to locate the best viewing areas. Those visiting outside the viewing period (typically from late September until March) can enjoy a hike, cycling tour, or stand-up paddleboarding excursion beneath the midnight sun instead. 
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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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$414.30
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Hunting Northern Lights with Lappish Barbecue from Rovaniemi

Hunting Northern Lights with Lappish Barbecue from Rovaniemi

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Finding the Northern Lights without a guide may mean wasted searches—something you can’t afford if you’re short on time in Finland. This tour from Rovaniemi ups the chances of sightings with a guide to interpret the conditions and take you to a prime viewpoint. Plus, you’ll hear stories about the lights you might miss if searching alone, and enjoy a Lappish barbecue as an extra local touch.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.33
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Trip to Pyhä-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine

Trip to Pyhä-Luosto National Park and Amethyst Mine

The Pyha-Luosto National Park and its forests, valleys, and rivers lies north of Rovaniemi. With this tour, enjoy a guided hike through the reserve—lush in summer and snowy in winter—without having to arrange transport, and with a guide to share background you’d miss independently. Plus, visit the park’s hillside amethyst mine to learn about and dig for one of the gemstones, and relax over a barbecue lunch.
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  • 7 hours
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$179.66
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Lappish meat smokery visit and tasting

Lappish meat smokery visit and tasting

This is an one in a lifetime chance to look inside family owned Lappish meat smokery! It is a family owned meet smokery, with great traditions and stories to tell. We, promise, that this will be activity with a local taste!
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  • 2 hours
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$92.76
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Private Rovaniemi Snowmobile Tour: Visit a Reindeer Farm and Meet Santa

Private Rovaniemi Snowmobile Tour: Visit a Reindeer Farm and Meet Santa

Take this fun private tour, and ride a snowmobile around the Arctic Circle area, meet Santa, and visit a reindeer farm in Rovaniemi. Highlights include going on a sleigh ride pulled by reindeer, lunch at Santa Claus Village, and a meeting with St. Nicholas himself. Learn about Finland’s traditional reindeer over a warm beverage in a teepee, and spend time at the country's famous holiday-themed amusement park.
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  • 6 hours
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$2,614.88
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.55
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$114.55

Surfing under Midnight Sun (SUP)

Surfing under Midnight Sun (SUP)

Paddle and slide across the crystal water surface, bathing in the gentle golden sunlight of the Midnight Sun.  The expert guide will take you to the beautiful lakeside and teach you how to keep balance on the paddling board. Paddle your way down the peaceful river under the never-setting midnight sun. In the middle of your journey, refresh with some snacks on the small island. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of tranquil Arctic forests and smooth rivers, while the sun stays above the horizon till August. After the paddling tour, climb up to the hilltop in the fantastic forest. Witness the amazing Midnight Sun with an exquisite view, and keep your memory of an unforgettable night!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$159.54
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$159.54