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How to Spend 1 Day in Rovaniemi

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How to Spend 1 Day in Rovaniemi
Nestled in northern Finland, Rovaniemi comes into its own in winter when Arctic Circle snows, the northern lights, and Santa Claus attract visitors. From reindeer-sleigh rides to chasing the aurora borealis, here’s how to get the most from a day in the city.

Morning: Go for the Snow
Begin your day in authentic Lapland style, with a reindeer safari on Rovaniemi’s fells. Head into the snow-laden countryside, meet the animals, and take a sleigh ride through the woods to the jingle of reindeer bells. Alternatively, up the pace with a husky-sled ride—dashing through the snow pulled by these ever-energetic dogs—or pair up both activities on a combo trip, enjoying a reindeer-sleigh circuit before skidding over the frozen waste behind a team of huskies.
 
Afternoon: Sightseeing, Santa, or More Snow
Double down on Rovaniemi’s snow sports this afternoon, adding a touch of discovery or Christmas magic while you’re at it. Learn about the Arctic’s wildlife and culture on a city tour that includes Rovaniemi’s Arktikum museum before continuing to Santa Claus Village—a theme park where the kids can meet Santa. Pack a lot into your afternoon with a tour that rolls a snowmobile trek, reindeer-sleigh ride, and visit to the village into one outing, or, if it’s just speed you’re after, book a snowmobile safari and zoom off through the wooded fells.

Evening: Seeking Out the Northern Lights  
This evening, seize the chance to sight the northern lights—and snap brilliant shots of them—on an evening photography tour. You’ll set up camp on a fellside with a photography guide and watch for the lights as you get photo tips on how to best capture them. Those interested in Finnish culture can choose a tour focused on the Finnish folklore that surrounds the aurora borealis, hearing the ancient legends that still swirl around this natural phenomenon. For the ultimate northern lights hunt, however, go by reindeer sleigh, scanning the skies from a sled as it glides through the snow.
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Rovaniemi Snowmobile Safari to Reindeer Farm and Santa Claus Village

Rovaniemi Snowmobile Safari to Reindeer Farm and Santa Claus Village

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Make the most out of your time in Lapland with this winter snowmobile tour in Rovaniemi, including hotel pickup and drop-off and a buffet lunch. First set off on your snowmobile, and stop at a reindeer farm. Enjoy a hot beverage, and go for a sleigh ride before moving on again to Santa Claus Village for lunch. After lunch, take time exploring the park, and stop by Santa’s office to meet him.
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Northern Lights Reindeer Safari from Rovaniemi

Northern Lights Reindeer Safari from Rovaniemi

Ride through the Finnish wilderness on a sleigh pulled by reindeer in search of the Northern Lights on this evening tour from Rovaniemi. Learn about the lives of reindeer herders on a visit to a local reindeer farm. In the silence of the snowy night, stop to see the Aurora Borealis and snap photos.
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Northern Lights Photography Tour from Rovaniemi

Northern Lights Photography Tour from Rovaniemi

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Learn to take the best possible photos of Finland's Northern Lights on this evening tour from Rovaniemi. With a photographer guide, go in search of the Aurora Borealis, perched atop a small mountain with a clear view of this natural phenomenon. Arctic-appropriate winter adventure gear, snacks, and warm beverages provided.
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Lapland Reindeer Safari from Rovaniemi

Lapland Reindeer Safari from Rovaniemi

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Ride a reindeer-pulled sleigh through the snow and meet these gentle animals on a 2-hour tour from Rovaniemi. Travel to a reindeer farm in the wooded fells, and learn from the friendly herders how they care for these beautiful animals. Then, sit back in a cozy sleigh and enjoy the glittering scenery on a ride through the woods. Take the opportunity to try handling a sled and afterward, warm up with hot berry juice. Everyone — even the little ones — leaves with an international reindeer driver license as a souvenir.
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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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Lapland Snowmobile Safari from Rovaniemi

Lapland Snowmobile Safari from Rovaniemi

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Race through the snowy wilds of Lapland on an exhilarating 2-hour snowmobile experience from Rovaniemi. Travel to a snowmobile center, don a supplied thermal coverall and helmet, and zoom off into the wintry countryside in a guided convoy. Speed along wooded trails, trace the course of a frozen river, and pause along the way to soak up the stunning scenery. Before riding back to the center, stop to refuel with hot drinks and biscuits. Ride as a twosome on a 2-seater snowmobile, or alternatively, upgrade to drive your own.
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Lapland Reindeer and Husky Safari from Rovaniemi

Lapland Reindeer and Husky Safari from Rovaniemi

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Short on time in Lapland? This 2.5-hour reindeer sleigh and husky sled experience from Rovaniemi is just the ticket. Meet and learn about friendly reindeer at a reindeer farm, and settle on a reindeer sleigh for a wonderful ride through the snowy woods. Receive a souvenir reindeer driving licence, enjoy a hot drink, and visit a husky farm. See the beautiful sled dogs, and take an exciting husky-sled ride through the wintry forests. Finish with a coffee or sweet hot berry juice before returning to Rovaniemi.
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  • 3 hours
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