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How to Spend 2 Days in Rovaniemi

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How to Spend 2 Days in Rovaniemi
Two days in Rovaniemi—the capital of Finnish Lapland—lets you enjoy its snow adventures, top sights, and Arctic culture. Ride a husky sled, admire local wildlife, dine in an igloo, and more. Here are our ideas for getting the most out of 48 hours in Rovaniemi.

Day 1: Sleighs and Sleds
Morning: Start your visit with one of Rovaniemi’s top winter attractions—a sled ride. Hold tight as a husky-drawn sleigh speeds you across frozen plains, or slow the tempo with a jingle-belled reindeer-sleigh ride through the woods—perfect for the kids. Alternatively, double up with a tour that incorporates both of these snow adventures in one outing.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Rovaniemi’s outdoor pursuits this afternoon, either drilling into a frozen lake and dropping a hook into the water on an ice-fishing adventure or whizzing through the forested fells on a snowmobile safari.

Night: As dusk falls, maximize your chances of seeing the northern lights by joining a guided search. Book a photography-themed tour to help you capture the lights’ full glory or a trip focused on the Finnish folklore around the phenomenon. Alternatively, choose a snowshoe trek, tramping through the snow while you scan the skies. 

Day 2: City Sights, Culture, and Santa Claus
Morning: Widen your horizons with some sightseeing today. Observe Arctic polar bears at Ranua Wildlife Park, or opt for a Rovaniemi city tour. Some combine sleigh rides with time at the fascinating cultural exhibitions of the Arktikum museum, while others include visits to Rovaniemi’s Santa Claus Village and ice-built Snowhotel.

Afternoon: If you haven’t already, make tracks for Santa Claus Village. Join a tour that begins with snowmobile and reindeer-sleigh rides before showcasing this fairy-lit Christmas park, where the kids can meet Santa Claus and mail a Santa-postmarked postcard.

Night: Mark your last night in style at the Snowland Restaurant outside Rovaniemi. Constructed entirely out of snow, this igloo eatery promises a magical evening. Savor exotic local dishes at an ice table and drink from ice glasses—a fitting finale to your stay.
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Rovaniemi Northern Lights Photography Small-Group Tour

Rovaniemi Northern Lights Photography Small-Group Tour

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Hunt the Northern Lights to capture them on camera on this small-group photography tour from Rovaniemi. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with a professional photographer, head for the best viewing places, chosen according to the weather forecasts of the day. Then, walk to the exact vantage points for a guided photo session, and with luck, obtain once-in-a-lifetime shots. Headlamps, thermals, refreshments, and Rovaniemi hotel pickup and drop-off included, with participants advised to bring a DSLR camera.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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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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  • 6 hours
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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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  • 3 hours
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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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  • 2 hours
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Highlights of Rovaniemi Day Tour A

Highlights of Rovaniemi Day Tour A

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See the best of Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus and the capital of Lapland. Make the most of your limited time, as your professional guide takes you to the best lookouts, Arktikum Arctic Museum, reindeer and husky farms, and Snowmobile Museum. End your day at the Santa Claus Village with a meeting with Santa himself.
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  • 8 hours
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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
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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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Visit SnowLand Restaurant in Rovaniemi

Visit SnowLand Restaurant in Rovaniemi

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Spend a magical time in SnowLand igloo restaurant
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  • 2 hours
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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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  • 2 hours
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Evening Snowshoe Hike in the Arctic Circle Wilderness

Evening Snowshoe Hike in the Arctic Circle Wilderness

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Chase the Northern Lights in Rovaniemi on foot—or rather on snowshoes—during this hike that’s perfect for outdoor fans. Start from the Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge, and trek through the snow-covered ground to try your best to see the famous Northern Lights. Along the way, your group stops to warm up by a campfire and sip on hot chocolate.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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