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How to Spend 3 Days in Rovaniemi

How to Spend 3 Days in Rovaniemi

Situated just below Finland’s Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi offers visitors the chance to enjoy snowy fun, hunt for the Northern Lights, and discover the city’s claim-to-fame as the home of Santa Claus. Read on for how best to fill three days in the northern Finnish city.

Day 1: Snow, Sights, and Northern Lights

Get oriented in Rovaniemi on a sightseeing tour that provides an overview of the city. Check out Rovaniemi’s highlights during a panoramic drive; visit the ice-carved Snowhotel; and try snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Several tours combine husky-sledding and reindeer sleigh rides with Rovaniemi’s cutting-edge Arktikum—a museum spotlighting Arctic culture and wildlife—and the Santa Claus Village, where you can meet Santa Claus and shop for Christmas gifts.

 

Rovaniemi is well-located for spotting the Northern Lights, so devote your evening to hunting the natural phenomena. Set up vigil on a darkened fell or join a photography tour that comes with tips for capturing the lights on camera. Or, optimize your chance of sightings with a 3-day Northern Lights pass, which includes three consecutive evening hunts, nightly campfires, and return transport. 

Day 2: Go All Out for Snow

Dive headfirst into Rovaniemi’s winter fun on day two. Topping the list for many are reindeer- and husky-led sled rides, so book a combo tour to experience a sleigh ride by both creatures. Another option is an ice-fishing experience, during which you’ll drill a hole in a frozen lake and drop lures to snare fish. Alternatively, take a snowmobile safari and soar through snowy woods for the ultimate adrenaline fix.

 

Increase your chance of seeing the Northern Lights by joining another hunt in the evening. Tours vary from wait-and-watch-by-the-campfire trips to more adventurous expeditions, such as snowshoe or reindeer sleigh safaris that search for the display.

 

Day 3: Wildlife and Winding Down

Branch out and enjoy sights outside Rovaniemi on your final day. If it’s fall, take a nature tour to explore pristine Arctic forests and natural springs. Or, discover Ranua Wildlife Park, where you’ll see more than 50 wildlife species in habitats that replicate their natural environments. Glimpse brown bears, wolves, moose, owls, and Finland’s only polar bears.

 

Come evening, dine out in the mystical surroundings of the Snowland Restaurant—an igloo-shaped eatery sculpted from ice and furnished with ice tables. Alternatively, if tonight happens to be December 31, sign up for an open-air party outside Rovaniemi, welcoming the New Year with a burst of fireworks, ice bars, a snow disco, and an appearance by Santa himself.

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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 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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  • 5 hours
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Ranua Zoo Trip from Rovaniemi with lunch

Ranua Zoo Trip from Rovaniemi with lunch

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See some of Finland’s beautiful native animals close-up on a 5-hour trip to Ranua Zoo from Rovaniemi. Stroll around the forest trails of the family-friendly wildlife park, and observe Arctic animals such as lynx, bears, reindeer, owls and more, plus Finland's only polar bears. Then, visit the zoo’s restaurants and shops, including a souvenir, candy and wine store. The trip includes zoo admission ticket, round-trip transport and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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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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Northern Lights Hunt from Rovaniemi with Folk Tales and Snacks over Campfire

Northern Lights Hunt from Rovaniemi with Folk Tales and Snacks over Campfire

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Enjoy a memorable Northern Lights tour and watch on this 2-hour late night trip from Rovaniemi, with an informative guide. Leave Rovaniemi’s artificial lights behind to maximise the chance of sightings, and head to a traditional Finnish tent set beside a lake. Keep warm by a crackling campfire as you observe the skies and hear fascinating folk tales about the lights, known in Finland as ‘fire foxes.’ Savor hot drinks and snacks cooked on the fire, and with luck, be witness to a wondrous display of the natural lights.
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  • 3 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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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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