Things to do in

Rovaniemi

Visit Santa and his reindeer, see the Northern Lights, and get a taste of Arctic life in Lapland's capital.

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  • Northern Lights Hunting With Lappish BBQ in Rovaniemi

    1. Northern Lights Hunting With Lappish BBQ in Rovaniemi

    The Northern Lights dancing up above is such a powerful and unique natural phenomenon - it changes lives down on Earth. Being one of the best places to spot the Auroras, Finnish Lapland is the ideal place to see them. Your guide provides you with a pick-up/drop off at your hotel/accommodation, and then you will be taken away from the city, about 20-25 km away, to a beautiful natural lakeside landscape, where there`s no light pollution, the ideal place to spot this beautiful natural phenomenon. Once there, you will be provided with a traditional Lappish BBQ with Blueberry Tea, and your guides will explain all you need to know about the Northern Lights.

    Our guide was Matias, he was incredibly knowledgeable about the northern lights, explained exactly how they form, he was also super friendly and it was like hanging out with an old friend! We unfortunately didn’t manage to see the lights as it was too cloudy but we still had a great time. We had a BBQ with grilled sausages, salmon soup warmed up by the fire, hot berry juice and then some sweet snacks including marshmallows. It really was great even if we didn’t manage to see the lights, we spent about 2 or 3 hours outdoors warming by the fire, and learning about Rovaniemi. Really recommend this tour, thank you Matias!

  • Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer and Husky Farm

    2. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer and Husky Farm

    Following pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Rovaniemi in the morning, venture into the Arctic forest and experience the winter wonderland by snowmobile. Wrap up warm to brave the snow and ice as you speed across to a reindeer farm. Meet the lovable animals on arrival and let them take you on an exciting sleigh ride. Listen to stories about each of the animals on the farm and learn the history and culture of the area. Warm up with some coffee and cookies before you feed the reindeer their favorite treats. Receive your International Reindeer Driver's License before you continue your Arctic expedition at a husky farm. Say hello to the friendly dogs and experience the life of a musher as you traverse the snowy landscape on a sled pulled by your new friends. Indulge with more hot drinks and snacks before you head back to Rovaniemi at the end of an amazing day. 

    The rides are a bit short especially the reindeer The group should be divided into 2 for the snowmobile so that the ones with experience can go faster and enjoy and not be hindered by the speed

  • Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

    3. Rovaniemi: Aurora Borealis Snowmobile Safari & Campfire BBQ

    This 3-hour Northern Lights hunting tour by snowmobile will take you deep into the wonderful winter landscape of the Arctic Circle. Your guide will lead you on a unique snowmobile adventure through nature where only the moonlight, stars, and snowmobile light systems light the way.   In the middle of the wilderness, you’ll stop to observe the sky. You’ll be surrounded by lakes and forests that rise like mysterious shadows towards the night sky. With the lights of the city nowhere to be found, you’ll be amazed at what you can see. The guide will prepare an open fire for you to warm up, where you can enjoy warm refreshments and grilled sausages.  If you’re lucky and the sky is clear, you might see the flaming Northern Lights dancing in the sky in mysterious silence.

    it was great experience, despite the fact that we didn't see the nothern lights.

  • Rovaniemi: Northern Lights and Husky Sleigh Ride

    4. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights and Husky Sleigh Ride

    Discover the dancing colors of the Northern Lights as you glide across the Lappish landscape on a husky sleigh ride. Enjoy snow-covered winter forests as you travel 5 to 10 kilometers to camp, cozy and safe atop the sled. Meet your guide at your hotel near the center of Rovaniemi and head for the charming farmhouse where you'll greet your dog sledding team. Then it's off to search for the Aurora Borealis. If conditions permit, you may even get to drive the sled yourself. The huskies will lead you to camp to enjoy a hearty Lappish BBQ dinner and good company around a fire. Savor grilled sausages and warm up with steaming beverages as you wait for the Northern Lights to appear. After you've had your fill of stargazing and dazzling light displays, your trusty huskie team and your guide will take you back to the hotel so you can rest up for tomorrow's adventures.

  • Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Hunt and Arctic Circle

    5. Rovaniemi: Northern Lights Hunt and Arctic Circle

    Experience an exciting chase for the Northern Lights on this 3-hour adventure tour including transfers between the different spotting locations. After a pickup from your accommodation, embark on your Northern Lights discovery tour starting from Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi. You will be taken into different areas by your guide-driver, who will make sure to find the best locations to view the Northern Lights. This region of the Arctic Circle offers some of the highest levels of Northern Lights activity on Earth. Along the way, you will also get to enjoy the breathtaking Lapland landscapes and magical snowy fields. If you are lucky and the sky is clear, you might see the flaming Northern Lights dancing in the sky as you experience the tranquility of the Arctic night.

    Everything was perfect. The excursion was like they planning. Nigth was cold and they did a fire for heating up us. They help us with the configuration for the cameras. Besides, we were with the kids and they let us know to stay inside the car for being even more warm.

  • Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

    6. Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

    Following your hotel pickup, you will be guided to the Arctic Circle area, where after entering you will enjoy a day out with your family, friends, and others. At the reindeer farm you will have the opportunity to meet the reindeer, feed them, and also cuddle them. You will also be able to listen to stories about reindeer herding, and can drive yourself in a sled for 500 meters. The reindeer herder will offer you a reindeer driver’s license as memorandum, after which it will be time to take your next trip to the husky farm. Once having arrived there, you will meet with the adorable local huskies. After a short introduction about their lifestyle, you will experience a 2-kilometer sled ride through the Arctic forests, an unforgettable experience for all visitors who come to Lapland. Finally, you will visit the Santa Claus Village, where you will have the opportunity to meet Santa, cross ...

    It was nice but it could had been better. At the reindeer farm they had two out for people to patting but they failed to warned people that they were not domesticated and one of them almost stabbed my daughter.

  • Rovaniemi: Arctic Circle Long Trail Husky Adventure

    7. Rovaniemi: Arctic Circle Long Trail Husky Adventure

    Get up close and personal with Siberian Huskies on this fun adventure. Head out on a safari with these beloved animals with a professional guide, and even try your own hand at being the musher, the person who controls the pack of Huskies towing the sled. After pickup at your hotel/accommodation in Rovaniemi, make your way toward the safari location. Huskies are one of the most loved animals of the north, and you will understand why when you meet the pack. Pet them, pose for photos with them, and listen to stories about their lives. Huskies absolutely love pulling loads and running on the trail across the forests. Experience this love firsthand as you set off on the highlight of the day, a 1-hour self-driving safari. Cover 7-10 kilometers (4.3–6.2 miles) and marvel at panoramic views of Arctic Circle forests as you go. Hot drinks will be offered to keep you warm. At the end of your tou...

  • Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village and Arctic Circle

    8. Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village and Arctic Circle

    Depart after 10:00 AM and visit Santa Claus in his main office in Lapland. Discover a place where it is Christmas all year round. Have a private meeting with Santa Claus, and then send greetings to all your friends from Santa's Post Office.  Also, the Arctic Circle cuts right through Santa Claus's Village. A white line denoting the Arctic Circle, at its position in 1865, is painted across the park. You will officially enter the Arctic area when you cross the line. The line is a very popular photo spot for all visitors. Cross the circle and get an Arctic Circle certificate. Have the opportunity to taste the traditional Christmas buffet with lunch at Santa's place.

    The guide helped us arrange all the things and solved our questions promptly. We only need to follow her and enjoy the tour. We didn’t need to do any preparation work.

  • Rovaniemi: Snowmobile to Reindeer, Husky Farm, Santa Village

    9. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile to Reindeer, Husky Farm, Santa Village

    Start with pickup from your hotel in Rovaniemi. Then hop on your snowmobile and first go directly to the Reindeer Farm. Admire these graceful animals and enjoy a short sleigh ride with them. Next, make your way to the Husky Farm where you will interact with these beautiful, loyal, and energetic companions. Learn more about the history of these working dogs, and be pulled on a short sledge ride to see them in action! Once you are back from the farm visits, enjoy some free time to explore the Santa Claus Village. Experience the festive atmosphere, cross the Arctic Circle, meet Santa Claus. Visit the Post Office on-site and do some gift shopping, before being returned to your hotel.

    THE SNOWMOBILE TRAIL WAS UNBELIEVABLE!!THE ONLY THING THAT DIDN'T LIKE WAS THE HUSKLY SAFARI. IT WAS TOO SHORT. IT WAS JUST 5 MIN. IF IT WAS 10 MIN MORE IT WOULD BE EXCELLENT.

  • Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Tour with Reindeer Farm Experience

    10. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Tour with Reindeer Farm Experience

    Begin the day's adventure with hotel pickup in Rovaniemi. Before setting off on the tour, your professional guide will demonstrate how to correctly handle the snowmobiles. Cruise along through the snowy terrain, led by your guide the entire way. Arrive to the reindeer farm, where local herders will share insights on the herding lifestyle and what it is like to be a reindeer herder in the 21st century. After a briefing from the herders, drive your own reindeer sledge on a short, 1,640-foot-long ride. Your newly obtained skills will be rewarded with a reindeer-sledge driver's license, which you can take home as a fun souvenir. To round off the experience and defrost a bit, enjoy warm refreshments at the farm.

    We had an amazing trip, one could think that due to the lack of tourists they would provide less to save on costs but it actually felt like a VIP personal trip! They have put in the effort for just the 2 of us as they would for a large group. Couldn't recommend more.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 1,904 reviews

We had a really great day at the reindeerfarm, spendig the beginning of the tour feeding the animals and having coffee/tea and cookies at the campfire. The atmosphere was amazing & we loved listening to the interesting things the owner of the farm told us about! Afterwards the guide gave us instructions on how to canoe before we went out on the lake to discover the beautiful landscape. During the whole adventure our guide took care of taking snapshots with the camera and even with the drone - it was such a great day & we would highly recommend this daytrip to everyone!

We had an incredible time with our guide Sandra. She was really nice and fun. We went in the snow for about 30-40 minutes and then we stopped at a lake to fish and eat. Luckily, we managed to catch perches, while Sandra was starting a fire to grill our sausages. After that we came back. The tour lasts about 4 hours and the experience is really magic + cheap compared to the others. I strongly recommend it !

It was absolutely amazing!! The dog owners were extremely nice and answered all of our questions, the dogs were so cute and cuddly. The ride through the forest was an experience we will never forget! Petting the dogs was so amazing, they were not shy at all! Our guide was also very friendly and gave us some good insider info about the hotspots of rovaniemi!

Great experience, they truly look after their dogs. The dogs are very friendly and past of the family.

The activities were fun and the guides were nice. It was great !