Rovaniemi Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Rovaniemi Family-friendly activities

Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer and Husky Farm

1. Rovaniemi: Snowmobile Safari, Reindeer and Husky Farm

Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Arctic wilderness on this day trip from Rovaniemi. Ride through the Arctic forest on a snowmobile. Experience the magic of a reindeer sleigh ride and feed these majestic creatures. Visit the sleigh dogs at a husky farm and keep cozy with hot drinks and snacks. Following pickup from your hotel or accommodation in Rovaniemi in the morning, get ready to 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 hot drinks and snacks 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. After meeting the lovely animals, it is time to venture into the Arctic forest and experience the winter wonderland by snowmobile. Remember to take some memorable photos during the trip. At the end of an amazing day, you head back to your accommodation in Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

2. Rovaniemi: Reindeer, Huskies & Santa Claus Village

Enjoy a full day of arctic experiences in Rovaniemi with a guided visit to a husky dog farm and sleigh ride as well as the opportunity to drive your own reindeer sleigh and meet Santa Claus. Learn all about these local traditions from your guide and spend time with the animals. After pickup, start your day at the reindeer farm. Meet the reindeer, feed them, and take pictures. Hear stories about the reindeer herding process and drive a reindeer sleigh for a full 500-meter ride. Take your well-deserved reindeer driver’s license home as a memento.  Feast on salmon soup for lunch before meeting the huskies. After a short introduction, take a short husky sled ride into the arctic forest. Lastly, visit Santa Claus Village, where you will have the opportunity to meet Santa himself.  Step across the Arctic Circle and revel in the Christmas spirit. Take time to shop and send letters from Santa’s Post office before returning to your accommodation.

Rovaniemi: Snowman World Entrance Ticket

3. Rovaniemi: Snowman World Entrance Ticket

Visit the world of snow and ice right at the heart of Santa Clause Village in Lapland, Finland. Enjoy the many outdoor snow activities offered here. Go ice skating, slide down the ice hill on a tube, or ride the Lappish sleigh-go-round. Visit the Ice Bar for some refreshments or head to the Ice Restaurant to enjoy a meal made from local ingredients. Both spaces are made entirely of snow and ice and decorated with artistic ice sculptures.

Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village and Arctic Circle

4. Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village and Arctic Circle

Visit a place where it is Christmas all year round on a tour to Santa Claus Village from Rovaniemi. Meet Santa Claus in person, then cross into the Arctic Circle for photo opportunities. Savor an included Christmas buffet lunch. After pickup at your accommodation in Rovaniemi, head toward Santa Claus's main office in Lapland. Have a private meeting with Santa Claus, and then send greetings to all your friends from Santa's Post Office. You will also have chance to see the reindeer, Santa's helper. Next, make your way to the painted white line denoting the Arctic Circle, which cuts right through Santa Claus Village. You will officially enter the Arctic area when you cross the line. Cross the circle, enjoy this popular photo spot for all visitors, and get an Arctic Circle certificate. Afterward, have the opportunity to taste a traditional Christmas buffet with lunch at before returning to your accommodation in Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Snowmobile to Reindeer, Husky Farm, Santa Village

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

Glide along the snowy trails of Lapland on a snowmobile tour from Rovaniemi. Visit a reindeer farm and husky farm for sleigh rides and explore the festive Santa Claus 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, and meet Santa Claus. Visit the Post Office on-site and do some gift shopping, before being returned to your hotel.

Reindeer Farm Visit with Sleigh Ride

6. Reindeer Farm Visit with Sleigh Ride

Immerse yourself in truly authentic Lappish culture with the country’s magical, gentle reindeer. Experience the tranquillity of the local forests as you travel along the glittering snowy trail on a sleigh pulled by a reindeer. After being picked up from your hotel, you will meet the local reindeer herders and familiarize yourself with their culture and everyday life. Take the opportunity to feed the reindeer and take pictures with them. Then, depart the farm in a storybook wooden sled, wrapped up in warm blankets, for a short journey with the reindeer into the forest. To show all your friends back home, you’ll receive a certified reindeer sleigh driving license. After returning from your mystical ride, cuddle up in the cozy traditional Lappish hut while listening to the farmer as they share stories of the local history and culture. Taste some steaming beverages and snacks, the all-time favorite for locals to warm up in the wintertime.

Visit to Santa’s Village and Snowmobiling to Reindeer Farm

7. Visit to Santa’s Village and Snowmobiling to Reindeer Farm

Come and discover the secrets of Santa Claus and his trusted helpers! Meet Father Christmas himself, visit Santa’s official Post Office, do some shopping and enjoy a delicious lunch. Afterwards, you will head for the snowmobiles and drive to a local reindeer farm. Meet the reindeer, let them take you on a momentous sleigh ride and take part in an exciting and special “Crossing of the Arctic Circle” ceremony. After a splendid day, you will return back to the city by snowmobiles, full of the joys of life. A "Crossing the Arctic Circle Certificate" is given to you as a gift at the end of the safari.

Rovaniemi Snowmobiling: 3-Hour Northern Lights Safari

8. Rovaniemi Snowmobiling: 3-Hour Northern Lights Safari

Marvel at the beauty of the Lapland night as you ride your snowmobile under dark, starry skies. You’ll head into the mysterious snowy forest and away from the city lights in pursuit of the magical aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Maneuver your snowmobile through the forests of Lapland outside Rovaniemi city on a 2-hour ride, as you learn the fundamentals of handling this machine. The northern lights are a natural wonder and not fully predictable, so you’ll need to be in the right place at the right time to see the spectacular display in the northern sky! Enjoy a stop along the way to build a fire and grill some delicious sausages. The duration of the program is 3 hours, including preparations. The riding time on snowmobiles is approximately 1 hour and 30-40 minutes.

From Rovaniemi: Full-Day Family-Friendly Snow Activities

9. From Rovaniemi: Full-Day Family-Friendly Snow Activities

Embark on a full day of fun in the snow with a variety of activities suitable for the entire family. Try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and even ice sculpting. Enjoy a sleigh ride with huskies and reindeer. Depart Rovaniemi and travel to the spectacular wilderness outside the city. Kids will love the friendly winter animals. They can also go sledding down snowy hills on a toboggan, and the whole family will love lunch at an authentic local restaurant. This excursion offers fun for the whole family and an unforgettable winter experience surrounded by nature.

Rovaniemi: Traditional Reindeer Farm Visit with Sledge Ride

10. Rovaniemi: Traditional Reindeer Farm Visit with Sledge Ride

Before the departure, allow the guide to show you how to correctly handle the snowmobile and lead you the whole way. Drive the snowmobile to the reindeer farm, where local reindeer herders will tell you more about the herding lifestyle and how it is to be a reindeer herder in the 21st century. After special instructions given by the herders, you will be able to drive your own reindeer sledge in a brief, 500 meters long ride. Your newly learned skills will be rewarded with a reindeer sledge driver’s license. In order to keep your bellies warm, you will be offered warm refreshments at the farm.

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The park is about an hour's drive from Rovaniemi, a beautiful walk in the autumn woods, often you could see reindeer on the side of the road. In the park there are many birds, bears, wolves, foxes, reindeer etc. Many are animals that have suffered accidents and have been welcomed and cared for. Our guide (Guillaume) was truly excellent! Lunch in the park café was also good. Absolutely to be recommended.

We really liked this zoo, with rare exceptions we were able to see all the animals and in any case the most impressive. And we liked to see that they had a lot of space. The zoo is located in the middle of the forest, which gives the impression of being in their natural environment. A magnificent experience.

The tour was great, we saw a lot of animals and our guide told us a lot of interesting things about the animals and the zoo

It was great, you felt like you were with the elves! Value for money not so good... very expensive!

Awesome experience! Definitely coming back for more..