Rovaniemi Safaris & wildlife activities

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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: Ice Fishing Experience

3. Rovaniemi: Ice Fishing Experience

Learn the art of ice fishing from a local guide and experience the Arctic magic. Enjoy a short 5-10 minute walk through an old forest before arriving at an open area full of ice and snow as far as the eye can see. During this tour, you will experience a cultural activity that locals take part in every day to catch food for themselves and their dogs. As soon as you catch a big fish, it will be cooked straight over the fire. If the fish are undersized, they will always be returned to the ice. Join this tour to gain insight into the difficulties people in the Arctic areas have faced throughout the ages to simply get food. Your guide will explain how the locals fish with nets under the ice that are up to a meter thick, and you will also get to try to drill your fishing hole.  

Rovaniemi: Snowmobile to Reindeer, Husky Farm, Santa Village

4. 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

5. 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.

Rovaniemi: 5-Hour Snowmobile and Ice Fishing Adventure

6. Rovaniemi: 5-Hour Snowmobile and Ice Fishing Adventure

Delve into the depths of the wilderness as you drive 30 to 40 kilometers along the frozen rivers on a snowmobile and watch the winter scenery fly by. Drive along the frozen rivers to a hidden winter fishing spot in the middle of the wilderness. Learn the Finnish way of life as your guide teaches you how to drill a hole in the ice and prepare the ice-fishing rod and baits. In the meanwhile, your guide will prepare a delicious soup lunch. If you're lucky, this will be accompanied by the catch of the day. Afterward, travel back to the starting point.

Rovaniemi: Traditional Reindeer Farm Visit with Sledge Ride

7. 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.

Rovaniemi: Arctic Horse Riding Experience

8. Rovaniemi: Arctic Horse Riding Experience

Travel to a small farm 20 kilometers from Rovaniemi to visit a Finnish farm, meet some well-trained Irish Cob horses, and discover the beauty of Lapland's wilderness. Be picked up from your hotel and relax as you drive to the farm. Listen to riding instructions from your host and learn more about the horses. Get acquainted with the horse that you will ride for an hour. Ride through the snow-covered forests and feel connected to nature and your horse.

From Rovaniemi: Ranua Wildlife Park Visit

9. From Rovaniemi: Ranua Wildlife Park Visit

Be picked up at your accommodation and start the journey to Ranua Wildlife Park. The 1-hour drive will take you through Lapland, where you’ll be able to spot wildlife along the way. It’s not unusual to see reindeer or the gigantic moose along the road. Have your questions bout Finland and Lapland answered by your guide on the drive. At the park, follow the 2.5 km long wooden boardwalks through the forest and spot different Arctic animals in one place.  Benefit from this rare opportunity to meet the local animals that reside in Lapland and other parts of the Arctic. As you walk around the park, your guide will share with you their knowledge of the animals and other aspects of life in Lapland. Spot a variety of animals in the Ranua Wildlife Park. Keep an eye out for polar bears, predatory birds, owls, wild boars, musk oxen, otters, arctic foxes, wolves, wild reindeer, wolverines, and moose. When they’re not hibernating in winter, spot brown bears. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasty buffet lunch at a restaurant before returning to Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi: Ice Fishing & Snowmobile Safari Combo Day

10. Rovaniemi: Ice Fishing & Snowmobile Safari Combo Day

Spend the day as a typical Finn and gain a better understanding of local life with this snowmobile safari and ice fishing experience.   Your guide will take you across the snowy fields of the Arctic forests to a frozen lake that is only accessible by snowmobiles. The Arctic forest trail has breathtaking surroundings that make for beautiful photos. Enjoy the tranquil nature and fresh air on your snowmobile ride.     Once you arrive at the frozen lake, your guide will teach you how to open a hole in the ice and the best techniques for catching fish. After trying your hand at ice fishing, your guides will set up a bonfire, where you can warm up and cook some sausages. Your guides will tell you stories of their biggest catches and let you know all about the types of fish that can be caught in this area. Finally, head back to the city having experienced what life is like in Lapland.

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4.7 / 5

based on 90 reviews

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.

A great morning with the reindeer. The farm is about a 10 minute drive by minivan from Rovaniemi centre. We saw the reindeer up close while they were being fed and we had plenty of time to ask questions about them. It was also lovely to share a coffee and homemade pastry by the fire with our host and our lovely guide Antonella while on the farm.

Amazing English guide. Passionate and authentic. I can only recommend this experience and the tour operator. The combination with the nature and activity level is perfect. I will use this operator next time for sure!

Great experience! Great farm! You can feed the reindeer and be right in the middle of the action! We also learned a lot about the animals!

Awesome experience! Definitely coming back for more..