Welcome to Rovaniemi


Thoroughly destroyed by the retreating Wehrmacht in 1944, the town was rebuilt to a plan by Alvar Aalto, with the major streets in the shape of a reindeer’s head and antlers (the stadium near the bus station is the eye). Its utilitarian buildings are compensated for by its marvellous riverside location.


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$197.10 Outdoor Activities

Lapland Reindeer and Husky Safari from Rovaniemi

Your guide picks you up you from your accommodation (only central hotels and apartments in Rovaniemi). You will visit a reindeer farm, and receive detailed familiarization with the life of the reindeer and their daily work and relaxation. You'll have the opportunity to pass an exam on handling a reindeer sled and even receive a special “driver's license”. Take a seat in the sled and you are off. You can warm yourselves around a bonfire in a nearby hut, and enjoy a cup of hot juice.  After your exciting reindeer adventure, you will be taken to a husky farm. Visit the home of these wonderful sled dogs, and learn all about them.  After safety briefing and instructions, enjoy the excitement of riding a husky-pulled sled. Afterwards, enjoy coffee and sweet hot berry juice while you talk about the huskies and sled dog races in a warm teepee. Then, hop into your coach or minibus for a drop-off back in Rovaniemi, where your tour ends.

$104.35 Outdoor Activities

Northern Lights Tour with Campfire Folk Tales from Rovaniemi

You will be picked up from your accommodation point in Rovaniemi and transferred for a 2-hour excursion to a traditional Finnish tent with a campfire on lake shore. Return transfers, warm outfit for an additional cost (if the temperature is under -20 degrees outside), a professional guide, hot drink and snacks on fire and hopefully the main feature - the Aurora Borealis or northern lights - will make you feel the real spirit of Lapland!This secret spot is the best place to observe the northern lights as well as the Polar night's beauty. You will also enjoy snacks prepared on campfire and traditional hot berry juice and cookies. A plenty of legends and fascinating stories about the life beyond the Arctic Circle will be told by your professional guide. And if you are lucky the Fire Foxes will appear and lighten up everything around you!

$104.86 Holiday & Seasonal Tours

Northern Lights Photography Tour from Rovaniemi

First, you will be transported from your hotel to the Safari Office to get the necessary equipment for the trip. Your destination is a 45-minute drive away from Rovaniemi. There you will end up to a large lodge just in the middle of the wilderness where you can find toilets and other facilities.Afterwards you will have a little walk up the hill where a comfortable tepee is waiting for you. You will make a fire in the tepee and enjoy warm beverages and barbeque while watching the sky. The guide shares information about Northern Lights and the old mythology around them. The arctic starry sky is very beautiful. Spot the Big Bear and Polar Star, Northern Lights often appear just under the Polar Star. Listen to the stories about local life and nature by living fire. Experience some Lappish shamanism and see your future with your great Aurora guides! Your guides reserve the right to change the start time of the safari in order to provide you with the best possible chance to see the Northern Lights.This Northern Lights trip has been receiving excellent feedback for years. This is because our Northern Lights spotting place is the best possible place where there are no other lights at all, northern sky is fully open and the weather is often clear even if it is cloudy or foggy in the town. Please be advised that you will still need some luck to see the lights because it is unpredictable even during the trip! Great surprises happen! The likelihood is about 80% to see some kind of lights.

$147.27 Tours & Sightseeing

Rovaniemi Northern Lights Photography Small-Group Tour

Experience the magic of Lapland and photograph the amazing Northern Lights! Going Aurora hunting with our professional guides, you have the best possible chance to witness the Northern Lights. We are Lapland’s top tour company specialised in Aurora photography and will ensure that you get the photos of a lifetime. The focus of our expedition is the Rovaniemi area and we travel by minivan. We start with a team meeting about the tour of the day. You will get a short briefing about current weather conditions, Aurora forecasts and about our destination of the day. Northern Lights are always unpredictable and there is no guarantee that we will find them every night. However, we give you the best possible chance to experience and photograph these mystical wonders of the Arctic area. What sets us apart from other tour providers is a genuine determination of finding the Northern Lights. With us you are a member of an exclusive team led by a professional expedition guide. Simply put, we are real Aurora hunters and rely on the following to succeed in our mission: background research into local weather and Aurora forecasts live information feed coming direct into our minivan local knowledge of all the best viewing spots willingness to go the extra mile – or a hundred miles – to find the Aurora During the night, we normally go to 2-3 different locations which are always chosen according to local weather conditions and photographic opportunities. This means that if we have a clear sky and a possibility to see the Aurora 100 km away, we will take the chance and drive you there. Altogether we have over 50 locations from which we can choose the best ones each night! After reaching our destination we leave the minivan and continue on foot to reach the perfect spots in the middle of the nature. In the destination our guide, a professional photographer, helps you prepare your cameras for Northern Lights photography and we are ready for the show of a lifetime!

$80 Tours & Sightseeing

Northern Lights Tour from Rovaniemi with Lappish Picnic

Following an 8:30pm pickup at your Rovaniemi hotel, transfer to the tour office in downtown Rovaniemi to meet your guide and begin your tour. Pull on your warm clothing, then take a seat in your comfortable tour vehicle for the onward journey into the Arctic Circle.Travel though the Arctic tundra to a viewing spot far from the bright city lights, and watch the skies for the Northern Lights’ colourful illuminations. Here — wrapped up warm against the cold — enjoy a traditional Lappish picnic accompanied by hot beverages. Capture the illuminations on camera, then — after three hours — return in comfort to your Rovaniemi hotel where your tour will come to an end.

$115.94 Tours & Sightseeing

Rovaniemi Guided Tour and Santa Claus Village

Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland in Finland and known as the best Finnish winter resort. The guide will tell you the history of Rovaniemi and show some interesting places in the city.After the sightseeing tour go to the official Hometown of Santa Claus.Meet Santa Claus and witness the magical Arctic Circle cross the Santa Claus Village in Lapland in Finland. Santa Claus spends his time at the Santa Claus Village every day of the year to take care of his mission in life; to enhance the wellbeing of children and the kindness of grown-ups, as well as spreading the message love and goodwill of Christmas Spirit throughout the globe. Rovaniemi is the official home of Santa Claus.The Santa Claus' Office is located on the Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village. Visit Santa Claus post office and order the "real" letter from Santa for next Christmas for your friends, children and relatives. Rudolf’s gift factory shop offers the best Christmas gifts shopping. The ceremony of Arctic Circle crossing also takes place in the Santa Claus village. Everyone will receive a personal certificate of this event.There are many souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants in the Santa Claus Village as well.