Rovaniemi - The Winter Experience and Santa Claus!

Rovaniemi is Finnish Lapland's most popular winter destination. Santa Claus Village is located here, directly on the Arctic Circle, and a whole range of activities can be enjoyed.

Day 1: Arrival to Rovaniemi airport
Arrival to Rovaniemi by air. Transfer by private car/minibus to your hotel. Overnight in 3 star hotel Rovaniemi centre with buffet breakfast.

Day 2: Visit Santa Claus Village & Arctic Circle
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Trip to Santa Claus Village & Arctic Circle including private return transfers by car/minibus. Free time for visiting Santa Claus himself and for shopping. Overnight in 3 star hotel Rovaniemi centre with buffet breakfast.

Day 3: Free day for optional activities
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Today you can choose optional activities - see the list following. Overnight in 3 star hotel Rovaniemi centre with buffet breakfast.

Day 4: Journey home
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Depending on the flight times free time for optional activities before transfer to Rovaniemi airport by private car/minibus.

Included in the price:

3 hotel nights in Rovaniemi in a central 3 star hotel with breakfast buffet

Private return transfers from Rovaniemi airport (no guide service included)

Private return transfers to Santa Claus Village (no guide service included)

Optional activities in Rovaniemi:
These activities can be pre-booked and included in your package, or booked on-the-spot. Tours start and end at the hotel.

The best way to get to the nature - and back. During this safari you learn the fun of snowmobiling along frozen rivers and through forests covered with snow. Enjoy the beautiful view of the river valley from the top of the hills. A pause and hot beverages keeps your motor running. Time: 14:00-16:00, Every day

Our most popular safari combines nature, culture and the spirit of Christmas. The day starts with a snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm where you will hear more about reindeer husbandry nd Lappish culture. You can take a reindeer ride and attend a special Lapp ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle. After the visit we go by car to a cosy restaurant for delicious lunch. In the afternoon you will have time to do shopping in Santa Claus Village. You will also have an opportunity to send postcards from Santa Claus's main post office. During the day you get to meet Santa Claus himself. You will get a Diploma for crossing the Arctic Circle. Time: 10:00-16:00, Every day

A snowmobile safari to a reindeer farm. You will be familiarized with our Lappish culture and reindeer husbandry. Everyone passing a reindeer driving test will be issued an international reindeer driver's license and you have a possibility to participate in a special Lapp ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle. Enjoy a cup of hot coffee or berry juice before returning back to the town. Note! Santa Claus safari includes this safari. Time: 10:00-13:00, Every day

If you like huskies and snowmobiles, this is your safari! After a brisk snowmobile ride you reach the husky dog farm where the dogs welcome you with friendly barking. Experience a quick thrilling ride in a sled pulled by a team of huskies. Hot beverages are served around campfire on the farm. Time: 10:30-13:30

Visit a husky ranch and a reindeer farm by car. Arrive by car to a husky ranch for a speedy husky ride and a ride in a reindeer sleigh. Receive your own reindeer driving license and learn about the life of reindeer herders. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee with a bun and a light lunch around an open fire in a traditional kota (tepee-like structure) before returning back to town. Time: 11:00-13:30, Every day

Ice fishing safari to a wilderness lake... head north on a snowmobile trail that takes you along the frozen River Ounasjoki and through snowy forests up into the hills, where you can admire the beautiful surrounding countryside of Lapland. Follow the trail through white, snow-covered fields to arrive at a small wilderness lake. The silence will envelop you as you prepare to go fishing. Try your hand at traditional ice fishing and fry your catch over a campfire. Afterwards, return to town for a well-earned rest. Time: 09:30-13:00, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Wilderness snowmobile safari, enjoy the great outdoors on this safari to the heart of nature. The trail traverses rugged fells and narrow valleys before coming to the first stop, where you have the chance to try ice fishing and snowshoe walking. You'll then continue onwards through the forest - perhaps coming across a herd of reindeer searching for their favourite food, moss and lichen, buried under as much as one metre of snow. Keep your eyes out for other forest animals searching for food! The weather in Lapland can change quickly - ranging from cold, blizzard conditions to sunshine over crisp and clean snow - the snowmobile trail we will follow may change accordingly. A delicious Lappish style lunch will be served during the day. (we recommend this safari only for adults) Time: 11:00-16:00, Thursday and Saturday

Experience the Arctic night by snowmobile through the snow-covered forest and on frozen rivers. With a little you may see the Aurora Borealis - northern lights - showing you the way. Sip warm beverages and snack by the campfire and learn more about the northern lights and Lapland. Time: 18:00-21:00, Every day


This whole day trip takes you by car to Ranua Wildlife Park, the northernmost zoo in the world. The park is located about 80 km from Rovaniemi. Have a refreshing walk outside to see Arctic animals in their genuine wilderness surroundings. Lunch is enjoyed in a cosy restaurant, followed by a visit at Fazer candy shop. Time: 11:00-16:00, Wednesday and Saturday

Memorable reindeer sleigh ride. Transportation by car to a reindeer farm to try reindeer sleighing. This traditional way of travel through snowy forests is a unique experience - in the evening, you may even see the Northern Lights blaze up the sky. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee with a bun around a campfire and learn about the life of reindeer herders. Time: 18:00-20:30, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

Wintertime safari with husky teams. After a short drive from the town, we'll arrive at a husky ranch, where these friendly dogs will bark an enthusiastic welcome to you. Before departing on the safari, you will be given instruction on how to control the sleds, which you will ride in pairs. Enjoy some hot berry juice by an open fire and chat with the head musher about these amazing northern animals once you return to the ranch.

Every day: 2-hour husky safari at 09.00 and 14.00
Every day: 2-hour husky safari at 09.00 and 14.00
Duration with transfers approx. 3 hours
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: 4-hour husky safari at 09.30 (Snack lunch included) Duration with transfers approx. 5 hours

Learn skiing tutored by a Finnish skiing instructor. Skiing tour through the silent white forest will be paused by break for hot beverages by campfire.
Time: 10:00-13:00, Monday and Thursday

Capture the true feeling of winter night in northern woods.
Your guide will take you by car to a place, where you can start learning the wintry way of movement with snowshoes. While walking on the snow, you will experience how the milky light of the moon and stars cast enchanting shadows through the snowfields. Have a break by open fire and enjoy some snacks while the only sound is the sough of the forest and fire. If you are lucky, you may even see the northern lights...
(This safari is suitable for children over 12 years old)
Time: 18:00-21:00, Tuesday and Friday

These safaris are operated in Rovaniemi until 15.4.2010
All safaris require the participation of at least 2 adults
Children (4-14-year-olds) receive a 50% discount after 10 January 2010.
This discount entitles children to a seat in a sled pulled by a snowmobile driven by the guide.
Children over 140 cm are allowed to sit on the snowmobile when paying the adult price.
Please note that different terms and prices apply to husky safaris.
All snowmobile safaris include thermal outfit, guide services in English, each snowmobile shared by two guests taking turns in driving, fuel, traffic insurance (maximum personal liability EUR505), maintenance and VAT.
The driver of a snowmobile has to be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver's licence.

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