Rovaniemi is a capital of Lapland province, Finland, most famous as the alleged home of Santa Claus. While the city was almost completely destroyed during World War II, it has since been fully modernized. A road trip to Lapland can be an excellent decision and Rovaniemi is a focal point for tourists. The following is a list of the best things to do in Lapland in the city of Rovaniemi.
#1 Husky Safari
A husky safari is not something that can be done anywhere, aside from certain regions with a low temperature. While zoos and theme parks are relatively easy to come by, a husky safari is a bit rarer. Anybody visiting Rovaniemi should consider a husky safari with Huskypoint or Bearhill Husky, for those looking for just a taste of safari there is a Husky Park available on Arctic Circle.
Entrance fees are often very reasonable, at €10 per adult and €5 per child. Safari price depends on it’s duration and vary between few tens of euros to few hundreds. Safaris are safe and suitable for families, with experienced workers and highly trained huskies.
#2 Santa Claus Village
While in Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Clause, it would be a shame not to drop in for a visit. Especially if you are travelling with children. This is one of the most popular tourist attractions and kids can meet Santa Claus in person. Santa Claus village is located 8 kilometers North of Rovaniemi on the arctic Circle and there are various kinds of accommodation available for tourists looking to stay. There are also a number of cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tour companies operating in the region. Santa’s reindeer are also nearby. It is certainly one of the more family friendly things to do in Lapland.
#3 Arktikum Science Museum
The Arktikum Science Museum was established in 1992 and it is a little more conservative and scientific than the Santa Clause Village. It is a popular tourist destination and conference hall for meetings. Exhibitions at the Arktikum Science Museum include history, modern life, and culture in the Arctic region. For people who are interested in science, art, and culture, the museum is a great way to examine life in the area. It also has a café and library for visitors.
#4 Cross the Arctic Circle
The Arctic Circle demarks a geographical region. It is the furthest north of five major circles of latitude on earth. Above the circle lies the arctic, and below it lies the Northern Temperate Zone. The position is not fixed but moves North 49 feet each year.
While so close to the Circle, it could be a good idea to cross it. You can officially say that you have crossed the Arctic Circle and spent at least some time in the Arctic. There are a large number of tour guides and companies which can take you across the circle on an excursion. Alternatively, you can choose to rent a vehicle and cross it with the help of an old fashioned map. Just make sure you are familiar with driving in Finland in cold conditions. Rovaniemi lies right on the cusp so it a focal point for people wishing to cross the Arctic Circle.
#5 Snowmobile Safari
While a husky safari can be a great experience, a snowmobile can be even better for those who like a sense of adventure. Snowmobiles are possibly one of the most popular attractions in Rovaniemi. A snowmobile safari adventure usually lasts between 2-6 hours and often features a look at some animals and local attractions. Mini-snowmobiling is also available for younger persons. Adults are required to have a motorcycle or driving license, though many are specialized for families with young children, where children can ride in a sleigh pulled by the tour guide.
#6 See the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are an awesome spectacle for those lucky enough to witness them. They are the result of collisions between electrically charged gas particles with vibrant sparkling hues of all colors. It can be a little difficult to witness the lights in action without some prior investigation and knowledge.
It is best to go in Spring or Winter to catch them, and you will also require clear skies. Obviously, you will need to be in a latitude where the Northern Lights occur. If a trip can be timed with a full moon, then the chances increase significantly. Thankfully, Lapland is one of the perfect places to view the Aurora Borealis, though it is never certain.
#7 Sleep in Snow Hotel
A snow hotel is a hotel built entirely from ice and snow. It is definitely an experience that should be tried out for all visitors. Many snow hotels are modern and luxurious. Glass igloos are also available. Many snow hotels display ice art and beds are entirely made of ice, though sleeping bags and reindeer fur will keep guests warm. Temperatures usually range from 0 to -5 degrees. It is often possible to visit the lobbies of ice hotels as a tourist without booking a room. If a bed made of ice is not for everyone, the warm glass igloo can accommodate clients with high demand. Observing the night sky with Aurora Borealis is directly from the own bed is a main advantage if staying in glass igloos.
#8 An Icebreaker Cruise
An icebreaker is essentially a giant ship that breaks ice apart. They can handle conditions unlike any other ship due to the way they have been designed. An icebreaker cruise can be a great way to explore the waters. It is possibly one of the best things to do in Lapland.
A Road Trip to Lapland?
Rovaniemi is an excellent tourist destination for multiple reasons and there are many things to do in the area. It has wonderful scenery, excellent food, and friendly people. An ice holiday is something different and visitors to the city will certainly not be stuck for something to pass the time. The best things to do in Lapland are often found in Rovaniemi.