Do you desire to spend your winter in a winter wonderland, covered under tons of snow, auroras dancing around in the middle of nowhere, while all you hear is cracking sound of side and soft thuds of footsteps on fresh snow? Book a trip to Rovaniemi in Finland right away!
Rovaniemi, traversed by the Arctic Circle line in Northern Europe remains buried under tons of snow for almost 5 months. Winter in Rovaniemi is harsh yet heartwarming! The hundreds of lake and the most important river that make for the essential part of the landscape here turns into solid ice. And then, with all those Christmas lighting and decoration around, and fluffy snowballs floating in the atmosphere, Rovaniemi turns into a dreamy winter holiday destination!
If you are on a trip to Finland during winter, there are hundreds of things to do, starting from Helsinki in Southern Finland to Inari in the far northern part of Finnish Lapland. But, as the landscape changes, there are subtle variations in the biodiversity and habitat that you can easily spot. The moment you are the proximity of the Arctic Circle line you are already in the exclusive Aurora Zone. Here, reindeers can be seen running around in the wild, and snowmobiles and ATV replace the prominent motor vehicles. Everything looks so soothing and you soak in the amazing beauty of Lapland.
If you are still indecisive about your upcoming winter holidays then I have some suggestions for a remarkable holiday in Lalpalnd’s capital city.
Here are the 7 most popular winter activities in Lapland that must be on your list!
1.The magical Northern Light Tour
There are fewer activities in the world that could beat the surreal experience of watching the dance of Northern Lights in Lapland region. When the winter is at its peak and night is darkest, you get to enjoy the elusive Auroras in Rovaniemi. And when you are in the wilderness far away from city lights waiting for the magical Northern Lights to appear, all you have do is pray for starry skies. The clearer the sky is, the better is the possibility of watching Auroras. In Rovaniemi, there are plenty of wilderness areas just 10-15 km from the city centre where you can behold perfect Northern Light views.
Now the most important thing, what are the top Northern Lights activities in Rovaniemi? Northern Light Photography tour, Hunting Northern Lights while enjoying Lappish barbecue, Northern Lights Ice Floating, and Northern Lights Sleight Ride, are some of the most popular tours preferred by tourists on their winter trip to Rovaniemi. Which one would you pick?
Select from the wide range of Northern Light tours available here
2. The blissful Husky Safari
Huskies truly are one of the most adorable creatures that you would come across in Rovaniemi. They are adept to extreme cold and that’s why, in winter in Rovaniemi, you’ll see plenty of cheerful huskies around. They are brimming with energy and when you ride the sledge pulled by a group of huskies you’d know that this is one of the best experiences ever!
A husky sledge ride in the middle of Arctic wilderness is all you need this winter season. In addition to the mesmerising ride, you also get to spend time with these adorable cuties in the husky farm, enjoy some traditional cookies and warm blueberry juice! Sounds exotic! Isn’t it?
Find out more about the husky ride and farm visit here
3. A traditional Reindeer Sleigh ride
Reindeer is the mascot of Rovaniemi and the reindeer population in Lapland’s capital city is so high that you can find reindeers almost anywhere in the city or in the wilderness. Santa riding a reindeer sleigh is a picture that has been created in Rovaniemi since it’s also known as Santa Claus’s official hometown.
The reason behind telling you all this is, Reindeer sleigh ride in the Lappish wilderness is a truly authentic experience of Sami people – the indigenous residents of Lapland. And reindeer sleigh ride in Rovaniemi an experience everyone must try in winter in Rovaniemi.
Find out more about reindeer safari here
4. Snowmobile ride on a frozen lake through Lappish wilderness
Snowmobile ride is another sought-after winter activity in Rovaniemi. Since the entire city is covered under heavy snow throughout the winter, snowmobiles become a favourite tourist activity there, and what could be a better place than the one that’s famed for its snowy landscapes!
As you ride the snowmobile into unspoiled nature you come across hundreds of picture-postcard nature views and enveloped in absolute serenity! Lucky are the people who get to see the rising sun from the snowy forest.
Find out more about the snowmobile tour here
5. A traditional Finnish Sauna
Sauna is deeply rooted in Finnish culture! It’s more of a way of life in Finland and you just can’t miss a sauna experience when you are in Rovaniemi. When you are inside a sauna, you not only soak in the steam emitting from the heated rocks but also a piece of Finnish tradition. A sauna session followed by a quick plunge into the ice hole in a frozen lake is one of the most daring activities you’d try in your lifetime.
By the way, did I tell you that you can experience the sauna and hot tub while sipping on blueberry juice and watching the Northern Lights? Yes, it’s pretty much possible in Rovaniemi.
Find out more about the Sauna tour here
6. Ice Fishing in a frozen lake
Ice fishing day tour could be your best bet on one of the lazy days in Lapland. You are driven to one of the hundreds of lakes in and around Rovaniemi that lie in the frozen state in peak winters. And when you spot the lake that has higher chances of housing salmon and trots deep under a meter thick ice sheet, you just drill a hole and put your angler in there. If luck’s on your side, sooner or later one of the fish will bite the bate placed by you!
Find out more about ice-fishing tours here
7. Snowshoeing in the wilderness
When in Lapland, you can connect everything to Aurora! While snowshoeing only requires you to put on the snowshoes and walk in the forest and exotic nature areas in Rovaniemi. The snowshoes are easy to deal with as you wear and walk in the locations thickly covered under snow! Having said all, Aurora snowshoeing remains my favourite!
Find out more about snowshoeing here
A trip to Lapland is never complete without trying out these top activities! How many of them have you already tried and which all you plan to experience soon? Write down in the comments below.