Continuing our series ‘Best of 24 Hours in Rovaniemi in winter’ we are here with another set of exciting winter activities to ensure that you make the most of your 1 day stay in Rovaniemi. This itinerary will come handy for every tourist who is on a tight schedule and don’t have the luxury of spending days in Rovaniemi. Winter in Rovaniemi is fascinating and it becomes one of the most fascinating places on earth, thanks to the Christmas vibes, Arctic wildlife, sledge ride, and the exceptional Northern Lights! You can choose from a range of exciting tour activities in the offering.
The fact that the capital city of Lapland has also been declared as the number one winter destinations in Europe in 2019 by Lonely Planet makes it truly a hyped place to travel this winter. Therefore, if you are still clueless about your brief stay in Rovaniemi then I’ll present you a small glimpse top tourist activities here and how you can make the best of your 24 hours in Lapland’s capital!
1. Start your day with a Snowmobile ride in the Lappish Forest
Pristine and spotless are the most fitting words to define the exceptional Rovaniemi outdoors. How about getting the perfect feel of the gorgeous Lappish outdoors while cruising through the pile of snow? Sounds great! Riding a snowmobile is the perfect adventure you’d need this winter to feel the unparalleled awesomeness during your trip to Rovaniemi.
2. Go Ice Fishing in a frozen lake
The lakes of Rovaniemi are home to some of the most exotic fish varieties in the Arctic region. Arctic char, rainbow trout, whitefish and Arctic fish are the frequently found species of fish in Rovaniemi. However, wintertime is harsh and completely different as the lakes turn into a thick sheet of ice. Ice fishing becomes a favourite activity of the residents, thus making it one of the top winter activities in Rovaniemi. The entire experience is exciting because you have to drive through the pristine Lappish nature to reach one of the frozen lakes, which has a higher probability of containing the Arctic fish. Later, you make a hole in the frozen lake and wait patiently for the fish to bite the bait.
3. Gorge on the Barbecue Salmon with warm blueberry juice
After the completion of the activity, you get an opportunity to make a barbecue of the fish you caught. In any case, you get to enjoy the barbecue salmon even if you don’t manage to catch one since the fishes of Lapland can disappoint you sometimes!
Snowmobile along with ice fishing and barbecue is a 5-hour activity!
Learn more about the tour here
4. Spend a relaxing evening enjoying Northern Lights with Sauna
After relaxing for a bit at your hotel accommodation and trying out some local cuisine in a local restaurant in the city centre area get ready for the big exciting evening in Rovaniemi. Head to one of the sauna locations in the thick forest of Rovaniemi where you get to experience one of the most authentic offerings of Lapland – sauna. Sauna and hot tub, along with the beautiful Northern Lights can make your evening the most memorable one. After spending some time in the steaming sauna you can spend the rest of the time taking a dip in the frozen lake.
And later relax in the hot tub placed by the lakeside surrounded by magical nature. Enjoying the grand Nothern Lights while lying in the hot tub and sipping on a warm drink on a cold night in Rovaniemi! Is there anything else you could ask for!!
Later, barbecue awaits you in by the fireplace where you can warm yourself up and savour the moments over the interesting conversation.
5. Double up the Northern Lights experience by floating in the frozen lake
The sauna set up by the lakeside means you have some more opportunities to try out the authentic Lappish experiences when you are on a holiday in Rovaniemi. All you need to do is wear the floating suit and head to the frozen lake. There will be a hole dug somewhere in the lake where you can leave yourself suspended on the chilling lake waters.
Since the suit won’t let you drown, you will be floating on the surface while enjoying the grandeur of the Northern Lights. It is one of the most satisfying and relaxing outdoor activities in Rovaniemi.
6. End the tour with a memorable Lappish Barbecue session!
A Lappish Barbecue with some amazing company under Northern Lights could be the perfect way to end an eventful day while experiencing the best of Rovaniemi. Reindeer sausage, salmon soup, reindeer salami with traditional Lappish bread, warm blueberry juice, and marshmallows are some of the barbecue essentials in Lapland.
While you will be trying out these grilled delicacies you will also have an opportunity to know more about the facts and legends of the Northern Lights. A peaceful time amidst nature will make for a humbling experience for you.
Learn more about lakeside sauna tour here! Optionally you can also include floating in your schedule.
You’ll be, for sure, completely overwhelmed after spending an intense day full of exciting activities in the heart of Rovaniemi. The feeling of living the topmost winter experiences in Rovaniemi will stay with you lifelong and you will cherish it until you come back next time to the Santa Claus official hometown! Should you have any queries pertaining to a trip to Rovaniemi, feel free to contact us through our website or write to us in the comments below!