Wintertime in Rovaniemi is a dreamy affair!
Tourists have so much to choose from, and nature’s awesomeness is simply overwhelming. If you plan it well, your entire day, right from the time you wake until the midnight hours are going to be jam-packed! And why not!! After all, nobody ever came to Lapland to just spend time indoors.
To be honest, if you are planning a trip to Rovaniemi in winter (December or January), there are ample of things to do and sometimes tourists become confused about the option that they must go for! Think no more. Through this blog, I’m going to present you an ideal and the most popular itinerary to make the best of 24 hours in Rovaniemi in winter.
1. Start with a great morning hike to Ounarvara top – the highest point in Rovaniemi
On a perfect snowy day, Ounasvaara top is the place to be Rovaniemi. One of the prominent landmarks of the city, Ounasvaara can be identified from a distance even from the city centre. During the peak winter, this place is entirely covered under snow and a hike to the top can be the perfect thing to kickstart an adventurous day in Rovaniemi. You can go there hiking, or by wearing snowshoes, or riding an e-fatbike.
There are multiple ways to plan an excursion to Ounasvaara. Once you are there the stunning city view will leave you spellbound. The views of the entire city from the top is unparalleled.
Ounasvaara is also known for skiing and cable car rides. There are a few ski slopes descending from the Ounasvaara top. If you are game, this is the place to find your perfect adventure in Rovaniemi in winter!
2. Head to the local reindeer & husky farm for traditional Sami experience
Husky and reindeer farms are the most prized possessions of Rovaniemi in winter, and when you are there you can take a closer look at the Sami way of life and also the way they have preserved their culture. The farm, ensembles, and sledge rides are deeply rooted in Lappish way of life, and every tourist must experience it during their visit to Rovaniemi in winter.
The fact that sledges become operational only after it snows a lot makes it more exciting and sought-after choice.
3. Watch the diverse Arctic wildlife from close quarters at Ranua Zoo – Wildlife park
1-hour drive from Rovaniemi will take you to Ranua! The wonderful wildlife park where you can spot close to 50 protected Arctic wildlife entertaining the onlookers from their natural habitat. Moose, wolverine, wolves, grizzly bears, polar bears, and exquisite owl and eagle species can be seen relaxing in their fenced habitats.
The fact that the wildlife park is spread over a huge area and space inside is huge enough to give every wild animal a homely feel makes it quite a distinguished one. Also, Ranua Zoo is one of the Northernmost wildlife parks in the world.
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4. Gorge on an authentic Lappish Lunch in Ranua
There is a wonderful restaurant at the Ranua Zoo premises where you can enjoy the buffet lunch. After visiting the entire park you can take a break and gorge on the local Lappish delicacies served at the restaurant. Food is super delicious and the reindeer meat stands out. Do try some reindeer meat delicacies served there!
Head to your accommodation for some rest as the evening and night are going to be perfectly exciting with Polar Lights around. Optionally, you can enjoy an evening at one of the restaurants in the city centre. They serve great Lappish cuisines which tourists must try. After your dinner, take some rest and get ready for the big night ahead as you go chasing the Northern Lights!
5. Go hunting Northern Light until midnight & enjoy Lappish Barbecue in the middle of the wilderness
The darkness surrounds Rovaniemi and it’s time for the Northern Lights show. It is highly recommended to check the forecast before proceeding for the tour. Head to the forest area some 20-30 km far from the city centre. There are plenty of lakesides and vantage spots around the city from where you can spot magical Auroras.
Once you are there with your guide, enjoy the exceptional show while feasting on the Lappish barbecue and warming yourself by the bonfire, and listening to the Aurora stories from the guide. It will be a perfect way to sum up an eventful day in Rovaniemi in winter.
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That’s how you can make the best of your 24 hours in Rovaniemi in winter. However, there are a few more combinations with other activities that you can consider. We will share it in the upcoming blogs for your consideration!