DIY Journey Information Itinerary (High Suggestions)


Hei, Rovaniemi!

◘◘ Discover Rovaniemi’s prime highlights

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  • Arktikum Seashore: Arktikum Museum is a well-liked attraction in Rovaniemi — however extra on this in a while within the subsequent few days. For right now, I recommend that you simply go in entrance of this museum to the hidden backyard that’s on this small island. Moreover, it is a excellent spot to swim in in the course of the midnight solar, if not an excellent spot to simply merely admire the views. It’s even potential to do an extended leisurely stroll by way of a path from this seashore that goes all the way in which to the south of the town by the Ounasjoki River.
  • Rovaniemi Metropolis Library: Designed by considered one of Finland’s most well-known architects, Alvar Aalto, this metropolis library is a superb place to be in case you’re a e-book lover. However aside from its massive number of books, you’ll absolutely be full of awe at its great design and expanse.
  • Pilke Science Centre: This can be a enjoyable place for guests of all ages because it tells the story of the northern forests and our relationship with them. For sustainable vacationers, you’ll even be blissful to know that this middle is notable for its low carbon footprint and use of sustainable wooden supplies in its design!
    • TIP: In the event you’re into tradition, it’s greatest to get the Tradition Move which is good-for-value entry that permits you to go to all the prime 3 museums in Rovaniemi (Arktikum, Korundi, and Pilke). That is legitimate for 7 days and you should buy it from any of the three aforementioned points of interest.
  • Lordi’s Sq.: Although not one of many placing highlights within the city, resulting from its central location, it’s an excellent place to be in in case you’re seeking to do some procuring (e.g. the procuring middle of Sampokeskus) if not some good ol’ eating. Furthermore, in the summertime, this turns into a highly regarded place because it hosts plenty of occasions.
    • TRIVIA: This sq. was renamed in tribute to the Finnish band that gained the Eurovision Music Contest in 2006.
  • Rovaniemi Church: Accomplished in 1950, this church will not be solely picturesque from the surface but in addition from the within. In spite of everything, it has an enormous fresco behind the altar in addition to a grand 45-key organ.
  • Offended Birds Exercise Park: I guess you didn’t know that Offended Birds was made by a Finn! Because of its enormous recognition worldwide, you could find an official park for it proper right here in Rovaniemi. Regardless of you probably have children or not, it is a enjoyable place to get pleasure from some ropewalks, slides, swings, ball video games, and extra!
  • Lumberjack’s Candle Bridge: Additionally known as Jätkänkynttilä Bridge, this 320-meter bridge connects Ounasvaara to the city middle and it’s an excellent factor to see at Rovaniemi in summer time. This iconic construction which is an simply recognizable landmark of Rovaniemi’s cityscape takes its identify and form from a sort of torch log that’s carved from wooden by lumberjacks. The best option to get pleasure from this bridge aside from driving or biking by means of it’s to stroll in the direction of the riverside from the middle. In just some minutes, you will note the bridge simply — as soon as there, don’t neglect to take some good images!

◘◘ Enterprise out to Ounasvaara

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This can be a beautiful hilltop that’s only a 15-minute stroll away from the town, which you’ll be able to attain by merely passing by means of the Lumberjack’s Candle Bridge. It may not be the largest nor the very best, nevertheless it’s an area favourite for its in depth community of nature trails that you would be able to run, stroll or bike by means of.

◘◘ Expertise a novel floating expertise

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One of the vital common actions in Rovaniemi these days is ice floating whereby you merely float round a frozen lake with only a thermal wetsuit on. It turns into extra of a magical factor when there are some Northern Lights up excessive to see.

However don’t fret, even when it’s in the summertime, this is without doubt one of the nice issues to do in Rovaniemi! I went by means of this expertise myself and it was so enjoyable to drift within the water with simply the sound of Lappish nature surrounding me. Now, this would possibly sound harmful to you, nevertheless it isn’t! Moreover, knowledgeable information will probably be with you all the time — to not point out that it’s fairly simple to do.

In the event you’re searching for one of the best tour supplier for this, I extremely suggest reserving with Safartica. Not solely was the information a pleasure to be with however the expertise additionally ends with some heat drinks and snacks by the hearth.

DINING OPTION: Restaurant Nili is an genuine Lappish restaurant within the coronary heart of the town and also you’ll be assured that every little thing is comprised of the freshest Arctic substances. As you get pleasure from these delights, you’ll even be surrounded by real Lappish furnishings and supplies — a very Finnish expertise! To not point out, this has been as soon as chosen as one of the best ‘Style of Finland’ restaurant in addition to among the best eating locations on TripAdvisor.
SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: You probably have extra time throughout Rovaniemi in summer time or in case you merely need another selections, think about the next:
– With Safartica
Do some Arctic Survival: Be a part of a special occasion journey to the forest the place you’ll be able to learn to survive within the wild as they train you how you can construct an emergency shelter, make hearth with out matches and a lot extra.
Do berry selecting: Lapland’s forests are identified for its wealthy wild berries! To search out one of the best spots, you’ll be able to undergo the forest with an area and decide up some recent superfoods which might be pure from the bottom.
– With Blissful Fox
Do a canoe journey: Get pleasure from a leisurely canoe journey alongside the Ounasjoki river as you admire stunning views and sights wild animals.

Benefit from the year-round Christmas Spirit

◘◘ Go to Santa Claus Village!

Are you seeking to meet the true Santa? Properly, you’ve come to the suitable place! Regardless of your age, Rovaniemi is the place to be given that it’s the Official Hometown of Santa Claus — and as a magical latitude village that’s stuffed with enjoyable, under are a few of the actions that you are able to do…

  • Meet “the person” himself: It’s FREE to satisfy Santa Claus and the one time you’ll shell out some cash is if you wish to pay for images. Now right here’s the factor: I could be a grown-up however for some cause, I felt so giddy and nervous after I was going to satisfy him — however all these nerves went away after I met him! He was so heat and enjoyable to speak to, regardless of the bizarre questions that I ask (lol). He even helped me perceive some extra of the Finnish tradition! The perfect half? Visiting in the course of the summer time will certainly provide you with extra time to speak to him as a result of the group is so much lesser. After all, visiting him in December is right however you’ll have a while to barter your standing on his ‘naughty checklist’ in case you’re right here throughout off-season.
  • Cross over the Arctic Circle: The Arctic Circle’s latitude (66°33′45.9′) crosses by means of the Santa Claus Village and this spot is correctly marked on the middle of the sq. with an enormous line. With that stated, just be sure you get a superb commemoration photograph for this!
  • Ship postcards from Santa Claus’ Most important Put up Workplace: That is an official Finnish submit workplace service station and it’s specifically made for the Santa Claus Village. Other than sending postcards to your loved ones and mates, you too can discuss to the elves right here and ask extra about their line of labor. By way of them, I discovered that I may also ship postcards or request a letter from Santa that will probably be scheduled for sending in the course of the Christmas season; so even in case you’re right here in the summertime, the elves have all of it lined for you! Moreover, as I went by means of the shop analyzing souvenirs, I additionally noticed some fascinating statistics in regards to the quantity of people that ship Santa letters.
    • NOTE: It’s potential to your children to ship letters to Santa Claus and at occasions, he even replies! (Deal with: Santa Claus, Santa Claus’ Most important Put up Workplace, Tähtikuja 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland)

◘◘ Meet Santa’s reindeer!

Discovered simply behind Santa Claus’ Workplace is a Reindeer Park and for simply €5, you’ll be able to pet, feed and mingle with these mild animals for so long as you need! This opens from the early summer time to the start of autumn so it’s greatest that you simply hold this in thoughts to your Rovaniemi itinerary.

In the event you ask me, I certain had a swell time right here whereby from the second I got here by means of the door, a child reindeer came to visit to greet me — it was so heart-warming! And sure, I took my candy time taking images and selfies with them.

Now, one other beauty of visiting this park is the guides as a result of aside from the truth that they provide out fascinating data in regards to the reindeer, they’re additionally very happy to entertain your questions. For example, it’s by means of them that I discovered how reindeer principally quantity greater than the Lappish folks! I additionally acquired to know the method of how reindeer lose their antlers and a lot extra.

◘◘ Go river rafting

For Rovaniemi in summer time, join with Santa’s Adventures to expertise fast-falling rapids! Held within the rafting space of Vikajärvi close to Rovaniemi, that is positively among the best methods to get pleasure from Finnish nature to its fullest!

Relaxation assured, although that is thrilling, it’s a completely secure exercise to get your adrenaline flowing. The icing on the cake? As soon as the journey is completed, you’ll be able to sit down and have some heat drinks and grilled sausages by an open hearth. So collect your loved ones and mates for this exercise — if not, doing it solo is ok too because you’re sure to satisfy equal-minded individuals who like your form of enjoyable!

DINING OPTION: Other than being an exquisite lodging place, Cafe & Bar KOTI is a superb spot to dine in not just for a snack however for a meal too. They’ve a day by day lunch particular or salad buffet that you would be able to attempt — in any other case, they’ve a la carte dishes so that you can get pleasure from. In different occasions, their espresso is a should as it’s comprised of freshly floor beans. Pair it off with some pulla (Finnish candy bread) and also you’re solved! (If pulla will not be your factor, additionally they haver different baked pastries accessible).
SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: You probably have extra time or in case you merely need another selections, think about the next:
– With Arctic Pleasure
Do a canyon tour: Carried out as a day journey, that is completed in Korouoma’s 100-meter rocky partitions and serpentine river, and as you do that in the summertime, you’ll get to benefit from the canyon’s distinctive flora and nature.
– With SantaPark Arctic World
Go to one other Santa Claus park: Separate from the Santa Claus Village, it is a paid park the place you’ll be able to get pleasure from numerous actions in any season with your loved ones. In the summertime you are able to do issues like going by means of a Santa Claus’ Helper Course, using the Magic Prepare, becoming a member of Elf Faculty, visiting the Ice Princess and plenty of others. (Sure, you too can meet Santa Claus right here!)

A day for Arctic animals

◘◘ Do an moral husky kennel go to

I’m in love with canines and I really like huskies essentially the most! Since Rovaniemi’s sled canine excursions are insanely common, I had the prospect to go to a good husky kennel middle close to the town and it was known as Bearhill. I can completely suggest them as a result of they put the well being of the canines at first whereas being a contemporary eco-friendly institution as properly.

And in case you ask me, late summer time is definitely a good time to go to Bearhill as a result of you’ll be able to witness how the canines are educated and ready for the approaching winter. You’ll be able to even meet all of the new child husky puppies which might be being taken care of.

Throughout my go to with them at Rovaniemi in summer time, I had the prospect to participate of their canine workforce coaching* as I rode a husky cart myself, and it was SO a lot enjoyable! To not point out, that I additionally helped give a number of lovable puppies their day by day train within the woods. Naturally, I used to be in canine heaven all all through my expertise! (And sure, I took lots of canine selfies. After all.)

NOTE: Since huskies can’t do strenuous actions when temperatures are increased than 15 levels Celsius, driving a husky cart for 30 to 40 minutes is climate dependent.

◘◘ Get pleasure from a riverboat cruise to a reindeer farm after which do a ceremonial Arctic Circle crossing

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This can be a distinctive expertise that you are able to do with Lapland Safaris. The very first thing that you simply do on this tour is to experience a wood riverboat as you undergo serene landscapes to expertise the summer time of the Arctic.

When you attain the reindeer farm, you’ll take part in a standard ceremonial crossing of the Arctic Circle which makes for a memorable expertise — I gained’t spoil the enjoyable nevertheless it was fairly fascinating! When that is completed, you’ll lastly get to satisfy the majestic reindeer that they’re holding on the farm as you feed them up shut.

Earlier than doing one final river cruise (again to the town middle) that marks the top of the tour, additionally, you will get to get pleasure from some drinks and snacks in a standard Finnish dwelling. The guides that they’ve are additionally approachable and pleasant, and they’re going to share with you some nice trivia about Finland and basic; in any other case, don’t be afraid to ask some questions!

DINING OPTION: Cafe & Bar 21 is arguably the good place to dine in particularly with their distinctive dishes and candy waffles that you would be able to order all day! If there’s one factor that you could attempt, it is going to be their Lapas Plate (Lappish Tapas)!
SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: You probably have extra time throughout Rovaniemi in summer time or in case you merely need another selections, think about the next:
SnowCastle: This can be a excellent place to go to you probably have a automobile. Situated in Kemi, which is 80km south of Rovaniemi (which can take about an hour by automobile or bus), is SnowCastle. Principally, it is without doubt one of the greatest ice buildings on the earth and past its beautiful faux-drawbridges, ramparts, and ice watchtowers is its well-known SnowRestaurant. In the event you e-book on-line, you’ll be able to sit on a fur-topped tree stump and desk product of strong ice, as you bask in an incredible 3-course dinner!
Ranua Wildlife Park: Additionally present in Kemi, this zoo gives its guests the chance to look at Arctic animals all all year long in a pure surroundings for as a lot as potential.
TIP: Reserve your tickets and be a part of a Ranua guided tour to keep away from the effort of driving right here by your self. Moreover, this tour begins from Rovaniemi with a cease to Ranua Wildlife Park and lasting for less than half a day.
With Arctic Nature: Do horse path using ~ Participate on this 2-hour horse experience by means of a stupendous forest, round some fields and up the hills. To mark the top of the tour, campfire lunch may also be served.
With Nortsav: Do boat fishing ~ Expertise a guided boat fishing tour on the rivers of Kemijoki and Ounasjoki. In the event you get some catch, it’s completely potential to arrange and smoke them! (This tour already consists of fishing tools and fishing licenses).

Take pleasure in tradition and science

◘◘ Tour Arktikum Museum and Korundi

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When you’ve made your go to to Pilke, think about making a go to to those different prime museums in Rovaniemi…

  • Arktikum: In the event you solely have the time to go to one museum throughout your keep, then a cease by Arktikum is the only option that you would be able to make! In spite of everything, this world-class museum has various exhibitions that may lead you on an journey to find extra in regards to the tradition and historical past of Finnish Lapland, in addition to the information in regards to the Arctic area.
    • One other facet to like about Arktikum is its design by which it boasts a 172-meter lengthy glass tuber over its major area. Because of its picturesque aesthetic, it is a favourite spot amongst photographers and Instagrammers. It’s additionally fairly a sight from the surface too by which you will note the museum trying as if it’s buried within the earth — an excellent design that mimics the way in which Arctic animals hibernate in the course of the winter time.
    • TICKETS: E book on-line
  • Tradition Home Korundi: This contemporary construction holds 2 artwork establishments, particularly the…
    • Chamber Orchestra of Lapland: The multi-purpose live performance corridor has 340 seats and there are numerous occasions held right here, from live shows to conferences.
    • Rovaniemi Artwork Museum: Options Finnish trendy and nice artwork from the Forties as much as the current.
    • TICKETS: E book on-line

TIP: It’s greatest to get the Tradition Move which is a good-for-value entry that permits you to go to all the prime 3 museums in Rovaniemi (Arktikum, Korundi, and Pilke). That is legitimate for 7 days and you should buy it from any of the three aforementioned points of interest.

◘◘ Do a night images tour (possibly spot some Northern Lights!)

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If you wish to discover one of the best places round Rovaniemi to expertise and {photograph} the distinctive nature of Lapland, then a images tour with Past Arctic is a should!

In case you are fortunate you would possibly even see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) particularly in case you time your go to across the finish of August — in any case, it’s the time once they begin to present. If you wish to be up to date on the forecasts, you’ll be able to obtain this app.

TRIVIA: Finnish folks used to suppose that the flick of a fox’s tail by means of a snowdrift brought on the looks of the Northern Lights!

MEAL OPTIONS: Go over to Frans & Cherie Restaurant, a French bistro that additionally serves a number of native Lappish dishes equivalent to leipäjuusto or Finnish squeaky cheese which is considered one of my favorites! That is greatest eaten heat, for my part. (And sure, because the identify suggests, it does have a particular texture which makes some form of ‘squeaky’ sound when chewed).
SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: You probably have extra time throughout Rovaniemi in summer time or in case you merely need another selections, think about the next:
Do different Aurora Borealis excursions: For example, Arctic Way of life gives this sort of tour on jet skis whereas Lapland Welcome does it with an ATV.
Do mountain climbing or biking: Go on a day journey on a nature path resulting in the 16-meter waterfalls of Auttiköngäs that’s primarily open in the summertime. This can be a forested canyon that’s a part of the Northern Finland’s old-growth forest safety program so that you’re definitely going to see some wealthy fauna and flora!

Immerse your self in Rovaniemi’s nature

◘◘ Check out fatbiking!

Fats bikes are nice to make use of within the winter — nevertheless it’s a enjoyable experience to do in the summertime too! I did fats biking with Roll Outdoor in the summertime by means of the close by woods of Rovaniemi and it was one of the crucial enjoyable actions that I did throughout my keep. Throughout our day trip, I additionally had the prospect to get pleasure from some views from up excessive in addition to some berry selecting.

NOTE: You’ll be able to select from both a handbook or digital fats bike. Helmets are supplied and you too can strap in a GoPro on it if you wish to.

◘◘ Meet an area artisan and do a workshop

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Head on over to Hornwork to go to the artisan workshop and residential of Mrs. Irene & Mr. Ari Kangasniemi. With them, you may get a deeper understanding of the native way of life, in addition to have the prospect to make your personal souvenirs.

Reality be advised, there are lengthy traditions of arts and handicrafts from native supplies like wooden and reindeer antlers in Lapland and that is one of the best ways to study extra about it!

◘◘ Expertise an genuine Finnish sauna

Stress-free in a Finnish sauna is a should to do whenever you’re in Finland! Certain, Tampere could be the sauna capital however there are many sauna locations in Rovaniemi the place you can begin. In spite of everything, a Finnish sauna expertise is on the core of each Finnish particular person’s way of life and tradition, so why not give it a attempt too?

So the place to do it? Most certainly, your lodge will have already got a sauna middle on its premises — if not, ask them about it they usually’ll absolutely level you in the suitable path. In any other case, right here’s an inventory of some nice sauna experiences on this web page.

~ Wanna know some how-to’s, suggestions and issues to do in a Finnish Sauna? Learn right here.

MEAL OPTIONS: Amarillo might not be an genuine Lappish restaurant nevertheless it’s a well-liked Mexican-style restaurant that’s certain to fulfill your cravings!
SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: You probably have extra time throughout Rovaniemi in summer time or in case you merely need another selections, think about the next:
With Helios Tour: Up on Lampivaara hill is an amethyst mine and every customer can dig up their very own fortunate quartz that may slot in one fist.
With Blissful FoxHow about some gold? With Blissful Fox you’ll be able to be a part of a tour the place you’ll be able to expertise gold panning together with a ship journey.


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