Rovaniemi has a lot more to offer in winter time apart from just Santa Claus! Enjoy a Husky Sled Ride, a Snowmobile Safari, a Northern Lights Picnic, an Aurora Hunt by Snowmobile or Reindeer Sleigh, and more. Your tour arrangements include accommodation, airport transfers and guided excursions from Rovaniemi.
Day 1 Rovaniemi Arrival
On arrival in Rovaniemi transfer to your hotel. Time to explore the town, browse the shops or perhaps visit the fabulous Arktikum Museum.
Day 2 Husky Safari and Northern Lights Picnic
Start the day with a husky safari. The friendly barking of the excited huskies welcomes you to the local husky farm. After a brief lesson, it's time to head off - as soon as the dogs start running, all you will hear is the swish of the sled runners, as you glide quietly across the snow. Stop for a break and a hot drink and the chance to switch drivers. The average length of the trail is approximately 10km and 2 persons share each sled.
This evening join a hunt for the fabled Northern Lights! Your guide will drive you out of the city, to the best spots for today's weather, so you can enjoy the arctic night skies and relax with a light meal, whilst hopefully gazing at the Aurora.
Day 3 Day at Leisure for optional activities, and Evening Aurora Hunt By Reindeer Sleigh
Today explore the town, visit the shops, and relax. Or you might like to add an optional excursion - these include a visit to Ranua Arctic Wildlife Park, Ice Fishing, Ice Floating, Snowshoeing, Snowmobile Safari to Santa Claus Village 4.5hrs, Visit Santa Claus Village and Snowmobiling to a Reindeer Farm 6hrs. Then tonight hunt for the Aurora whilst sitting snugly in a reindeer drawn sleigh, looking for the Northern Lights to paint the sky!
Day 4 Snowmobile Safari into the Wilderness
Today take a short snowmobile safari along snowy tracks, past frozen rivers, lakes and forests. where you can master the art of driving a snowmobile. There will be a stop for hot drinks and biscuits to warm you up and where you can enjoy the silence of the wilderness. There is also a chance to swap drivers along the way, before the return snowmobile trip. All drivers must hold a valid driver's license and 2 persons usually share each snowmobile.
Should you wish to do a longer snowmobile safari please ask us - longer safaris are available for a supplementary charge.
Day 5 Rovaniemi Departure
Transfer to the airport and end of arrangements.
2023-2024 departures: daily December - early April (except 19 December - 02 January)
Add extra nights and activities, or add a wonderful night in a Snow or Glass Igloo - see our tour Glass or Snow Igloo Experience
Available with accommodation options as follows:
Scandic Rovaniemi City Hotel - a cosy hotel right in the centre of Rovaniemi; with a restaurant, bar, sauna, fitness room and complimentary WiFi.
Ounasvaaran Lakituvat Chalets - located 3km from Rovaniemi City Centre on top of Ounasvaara fell and surrounded by nature. The chalets have two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, living room, sauna, two bathrooms, TV and WiFi. Breakfast is served daily in the nearby Sky Hotel Ounasvaara (walking distance). Excursion transfers included.
Arctic City Hotel - located near shopping areas in central Rovaniemi; with two restaurants, two saunas, lobby bar with computers and complimentary WiFi.
Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Rovaniemi - centrally located in Rovaniemi next to the excursion office and close to the Kemijoki River; with two restaurants, bar, saunas and complimentary WiFi.
Santa's Hotel Santa Claus - centrally located in Rovaniemi opposite the excursion office; with a restaurant, mini casino, cafe and bar, two saunas, play area for children and complimentary WiFi.
Arctic Light Hotel - award winning, contemporary, boutique hotel located in the heart of Rovaniemi; with a restaurant, saunas, gym and compimentary WiFi.
Nova Skyland - suites and cottages located in Santa Claus Village by the forest. Each cottage has a fireplace, sauna, terrace and fully equipped kitchen and vary in size for 2-4 persons. Restaurant in the main building and 200m walk to Santa Claus Village shops and Santa's Post Office. Complimentary WiFi in hotel area. Excursion transfers included.
Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle - individual, private glass igloos of varying size located 8km from Rovaniemi City Centre in a quiet area close to Santa Claus Village (500m walk). Arctic Eye Restaurant and lobby bar on site. Igloos are north facing with glass ceiling and floor heating, aurora alarm, complimentary WiFi. Premium Igloos with Sauna and Premium Igloos with Alcove can be combined with a connecting door. Excursion transfers included.
Arctic Treehouse Hotel (block out period 01-31 Dec) located 8km from Rovaniemi City Centre, on the Arctic Circle in the midst of the forest, next to Santa Park. Santa Claus Village is 2km away. The exclusive, stand-alone suites offer Arctic sky views over the treetops and complimentary WiFi. Rakas Restaurant and Bar is in the main building. Excursion transfers included.
Excursions operate with a minimum of 2 persons. If you are a solo traveller and there is no second person booked on the excursion, you may be required to pay additional fees in order for the excursion to proceed.
The order of the excursions will alter according to the day of the week your arrangements start.
Snowmobile Safaris: To drive a snowmobile you must have a valid driving license and be 18 years of age, or over. All single travellers must drive their own snowmobile solo. Children over 140cm may sit as a passenger behind an adult driver on a snowmobile, only if the child is paying the adult price. Children under 140cm sit in a sled pulled by the guide's snowmobile. Children under 2 are not permitted on snowmobile safaris.
Husky Safaris: Children under 18 years usually travel in one big sled driven by the guide. During the shorter safaris a maximum of 2 adults + 2 children may be permitted to share one sled driven by the adults. During the longer safaris, 2 adults usually drive each sled in pairs and all children sit together in one big sled driven by the guide. The guide has the discretion to decide who may sit in a sled driven by adults and who must sit in the guide's sled for all safaris. Children under 2 are not permitted on husky safaris.
In the event of extreme weather or poor trail conditions small children may not be allowed to participate in safaris.