Summer time Journey Information: DIY Journey Rovaniemi Itinerary for five Days (Extra or Much less)

Welcome to Rovaniemi!

Lumberjacks Candle BridgePhotograph by ©Go to Rovaniemi (Rovaniemi Tourism & Advertising and marketing Ltd.)

◘◘ Discover Rovaniemi’s prime highlights
There are quite a lot of causes to like Rovaniemi and there’s all the time one thing for everybody, from its spell-binding nature to its vibrant city life! A number of the key spots that you shouldn’t miss are the next…

  • Arktikum Seaside: Arktikum Museum is a well-liked attraction in Rovaniemi — however extra on this in a while within the subsequent days. For at present, I recommend that you just go in entrance of this museum to the hidden backyard that’s on this small island. In addition to, this can be a great spot to swim in through the midnight solar, if not an important 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 metropolis by the Ounasjoki River.
  • Rovaniemi Metropolis Library: Designed by one in all Finland’s most well-known architects, Alvar Aalto, this metropolis library is a superb place to be if you happen to’re a e book lover. However apart from its giant collection of books, you’ll certainly be full of awe of 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 completely happy to know that this centre is notable for its low carbon footprint and use of sustainable wooden supplies in its design!
    • TIP: In case you’re into tradition, it’s greatest to get the Tradition Move which is a good-for-value entry that means that you can go to the entire prime three 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 hanging highlights within the city, as a consequence of its central location, it’s an important place to be in if you happen to’re trying to do some purchasing (e.g. the purchasing middle of Sampokeskus) if not some good ol’ eating. Furthermore, in the summertime, this turns into a highly regarded place because it hosts a variety of occasions.
    • TRIVIA: This sq. was renamed in tribute to the Finnish band that received the Eurovision Track Contest in 2006.
  • Rovaniemi Church: Accomplished in 1950, this church is just not solely picturesque from the surface but additionally from the within. In spite of everything, it has an enormous fresco behind the altar in addition to a grand 45-key organ.
  • Indignant Birds Exercise Park: I wager you didn’t know that Indignant Birds was made by a Finn! Attributable to its big reputation worldwide, you could find an official park for it proper right here in Rovaniemi. Regardless of in case you have youngsters or not, this can be a enjoyable place to take pleasure in some ropewalks, slides, swings, ball video games, and extra!
  • Lumberjack’s Candle Bridge: Additionally referred to as as Jätkänkynttilä Bridge, this 320-meter bridge connects Ounasvaara to the city middle. This iconic construction that’s an simply recognizable landmark of Rovaniemi’s cityscpae takes its title and form from a sort of torch log that’s carved from wooden by lumberjacks. The simplest approach to take pleasure in this bridge apart from driving or biking by means of it’s to stroll in the direction of the riverside from the middle. In only a few minutes, you will note the bridge simply — as soon as there, don’t neglect to take some good images!

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OunasvaaraPhotograph by ©Go to Rovaniemi (Rovaniemi Tourism & Advertising and marketing Ltd.)

◘◘ Enterprise out to Ounasvaara
This can be a gorgeous hilltop that’s only a 15-minute stroll away from town, in which you’ll attain by merely passing by means of the Lumberjack’s Candle Bridge. It may not be the largest nor the best, nevertheless it’s a neighborhood favourite for its intensive community of nature trails that you may run, stroll or bike by means of.

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Rovaniemi FloatingPhotograph by Safartica

◘◘ Expertise a singular floating expertise
Oe of the preferred 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 its 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 may sound harmful to you, nevertheless it isn’t! In addition to, knowledgeable information can be with you all the time — to not point out that it’s fairly simple to do.

In case you’re searching for the perfect tour supplier for this, I extremely advocate 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 town and also you’ll be assured that all the things is made out of the freshest Arctic substances. As you take pleasure in these delights, you’ll even be surrounded by real Lappish furnishings and supplies — a really Finnish expertise! To not point out, this has been as soon as chosen as the perfect ‘Style of Finland’ restaurant in addition to top-of-the-line eating locations on TripAdvisor.

SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: When you have extra time or if you happen to merely need another selections, take into account the next:

  • With Safartica
    • Do some Arctic Survival: Be a part of a special occasion journey to the forest the place you may discover ways to survive within the wild as they train you learn how to construct an emergency shelter, make hearth with out matches and a lot extra.
    • Do berry choosing: Lapland’s forests are identified for its wealthy wild berries! To search out the perfect spots, you may undergo the forest with a neighborhood and choose up some contemporary superfoods which might be pure from the bottom.
  • With Glad 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 ‘Christmas Spirit’ because it’s all-year-round right here!

Santa Claus Village

◘◘ Go to Santa Claus Village!
Are you trying to meet the actual Santa? Properly, you’ve come to the correct 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 filled with enjoyable, under are a few of the actions that you are able to do…

  • Meet “the person” himself: It’s FREE to fulfill Santa Claus and the one time you’ll shell 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 purpose, I felt so giddy and nervous once I was going to fulfill him — however all these nerves went away once I met him! He was so heat and enjoyable to speak to, irrespective of the bizarre questions that I ask (lol). He even helped me perceive some extra of the Finnish tradition! The perfect half? Visiting through the summer season will certainly offer you extra time to speak to him as a result of the gang is quite a bit lesser. In fact, visiting him in December is right however you’ll have a while to barter your standing on his ‘naughty listing’ if you happen to’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 a large line. With that stated, just remember to get commemoration picture for this!
  • Ship publish playing cards from Santa Claus’ Most important Publish Workplace: That is an official Finnish publish workplace service station and it’s particularly made for the Santa Claus Village. Except for sending postcards to your loved ones and associates, you can even discuss to the elves right here and ask extra about their line of labor. By way of them, I discovered that I can even ship postcards or request a letter from Santa that can be scheduled for sending through the Christmas season; so even if you happen to’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 concerning the quantity of people that ship Santa some letters.
    • NOTE: It’s potential to your youngsters to ship letter to Santa Claus and at occasions, he even replies! (Tackle: Santa Claus, Santa Claus’ Most important Publish Workplace, Tähtikuja 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland)

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

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

Now, one other wonderful thing about visiting this park are the guides as a result of apart from the truth that they provide out fascinating information concerning the reindeers, they’re additionally more than pleased to entertain your questions. As an example, it’s by means of them that I discovered how reindeers principally quantity greater than the Lappish individuals! I additionally acquired to know the method of how reindeers free their antlers and a lot extra.

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◘◘ Go river rafting
Enroll with Santa’s Adventures to expertise quick falling rapids! Held within the rafting space of Vikajärvi close to Rovaniemi, that is undoubtedly top-of-the-line methods to benefit from the Finnish nature to its fullest! Relaxation assured, although that is thrilling, it’s an absolutel protected exercise to get your adrenaline flowing. The icing to the cake? As soon as the journey is finished, you may sit down and have some heat drinks and grilled sausages by an open hearth. So collect your loved ones and associates for this exercise — if not, doing it solo is okay too because you’re certain to fulfill equal-minded individuals who like your type of enjoyable!

DINING OPTION: Except for being a beautiful 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 each day lunch particular or salad buffet that you may strive — in any other case, they’ve a la carte dishes so that you can take pleasure in. In different occasions, their espresso is a should as it’s made out of freshly floor beans. Pair it off with some pulla (Finnish candy bread) and also you’re solved! (If pulla is just not your factor, in addition they haver different baked pastries obtainable).

SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: When you have extra time or if you happen to merely need another selections, take into account the next:

  • With Arctic Pleasure
    • Do a canyon tour: Achieved as a day journey, that is carried out 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, this can be a paid park the place you may take pleasure in varied 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 College, visiting the Ice Princess and plenty of others. (Sure, you can even 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 like huskies probably the most! Since Rovaniemi’s sled canine excursions are insanely standard, I had the prospect to go to a good husky kennel middle close to town and it was referred to as as Bearhill. I can completely advocate them as a result of they put the well being of the canines in the beginning, whereas being a contemporary eco-friendly institution as properly.

And if you happen to ask me, late summer season is definitely a good time to go to Bearhill as a result of you may witness how the canines are educated and ready for the approaching winter. You possibly can even meet all of the new child husky puppies which might be being taken care of. Throughout my go to with them, I had the prospect to participate of their canine group 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 cute puppies their each day train within the woods. Naturally, I used to be in canine heaven all all through my expertise! (And sure, I took quite a lot of canine selfies. In fact.)

NOTE: Since huskies can not do strenuous actions when temperatures are larger than 15 diploma celsius, driving a husky cart for 30 to 40 minutes is climate dependent.

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River CruisePhotograph by ©Go to Rovaniemi (Rovaniemi Tourism & Advertising and marketing Ltd.)

◘◘ Get pleasure from a riverboat cruise to a reindeer farm after which do a ceremonial Arctic Circle crossing
This can be a distinctive expertise that you are able to do with Lapland Safaris. The very first thing that you just do on this tour is experience a wood riverboat  as you undergo serene landscapes to expertise the summer season of the Arctic.

When you attain the reindeer farm, you’ll take part in a conventional ceremonial crossing of the Arctic Circle which makes for a memorable expertise — I received’t spoil the enjoyable nevertheless it was fairly fascinating! When that is carried out, you’ll lastly get to fulfill the majestic reindeers that they’re preserving within the farm as you feed them up shut.

Earlier than doing one final river cruise (again to town middle) that marks the top of the tour, additionally, you will get to take pleasure in some drinks and snacks in a conventional Finnish house. The guides that they’ve are additionally approachable and pleasant, and they’ll share with you some nice trivia about Finland and normal; 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 may order all day! If there’s one factor that you should strive, it is going to be their Lapas Plate (Lappish Tapas)!

SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: When you have extra time or if you happen to merely need another selections, take into account the next:

  • Ranua Wildlife Park: Discovered 80km south of Rovaniemi (which is able to take about an hour by automobile or bus), this zoo gives its guests the chance to look at Arctic animals all all year long in a pure setting for as a lot as potential.
  • With Arctic Nature
    • Do horse path using: Participate on this 2-hour horse experience by means of an attractive forest, round some fields and up the hills. To mark the top of the tour, campfire lunch will even be served.
  • With Nortsav
    • Do boat fishing: Expertise a guided boat fishing tour on the rivers of Kemijoki and Ounasjoki. In case 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

ArktikumPhotograph by ©Go to Rovaniemi (Rovaniemi Tourism & Advertising and marketing Ltd.)

◘◘ Tour Arktikum Museum and Korundi
When you’ve made your go to to Pilke, take into account making a go to to those different prime museums in Rovaniemi…

  • Arktikum: In case you solely have the time to go to one museum throughout your keep, then a cease by Arktikum is the only option that you may make! In spite of everything, this world-class museum have various exhibitions that may lead you on an journey to discovering extra concerning the tradition and historical past of Finnish Lapland, in addition to the info concerning the Arctic area.
    • One other facet to like about Arktikum is its design wherein it boasts a 172-meter lengthy glass tuber over its major area. Attributable to its picturesque aesthetic, this can be a favourite spot amongst photographers and Instagrammers. It’s additionally fairly a sight from the surface too wherein you will note the museum trying as if it’s buried within the earth — an important design that mimics the way in which Arctic animals hibernate through the winter time.
  • 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 fantastic artwork from 1940s as much as the current.

TIP: It’s greatest to get the Tradition Move which is a good-for-value entry that means that you can go to the entire prime three 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.


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Northern LightsPhotograph by ©Go to Rovaniemi (Rovaniemi Tourism & Advertising and marketing Ltd.)

◘◘ Do a night pictures tour (possibly spot some Northern Lights!)
If you wish to discover the perfect areas round Rovaniemi to expertise and the distinctive nature of Lapland, then a pictures tour with Past Arctic is a should!

If you’re fortunate you may even see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) particularly if you happen to time your go to across the finish of August — in any case, it’s the time the place they begin to present. If you wish to be up to date on the forecasts, you may obtain this app.

TRIVIA: Finnish individuals used to assume that the flick of a fox’s tail by means of a snowdrift triggered 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 similar to leipäjuusto or Finnish squeaky cheese which is one in all my favorites! That is greatest eaten heat, for my part. (And sure, because the title suggests, it does have a particular texture which makes some type of ‘squeaky’ sound when chewed).

SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: When you have extra time or if you happen to merely need another selections, take into account the next:

  • Do different Aurora Borealis excursions: As an example, Arctic Way of life gives this type of tour on jet skis whereas Lapland Welcome does it with an ATV.
  • Do 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 actually going to see some wealthy fauna and flora!

Immerse your self in Rovaniemi’s nature

Fat Bike

◘◘ 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 fatbiking with Roll Open air in the summertime by means of the close by woods of Rovaniemi and it was one of the enjoyable actions that I did throughout my keep. Throughout our day trip, I additionally had the prospect to take pleasure in some views from up excessive in addition to some berry choosing.

NOTE: You possibly can select from both a guide or digital fats bike. Helmets are supplied and you can even strap in a GoPro on it if you wish to.

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HornworkPhotograph by ©Go to Rovaniemi (Rovaniemi Tourism & Advertising and marketing Ltd.)

◘◘ Meet a neighborhood artisan and do a workshop
Head on over to Hornwork to go to the artisan workshop and residential of Mrs. Irene & Mr. Ari Kangasniemi. With them, you will get a deeper understanding of the native way of life, in addition to have the prospect to make your personal souvenirs. Fact be instructed, there are lengthy traditions of arts and handicrafts from native supplies like wooden and reindeer antlers in Lapland and that is the easiest way to be taught extra about it!

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Finnish Sauna

◘◘ Expertise an genuine Finnish sauna
Stress-free in a Finnish sauna is a should to do whenever you’re in Finland! Positive, Tampere often is the sauna capital however there are many sauna locations in Rovaniemi the place you can begin on. In spite of everything, a Finnish sauna expertise is on the core of each Finnish individual’s life-style and tradition, so why not give it a strive too?

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

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


MEAL OPTIONS: Amarillo is probably not an genuine Lappish restaurant nevertheless it’s a well-liked Mexican-style restaurant that’s positive to fulfill your cravings!

SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: When you have extra time or if you happen to merely need another selections, take into account the next:

  • Do some digging!
    • 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 Glad Fox: How about some gold? With Glad Fox you may be a part of a tour the place you may expertise gold panning together with a ship journey.