What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think about traditional Finnish adventure? Northern lights hunting, Finnish sauna, or traditional Lappish dinner in a cozy wooden cottage away from the city buzz? Correct! On this tour you will get all of the above and even a little more!
✔️ Finnish sauna
✔️ Arctic lake
✔️ Enjoy the beauty of Lappish nature
✔️ Year around guaranteed daily departures
✔️ No special skills required
✔️ Small group experience
~ 4 hours
~12:00 and 17:00
Winter, summer, midnight or evening, the joy of sauna bathing is a totally delightful event.
Sauna bathing has become such a deeply ingrained Finnish tradition that not even the difficult circumstances have been able to interrupt or alter it. It is a part of Finnish culture, customs and social pattern, passed inevitably from one generation to the next.
The sauna effect is created by making the body hot throughout, almost like simulation a fever. This high temperature, coupled with the tranquil view and the later breathing of the stimulation lake air creates the benevolent effect always associated with sauna.
The greatest time to see the Northern Lights is between October and middle of March. You need fair skies, pitch black nights and some luck to see the dancing lights in the sky. To make the entire experience extraordinary we will take you a traditional Finnish sauna on a private Arctic lake. Let's make this an adventure of a lifetime! All you need is luck, dark and clear night.
Once the sauna is all set up it's your time to relax. Let the heat purify your body as the mellow wintery magic of Lapland purifies your soul. Let go of the stress and enjoy the presence of your loved ones. While we do our best to prepare you for an evening in the wilderness, it's up to you decide how you want to spend your time. The classic Nordic way is to spend 10-15 minutes in the sauna and then jump into ice cold water, or even a big pile of crystal white snow! A cold plunge after a steamy session increases your blood flow, relieves pressure and boosts up your endorphin levels!
Ice swimming after a sauna is an excellent way to unwind. The sudden drop in temperature activates the body's adrenaline, a hormone that elevates mood and speeds up blood circulation. It also triggers the release of endorphins, hormones that ease pain and increase activity. The added benefits are glowing skin, increased energy, and enhanced immunity.
After this unique Finnish spa experience, it's time to get back to our little cozy wooden cottage to enjoy smoked salmon dinner by a fireplace.
The Northern Lights hunting is one of the most popular things to do in Finland. Seeing flickering shades of blue, green, violet and sometimes even crimson red is one of the most epic adventures you can have. Aurora sights are never guaranteed, as nature is unpredictable. So, that makes this experience even more special. The thrill of the chase, an amazing sauna experience and a traditional dinner in a wooden cottage by the private arctic lake are what we call The best of Lapland.
Keep in mind that we will do our best to make you comfortable, warm and entertained, but there's one thing we can't promise you - seeing Northern lights. Nature is unpredictable and Northern lights sights are not guaranteed. That's why our tour is so fantastic; you won't feel sad if you miss the frolicking lights in the sky.
✔️ Non-alcohol beverages
✔️ Professional English speaking guide
✔️ Unforgettable experience and only positive emotions
✔️ Hot drinks and cookies
✔️ *Northern Lights (October - mid March), if lucky and weather is right, evening departure ONLY
✔️ Dinner cooked on the open fire
✔️ Towels, slippers for the sauna
✔️ Arctic Lake swimming (ice-swimming in Winter time)
✔️ Firewood sauna experience 2 hours
✔️ Hotel pickup & drop off
⚡ Swimming suit
⚡ Camera and drinking water
❌ Swimming suit
Please let us know your diet before or after booking your adventure. We will take into account your wishes and prepare the food suitable for you.
A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.
You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. You will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip. You will always get a voucher by email: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Rovaniemi. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Rovaniemi.
The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.
If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call or email our office directly, the phone number is +358 40 744 2567. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.
This is a nice question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated in the voucher. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide. Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
1. Start with thermal underwear and warm socks.
2. If it’s really cold, –20 or below, wear an additional fleece layer on top of your thermals. Another pair of socks, preferably woolly or thermal, will keep your feet warm.
3. Wear pants with thermal lining. Don’t underestimate the importance of a neck warmer or a scarf. Slip into your winter boots and do them up well.
4. Almost done! Throw on your winter jacket, put on a warm hat and thermal gloves. Don’t forget to tuck your gloves into your sleeves and zip your jacket ALL the way up
Nordic Adventures is happy to tell you where you can rent costumes if there is such a need!
Unfortunately there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.
There is not just one single setting for your camera that ensures great captures. but if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.
Nonetheless if you have manual options, you are probably best off with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, exposure and aperture settings. , ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.
A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.
Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.
If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in slight star movement.
Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length.
Be sure to remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length.
The best time to see the northern lights is when the sky is clear of any clouds. Some people claim the aurora comes out when temperatures are colder. This isn’t the case – it’s just that when the skies are cloudless, temperatures tend to drop.
The northern lights are most commonly seen between 17:00 and 02:00. They don’t usually exhibit for long – they may only show for a few minutes, then glide away before returning. A good display may last for no longer than a quarter or half an hour, though, if you’re really lucky, it could extend to a couple of hours or longer.
The waxing and waning of the moon makes no difference to the northern lights. While a full moon lightens the sky, and may therefore reduce the visual intensity of a display, the northern lights can be seen at all stages of the moon’s cycle. In fact, seeing the Northern Lights behind a full moon is quite a spectacular sight.
Our guaranteed nightly Norther Lights hunting departures are from the end of September to April!
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You can join an already scheduled safari where we have other participants. This way you only pay for yourself.
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The price of the tour is the same, no matter if you use our transportation option or not.
Most of our tours (please see specifications under each tour) include transfers from accommodation in Rovaniemi city area. It is included in the adventure price.
The pick up is usually 5-20 min before the start of the safari (time in your voucher). Transportation back is immediately after the end of the safari.
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Have you ever wondered what is like to live near the Arctic Circle? We invite you to our Finnish home where you can experience the local culture and relax in the wood-burning sauna.
We won't overburden your schedule, we will just make sure that you see the best Rovaniemi has to offer. See the rare arctic animals in the wonderful Ranua Zoo, spend some time shopping, and finish the evening in a relaxing Finnish sauna followed by an open fire Dinner!
Experience the traditional Lappish sauna in a cozy cottage and take a dip in the private Arctic lake! Blow off some steam and enjoy a peaceful night in the authentic Finnish sauna. End the night with a tasty dinner cooked over an open fire.
I didn’t think I could do it but I’m so glad I did because it really is a once in a life time experience when you’re not from Europe. I highly recommend booking this tour, our guides were so friendly and gave us amazing insights into Finnish culture.
It was an incredible experience, a travel to repeat! Amazing hosts Tania and Alex. Culture and fun, only the norther lights were missing!
We have just had the most enjoyable evening with Alex and his wife, Tanya - two of the nicest people in Finland!We went In the evening when it was dark and were greeted by the most beautiful scenery, with fairy lights everywhere. The sauna was beautiful and to cool off you can pop into the lake for a few seconds and then back into the sauna, it’s cold but very enjoyable and an Lapland experience that should not be missed! After the Sauna we had a lovely dinner and Tanya and Alex told us all about the traditions of saunas and other facts about the countryside. 10/10 we could not recommend this enough!!
For someone who wants take part in one of the most authentic experiences in Lapland this tour is highly highly recommended!
Communication was excellent, transport for pick up was perfectly on time. Everything promised on the website was delivered without any issue.
We were two friends trying this "Best of Lapland"-experience in February 2021 - and I can only give my absolute warmest recommendations. It was amazing to experience the real Finnish wood-burning sauna (a traditional sauna from the 70s, and in beautiful condition), and then to jump in the lake to cool down. Unfortunately we didn't see any Northern Lights, but the night was still beautiful, and the surroundings of the small cottage were so amazing, quiet and isolated. We also had a very nice Lappish dinner, the beetroot salad was to die for ;-) and Tanya and Alex were telling us a lot about Lapland, the area, the conditions all year round before we were taken back to Rovaniemi and dropped off at our hotel. A great experience all around.
We highly recommend this tour because it's a full day adventure guided by some of the nicest people we have ever met. We got to see the animals at Ranua zoo which Alex(our guide) was very knowledgeable about. Afterwards, we went to the cabin which is situated in the most beautiful place, in the middle of the forest with a lake in front of it. There we met Tanya, who was extremely nice and told us how the sauna and ice floating works. We tried ice floating for the first time and it was a fun, relaxing experience. They even let us climb on the ice and play around. We got to cross sauna and ice dipping off our bucketlist and it was amazing. Afterwards we ate dinner together(salmon smoked by Tanya herself) and we chatted about different finnish traditions and customs. All in all it was the best way to end our trip to Lapland and we highly recommend you try this experience!
Exceptionally well organized and professional operator in Lapland.We booked four tours through Viator, and the operator cancelled two. But the tour by Nordic Adventure was on time and professionally managed. Before the tour, Mr. Alex, the operator, replied to all our queries and was on time for pickup at our hotel. We headed to the Zoo in his comfortable van. He explained the animals in the zoo; later, we had a great lunch at the zoo, then we headed to the traditional sauna, which was kept warm by his wife. She explained all about the sauna and dipping in cold water. For two hours, we had our free time in the sauna and then dipped in ice-cold water. I did it twice and enjoyed the whole new experience. We then had a great home-cooked dinner. Salmon smoke was the best we had in Finland during our whole trip. It was fresh and tasted fantastic. There were also homemade ginger cookies, hot berry juice, fresh baby tomatoes, cucumber, and homemadebread. Undoubtedly, this was an excellent experience for both of us, and we will surely visit again and use Nordic Adventures for our future travel in Lapland. Both Alex and his wife hosted us, and we felt at home. Thank you for the beautiful arrangements.
Probably the highlight of my time in Lapland! Unforgettable experience, amazing hosts and delicious dinner!
My favorite part of the experience was how kind the people were! They were so kind and made us an amazing meal!! The experience overall was very relaxing and so much fun! I loved jumping into the icy lake, even if I was a little nervous at first. Felt so much healthier afterwards!
This was by far one of the best nights during our time in Lapland! I was a little nervous about the jump into the lake, but I am so glad I did it!! The hosts made us feel so comfortable the whole time and cooked us the best salmon we have ever had! We felt so relaxed after our time there, we would recommend this experience to anyone. Definitely a must do while in Lapland!
This was one of our favorite experiences during our trip to Finland! Our hosts were wonderful and extremely accommodating. The setting was magnificent - what a beautiful location! The sauna experience was amazing.
Tanya and Alex are absolute perfect guests! We had a sauna experience by the lake followed a spectacular diner cooked by the hosts! Thanks again and definitely we’ll be back!
It was a authentic feeling wood sauna and traditional dinner. We were lucky enough to see the Northern lights and the guides were very friendly and informative. Also stopping the van to see the lights multiple times. A great evening. Would recommend.
Our hosts were Tanya and Alex, they are extremely wonderful and friendly! We got to try out the traditional sauna and ice swimming going from the 80 degrees sauna to the 0 degree frozen lake! Dinner was superb and Alex explained many facets of the local culture to us throughout our time there. Definitely will recommend this tour!
This experience was amazing from beginning to end. Pick up was as arranged and on time. Hosts knowledgeable and friendly. Our 8 year old loved the sauna and trying to work up the courage to dip in the lake. We laughed alot but also relaxed. So much so that the time flew.Dinner was absolutely amazing in a beautifully decorated authentic cabin. The fire and food was the perfect ending to a gorgeous time. Thank you Alex and Tanya. We will be back!
Highly recommend this trip. We had a great time with the wood burning sauna and definitely recommend taking the polar plunge between sauna sessions. Alex was wonderful and pulled over as we headed back into town when the Northern lights made a surprise appearance. He made sure we all had plenty of time to enjoy them. We were lucky that snow had started to fall the week of our trip. I would love to go back end of February- March.
Fantastic experience! We signed up for a traditional Finnish sauna experience. The hot sauna was clean and well maintained, and jumping into the frozen lake is a MUST! Felt so refreshed afterwards, and dinner afterwards by the fireplace was simple but so tasty! Our guides Tanya and Pedro shared with us many interesting facts about Finland and they were extremely nice, accommodating and made sure we had a good time;)) Highly recommend!
It was really fun to swim in an icy lake. The Tour guides were nice and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we couldn't see Northern lights but we had far enough fun. : )
The sauna was in an absolutely beautiful setting! Our hosts Alex and his wife ( I have forgotten her name 🙈) were so accommodating. She made a delicious meal ( salmon and vegetables and i usually hate fish too!) and gave us a really interesting talk on their lives in Lapland and the local culture and traditions. Really enjoyed our evening all round. And you must try the ice swim! It was invigorating!
It was the best choice we could do! Spending some days in Rovaniemi to go to Santa's village we decided to try the original sauna and the ice swimming. And we did it! Me., my wife and our girl 10 yr old, we all togheter had a very nice sauna in their old Cottage and we did togheter jumps in the lake three times! Guys were very kind. The dinner after we finished was pretty good, we had a very good salmon!
The best thing we did on our trip including for our 5 year old. She actually said this was better then meeting Santa which was crazy! She did the ice lake jump, snow angels (in the swimwear) and loved the sauna. The evening meal was the best meal we had in Rovaniemi. Highly recommend… if your brave enough 😂
A brilliant experience. I cannot say enough about how enjoyable this was. The sauna and lake swimming is an amazing experience. Two hours of a traditional wood sauna and dips in the lake followed by a great salmon dinner with Lapland sides and delicacies. My wife and I loved it.
Super cosy and secluded cottage with awesome sauna and ice cold lake in a beuatiful environment. We stayed in the sauna and went afterwards for a cool dip in the frozen lake, bucketlist experience. We really felt alive and relaxed! We enjoyed the grilled salmon with sidedishes, it was a splendid ending of a wonderful trip. Also bonus points for the small group (max 6 persons) and shoutout to the amazing guide Pedro!
We booked two tours with this company and they were the BeSt we had in Lapland!!! We wish we could have booked more. Our first day with Robin was ice floating during the day. We had so much fun and felt like kids again! It felt like experience of lifetime. The next day our guide Pedro took us on the best of Lapland. We did a traditional Finnish sauna. It’s was another experience of a lifetime. I really didn’t think I’d like it since I hate the cold but I felt invigorated jumping into the frozen lake!! If you go to Lapland book with this company. They are smaller and you’ll be getting an authentic experience as opposed to a touristy one.
Awesome experience… so glad to do this. We were collected and taken to a beautiful place far from the city lights. The sauna and cold plunge left us feeling amazing. The dinner was delicious and the hosts were very kind and welcoming.. i would definitely recommend this experience
One of my best memory of Rovaniemi, the sauna is great, the team gives clear instruction and the diner was good.
I would highly recommend this trip. It was 100 percent the best out of the multiple excursions we did whilst in Rovaniemi. As we are vegetarian they substituted the Salmon for a lovely freshly cooked chilli con carne.The sauna and ice dipping was a refreshing activity and something to remember for years to come!
Great trip! There is a tendency with some of the trips around Rovaniemi to have 20-30 people involved, so it was super refreshing to do something that was limited to 8-10 people. The team were lovely and the destination was beautiful. We were split into 2 saunas and spent a couple of hours darting from the water back to the sauna. The water is obviously freezing but well worth getting in. This was all followed by a delicious meal and some stories about Lapland and the surrounding area. Would recommend if you have the time.
This is one of the first things we did after we arrived in Rovaniemi and set us off to a great start.Our guide Pedro was kind and friendly and explained everything about how to use the sauna and how to go about dipping in the ice lake if we wanted to.Felt so energized and refreshed after going in the ice-cold water, definitely want to do it again.The lunch afterward was some of the best food we had whilst in Finland, definitely the best salmon.The sun came out halfway through our experience and the already beautiful view of the lake got even more beautiful.
Our hosts Tonia and Alex were absolutely delightful! Tonia picked us up and provided information about the region, her background and where were were going. The location is at a remote and totally private lakeside cabin with a separate sauna building. We were shown around and given instructions about how and where to take a lake dip to cool down after the sauna. Alex had fired up the sauna which was perfectly piping hot and we all experienced the exhiliration and refreshment of the sauna/lake dip. This was all followed by a very delicious salmon dinner cooked to perfection. We had hoped to also see the northern lights but the weather was very overcast. Afterwards we were dropped off at our lodging doorstep, which was so nice since we were totally relaxed and sleepy. We highly recommend this experience.
Nordic Adventures is a family run business with all the very best things you might associate with a family business: hard work, attention to detail, and magical touches that create an experience of a lifetime. The sauna made us feel like we were a part of an ancient tradition, and prepared us well for an exhilarating dip in Arctic water. This was followed by an amazingly delicious salmon dinner in a warm and elegant cottage. We had incredibly knowledgeable and kind young hosts who gave us a sense of the rich past and present of Northern Finland. They went extra miles to make sure we had the best time. This was our last night of an eventful trip and we can say with confidence that this adventure was the best of Lapland.
This was an excellent experience provided by two wonderful people, in good company!The only downside was the misnomer in the tite "Best Of Lapland: Sauna, Ice swimming, Dinner & Northern Lights Hunting" ... Namely, there was no "Northern Lights Hunting" planned on the trip.If we had known this, we would have booked an additional trip to specifically hunt for the northern lights. By the time we found out, it was too late to book a different trip. Alex did try to help us by recommending someone.
È stata un'esperienza unica! È stato molto rilassante stare dentro la sauna, godersi la natura e infine tuffarsi nel lago ghiacciato. Per non parlare della cena tipica lappone e della casa di campagna in cui ci hanno accolto con grande cura e attenzione! Bellissima l'atmosfera che si è creata grazie alle candele e al camino che rilasciava quel tipico odore di legno e gli scricchiolii rilassanti!
Everything was wonderful and that was our best activity in Lapland. Thank you to Alex and Tanja for their kindly hospitality.
Tanya picked us up at our hotel & drove us to her beautiful family owned private property with an incredible view! The sauna has already been heating up since 2pm that day by her husband. Since it is a traditional Finnish sauna, it is heat up by burning wood alone which requires a much longer time. In the sauna, there’s a private area for changing & refreshments. Inside the sauna, She’s provided us essential oils for the sauna which gave the extra relaxation. We also did a few snow angels & jumped into the frozen lake 2x which is on my bucket to-do list. The smoked salmon was delicious!!! There were hot berry juice; bread; fresh vegetable; baked potatoes & ginger cookies. Everything was absolutely fantastic; Tanya is so gracious & friendly. We enjoyed every minute of it!!! Don’t think twice to book with Nordic Adventure!!
This was probably our favourite experience that we had in Rovaniemi. The cabin was in a secluded area and sat on a private lake with a pier that was lit up with fairy lights. We had the sauna to ourselves which was great and as recommended we went ice swimming and jumped into the lake which was a thrilling experience and one I would do again. We were then welcomed into the cabin where Tanya had our dinner ready. Because I don’t eat fish, Tanya had prepared a vegetarian meal for me which was great. My two friends said that the salmon was absolutely delicious and probably the best they have tried. We didn’t get to see the northern lights but honestly after such a good experience in the sauna, ice swimming and dinner, it didn’t really bother us. Tanya was such an amazing host and she
is so knowledgeable about Rovaniemi and the Finnish traditions and we learnt so much from her. Thank you so much to Alex and Tanya for an amazing experience :)
My friend and I had the best experience with Tetiana! She picked us up from a central location in Rovaniemi and drove us to their private home just outside of Rovaniemi. Her knowledge of the Finnish culture was amazing and we learnt so much! The sauna was a traditional Finnish sauna (only 150 of these left in Finland!) and we had this to ourselves. Towels, slippers and tea were provided. We went ice swimming in their private late and as recommended made snow angels! Tetiana then made us an amazing traditional Finnish lunch which was the best meal we'd had in Finland throughout our travels. Tetiana was really accommodating and took photos for us and dropped us back at our accomodation. This was my favourite experience in Rovaniemi and would love to do it again! Thanks Tetiana.
The evening started by meeting Alex, who picked us up from our accommodation and drove us straight to his sauna by the lake. There was a dressing room inside containing everything we could possibly need. We did three sessions of sauna. When taking a break, we sat on a bench outside, in -14 deg. Celsius. It didn't seem cold at all. Then, after running approx. 10m, we jumped into a hole in a frozen lake. Its hard to describe the feeling but it's definitely experience of a lifetime. A tasty dinner made by Alex & his wife in a building nearby concluded this great evening.
Make sure to dive in the frozen lake. The alternative is jumping into a snow which, somehow counterintuitively, felt much colder!
I went on the Lappish evening tour and I loved it from start to finish. We drove to a lovely spot in the forest by a frozen lake where they have a traditional cottage and wood-fired Finnish sauna. It was lit up with lanterns and torches and looked so welcoming. It was so peaceful and the sky was beautiful with so many stars!
Everything was provided in the sauna: towels, slippers, wood for the fire, cold water, hot water, tea, oils for scent and a walkie talkie in case you need anything else! When I wanted to cool down I could walk outside into the snow and look up at the constellations - it was an almost spiritual experience. It was the best sauna experience I have ever had - much better than a hotel sauna.
The other people in my group tried ice fishing in the frozen lake. After the sauna, we enjoyed delicious wood-fired salmon with simple vegetables and potatoes as well as (non-alcoholic) Gloggi and cinnamon cookies. Alex was very knowledgable and informative about many things to do with Finland.
Even though we did not see the aurora that night, I had already seen it on a different night so I did not mind. This trip was one of the highlights of my trip to Lapland. Thank you very much Alex & Tanya. I would highly recommend it.
We visited the program "traditional Lapland evening", were very satisfied with this place and its employees. Host Alex was very nice and showed us a lot of new things like going to the traditional wood-burning sauna, swimming in the ice-hole, we tried the snowshoes and ended the evening with dinner in a cozy wooden cottage. highly recommend this place!
It's a great end to our holiday in Lapland. Thanks Alex and his wife.
We have recently enjoyed the best Sauna experience ever we could imagine in Rovaniemi. Alex and his wife were an excelent host for this activity and took us (A couple with two kids) to their really nice cottage by the lake just 30 min away from the Santa Claus Village where we were staying.
The place was like a dream, really nice house and incredible sauna little cottage, just in front of the lake therefore perfect for the Sauna+buterfly snow swim+lake swimm. All very nice light up with candles up to the lake. At the Sauna we found towels, sneakers, water, coffee, tea and some sweets wich was an unexpected plus for this experience. Once inside the Sauna just plenty of time to relax and enjoy the evening.
After Sauna and swimm great experience we enjoyed a lovely grilled Salmon dinner in the Cottage, really very nice atmosphere with the candles and the nice set up of the table where we enjoyed some of the lappish dishes.
We are a couple with two kids (14, 7 years) and really enjoy all of us the great experience and actually something really memorable for the family. Therefore even if it doesn't sound like a family fun activity we would highly recomended as well together with the rest of activities you can do in Rovaniemi (Huskies, Reindeers,.....)
Alex and his wife were at all time very nice with us and explained us many issues and facts of Finland and Rovaniemi. They were a really great Hosts!!!
I must say that me & my friends are fully enjoyable and feeling warm with this Traditional Lappish Evening that hosted by Alex~! We've experienced the little slideable-chair on the frozen lake, special Sauna in the firewoods plus jumping into the ice water in the fascinating lake~!!!
After experiencing the Sauna & icewater-jumping, Alex & his wife already prepared the grilled salmon with Lappish side dishes & veggies. All of them are delicious and sweet with the warm and romantic set-up table inside the house just opposite the cottage.
Everything is SOOOOO GREAT to USSSSS~! & we just feel being well-served with detailed arrangement.
Alex also provide informative sharing about the Finnish and different Lappish topics during his drive that makes our journey without a minute being bored and very memorable~!!! WE LOVE IT!!!
Thank you so much Alex & your wife~! We hope to visit Rovaniemi in Summer Time would absolutely looking forward to seeing you soon~!!! Just bring us to see what you mentioned in Lappish Summer~! GoD BLeSs~!
We went to Alex Rudyuk sauna and dinner in rovaniemi. It was an amazing expirience the sauna is located on a frozen lake in a beautiful spot. You sit in the sauna and then you can jump into the ice or little pool with icy water wich is an amazing thing to do. Dinner cooked by Alex was very tasty.
It was an amazing experience to have a Finnish style sauna by the frozen lakeside. My parents were super excited for jumping into the lake / the snow. This was really an unforgettable experience for us who live in a place without snow. The host Alex and his wife were very friendly and keen to share their local’s life with us. And unexpectedly at the end he gave us a little surprise (that I'm not gonna share here haha). Yep, I can tell this is one of the most awesome things in this trip in Finland and it's a MUST do for those who wants to know more about locals.
We were picked up at 5 and got to go in the Sauna at 5:45, ate at 7:15 and drove back to Rovaniemi at around 8.
The Sauna and the house were very lovely. We had the sauna all by ourselves and were left alone all the time.
The Dinner was great and we learned a lot about Finnish Traditions.
After Dinner we were shown the Kingdom of the Lord of the House, so the workshop.
It was really great to learn so much about the life here, how it was traditional and how it is now.
The few things that were not perfect:
-We felt a bit rushed. 2 hours of sauna and a bit more time for the dinner would’ve been nice.
- at Dinner we sat next to each other and just ahead of us, pointed directly at us, was a Surveilance Camera. This way we felt a little uncomfortable.
It was my first time in Lapland, so I have had no any idea of what was I going to do there. Tons of offers from various tourism companies, plenty of possible trips and services to choose. However, my search ended up on the Private Lappish evening in the real wilderness (so atmospheric and exciting), offered by the Nordic Adventures travel company. The experience I have received was outstanding, sauna and traditional dinner were included, and I loved it. Never before I have been to the Finnish sauna, never before I have tried Lappish cousine, and I did not regret about choosing this opportunity at all! Whole service was smooth and pleasant, I give my five stars to this trip, but I wish I could leave 6-star feedback! I recommend it to everyone, who is willing to visit this magical place.
Thanks to Alex, I had a great time!
In March 2018 I traveled with friends in Finland. The purpose of the trip was to see the beauty and fabulous places. They stopped in Rovaniemi, the capital of the province of Lapland.
To fully experience the atmosphere of winter, fairy tales and local beauties used the services of the agency Nordic Adventures. It was the right choice.
All tours were guided by guide Alex. It can be seen that the guy understands what he does. He reacted to all our questions and requests promptly and did his best to make his excursions so pleasant that it was just WOW.
Although, it can not be called excursions - it was really ADVENTURE!
Elegant and beautiful nature. We were in national parks, but at our request we went to the wild nature, Alex worked 100%.
In the village of Santa Claus, even I felt like a child in a fairy tale and began to believe in a miracle again) A wonderful feeling.
Also took the tour "Best of Lapland". A trip to Finnish saunas, evenings with northern lights and an abundance of delicious food. Super!
I can say that the agency Nordic Adventures - this is an agency that from a simple vacation can make a fairy tale! A professional guide who knows everything about Lapland and even more, adapts to the wishes of the client. Huge routes, just those in which you can feel all the beauty and color of Lapland.
And of course, I will recommend to all my friends Alex and Nordic Adventure!! Thank you!
We were picked up by Alex(promptly), the host and driven to his cottage where we enjoyed a sauna and a lovely meal prepared by himself and his wife. It was such an intimate setting where we relaxed in a 2 hour sauna in a traditional log fire stove. The pier was lit up beautifully with warm lights leading you to the private lake where you can ease yourself in to the Nordic temperatures of the water or just jump into the shoulder height water.
We have already planned to come back and perhaps look into hiring out the cabin to stay in. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we are all relaxed now as a result of their hospitality.
Totally recommended for families. Alex and Tania are a wonderful hosts and fantastic chefs. Many thanks stories about Finland and Rovaniemi
We had a great time with the tour we did from Nordic Adventures. Alex is nice and his wife and answered all our questions. We had a great experience in doing sauna and able to go swim at the lake after sauna. The food that was prepared was delicious which made us experienced eating some Finnish foods and also got to taste the famous Glorgi drink . I highly recommend best of lapland tour from Nordic Adventure.
Me and my friends booked with them through positive comments from TripAd about the place. Once we there, we started to understand why do they deserve it. Alex and Tanya's house were in the middle surrounded by great Lapland nature. We highly recommended the tour because after the sauna and dipping in cold water we had a great night sleep and thought that it was best decision to book them.
Give your self some Finnish Sauna and experienced Finland nature.
Increible actividad tradicional, en un sitio privilegiado y muy intimo. Tuvimos la sauna tradicional a nuestra disposición durante casi 2 horas, con el lago al lado mismo.
Despues una cena ligera con un salmon espectacular cocinado por el guia, el cual por cierto fu espectacular en todo momento.
Lo recomendamos totalmente.
Compañia nueva en rovaniemi nos dijo, pero que el trato fue excepcional!
There was no northern lights coz of cloudy tho, it was a great place to visit with nice dinner, 1st trial of finish sauna, very nice host couple, super warm little house! Thanks Alex, the Nordic Adventures host, and Alex’s wife for the delicious dinner with introducing Golgi!
We booked the full day adventure to the Ranua Zoo and Lappish evening in the wilderness with sauna, ice swimming and dinner. We enjoyed every minute from being picked up and driven out of town to the Zoo and spending the morning looking at the animals, having lunch and then back to our accommodation for some relaxation before being picked up again and being taken to a cute little cottage in the forest where we enjoyed a sauna and a dip into the ice lake. The lake was breathtaking (literally), but an amazing experience. Alex and his wife then prepared a beautiful dinner that we ate in the cosy cottage. They were wonderful hosts and lovely people. I would highly recommend this company and our time spent with them has been one of the highlights of our trip.
The area that Alex lives in is very remote with the nearest property being a couple of miles away. You drive down a single lane track with Alex happily telling you how often he has to take the snow plough out and clear it just so he has access to everything. Once he explains how the sauna works he leaves you to it for a couple of hours and goes to prepare the BBQ salmon and potatoes. The sauna itself is a wood burning one and for me it was a million times better than the saunas you are probably used to in hotels etc. I usually cant last very long in those places.
It's just a short walk through the snow to the frozen lake and I'm so glad i was brave enough to jump in as it really was a once in a lifetime experience. Would highly recommend it to everyone.
The food we had was amazing and also in such an idyllic location. This is the food experience that everyone else is trying to recreate in all the hotels and restaurants. We had the same type of meal of salmon and potatoes and sour cream a couple of other times on the trip but this was the best by far...
Do yourself a favour and book this trip.
Alex - Nordic Adventures excelente guía y compañía para llevarte a disfrutar de una tradición laponesa maravillosa de sauna y hielo, cena deliciosa y búsqueda de Auroras Boreales; con la confianza de pedir algo especial para tu pareja y el apoyo invaluable que hemos recibido.
Wir haben bei Alex einen Abend in einer echten finnischen Sauna gebucht, inkl. Dinner.
Die max. Kapazität der Sauna beträgt 6 Personen, so dass die Gruppe auf keinen Fall gross wird. Wir hatten den Luxus, die Sauna (eine separate Hütte, genau so, wie man sich das vorstellt) ganz für uns zu haben. So mussten wir auch nicht auf irgendwelche Befindlichkeiten betreffend Kleiderordnung Rücksicht nehmen sondern konnten - wie es sich gehört - die Sauna splitternackt geniessen. Alex holte uns in Rovaniemi ab, denn das Anwesen ist mitten im Wald an einem privaten See gelegen. Alles war bereits liebevoll vorbereitet, so dass wir sofort zum Schwitzen konnten. Zuerst probierten wir die Abkühlung mit dem frischen Schnee, aber bei -25°C war das doch etwas kalt. Daher zogen wir es ab dem 2. Gang vor, ebenfall nackt in den eiskalten See zu springen. Was für ein Erlebnis! Es empfiehlt sich lediglich, bei solchen Temperaturen richtige Badeschlappen mitzubringen, denn die Füsse tun nach kurzer Zeit im Schnee weh, und die bereitgelegten Schläppchen sind zwar gut gemeint, können aber wirklich nur als Notbehelf dienen.
Anschliessend gab es noch ein zwar einfaches aber trotzdem hervorragendes Dinner mit geräuchertem+gebratenen Lachs. Wer hier etwas anderes als heissen Saft und Wasser trinken möchte, muss Bier und Wein selbst mitbringen, da Alex keine Lizenz zum Ausschank alkoholischer Getränke hat. Dafür hatten wir während des Essens netten Smalltalk und erfuhren noch einiges über die Bewohner und die Natur. Mit der Nordlicht-Jagd war leider nichts, da nach einem wunderschönen Tag abends Wolken mit etwas Schnee aufzogen. Ansonsten haben wir uns aber extrem wohl gefühlt und werden das beim nächsten Besuch sicher wiederholen.
We booked the sauna, ice swimming, Lappish dinner, and northern lights on our 3rd day. Alex, the owner, picked us up on time and drove us to their private compound far from the buzz of the city.
I and my friends are the only tourists so it really felt personal and exclusive! Alex explained how to do the experience with the sauna and ice dipping. He instructed us to spend 15 to 20 minutes in the sauna then go outside the cabin to feel the cold then go back again. He told us to do this 3 times or when we feel we are ready, we should dip ourselves on the lake! Then go straight back to the sauna! We spent 2 hours in and out of the sauna then we finally had the courage to jump in the lake and boy it was freezing! But surprising very exciting and relaxing at the same time! After that, we went to meet Alex and his wife Tanya for dinner in a small cottage with an amazing interior and ambiance . The dinner was cooked by themselves! There were Salmon, potatoes, bread, fresh vegetables, biscuits and drinks! It was so delicious! A wonderful way to end the experience. They also shared stories and interesting facts about the wild animals, mushrooms, and berries in Finland. We really felt their passion for nature and for what they do. We even met their very cute dog Lumi!
This tour is amazing! Alex and his wife are very friendly. He explained everything clearly about Sauna and wildlife in Rovaniemi. Their house is very warm and lovely. We had fresh Salmon for dinner.
Mon compagnon et moi même avons passé une soirée hors du temps ! Alex et sa femme ont pris soin de nous et grâce à eux nous avons passé une magnifique soirée ! Tout était parfait :le sauna, le plouf dans l'eau gelée et le repas ... Dommage que nous n'ayons pas pu voir des aurores boréales mais cela ne dépend pas de leur volonté d'alex !
We, my wife, three daughters had REAL sauna experience for the first time together. We really had a great time and we cannot say thank you enough to Alex and his wife. They organized the tour to be better than great, they're offering it in a very low price for the experience. Unfortunately we had a little stormy and snowing weather, but we're completely satisfied with the tour. We'll definitely ask a tour from him.