There’s a lot to do in Rovaniemi. We’ve put together an overnight adventure that packs in plenty of Rovaniemi highlights at a leisurely pace. You’ll see arctic animals, eat traditional Lappish fare, hunt the Northern Lights, explore the virgin Finnish forests, and treat yourself to a Lappish ‘spa’. Explore the northernmost zoo in the world, Rauna, spend a night at a cosy and secluded Finnish villa and enjoy some of the best cuisine and activities that Lapland has to offer on this overnight package!
✔️ Finnish sauna
✔️ Small group experience
2 days, 1 night
We’ll pick you up from either the railway station, Rovaniemi airport or your accommodation within 10km of central Rovaniemi starting from 9:30 am. From here, you and your bags will be whisked to the northernmost zoo in the world, Rauna Zoo, in a comfortable minivan.
You’ll be guided around the 2.5km forest loop that makes up Rauna Zoo. There’ll be breaks along the way where you can ask questions, check out any art installations that are onsite and enjoy an open fire. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to take photos of the arctic animals too, of course. When we all get back to the main office, you’ll sit down for a hearty buffet lunch, with plenty of local delicacies, and bottomless warm drinks.
After you’ve checked out the shopping, you’ll make your way to your cosy accommodation at Villa Lande. It’s a traditional Finnish house hidden deep in the forest, far away from its closest neighbours. Here, you’ll settle into your double room and spend some time exploring the forest as the sauna heats up. Then, it’s time to enjoy your Lappish spa treatment - jumping between the wood-fired sauna and the lake.
In winter, the lake will be mostly frozen, so you’ll get to experience the rejuvenating benefits of the temperature changes between the sauna, the snow and the frigid waters that you’ll bravely dive into. In summer, you’ll still get the benefits of temperature changes, but the jump into the lake will be a little less of a shock!
A warm Lappish dinner will be provided before you head outdoors again to experience more Nordic phenomena. In the winter, you’ll go into the forest to hunt the mystical northern lights. The only lights will be your head torches, so, if the conditions allow, there’s a good chance you’ll get to see the auroras. If you don’t feel like exploring, the lights will be visible from directly outside the property (if they’re out at all).
In summer, there’ll be plenty of daylight left after dinner. The fantastic light from the midnight sun makes for incredible photos, so explore and photograph to your heart’s content before bed.
You’ll be greeted with a lavish breakfast when you wake up - with wild Lappish berries, pastries and open sandwiches. After breakfast, you’ll pack up your stuff and put on your warm clothes before heading out into the forest once more for snowshoeing or Nordic hiking (with poles).
You’ll be provided with all the gear you need for either snowshoeing or hiking and your guide will help you master the basics. Snowshoes are easy to use and you don’t need to be a skilled outdoors person to master them. All you need is reasonably good balance, warm clothes and a sense of adventure.
You’ll be shown the best route to take, before being left to your own devices to explore the quiet virgin forest. It’ll be daylight when you set out regardless of season, so there’ll be plenty of photo opportunities in the perfect, scenic landscape. If you visit between July and September, you’ll be able to pick your own wild berries from the forest. Don’t stress - your guide will let you know which ones are safe to eat!
After you return to the Villa from your hike, you’ll make your way to a traditional Kota for lunch. Kotas are ingeniously-engineered wooden huts with that have been used in Lapland for centuries for warmth - and to guard from the mosquitos in summer. They’re really cosy and definitely worth checking out during your time in Lapland.
They have an open fireplace in the centre, which you’ll sit around as you enjoy yet another delicious and hearty lunch. Don’t worry about the smoke, the structure of the Kota will take care of that for you.
After lunch, you’ll make your way back to Rovaniemi. You’ll likely be back by about 2 pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to check-in to whatever adventure is up next.
✔️ Professional English speaking guide
✔️ Hotel pickup & drop off
PLEASE BRING WITH 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!
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.
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. Transfers from accommodation places located further out from the city (for example Arctic Snow Hotel, Apukka Resort, Arctic Circle Wilderness Lodge Resort) can be arranged at an additional cost.
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.
We try to provide exact pickup time one day before the start of the tour by email or text message/whats-app, which is why it is important that you provide your valid email and phone number when booking a tour.
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!
We know nature is unpredictable so we offer you 3 or 5-day pass to increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights.
My wife and I had a great time with our hosts. The sauna they had was authentic and beautiful and we only shared it with 2 other people, so the environment was nice and not crowded but fun and friendly. They cooked a very nice salmon dinner with a delicious dill onion sauce that I need to find the recipe for.
A fantastic experience of sauna and company. We mix relaxing with adrenaline after the swimming in the frozen lake. Beautiful place, excellent food and Alex and Tania were really nice and made us feel welcome. Thank you so much! I really raccomende!! :)