What to do in Rovaniemi in winter you might want to know? Hmmm.. we just came back with lovely memories of our Lappish adventures, so let's see what we've done and experienced!
What to Do in Rovaniemi in Winter
Go Reindeer Sledding
Reindeer sledding was so much fun!! First we had the chance to feed them, and then we were given instructions how to do a proper ride on the sled. Afterwards we went for a 500 m sledding through the forrest - just the two of us! It was a short ride, but we had enjoyed it. There are longer rides available too - be booked it via the Visit Rovaniemi Page.
Visit the Husky Farm and Go Husky Sledding
Huskies are awesome, so is visiting the Husky farm and the sledding! Check out the blog post. At this place, first the give you some interesting facts about them, then you visit their cages and you can pet them. At the end you get a sledding tour. A moment we will never never forget. The tour was booked via the Visit Rovaniemi Page.
Visit the Santa Claus Village
Although Santa Claus Village is a very touristy place, you don't wanna miss seeing and greeting the old man! There is a waiting line; the visit itself lasts only a minute or two; it is all filmed and you have to take a photo with the Santa Claus. However, no pictures with your own camera are allowed. You can buy the movie or a photo at the end (35 EUR!!). We didn't buy it but we were still happy to have chatted with the Santa Claus :) Husky & reindeer sledding are just nearby.
Learn about the Arctic Circle at the Arktikum Museum
We visited all three museums in Rovaniemi - the Arktikum museum, the Art museum called Korundi and the Science Centre. All three were worth a visit, especially if there is bad weather outside! You can buy the Culture Pass at the tourist office Visit Rovaniemi for 20 EUR per adult.
Visit a Finnish Sauna
Visiting a Finnish sauna is a must when travelling around Lapland! It's nothing better than enjoying a warm-up after a day in the Lappish snow. The lovely Hostel Cafe Koti owns one!
Hunt the Northern Lights
March is apparently a great month if you want to see the Northern lights! During our stay, there was one day with a great chance to seeing them, so we walked towards the Arktikum museum (good place to see them!) at 10 & 11 pm and then at 1 am and waited to spot them, but unfortunately the luck was not on our side (the picture below doesn't really show them). You can check the website Rovaniemi Aurora Alert or download the app My Aurora Forecast to see, as the name says it already, the aurora forecast and the level of predicted intensity.
Eat at the Koti Restaurant
After some outdoor activities in the Finnish cold, we advice you to have some tasty food at the Koti restaurant near the Snow Hotel in Rovaniemi. I had a typical salmon burger with French fries, which was really delicious.
Go for a Snowmobile Tour
One of our highlights in Finland was snowmobiling though the Lappish forrest and even on an iced lake. There was a break in one of the small wooden cottages in the middle of nowhere, where we were served a hot blueberry tea. Make sure to go for it when visiting Rovaniemi. Which tour operator to choose from? We went with Aurora Emotion - not the cheapest out there, but the tour was awesome!
Enjoy a Tour around the Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos
Looking for a special adventure? Book a night in the beautiful Arctic Snow Hotel or the Glass Igloo - if you want to see the Northern Lights from your bed :) If you don't wanna spend the night in one of the places, you can also book a tour only - we had it included in our snowmobile tour with Aurora Emotion. Check out the blog post too.
Stroll along the Frozen (or Not Frozen) Kemijoki River
Stretch your legs and go for a beautiful walk along the river!
Walk to the scenic Kotisaari Island
What to do in Rovaniemi in winter? Well, walk along the Kemijoki River and then walk all the way to the gorgeous Kotisaari island (btw. great spot to fly your drone).
...these were the activities we did but there are, of course, many more - if you have more time, go and catch the sunset at the Ounasvaara hill, try arctic ice floating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, ice fishing etc. Visit Rovaniemi website is a good source to get all the additional information.
Check out our short video:
Have you visited Rovaniemi or are you planning to do so? Let us know in the comments below!