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Hei, Rovaniemi!

◘◘ Discover Rovaniemi’s high highlights

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  • Arktikum Seashore: Arktikum Museum is a well-liked attraction in Rovaniemi — however extra on this afterward within the subsequent few days. For as we speak, I counsel that you just go in entrance of this museum to the hidden backyard that’s on this small island. Apart from, it is a excellent place to swim in through the midnight solar, if not an ideal spot to only merely admire the views. It’s even doable to do a protracted leisurely stroll through a path from this seaside that goes all the way in which to the south of town by the Ounasjoki River.
  • Rovaniemi Metropolis Library: Designed by considered one of Finland’s most well-known architects, Alvar Aalto, this metropolis library is a superb place to be when you’re a guide lover. However apart from its giant number of books, you’ll certainly be crammed with awe at its fantastic design and expanse.
  • Pilke Science Centre: It is 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 pleased to know that this heart is notable for its low carbon footprint and use of sustainable wooden supplies in its design!
    • TIP: For those who’re into tradition, it’s finest to get the Tradition Go which is good-for-value entry that permits you to go to all the high 3 museums in Rovaniemi (Arktikum, Korundi, and Pilke). That is legitimate for 7 days and you should purchase it from any of the three aforementioned points of interest.
  • Lordi’s Sq.: Although not one of many putting highlights within the city, on account of its central location, it’s an ideal place to be in when you’re trying to do some purchasing (e.g. the purchasing heart of Sampokeskus) if not some good ol’ eating. Furthermore, in the summertime, this turns into a very fashionable place because it hosts quite a few occasions.
    • TRIVIA: This sq. was renamed in tribute to the Finnish band that gained the Eurovision Track Contest in 2006.
  • Rovaniemi Church: Accomplished in 1950, this church will not be solely picturesque from the surface but in addition from the within. In spite of everything, it has an enormous fresco behind the altar in addition to a grand 45-key organ.
  • Offended Birds Exercise Park: I guess you didn’t know that Offended Birds was made by a Finn! Attributable to its enormous reputation worldwide, you’ll find an official park for it proper right here in Rovaniemi. Regardless of in case you have children or not, it is a enjoyable place to get pleasure from some ropewalks, slides, swings, ball video games, and extra!
  • Lumberjack’s Candle Bridge: Additionally known as Jätkänkynttilä Bridge, this 320-meter bridge connects Ounasvaara to the city heart and it’s an ideal factor to see at Rovaniemi in summer season. This iconic construction which is an simply recognizable landmark of Rovaniemi’s cityscape takes its identify and form from a sort of torch log that’s carved from wooden by lumberjacks. The simplest solution to get pleasure from this bridge apart from driving or biking by way of it’s to stroll in direction of the riverside from the middle. In just some minutes, you will note the bridge simply — as soon as there, don’t overlook to take some good pictures!

◘◘ Enterprise out to Ounasvaara

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It is a beautiful hilltop that’s only a 15-minute stroll away from town, which you’ll be able to attain by merely passing by way of the Lumberjack’s Candle Bridge. It may not be the most important nor the very best, nevertheless it’s a neighborhood favourite for its in depth community of nature trails which you can run, stroll or bike by way of.

◘◘ Expertise a novel floating expertise

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One of the widespread 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 it’s in the summertime, this is likely one of the nice issues to do in Rovaniemi! I went by way 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 would possibly sound harmful to you, nevertheless it isn’t! Apart from, an expert information will probably be with you all the time — to not point out that it’s fairly simple to do.

For those who’re on the lookout 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 fireplace.

DINING OPTION: Restaurant Nili is an genuine Lappish restaurant within the coronary heart of town and also you’ll be assured that all the pieces is constructed from the freshest Arctic substances. As you get pleasure from these delights, you’ll even be surrounded by real Lappish furnishings and supplies — a very 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’ve got extra time throughout Rovaniemi in summer season or when you merely need another selections, take into account the next:
– With Safartica
Do some Arctic Survival: Be a part of a big day journey to the forest the place you possibly can discover ways to survive within the wild as they train you tips on how to construct an emergency shelter, make hearth with out matches and a lot extra.
Do berry selecting: Lapland’s forests are identified for its wealthy wild berries! To search out the perfect spots, you possibly can undergo the forest with a neighborhood and choose up some recent superfoods which can 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 year-round Christmas Spirit

◘◘ Go to Santa Claus Village!

Are you trying to meet the actual Santa? Properly, you’ve come to the proper 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 among the actions that you are able to do…

  • Meet “the person” himself: It’s FREE to satisfy Santa Claus and the one time you’ll shell out some cash is if you wish to pay for pictures. Now right here’s the factor: I could be a grown-up however for some purpose, I felt so giddy and nervous after I was going to satisfy him — however all these nerves went away after I met him! He was so heat and enjoyable to speak to, regardless of the bizarre questions that I ask (lol). He even helped me perceive some extra of the Finnish tradition! The very best half? Visiting through the summer season will certainly provide you with extra time to speak to him as a result of the group is loads lesser. In fact, visiting him in December is good however you’ll have a while to barter your standing on his ‘naughty record’ when you’re right here throughout off-season.
  • Cross over the Arctic Circle: The Arctic Circle’s latitude (66°33′45.9′) crosses by way of the Santa Claus Village and this spot is correctly marked on the heart of the sq. with an enormous line. With that stated, just be sure you get an excellent commemoration photograph for this!
  • Ship postcards from Santa Claus’ Principal Put up Workplace: That is an official Finnish submit workplace service station and it’s specifically made for the Santa Claus Village. Except for sending postcards to your loved ones and pals, you may also speak to the elves right here and ask extra about their line of labor. By them, I realized that I may also ship postcards or request a letter from Santa that will probably be scheduled for sending through the Christmas season; so even when you’re right here in the summertime, the elves have all of it lined for you! Moreover, as I went by way of the shop analyzing souvenirs, I additionally noticed some fascinating statistics concerning the quantity of people that ship Santa letters.
    • NOTE: It’s doable on your children to ship letters to Santa Claus and at instances, he even replies! (Deal with: Santa Claus, Santa Claus’ Principal Put up Workplace, Tähtikuja 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland)

◘◘ Meet Santa’s reindeer!

Discovered simply behind Santa Claus’ Workplace is a Reindeer Park and for simply €5, you possibly can 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 finest that you just maintain this in thoughts on your Rovaniemi itinerary.

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

Now, one other wonderful thing about visiting this park is the guides as a result of apart from the truth that they offer out fascinating data concerning the reindeer, they’re additionally more than pleased to entertain your questions. As an illustration, it’s by way of them that I realized how reindeer mainly quantity greater than the Lappish folks! I additionally bought to know the method of how reindeer lose their antlers and a lot extra.

◘◘ Go river rafting

For Rovaniemi in summer season, join with Santa’s Adventures to expertise fast-falling rapids! Held within the rafting space of Vikajärvi close to Rovaniemi, that is undoubtedly top-of-the-line methods to get pleasure from Finnish nature to its fullest!

Relaxation assured, although that is thrilling, it’s a completely protected exercise to get your adrenaline flowing. The icing on the cake? As soon as the journey is finished, you possibly can sit down and have some heat drinks and grilled sausages by an open hearth. So collect your loved ones and pals for this exercise — if not, doing it solo is okay too because you’re certain to satisfy 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 which you can strive — in any other case, they’ve a la carte dishes so that you can get pleasure from. In different instances, their espresso is a should as it’s constructed from freshly floor beans. Pair it off with some pulla (Finnish candy bread) and also you’re solved! (If pulla will not be your factor, in addition they haver different baked pastries accessible).
SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: When you’ve got extra time or when you merely need another selections, take into account the next:
– With Arctic Pleasure
Do a canyon tour: Performed as a day journey, that is completed 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, it is a paid park the place you possibly can get pleasure from varied actions in any season with your loved ones. In the summertime you are able to do issues like going by way of a Santa Claus’ Helper Course, driving the Magic Practice, becoming a member of Elf College, visiting the Ice Princess and plenty of others. (Sure, you may also 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 really like huskies probably the most! Since Rovaniemi’s sled canine excursions are insanely widespread, I had the prospect to go to a good husky kennel heart close to town and it was known as Bearhill. I can completely advocate them as a result of they put the well being of the canines firstly whereas being a contemporary eco-friendly institution as nicely.

And when you ask me, late summer season is definitely a good time to go to Bearhill as a result of you possibly can witness how the canines are skilled and ready for the approaching winter. You may even meet all of the new child husky puppies which can be being taken care of.

Throughout my go to with them at Rovaniemi in summer season, I had the prospect to participate of their canine workforce 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 lovely 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 plenty of canine selfies. In fact.)

NOTE: Since huskies can’t do strenuous actions when temperatures are increased than 15 levels Celsius, driving a husky cart for 30 to 40 minutes is climate dependent.

◘◘ Get pleasure from a riverboat cruise to a reindeer farm after which do a ceremonial Arctic Circle crossing

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It is a distinctive expertise that you are able to do with Lapland Safaris. The very first thing that you just do on this tour is to 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 standard ceremonial crossing of the Arctic Circle which makes for a memorable expertise — I gained’t spoil the enjoyable nevertheless it was fairly fascinating! When that is completed, you’ll lastly get to satisfy the majestic reindeer that they’re conserving on the farm as you feed them up shut.

Earlier than doing one final river cruise (again to town heart) that marks the top of the tour, additionally, you will get to get pleasure from some drinks and snacks in a standard Finnish dwelling. The guides that they’ve are additionally approachable and pleasant, and they’ll share with you some nice trivia about Finland and basic; in any other case, don’t be afraid to ask some questions!

DINING OPTION: Cafe & Bar 21 is arguably the best place to dine in particularly with their distinctive dishes and candy waffles which you can order all day! If there’s one factor that it’s essential to strive, will probably be their Lapas Plate (Lappish Tapas)!
SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: When you’ve got extra time throughout Rovaniemi in summer season or when you merely need another selections, take into account the next:
SnowCastle: It is a excellent place to go to in case you have a automotive. Situated in Kemi, which is 80km south of Rovaniemi (which can take about an hour by automotive or bus), is SnowCastle. Mainly, it is likely one of the largest ice constructions on this planet and past its beautiful faux-drawbridges, ramparts, and ice watchtowers is its well-known SnowRestaurant. For those who guide on-line, you possibly can sit on a fur-topped tree stump and desk fabricated from stable ice, as you take pleasure in an incredible 3-course dinner!
Ranua Wildlife Park: Additionally present in Kemi, this zoo presents its guests the chance to watch Arctic animals all all year long in a pure surroundings for as a lot as doable.
TIP: Reserve your tickets and be part of a Ranua guided tour to keep away from the trouble of driving right here by your self. Apart from, this tour begins from Rovaniemi with a cease to Ranua Wildlife Park and lasting for less than half a day.
With Arctic Nature: Do horse path driving ~ Participate on this 2-hour horse experience by way of a phenomenal forest, round some fields and up the hills. To mark the top of the tour, campfire lunch may also be served.
With Nortsav: Do boat fishing ~ Expertise a guided boat fishing tour on the rivers of Kemijoki and Ounasjoki. For those who get some catch, it’s completely doable to organize and smoke them! (This tour already contains fishing tools and fishing licenses).

Take pleasure in tradition and science

◘◘ Tour Arktikum Museum and Korundi

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When you’ve made your go to to Pilke, take into account making a go to to those different high museums in Rovaniemi…

  • Arktikum: For those who solely have the time to go to one museum throughout your keep, then a cease by Arktikum is your best option which you can make! In spite of everything, this world-class museum has various exhibitions that can lead you on an journey to find extra concerning the tradition and historical past of Finnish Lapland, in addition to the information concerning the Arctic area.
    • One other facet to like about Arktikum is its design by which it boasts a 172-meter lengthy glass tuber over its essential area. Attributable to its picturesque aesthetic, it is a favourite spot amongst photographers and Instagrammers. It’s additionally fairly a sight from the surface too by which you will note the museum trying as if it’s buried within the earth — an ideal design that mimics the way in which Arctic animals hibernate through the winter time.
    • TICKETS: Ebook on-line
  • Tradition Home Korundi: This contemporary construction holds 2 artwork establishments, specifically 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 fashionable and advantageous artwork from the Nineteen Forties as much as the current.
    • TICKETS: Ebook on-line

TIP: It’s finest to get the Tradition Go which is a good-for-value entry that permits you to go to all the high 3 museums in Rovaniemi (Arktikum, Korundi, and Pilke). That is legitimate for 7 days and you should purchase it from any of the three aforementioned points of interest.

◘◘ Do a night pictures tour (possibly spot some Northern Lights!)

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If you wish to discover the perfect areas round Rovaniemi to expertise and {photograph} the distinctive nature of Lapland, then a pictures tour with Past Arctic is a should!

If you’re fortunate you would possibly even see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) particularly when you time your go to across the finish of August — in spite of everything, it’s the time once they begin to present. If you wish to be up to date on the forecasts, you possibly can obtain this app.

TRIVIA: Finnish folks used to suppose that the flick of a fox’s tail by way of a snowdrift prompted 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 reminiscent of leipäjuusto or Finnish squeaky cheese which is considered one of my favorites! That is finest eaten heat, for my part. (And sure, because the identify suggests, it does have a particular texture which makes some type of ‘squeaky’ sound when chewed).
SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: When you’ve got extra time throughout Rovaniemi in summer season or when you merely need another selections, take into account the next:
Do different Aurora Borealis excursions: As an illustration, Arctic Life-style presents this sort of tour on jet skis whereas Lapland Welcome does it with an ATV.
Do mountain 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. It is 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

◘◘ 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 fats biking with Roll Outside in the summertime by way of the close by woods of Rovaniemi and it was one of the enjoyable actions that I did throughout my keep. Throughout our time out, I additionally had the prospect to get pleasure from some views from up excessive in addition to some berry selecting.

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

◘◘ Meet a neighborhood artisan and do a workshop

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Head on over to Hornwork to go to the artisan workshop and residential of Mrs. Irene & Mr. Ari Kangasniemi. With them, you may get a deeper understanding of the native way of life, in addition to have the prospect to make your individual souvenirs.

Reality be informed, there are lengthy traditions of arts and handicrafts from native supplies like wooden and reindeer antlers in Lapland and that is one of the best ways to study extra about it!

◘◘ Expertise an genuine Finnish sauna

Stress-free in a Finnish sauna is a should to do if you’re in Finland! Positive, Tampere could be the sauna capital however there are many sauna locations in Rovaniemi the place you can begin. In spite of everything, a Finnish sauna expertise is on the core of each Finnish particular person’s way of life and tradition, so why not give it a strive too?

So the place to do it? More than likely, your lodge will have already got a sauna heart on its premises — if not, ask them about it they usually’ll certainly level you in the proper course. In any other case, right here’s a listing of some nice sauna experiences on this web page.

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

MEAL OPTIONS: Amarillo will not be an genuine Lappish restaurant nevertheless it’s a well-liked Mexican-style restaurant that’s positive to fulfill your cravings!
SUBSTITUTE ACTIVITIES: When you’ve got extra time throughout Rovaniemi in summer season or when you merely need another selections, take into account the next:
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 FoxHow about some gold? With Glad Fox you possibly can be part of a tour the place you possibly can expertise gold panning together with a ship journey.


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