Gathering in the city center or getting picked up at your accommodation, first, we will head to Ounasvaara– the highest hill in Rovaniemi city. Located about 2.9 km east of the city center of Rovaniemi, Ounasvaara or Ounas hill is an ideal day-trip destination because of its easy accessibility and famous sport resort.
Only 10 minutes driving from the city center, the Ounasvaara nature trail will be the starting point of our highlight tour. Have you been to an Arctic winter forest before? No? So take your chance to explore the magical wood! Running away from the hustle and bustle city, it is time for us to enjoy one of the freshest air areas in the world. Take a deep breath and fill your nose will all the pleasing herb and dry pine’s smell. Coming with our locals, they will tell you all the forest’s secrets. And will you notice, traces from the previous ice age are still visible there in the grooves on the rocks and outcrops along the trail?
Being known as the highest hill in Rovaniemi, Ounasvaara, without a doubt, is the most easily accessible spot to witness the whole city beauty. Keep moving forward, you will find the observation tower for a fantastic view over Saarenkylä and the Kemi River. Such an awesome reward after long hiking!
After taking a short break from morning hiking, our next stop will be Santa Claus Village. Needless to say, Santa Claus Village has been the famous symbol of the city for years and the must-visit attraction since Rovaniemi is wide-known as the official hometown of Santa Claus. Just 10 minutes driving from the city center, the location of Santa Claus Village, which is situated right on the Arctic Circle, is also one of its attractions. There at the house of Santa, you will get an opportunity to meet Father Christmas and his little helpers. Don’t forget to tell him about your wish this year!
Our guide will take you to all the spots in the Santa Claus Village including the husky and reindeer farm. There you can try a short sleigh ride with the strong Arctic huskies and friendly reminders. And of course, as the big highlight of our trip, with your friends and family, you will cross the Arctic Circle, marking your presence at the land of snow and ice. Proof for your memorable experience? Not only photos, but we will also provide you the crossing certificates.
Now, what are you waiting for? Get yourself ready and let the adventure begin!