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Rovaniemi (Roavenjarga in Northern Sami) is the administrative capital and the centre of commerce of Finland's northernmost Province, Lapland. It is situated close to the Arctic Circle and between the hills of Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara, at the confluence of the Kemijoki River and its tributary, the Ounasjoki River.
Snowmobile Safari Into the Wilderness
You will learn the art of driving a snowmobile, as you travel along frozen rivers and through forests covered with snow. Hot beverages are served during a break.
Highlights of Lapland
(Note! Santa Claus safari includes this safari)
Driving a snowmobile, you head towards a reindeer farm, where you will be familiarized with the Lappish culture and reindeer husbandry. You have a possibility to participate in a mysterious Lapp ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle, and everyone passing a reindeer driving test will be issued an international reindeer driver's license. Enjoy a cup of hot coffee or berry juice before returning to town.
Safari to a Husky Dog Farm
Drive by snowmobile to a hilltop to enjoy the Lapp scenery. Continue to a local husky dog farm, where the hosts will tell you about the training of the dogs. Attempt a ride in a sled pulled by a team of huskies, which is sure to be a thrilling experience. Hot coffee is served around a campfire on the farm.
Santa Claus Safari
You will ride by snowmobile to a reindeer farm, where you will experience a mysterious Lapp ceremony of crossing of the Arctic Circle. You will also take part in a reindeer driving test and have a cup of coffee, sitting around a campfire. Lunch is served at a cosy restaurant with a rustic atmosphere. Continue to the Arctic Circle to meet Santa Claus in his workshop village. Some time is allowed for souvenir shopping in the gift shops. Part of the transportation is by car.
Arktikum is a science centre and a museum. The exhibitions of the Arktikum leads you through Arctic areas and Finnish Laplands history and modern day. New permanent exhibition about arctic areas will be opened in Spring 2007. You can see the Northern Lights multivision show almost every day in the Polarium Theatre. Arktikum also arranges several temporary exhibitions and events related to Northern themes. Arktikum CafÃ© & Restaurant serves delicious menus and selfbaked cakes. From our gift shop you will find handmade souvenirs and the library provides you more information about the exhibitions.
Santa Claus Village
There are many souvenir shops as well as Santas Main Post Office, programme service companies and cafes and restaurants in the Santa Claus Village. And of course, Santa is there too, in his chamber every day of the year.
Rauna Wildlife Park
Ranua Wildlife Park is situated 80 km to the south of Rovaniemi direction Kajaani along road number 78. There are about 60 species of arctic and northern wild animals at Ranua Zoo, including the bear, the only polar bears in Finland, lynx, wolf, wolverine, moose and many, many more. Fazer Candy Shop and souvenir shops. In summer a pets corner. Dining in the restaurant Jussan Pirtti.
Amethyst mine on top of Lampivaara hill is located in the immediate vicinity of the Luosto tourism centre, appr. 130 km to the north of Rovaniemi, in the middle of Laplands beautiful landscape. The sustainable Lampivaara Amethyst mine is possibly the only gemstone mine in the world that welcomes visitors. The mine at the top of the hill introduces you to the fascinating world of gemstones.You will hear stories told for millennia, and get to dig for your own lucky amethyst, that has waited 2000 million years to be found.
Rovaniemi Art Museum
The Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation collection of Finnish art as well as changing exhibitions are on display at Rovaniemi Art Museum. The Art Museum is located in the former post office vehicle depot.
The present church in Rovaniemi was completed in 1950. It was designed by the architect Bertil Liljequist. The interior of the church is dominated by a huge fresco behind the altar. Its called the Source of Life and it was realised by Professor Lennart SegerstrÃ¥le in 1951. The church seats 850 people and it features a 45-key organ from the Christensen Organ Factory.
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