8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Rovaniemi in Summer

April 5, 2018 Anna Ruohonen

1. You Can See the Midnight Sun & Try Midnight Sun Floating

Midnight Sun, Rovaniemi, Finland

To be honest, the midnight sun is not an activity per se, but rather a phenomenon that makes all kinds of activities possible around the clock. Try, for example, Midnight Sun Floating, where you can float away in an arctic lake wearing a floating suit. In the middle of wilderness, this is a unique opportunity to experience nature. For not-so-wet activities, participating Midnight Sun Adventure, the guides will take you to the best places to admire the midnight sun.

2. To Try All Kinds of Water Sports

Jet skiing in Kemijoki River, Arctic Lifestyle, Rovaniemi

The palette of water activities in the city of two rivers is, surprisingly wide. There’s Stand Up and Paddle boarding, shortly speaking SUP-boarding and canoe trips for the tranquil-souled and jet skiing for thrill-seekers. Operated by Arctic Lifestyle, you can cruise along the river on jet skis and make a toast to our white nights by the beach. Operated by Husky & Yoga Nature, an easy-going paddling trip takes it to the next level in a canoe that streams you from a husky home to a reindeer farm.

3. Try Berry Picking

The season starts in July with arctic blueberries and continues until the first frosty nights, when the cranberries are at their best. During berry-picking season you can see Finns throughout the forest on their knees, collecting vitamins for winter. Unless you’re an experienced pathfinder, we recommend that you try experiencing these important Lappish traditions of berry picking on a guided tour.

Berry picking, Rovaniemi Summer

4. One Word: Sauna

Sauna in Rovaniemi summer

We always talk about it because we just love it! Sauna is a relaxing cultural experience that you can do into Finnishness. In Rovaniemi, there are a few public saunas, like Kesärafla Sauna, and some private ones that you can book. Sauna Ferry m/s Erkin Arkki is a unique way of experiencing sauna on the river. Find the complete list of local saunas here.

5. To Make the Most Epic Walk in Koivusaari

Koivusaari is an island in Ounasjoki, one of the two rivers that crosses Rovaniemi.  It has an easily accessible duckboard trail, where you’ll see plenty of informative bards about the surrounding nature. Furthermore, the place is a popular area for nature photography, as the surrounding water and lush wilderness makes it a great place to capture the midnight sun with your camera. With Midnight Sun Photography Tours,  the guides will take you to the most breathtaking locations in Rovaniemi.

Nature Trail in Koivusaari, Rovaniemi, in summer

6. You Can Say Hi To Santa Claus

Yes – he’s here 365 days in a year. Being the Official Hometown of Santa Claus means that Santa is always home. Meet him and his little elf friends in Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle. The Village has plenty of  activities year-round for the whole family.

Crossing the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi summer

7. Meet Huskies

Husky Yoga & Nature, Rovaniemi,. Aksana Kurola

These furry friends of ours are delighted to meet you also in summer time. You can go for a walk in the forest with huskies in Arctic Circle Husky Park; at Bearhill Husky, the mushers will let you peek into the lives of huskies and their caretakers. If the temperature is below 15℃, you can try a short ride with a cart. Another way to  get in touch with huskies is to visit a husky park in the Arctic Circle.

8. Do A Little Hike

Finland has 40 National Parks and in Rovaniemi, the nearest one is Pyhä-Luosto National Park in the east. On a Feelaplands day trip you’ll get to see Pyhäkuru, one of the deepest canyons in Finland. In the Rovaniemi area you don’t have to hike alone, as the huskies are there to accompany you.  Hiking With Huskies will take you to a husky farm and guide your hike in the nearby hills accompanied by huskies.

Hiking in Rovaniemi summer

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