Before embarking for your sightseeing tour, your qualified canoe guide will teach you the basic techniques on how to canoe and will provide you with all the safety instructions needed. You will be explained how to use the paddles, how to move on water and steer your canoe, how to react if capsizing, etc. You will start on very quiet waters, protected by islands, to get used to the canoe and the different techniques. During the tour, your guide will always keep an eye on you, and will come to your aid if you are in need of help.
While paddling, your guide will show you around Rovaniemi and the different tourist attractions : the Arktikum Museum, Kemijoki, Ounasjoki, Ounasvaara, the Lumberjack bridge, the Rovaniemi beach, the church… They will share with you their knowledge about the town and its history, life in the Arctic, and the nature that surrounds Rovaniemi. As you follow the flow of the river, you will have one stop at the Kotisaari island, which used to be a stronghold for lumberjacks, before heading to the Local Heritage Museum of Rovaniemi located on the shores of the river.
The visit of the museum will be the opportunity to travel back in time and discover life in a local farmhouse a hundred years ago. The museum covers different aspects of the traditional lifestyles in Lapland and the different trades such as salmon fishing, cattle farming, hunting and forestry. The museum displays a rich collection of artifacts and interesting objects such as one of the very first bibles written in Finnish, as well as photography exhibition of the history of Rovaniemi.
Every moment of this tour is a great opportunity for those of you who are photography enthusiasts, so do not forget to bring your camera along (but be careful with water!). The tour lasts around 3h30, including transportation, canoeing and safety instructions, paddling time (around 1h30 depending on your level) and the visit of the museum.
In all our excursions, our groups are limited to 8 travelers maximum. It it very important for us to provide you with the best experience as possible, and avoid mass tourism. This way, your guide will know you better and will be able to address all your needs and answer your questions. As we usually say : the smaller the group, the bigger the experience !
- Canoe, paddles, life jackets
- Qualified canoeing guide and explanations
- Safety instructions and basic canoeing lessons
- Visit of the Rovaniemi Local Heritage Museum
- Hot drinks and pastry
Bring a big smile and an appetite for a mini adventure ! And don't forget your camera!
Not recommended for participants with heart complaints, back problems or other serious medical conditions.
Hotel pickups commence prior to the start time mentioned. Pick up time will be confirmed by email at least one day prior to departure.
The tour may be adapted, or cancelled in case of unsafe weather conditions.
- Alcoholic drinks
- Waterproof clothing/boots
Meeting point : Wild About Lapland office
Pickup is offered in following places
- Apukka Resort (a 40€ supplement might be asked – please contact us)
- Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
- Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara
- Santa Claus Holiday Village