Experience Rovaniemi with Kids – Activities, Playgrounds And More

August 21, 2019 Anna Ruohonen

Rovaniemi, the Official Hometown of Santa Claus, is a place where kids’ and like-minders dreams come true. From the Arctic Circle you’ll find Santa Claus Village with its magical sights and attractions, reindeer, sled dogs, and of course Santa Claus himself. In Rovaniemi, kids can participate activities and in winter play with snow. This article introduces children-friendly activities in Rovaniemi – some of them run seasonally – you can’t slide on snow unless there’s snow on ground – but many of the activities operate through a year.

Santa Claus Office Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

Santa Claus Village – a place where the magic happens

Santa Claus is quite obviously a main reason for many to visit Rovaniemi. About ten minutes drive from Rovaniemi city center you’ll find Santa Claus Village, a place of magic and excitement. Start your visit by meeting the bearded man himself at Santa Claus Office (Santa Claus meets people there every day!) and continue from there to Santa Claus Main Post Office, where you meet the post elves and write and send Christmas cards. In winter, let your kids try mini-snowmobiles in Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park.

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Santapark Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

Step into Santa’s home cavern

Underneath the Arctic Circle lies the Christmassy world of SantaPark, the home cavern of Santa Claus. Join Elf School and earn your own diploma, decorate cookies with Mrs. Gingerbread and visit Ice Gallery. SantaPark can be reached by Santa’s Express bus from Rovaniemi city center.


Reindeer sleigh ride Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

Meet the reindeer

Reindeer are in Rovaniemi always – in summer time, you might even spot them cooling off by Kemijoki river, on the beach nearby the Lumberjack’s Candle Bridge (Valdemaris’ beach). Orbas family is a Rovaniemi-based reindeer herder family that provides authentic experience of what it is to be a reindeer herder nowadays in Lapland, Finland. There are many reindeer farms that operate year-round. The easiest way to meet the reindeer is probably in Santa Claus Village, where Santa Claus Reindeer’s reindeer are almost every day.

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Dog sledding Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

Play with husky dogs and go dog sledding

The furry friends of hours, Siberian and Alaskan huskies in Rovaniemi, can be met year-round in the many kennels of Rovaniemi. Join Safartica’s Family Day and you’ll get a chance to take the best family pictures with huskies and slide on tobogganing slide. In winter, dog sledding is available also at Arctic Circle Husky Park and Bearhill Husky’s office in Santa Claus Village. In summer, join example Bearhill Husky’s two hours kennel tour and learn how the dogs and their mushers spend their days.

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Angry Birds Activity Park Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

Angry Birds Activity Park – For Children of All Ages

Located almost in the city center nearby river Kemijoki, Angry Birds Activity Park provides features for young and older kids – even for adults. Features include a ropewalk, slides, swings and climbing frames that all are in style of popular angry birds. Naturally, there’s a sandpit too. You’ll also find space for ball games and running races for small children. The place is a meeting point of visitors and Rovaniemi locals and it’s free of charge. Angry Birds Activity Park can be accessed in winter time, too, but often with limited access to playground’s equipment.


Iunasvaara Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

Ounasvaara + Santasport = sport and spa

If you visit Rovaniemi in winter, snow is probably the funniest part of your trip in Lapland, Finland! Why not to learn a new skill like alpine skiing or cross-country skiing? Ounasvaara Outdoor Resort’s professional ski instructors can teach anybody to ski. Located also in ski resort, Rendi’s Snow World is a small slope that has a “Magic Carpet”, aka lift that takes everybody up easily and safely. That makes it an excellent place to start skiing.

In summer, rent a cross-country bike or a downhill bike and ride down along Bike Park’s marked trails, or enjoy the spectacular Lappish landscape from the Summer Chair Lift. Also, summer bobsleighing track on the Ounasvaara hill is an activity to try over and over again.

After a day outdoors (that’s quite a normal case in Rovaniemi) it’s time to relax in Santasport’s spa with the whole family.


Discover Rovaniemi with kids: Children-friendly activities

Many activities can be scaled to be suitable for kids. To start with, Roll Outdoors has small mountain bikes that kids can ride. Safartica’s small floating suite allow kid to join floating experiences in a wilderness lake and most of the safari companies have small overalls for winter activities to provide for the kids. In summer, boat rides and SUP board safaris are suitable for kids. Professional local guides make sure that the experience is safe and comfortable for all its participants.


Make handicrafts

Lapland has culture of making things with your own hands. In Rovaniemi, you have a chance to participate learning the culture. Try LAURI’s Children Friendly Handicraft Classes or Apukka Resort’s Finn for A Day –experience that teaches the basic survival skills for Finland: making fire, fishing and digging the worms from soil, and of course preparing “vihta” from birch branches.


Ranua zoo Lapland Finland

Say hello to animal friends

Polar bears and about 50 other Arctic species wait you in Ranua Wildlife Zoo. You can see how the various Arctic species have adapted into the changing seasons in their most authentic atmosphere. In summer, meet the cutest alpacas on summer Wednesdays.

In Rovaniemi, located at the north corner of Santa Claus Village, Elf’s Farm Yard has bunnies, sheep and baby reindeer. That soft combo makes anybody happy!


RolloHalli Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

On a rainy day, play like never before

Yes it’s true: weather is sometimes bad in Rovaniemi. However, I doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. RolloHalli and HopLop are like huge indoor playgrounds, where the whole family can have fun. The science exhibitions of science center Arktikum and Pilke interest kids for sure!

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