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From November until April

There is annual fluctuation in amounts of snow and in the time it stays on the ground in Rovaniemi. First snow usually falls during October, sometimes as soon as late September. A permanent snow cover is expected in late November, and April is still considered a snowy month – there’s often a bit of it left even in early May.

As Soon As The Snow Falls

Locals and visitors alike are keen to make the most out of the snow as soon as it covers the ground. When permanent snow arrives in late November or December, and there’s enough of it for winter activities, Rovaniemi becomes a vast white playground.

Snow And Ice: Building Materials

Thanks to the abundance of snow in Finland, Finns are experts in building with snow. In Rovaniemi, you can sleep in a snow hotel or an igloo, get married in a snow chapel, build an igloo under expert guidance (and sleep in it!), dine in a snow restaurant, have a drink in an ice bar, and play in snow castles with slides and such. For more on snow constructions in Rovaniemi, please see here.

When Waters Freeze

In Rovaniemi, you can walk on water – frozen bodies of water, that is. Waters are generally frozen from December until March, and provide huge extra space for activities like cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling. However, there’s no sure way of telling when the ice is thick enough to carry people, and visitors should take extra care and check with local experts before endeavouring out on the ice.

Snowy Forest Magic

A walk in fairytale-like white crystal forests, surrounded by snowy trees is like stepping into another world. In Rovaniemi, there are many forested areas just outside the town centre – for example Ounasvaara outdoor area – with crisscrossing paths ideal for shorter outings. Taking a guided snowshoe tour is a great way of enjoying the magic of the snow-covered woods.

Snow Creates Calmness

Snow has an unmatched quality of creating a peaceful atmosphere. Even in Rovaniemi town centre, when covered in snow, the general mood is rather calm. Walking in and around the city in crisp winter weather is recommended, as is stopping for a hot drink in between.

Try an Icy Dip

Feel like conquering yourself and doing something really Finnish? Winter swimming is the way to go! It may sound frightening, but the feeling afterwards is pure exhilaration – you’ve never felt more alive. Local winter swimmers have a spot on Ounaskoski beach, but for first-timers, guided sessions including sauna are safer starting points.

So Many Kinds, So Many Words

The quality of snow varies with the weather, and in Rovaniemi you get everything from the fresh and soft powder of midwinter to wet, sleet-like spring snow – and the whole scale in between. There are dozens of different types of snow, and there’s a word for each one (and related phenomena) in the Finnish language, meaning “hanki”, “pyry“, “loska”, “puuteri”, “räntä”, “hile”, “viti” and “tuisku” are just the tip of the iceberg!

Daytrip from Rovaniemi to @ranua_resort!😎 

Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible.
And it is open every day of the year!😊

#visitrovaniemi #ranua #ranuaresort #ranuazoo
Daytrip from Rovaniemi to @ranua_resort!😎 

Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible.
And it is open every day of the year!😊

#visitrovaniemi #ranua #ranuaresort #ranuazoo
Daytrip from Rovaniemi to @ranua_resort!😎 

Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible.
And it is open every day of the year!😊

#visitrovaniemi #ranua #ranuaresort #ranuazoo
Daytrip from Rovaniemi to @ranua_resort!😎 

Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible.
And it is open every day of the year!😊

#visitrovaniemi #ranua #ranuaresort #ranuazoo
Daytrip from Rovaniemi to @ranua_resort!😎 

Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible.
And it is open every day of the year!😊

#visitrovaniemi #ranua #ranuaresort #ranuazoo
Daytrip from Rovaniemi to @ranua_resort!😎 

Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible.
And it is open every day of the year!😊

#visitrovaniemi #ranua #ranuaresort #ranuazoo
Daytrip from Rovaniemi to @ranua_resort!😎 

Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible.
And it is open every day of the year!😊

#visitrovaniemi #ranua #ranuaresort #ranuazoo
Daytrip from Rovaniemi to @ranua_resort!😎 

Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible.
And it is open every day of the year!😊

#visitrovaniemi #ranua #ranuaresort #ranuazoo
Daytrip from Rovaniemi to @ranua_resort!😎 

Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible.
And it is open every day of the year!😊

#visitrovaniemi #ranua #ranuaresort #ranuazoo
Daytrip from Rovaniemi to @ranua_resort!😎 Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible. And it is open every day of the year!😊 #visitrovaniemi #ranua #ranuaresort #ranuazoo
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Just a little reminder that it's only around one month until we see these magical northern lights again!😍✨
Just a little reminder that it's only around one month until we see these magical northern lights again!😍✨
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Cloudberry is the thing that locals talk about right now!😍

This berry with a lot of vitamin C grows wild in the northern swamps! Because of every man's rights in Finland, everyone can pick these at nature. 
And yes, there are a lot of swamp areas around Rovaniemi! 

Have you ever tasted it? Or maybe something made with Cloudberry? 
If not, you should!😋
Cloudberry is the thing that locals talk about right now!😍 This berry with a lot of vitamin C grows wild in the northern swamps! Because of every man's rights in Finland, everyone can pick these at nature.  And yes, there are a lot of swamp areas around Rovaniemi!  Have you ever tasted it? Or maybe something made with Cloudberry?  If not, you should!😋
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Did Jaakko throw a stone into a lake today?👀

Well, according to an old tradition in Finland. On the 25th of July, Jaakko's name day, Jaakko throws a cold stone into a lake. The stone will start to cool the waters, marking the end of summer.

What do you think, is the summer coming to an end?
Or are the best summer days still to come?😎
Did Jaakko throw a stone into a lake today?👀 Well, according to an old tradition in Finland. On the 25th of July, Jaakko's name day, Jaakko throws a cold stone into a lake. The stone will start to cool the waters, marking the end of summer. What do you think, is the summer coming to an end? Or are the best summer days still to come?😎
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Culture for the Sunday!😊

Experience northern nature, art, history, and phenomena in many exciting ways:
Arktikum Science Centre and Museum, Korundi House of Culture and Science Centre Pilke. And with Culture Pass, you can have these three on the same ticket!😊

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #culturepass #ourfinland #onlyinlapland #arktikum #korundi #pilke #suomi #finland
Culture for the Sunday!😊

Experience northern nature, art, history, and phenomena in many exciting ways:
Arktikum Science Centre and Museum, Korundi House of Culture and Science Centre Pilke. And with Culture Pass, you can have these three on the same ticket!😊

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #culturepass #ourfinland #onlyinlapland #arktikum #korundi #pilke #suomi #finland
Culture for the Sunday!😊

Experience northern nature, art, history, and phenomena in many exciting ways:
Arktikum Science Centre and Museum, Korundi House of Culture and Science Centre Pilke. And with Culture Pass, you can have these three on the same ticket!😊

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #culturepass #ourfinland #onlyinlapland #arktikum #korundi #pilke #suomi #finland
Culture for the Sunday!😊 Experience northern nature, art, history, and phenomena in many exciting ways: Arktikum Science Centre and Museum, Korundi House of Culture and Science Centre Pilke. And with Culture Pass, you can have these three on the same ticket!😊 #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #culturepass #ourfinland #onlyinlapland #arktikum #korundi #pilke #suomi #finland
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Long days under the sun!😍
Today the sunset in Rovaniemi is at 23.40, and the length of the day is over 20 hours!🌞 
The nights are white until early August.

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #midnightsun #lapland #finland #ourfinland #onlyinlapland
Long days under the sun!😍 Today the sunset in Rovaniemi is at 23.40, and the length of the day is over 20 hours!🌞 The nights are white until early August. #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #midnightsun #lapland #finland #ourfinland #onlyinlapland
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