We are a region up in the Arctic, and the nature here is most vulnerable to the influences of climate change. We need our seasons, snowy winters and warm summers to provide a safe environment to our Arctic species.
Sustainability is a state of mind and a way of life. Honoring the nature and all of its miracles, we are halfway there. To add some personal choices and actions we are truly making a difference. Close the lights, pick up your trash, recycle, eat local and travel outside busy seasons, and you are an ambassador of sustainable goodwill.
Did you know, that Lapland´s electrical self-sufficiency is 107 %, and renewable energy sources share of Lapland´s electricity production is 91 %.
The first labelled company in Rovaniemi is The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel.
The future of travel is in sustainability, and responsibility is the new luxury. Visit Rovaniemi is among the first to join Sustainable Travel Finland -program and achieving a Sustainable Travel Finland –label became possible on June 1, 2020. The first companies have already been awarded with the label, and the first labelled company in Rovaniemi is The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, one of the six Sustainable Travel Finland labels awarded to Lappish companies by Visit Finland.
The development of sustainable travel industry in Lapland Finland has experienced a boost by the crisis. Sanna Kärkkäinen, the managing director of Visit Rovaniemi reminds that this is the perfect time for everyone to take these steps towards sustainable tourism. “Sustainability and responsibility are the core values of tomorrows destinations, through our communication we, at Visit Rovaniemi, ensure that local companies making responsible and sustainable actions, will prosper in the future.”
The climate impact of airports originates from the heating of buildings and the energy consumption of vehicles, so the airport operator Finavia and Napapiirin Energia ja Vesi (Neve) have entered into an agreement on the heating of Rovaniemi Airport with carbon-neutral district heating. Vihreä Lähilämpö (Neve’s carbon-neutral district heating product) is an excellent choice for Rovaniemi Airport, because it supports the key measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions Finavia has identified in its climate programme. Neve produces its district heat from renewable and locally sourced fuels.
Ollero Eco Lodge is a unique and eco-friendly hideout place equipped with a glass igloo and a river view in the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Lapland. This unique and private location offers an environmentally friendly Sustainable Travel Finland trademarked stay any time of the year by the Ounasjoki River, providing authentic accommodation.
Husky & Yoga Nature has a philosophy of offering authentic and local experiences to their guests. They offer only local, organic products and use green energy, not to mention keep the room temperature on +18C, and the house is mainly heated with wood. Husky & Yoga Nature is a company that truly opens their sustainable everyday lifestyle for everyone to experience and now enjoys a Sustainable Travel Finland trademark.
With Rovaniemi easy access nature trails it is easy and safe to make daytrips with the whole family. Ounasvaara and Arctic Circle Nature Trails will lead you into Arctic forests right outside city center. But before heading outdoors, have a look at The Outdoor Etiquette, about respecting nature and about marked trails. Find information about camping, lighting fires and how to hike litter-free.
To travel to Rovaniemi in the spring, summer or in autumn you are a part of a sustainable movement. The light that continues 24 hours a day, offers opportunities to be active with the kids and go horseback riding, floating, hiking, on river cruises, and not to mention go visit those husky and reindeer farms for Arctic animal offspring in the summer.
Rovaniemi is known for the snowy winters and magic of Christmas. But not many people know that Rovaniemi Lapland has much to offer during the summer months. In Rovaniemi it is possible to experience the magic of Christmas in the middle of summer.
Visiting Lapland after December is sustainable, because you will be traveling outside the busy season. Rovaniemi is a magical city in every four or even eight seasons. In Rovaniemi, nights are lit throughout the summer from late May until early August.
On Arctic Reindeer Farm, high above the Arctic Circle lives Miia Merkku, reindeer herder, a woman who decided to become a herder at the age of five. Reindeer play a major role in Miia´s life. Miia`s own wellbeing, is twined with the wellbeing of her reindeer. “I spend all my days with them in nature, their happiness makes me feel at peace” Miia says. Welcome to a Sustainable Rovaniemi blog series, where our local people tell their arctic lifestyle stories.
Visit the Science Center Pilke and “See the forests like you’ve never seen them before”. Science Centre Pilke tells stories about the northern forests and the many connections we northern people have with them. Spend a day in the Arktikum, a science centre and museum, where you can experience northern nature, culture, and history.
The more knowledge you gain of the Arctic culture, the more responsible are your actions as travellers.
We are people up here on the Arctic Circle with rich roots and heritage. Get familiar with the local ways of life and habits, like Sauna. A traditional Finnish sauna is like the local food culture, pure and simple.
Sustainable Arctic experience is built from local products and local food combined with crystal clear pure local water. Lapland´s food culture is known for the natures fresh offering. By eating the local food and by shopping the local products, you are a part of a sustainable movement by encouraging local production and year-round jobs.
Being able to create something with your own hands, is a valuable skill in today’s digital world. Visiting local family and getting to know local culture and tradition, can also be considered as a responsible and sustainable choice on your holiday.
At Kangasniemi, you can actually combine these both! Visiting the Home & Ateliér of Irene and Ari Kangasniemi, a local artisan couple, gives you a good understanding about the local culture and Lappish way of life. During the visit, you’ll get to hear interesting stories about Lapland, try some local sweets and make your own souvenir at the couples workshop – out of natural materials.
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