Top autumn activities in Rovaniemi

September 12, 2017 Henri Anundi

The autumn is an overlooked season when it comes to visiting Rovaniemi. Spanning from late August until late November, it’s an ideal time for avoiding the crowds of the high tourist seasons and getting active outdoors.


With nature clad in autumn leaf colour, the fresh days are great for various activities, and nights present good chances of Northern Lights displays. Please find below our picks of things to do in the autumn.

See the Northern Lights on water and on land

Ask a local expert and they’ll say autumn is the best season for seeing the Northern Lights; from the latter half of August onwards, nights are dark enough for aurora viewing, and skies are not yet clouded by snowfall. Here’s a couple of ways to experience the Aurora Borealis in the autumn:

Aurora floating

Dip yourself into a freezing lake wearing a high quality rescue suit, zone out of the everyday noise and just take in the sky and hopefully the Auroras, too.

  • Provided by Safartica – see details here.

Northern Lights hunting by bus

Hop on a bus that heads about half an hour out of the city and its light pollution, location depending on weather conditions. Sometimes the lights can be seen even on the way.

  • Provided by Wild Nordic – see details here.

See all autumn aurora excursions here.

The Northern Lights blazing over water in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Hike with huskies or enter the arctic with reindeer

Husky dogs and reindeer are just as cute in the autumn as they are any other time of year. Besides visiting the farms they live at, you can actually do stuff with them even with no snow on the ground. Try these on for size:

Husky hike

On this tour every hiker gets a husky of their own to explore with. Along the way through the forests, there’s stops for snacks and, of course, petting the adorable dogs.

  • Provided by Husky & Yoga Nature – see details here.

Join the reindeer herder’s day

Take a peek at the chores of a reindeer herder. This experience includes feeding the reindeer, crossing the Arctic Circle with them, and a bit of handicraft.

  • Provided by Santa Claus Reindeer – see details here.

See all autumn activities with reindeer here and with huskies here.

Hiking with huskies in autumn in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Go foraging or conquer a bog on snowshoes

In autumn, berries and mushrooms are ripe for the picking. Expert guides take you to the forest, show you spots and advise what to pick. For something quirkier, take a closer look at an important part of the Finnish ecosystem and head to a bog on snowhoes.

Goods of the forest

Join a picking trip of the season’s berries and/or mushrooms and taste the goods of the forest right away! You’ll also learn about the health benefits of berries and herbs.

  • Provided by Happy Fox – see details here.

Bog adventure on snowshoes

This is just creative! Do a memorable hike and explore a bog on snowshoes – please remember to wear clothes and shoes suitable for the wet ground.

  • Provided by Arctic Circle Husky Park – see details here.

See all berry and mushroom picking activities here and all autumn hiking activities here.

Picking mushrooms in autumn in Rovaniemi, the Official Hometown of Santa Claus

Explore nature on foot or on a bike

Autumn weather is normally crisp and clear with nice and cool temperatures, which means excellent conditions for hiking and biking. Get those legs working and enjoy the outdoors with these activities, for example:

Fatbike tour

Hop on a fatbike and experience the beautiful arctic nature! You’ll see some truly attractive landscapes riding through the woods.

  • Provided by Roll Outdoors – see details here.

Self-led hike in Ounasvaara or the Arctic Circle Hiking Area

The Ounasvaara outdoor area lies close to Rovaniemi city centre and is ideal for easy and convenient hikes. The Arctic Circle Hiking Area requires transport to get to, but the short bus ride is totally worth it.

  • For a map of Ounasvaara, look here. For buses to the Arctic Circle Hiking Area, look here (type in “Vikajärvi” as the destination).

See all autumn bike tours here and hiking activities here.

Mountain biking in an autumn forest in Rovaniemi

Witness amazing landscapes and visit natural monuments

There’s quite a few interesting natural spots in and around Rovaniemi. For an impressive canyon and waterfall, you’ll have to venture an hour out of town. Both of these excursions take you there:

Korouoma canyon hiking tour

This is a hiking tour in the breathtaking landscapes of Korouoma canyon valley and its high cliffs. The daytrip includes snacks and hot drinks by open fire.

  • Provided by NortsaV – see details here.

Hike to the amazing Auttiköngäs

Hike in spectacular views on a nature trail that passes the Auttiköngas waterfall and circles in the nearby woods. Enjoy a snack by open fire and listen to the sounds of the forest.

  • Provided by Arctic Joy – see details here.

See all autumn hiking activities here.

Auttiköngäs rapid an hour's drive east of Rovaniemi, the Official Hometown of Santa Claus

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