- Visit Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, and cross into the Arctic Circle
- Meet iconic Finnish animals like huskies and reindeer
- Find the only polar bear in Finland at Ranua Wildlife Park
- Learn how to fish on a lake near Pyhä
|Arrive in Rovaniemi
|Meet Arctic Animals
|Visit Ranua Wildlife Park
|Transfer to Kuusamo, Overnight Bear Watching Experience
|Transfer to Pyhä, Go Fishing
|Bird & Wildlife Watching Tour
|Transfer to Rovaniemi, Depart
Day 1: Arrive in Rovaniemi
Tervetuala! Welcome to Rovaniemi! Once you arrive at the airport, a private driver will take you to your accommodation in town. Rovaniemi is known as the official town of Santa Claus and is located right by the Arctic Circle—there's even a physical line that you can cross on foot. The small city of 63,000 residents is also the capital of the Lapland region, so there's plenty to look forward to in the coming days.
Day 2: Meet Arctic Animals
Your Finnish Lapland summer holiday wouldn't be complete without meeting the arctic animals that call the region home. Start with a drive to a local husky kennel to meet the photogenic dogs and learn how some Finns travel year-round by dogsled. Tour the husky kennel and learn about the everyday life of the dogs and their breeders.Afterward, head to a traditional reindeer farm to meet the iconic arctic animals and the herders who care for them. Discover the long history of reindeer herding in Lapland and observe how modern-day herders continue the tradition every day on the farm. Get up close to the reindeer themselves and even feed them!
Day 3: Visit Ranua Wildlife ParkLocated an hour south of Rovaniemi, the Ranua Zoo is the northernmost wildlife park in the country. It's home to around 200 animals representing 50 arctic species, like brown bears, reindeer, wolves, owls, and otters. Most famously, the only polar bear in Finland lives in this park. Get the full experience on a 1.5-mile (2.5 km) walk around the park as your guide reveals facts about each animal. Afterward, treat yourself to a buffet lunch before returning to Rovaniemi.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 4: Transfer to Kuusamo, Overnight Bear Watching Experience
Today a driver will pick you up and take you on the roughly three-hour drive to Kuusamo. In wintertime, this sparsely-populated town is packed with tourists heading to Ruka, one of the largest skiing resorts in Finland. Visitors take advantage of the ample pine forests and light of the polar day in the summertime to go bear-watching.This evening, pick up some drinks and snacks and meet your local guide, who will take you to Kuntilampi ("Bear Pond"), a protected area popular with brown bears and white-tailed eagles, ruffs, and other birds that come out in early summer. Spend the night looking for bears from the safety and warmth of a log cabin fit with large windows and openings for camera lenses. This is your chance to capture an unforgettable moment or just observe animals in their natural habitat. If you get tired during the night, take a break on one of the cabin's bunk beds.
Day 5: Transfer to Pyhä, Fishing Experience
This morning, a private driver will pick you up from Kuusamo and bring you to Pyhä, another spot that plays a dual role in Finnish Lapland. In the winter, it's a popular ski resort, and in the summer, it's a gateway to Pyhä-Luosto National Park and the hiking trails, lakes, and natural fells beyond.
Day 6: Bird & Wildlife Watching Tour
Head back into nature today on a guided outdoor tour of the Pyhä area. Your guide will drive you to the best spots to see native Lapland wildlife, like reindeer, the European Golden Plover, several species of owl, and arctic foxes. Of course, these animals have their own agendas, so which ones you glimpse will always be a surprise!