Overnight Arctic Wildlife Observation
Duration: 1 day 2 hours Super Easy
Why we love this tour
You'll immerse yourself in the fabulous world of Arctic animals, sleep in a bear-observing hut and explore the world of northern fauna!
- Rovaniemi reindeer farm visit
- Wilderness lodge diner
- Beautiful scenery on the way to Lapland wilderness
- Bear-watching with a professional guide
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Arctic wildlife! This is the only tour in Lapland that allows you to visit and learn about the Arctic's most important species.
The journey will begin with a visit to one of Rovaniemi's most authentic reindeer farms. For more than 200 years, the herders have lived just outside of Rovaniemi on the picturesque banks of a tranquil lake. You will learn about reindeer from the herders as you are taken around the area. They will take you on a tour of the traditional farm and, because this is the first visit of the day, you will have the opportunity to feed the reindeer their favorite meal, lichen, which is like chocolate to reindeer! The excursion will end with a pleasant time spent around a fire with a herder who will answer all of your questions and share his enthusiasm with you.
Following your time with the reindeer, your guide will take you on a long ride towards the Russian border. Along the journey, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Auttiköngas national park and its waterfalls, where you can see more of Lapland's natural beauty and get a quick bite to eat with a wonderful view. Before you arrive at your final destination, you'll be treated to a hearty three-course lunch prepared for you in a remote forest lodge. You'll make your way to the bear-watching cabin after dinner. You can already hear the Call of the Wild there, surrounded by pristine Lapland landscape! The Russian border is only 200 meters away, but the first Russian settlement is 100 kilometers away!
A professional bear-watcher will silently meet you, informing you that you are now standing in the open area, surrounded by wild bears in the forest. You may notice bear marks and footprints as you walk to the bear look-out cabin. There are plenty of windows and places to put your cameras inside the hut, as well as plenty of bunk beds for when you need to sleep.
Seeing bears is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. While waiting for the bears to approach the cabin, the bear-watchers will explain more about their lives in a quiet, tranquil manner. The white-tailed sea eagles and rooks will begin to congregate, and you will soon hear the rooks screech that the bears are approaching...
Your guide will transport you back to Rovaniemi the next morning after a brief breakfast. On the way, you might want to stop by the Ranua Wildlife Park. This is a fantastic opportunity to see all of the other Arctic wildlife, such as polar bears, Arctic foxes, eagles and owls, moose, musks, otters, wolves, and so on.
You'll improve your understanding of animals found in the "Far North" and have the opportunity to photograph them. You will also enjoy lunch at Ranua's restaurant if you choose this option.
If you do not choose the Ranua Wildlife Park option, you will return to Rovaniemi about 11:00 a.m., and at 13:00 a.m. if you choose the Park's extra visit.
Need to know before you go
What do I need to bring?
- Please bring your camera, your sleepwear and everything else that you would need for the night
- We recommend to take some snacks, fruits and bottles with you for the drives
- And of course, don't forget your good mood and your appetite for an adventure!
Extra lodge information:
The bear-watching cabin is located in the wilderness to be as close as possible to the bears that reside there. Bears can come as close as 15 metres ! The hut is nicely arranged and equipped with bunk beds, shared dry toilets, a heating system and a stove. There are also equipment for you camera, so you do not need to use a tripod. However, the cabin is not equipped with showers or private bedroom. If you wish to spend the night in a comfy lodge located 20 minutes from the cabin, you can select this option.
We have been awarded the Sustainable Travel Finland (STF) batch for sustainable tourism operations in Finnish Lapland. Sustainable business operations are of utmost importance to us. We have therefore decided to no longer do city pickups. If you are staying in the city center, we would kindly ask you to come to our office:)
We aim to provide sustainable tours and to continue to act as a responsible tour provider, as tourism is one of the many industries in the world affecting our planet. We are experiencing a steady growth of this industry which is why it is getting more and more important to act responsibly. If we want future generations to experience what we do now, we must take action. Here at Wild About Lapland we are committed to a sustainable leading of our business. We try constantly to improve our work to ensure ecological, economical and social sustainability. Choosing a responsible tour operator gives you the possibility to not only do something good for our planet, but also get a higher quality and a more enjoyable experience.
Available Pick-up Points:
- Arctic TreeHouse Hotel
- Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara
- Santa Claus Holiday Village
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before the event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before the event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if booking is cancelled 365 days or less before the event
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Kansankatu 14, 96300 Rovaniemi, Finland
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