Some guided tours in Lapland offer serene enjoyment of Lapland's nature, others let you experience the more adventurous side of Lapland. The nice thing about tours in Lapland is that they are locally operated and begin at your hotel or at the Arctic Safaris Office at Koskikatu 6 in Rovaniemi. Here are the 10 best Lapland tours...
This guided tour in Lapland is very interesting, especially if you are interested in local culture. The tour begins with a riverboat cruise, then takes you to a local reindeer farm, and concludes the tour with the Arctic Circle crossing ceremony and coffee (included in the tour's price). The tour operator provides rubber boots and raincoats depending on the weather. Around €60. Length of this tour: 2.5 hours. Guided tour departure: At 2:00 pm at your hotel or in the center of Rovaniemi. The tour is offered daily June through September.
This Lapland tour gets rave reviews from everybody. It includes lunch along with three different, popular activities: Santa Claus Village, take the riverboat to the Lappish reindeer farm, and revel in the Arctic Circle crossing ceremony. Bring your camera on the tour with you. This is truly Lapland's "Highlights" tour...and truly unforgettable! Around €122.
Length of this tour: 6 hours. Guided tour departure: Hotel pick-up or in central Rovaniemi at 11:00 am. The tour is offered daily from June through September.
The Lapland Fishing Tour
If you like Lapland's nature and quiet beauty, go fishing on a guided tour there for an afternoon. The Fishing in Lapland tour includes all the equipment you'll need. Just make sure to wear waterproof footwear (I didn't) when catching your dinner... Around €85.
Length of this tour: 3-4 hours. Guided tour departure: Hotel pick-up or from Koskikatu 6 in Rovaniemi, at a time specified by tour guests. The Fishing in Lapland tour is offered daily from June to September.
Guided Reindeer Hiking Tour in Lapland
What a neat, original tour for Lapland. This guided tour in Lapland starts in Rovaniemi, from where we were taken to a reindeer farm nearby. Here we began a 2.5 hour guided hike through the pretty woods of Lapland alongside the reindeers, and upon the tour's return to the reindeer farm, we received traditionally prepared pancakes (included in the tour price). Around €94.
Length of this tour: 3.5 hours. Guided tour departure: Departs at times suitable to the tour guest either from their Rovaniemi hotel or Koskikatu 6 in Rovaniemi. The tour is offered daily from mid-August through late October.
Lapland Snowmobile Safari with Husky & Reindeer Rides
I love these winter adventure tours, and this Lapland tour offers 3-in-1 value, plus snacks. Included in my tour fee were a snowmobile ride (to the Husky farm), then a Husky ride, and at the reindeer farm we got a reindeer driver's license for "driving" a traditional reindeer sleigh. This Lapland tour concludes by driving your snowmobile back to town. The minimum age to get your own snowmobile is 15. Around €178.
Length of this tour: 5 hours. Guided tour departure: Departs at 9:00 am from central Rovaniemi. The tour is offered from December 1 through April 15.
Arctic Wilderness Adventure Tour of Lapland
This is definitely one of the more adventurous Lapland tours. It includes an exciting dune buggy ride across the rugged forest trails of the Lapland Wilderness Center and at the end you can choose to try some abseiling at the climbing wall they have there. Wow! Keep in mind that there will be two tour guests per buggy, and you'll take turns driving. You have to be at least 15 years old and bring your driver's license. Around €85.
Length of this tour: 3 hours. Guided tour departure: At your hotel or in the center of Rovaniemi at 2:00 pm. The tour is offered daily from June through September.
"The Ice-fishing Experience" Tour in Lapland
Ice fishing in Lapland is a very interesting, and very cold experience. The tour operater provides thermal wear, though. This winter tour takes you to a lake by means of snowmobiles, where your guide will help you do some ice fishing! The tour guests enjoyed the freshly caught fish at the campfire afterwards, which was also lots of fun. Around €108.
Length of this tour: 3 hours. Guided tour departure: At 9:30 am from the center of Rovaniemi. The tour is offered daily from December through April.
Lapland Tour "The Secret of the Antler"
This is one of our favorite Lapland tours. It shows you Lapland's serene nature while you use a riverboat to go to a local craft workshop inside a log home. There, tour guests are taught about traditional Lappish crafts and the reindeer antler crafting being done. We were then allowed to try to make small souvenirs from reindeer antlers, to take home with us (the souvenir is included in the tour price). Around €97.
Length of this tour: 4 hours. Guided tour departure: From the center of Rovaniemi or your hotel. Tour operates June - September daily at times requested by guests.
Snowmobile Safari: Night Tour of Lapland
I haven't been on many night tours, but in Lapland this one is a MUST. Experiencing the silent nighttime in Lapland's snowy landscape is a wondrous experience, especially if you're able to view the Northern Lights while you're out there. Along with hot drinks and a snack around an open fire in the snow, the tour provides thermal wear and takes you away from civilization for three hours via snowmobiles. Around €118.
Length of this tour: 3 hours. Guided tour departure: Departs daily at 6:00 pm from Koskikatu 6 in Rovaniemi.
The White Water Rafting Tour in Lapland
Don't do this Lapland tour unless you're ready to get wet. First, you'll get your rafting outfits and then the tour takes you half an hour north of Rovaniemi. Listen to the English speaking guide's tips and then it's go time, down 10 kilometers with six wild rapids. This tour gave us a decent adrenaline rush! Around €72.
Length of this tour: 3 hours. Guided tour departure: Hotel pick-up, or from Koskikatu 6 in Rovaniemi at 10:00 am. Operates from June through September on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.