Summer activities in Rovaniemi

There are still people who think that in Lapland there are only 2 seasons (winter and summer), that the sun does not rise during one  half of the year, and it does not set during the other half… Wrong!

In Lapland we say that there are 8 different seasons (you can have a look at them at this arcticle from Lapland Above Ordinary), and the nature looks very diffent from one to another in different times of the year.

If the weather, the light and the conditions are different in different seasons, the activities that you will be able to enjoy are also different. Are you ready to discover the summer time?

Riverboat cruise in summer time in Lapland

Discovering the surroundings of Rovaniemi, Lapland, from the river (Photo: Flightlight Creative House)

What to do in Rovaniemi in Summer time

From the 1st of June to the end of August, Rovaniemi offers a picture totally different from the winter time. The waters are already running again through her Kemijoki and Ounasjoki rivers, lakes are free of ice and the forest looks green and full of life.

Riverboat cruises

With this landscape, the snowmobiles and the sledges have been put to sleep until the snow comes again, and instead of them, the river boats are waiting on the shore of the river. By boat you can visit a reindeer farm, where you will get to know this arctic animals or cruise under the midnight sun, which is a must to do if you come to visit this town at the Arctic Circle.

Midnight sun riverboat cruise in Rovaniemi, Lapland

Midnight sun riverboat cruise in Rovaniemi, Lapland (Photo: Flightlight Creative House)

Hiking with huskies

In winter time you can go for a ride in a sledge pulled by a team of huskies but, as many of us, this friendly animals are on their holidays during the summer time before they start training again in the Autumn for the coming winter season. Nevertheless, they are happy to meet us in their kennels and join us in a hike in the forest while we enjoy a drink by a camp fire.

Hiking with huskys in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Hiking with huskys, an activity for the whole family to enjoy the dogs and the Lappish nature (Photo: Flightlight Creative House)

Santa Claus in summer time

What about Santa Claus? Is he working also in summer time? Well, he is working every single day of the year and he will be there for us when we come to visit his office at the Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle.

Visit to Santa Claus in summer time at Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland

Visit to Santa Claus in summer time at Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland (Photo: Flightlight Creative House)

Video of summer activities in Rovaniemi

Have a look of the video from Lapland Safaris and discover what to do in summer time in Lapland, and how it looks. As the song of the video says ‘We are running all the time”, so once you step your feet in Lapland, slow down and enjoy. The time runs quietly in Lapland during this time of the year.

 The video was filmed by Flightlight Creative House in Rovaniemi during June 2014.

Book summer activities in Lapland

Are you planning a trip to Rovaniemi this summer? If so, it might be a good idea to check out the activities that you will be able to do once you get there :)

Check the summer activities in Rovaniemi
Have you been in Rovaniemi or somewhere else in Lapland during the summer time? What was the activity which you enjoy the most?

Author: Julián Amorrich

A Spanish happily living in Lapland for the last 14 years. Passionate about Finland and her nature. Working in tourism, at Lapland Safaris, running on the forest no matter the weather, writing at and

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