This is a guest post written by Daisy about her experience in Rovaniemi. Thank you Daisy… and hope to see you back here soon!
Check the Bio of the Author at the end of this post.
Never before I’ve been in such a magical winter wonderland as the snowy Lapland. Real cold and winter is something we Dutch people don’t know. The mere thought of a temperature of minus 5 makes me feel chilly and a couple of centimeters of snow a year is a lot. That’s why the white, cold en romantic Lapland is an experience I will never forget.
The best way to get to know the snowy nature of Lapland is by booking some safaris and head into the wilderness. Lapland Safaris has a wide range of winter excursions. From a low impact safari of a couple of hours, to a whole day in the nature. We picked two safaris; In the Heart of Nature and the Aurora Borealis Adventure.
The safaris are very well organised and the organization has thought about everything; a free pickup from your hotel to a good outfit to keep you warm all day.
In the Heart of Nature: sowmobiles, snowshoes, ice-fishing and a lot of fun!
Within a few minutes from Rovaniemi you are in the wilderness, away from the city, into the white nature. Through the forest, over snowy mountain roads, you’ll get to know the real Lapland. On the way there’s time for even more wintery activities like walking with snowshoes on. Shuffling and stepping you work yourself a way through the powder snow. After this walk it’s time to catch your own meal, or make an attempt to; icefishing! On a frozen lake you drill a hole in the ice and let go of your fishing rod. And then you wait. But even if you didn’t catch a thing, a warm meal is waiting for you at the campfire. Around the campfire, sitting on a reindeer sheet, you can warm up your hands on a cup of hot berry juice. A typical Finnish drink. In the meanwhile it’s time to warm up your stomach with a delicious Finnish stew made of potato and reindeer meat. A really amazing experience.
Meanwhile it’s getting dark outside. The sun is setting and again the sky is getting a different colour. On the snowmobile you’ll drive the last part of the safari through the darkness, which is truly magical. Because of the white snow it never seems completely dark. The lights of the snowmobile let the snow sparkle and glitter. Tired but satisfied after a day in the wild you’ll get back to the city.
Aurora Borealis Adventure
The Northern Light can’t be controlled, I wish it were. But even if the magicals lights of Aurora Borealis don’t show themselves, this safari is worth it! With the snowmobiles you go far away from the artificial lights of the city. The less lights from Rovaniemi, the better. After about an hour you are already far away from civilization. You make a stop at two Finnish tents in the middle of the snowy nature. When you turn of the engine and the lights of the snowmobile, you will be amazed what you’re about to see. In this magical darkness the sky lites up like never before. A truly magical moment.
There is a campfire to warm up your hands, sit with each other and have a chat. There’s hot berry juice and Finnish coffee and you can grill a sausage on the fire. If there’s something the Finnish people just love it is sausages! In the meanwhile you hope and wish that the Northern Lights will show themselves!
This is Soetkees! – “A suitcase filled with ideas for special and original trips”. From that unique spot in our own country, a surprising city trip or a special journey.
I am Daisy; I’m in my thirties and I love travelling, excursions and writing (and talking). At Soetkees (phonetic dutch for suitcase) I enthusiastically combine these loves of mine. While traveling I’m youthfully enthusiast to explore my new environment. Suddenly my morning moodiness is gone and I feel like getting up early to head out. To travel is to explore new places and to enjoy the moment. For me the fun starts far before the journey. I can spend hours planning, reading and organising.