The Ranua Zoo – the northernmost zoo in the world


When you step into the wilds in Lapland, you defenitely have the chance to admire some of the animals living in our forest, specially reindeer, willow grouse, arctic hare, sometimes an elk or even a fox. And depending on the time of the year, many different types of birds.

But if you want to be sure that you will a large selection of animals from Lapland, and even some from other Arctic regions of the planet, you should take into considerataion to visit the Ranua Zoo.

Ranua is located 80 km from Rovaniemi, and to go there you can join some of our weekly departures to visit the zoo with our own guide.

The visit to the zoo is with no doubt a great activity to do it with the whole family, even with the youngest. At the entrance of the zoo you will find baby carriage that you can use to help you moving around. The whole tour takes about 1h and is a round tour. The route goes sometimes through a wooden path that in winter it might be a bit slippery in some sections… so be careful how you walk!

During the tour, you will see hedgehogs, red squirrel, American beaver, bank vole, lemmings, grey wolf, arctic fox, red fox, raccoon dog, polar bear, brown bear, fish otter, wolkverine, stoat, lynx, moose, reindeer, and many others.

Credit: the picuture of this post is from Ranua Zoo web page

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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