Sail through the idyllic countryside of Finland and visit one if its most beloved creatures, the reindeer, during a 2.5-hour riverboat tour from Rovaniemi. Travel along the shimmering surface of the Ounasjoki and Kemijoki rivers aboard a traditional vessel known as a ‘jokivene’ and marvel at the stunning Nordic scenery as you sail. Arrive at a reindeer farm, secluded in the dense forest, and capture photographs with the adorable creatures. Experience an authentic Arctic Circle crossing ceremony before returning to Rovaniemi by boat.
2.5-hour riverboat tour from Rovaniemi
Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Kemijoki and Ounasjoki rivers
Take in the summertime scenery, dotted with farms and wooden homes
Visit a reindeer farm to hand-feed reindeer and learn how they’re raised
Enjoy a traditional Arctic Circle crossing ceremony
Depart from your Rovaniemi hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic drive to the shores of the Kemijoki River. Don a waterproof lifejacket, listen to a safety briefing and climb aboard the traditional jokivene, a wooden boat designed for cruising the idyllic rivers of Finland.
Soak up the stunning scenery and glide along the water past picturesque valleys and flower-filled meadows; listen to fascinating commentary relating to Finland’s rich historical heritage and float past antique mills that date back to the 19th and 20th century.
Step onto the riverbanks after 45 minutes of cruising and make your way to a traditional reindeer farm. Learn about how the gentle, Christmas-associated animals are reared and looked after, and capture photographs as you hand feed the playful beasts.
Then, sip an aromatic cup of steaming coffee and you enjoy an Arctic Circle crossing ceremony, a traditional ceremony used to welcome those visiting the Arctic. After almost an hour at the farm, return to the boat and cruise back to your original departure point.