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.