INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Insiders Guide to Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park Rovaniemi.
Planning your Lapland 2020 trip?
Trying to pick and choose what Santa Claus Holiday Village activities and tours you should book?
Add at least one snowmobile tour to your Lapland Christmas itinerary for kids.
Take a look and see why!
Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links, we may receive a small commission at NO extra cost to you. For transparency, the boys were gifted the ride on the mini snowmobiles. All other tours were paid for by ourselves.
- 1 Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park Rovaniemi with kids
- 2 How to get to Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park in Santa Claus Village
- 3 Best Selling Snowmobile Safari Rovaniemi (30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours)
- 4 Snowmobile Park with Reindeer Farm Experience
- 5 Snowmobile Sleigh Ride
- 6 Snowmobile Ride to Northern Lights
- 7 Mini Snowmobile Ride at Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park
- 8 Price of Mini Snowmobile Rides
- 9 MORE Snowmobile Tours by Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park
- 10 THE INSIDE SCOOP: Snowmobile Rovaniemi Tours
- 11 What to wear in Lapland at Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park to ride snowmobiles
- 12 Frequently asked questions about Rovaniemi Weather
- 13 Toadstool Rating: Snowmobile safari in Lapland
- 14 Looking for MORE Santa Claus Holiday Village Activities?
Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park Rovaniemi with kids
A Rovaniemi holiday is not complete without snowy activities, and a snowmobile ride should be up top of your list of things to do in Lapland.
Riding a snowmobile into the snowy Lapland forests is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you don’t want to miss.
Read our review below for our recommendations on Rovaniemi snowmobile hire.
How to get to Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park in Santa Claus Village
The Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park in Rovaniemi is located IN the Santa Claus Holiday Village itself.
To get there from the central Santa Village plaza area near the Main Office of Santa Claus, find one of the pathways that heads up back from the main road in the direction of Snowman world, and walk left for about 50 metres.
You’ll see a log cabin of sorts, set back from the main road.
This is the office of the Arctic Circle Snowmobile rides.
You can book shorter snowmobile rides in Rovaniemi on site, but we recommend booking your snowmobile tours in advance, so you don’t miss out, or have to juggle your Lapland itinerary.
Best Selling Snowmobile Safari Rovaniemi (30 minutes, 1 hour or 2 hours)
The best snowmobile tour takes 2 to 3 hours.
On a three hour snowmobile tour, you’ll cover up to 70 kilometers of track.
Driving into the unimaginable landscape of the Arctic Circle with an expert guide is the only way to truly appreciate the snowy forests.
But you can also book shorter snowmobile rides at the office on the day for either 30 minutes or one hour if that’s all the time you have.
Book Snowmobile Tours early to guarantee your spot.
Snowmobile gear (overall, boots, socks, gloves, helmet and balaclava) and transfers if necessary, included in tour price.
Snowmobile Park with Reindeer Farm Experience
The Arctic Circle snowmobiles also offer a snowmobile tour combined with a visit to a reindeer farm.
This is a great Snowmobile tour option if you are keen to take the kids to see real reindeers in Lapland, as you need to leave the Santa Village for this experience.
(There are a couple of reindeers kept in the village for reindeer rides but it’s not the same.)
Check Latest prices: Snowmobile Tour with Reindeer Farm Experience
Snowmobile Sleigh Ride
If you’ve forgotten your driver’s licence, or would prefer to ride behind an experienced snowmobile driver, take a sled ride on the back of a snowmobile.
A snowmobile sled (alt: snowmobile sleigh) is also the best way for families to experience a snowmobile ride through the Lapland forests, as you can all sit together.
Sled rides are a win for solo parent travellers too.
While the boys rode in the sled behind the snowmobile tour leader, I had the fun of driving the snowmobile at speed through the bumps, twists and turns of the snowy path,
They rode in comfort, on warm reindeer hides with blankets over their knees.
Me, the last rider in line, holding on to the handlebars and twisting the throttle in the freezing cold, trying my hardest to keep up with the group without running into a tree!
What a sight.
It’s been a long time since I laughed so hard, exhilarated by this awesome adventure in Lapland.
Snowmobile Ride to Northern Lights
Our last night, we took a snowmobile tour away from the city lights on our attempt to see the Northern Lights.
Sadly, for us, cloud cover was too strong.
But the late night trip into the dark forest was magical and worth every penny.
Mini Snowmobile Ride at Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park
In front of the office, a mini snowmobile track for kids circles through the trees.
Price of Mini Snowmobile Rides
Cost is 20 euro per person for 10 minutes on the track.
Enquire at the office.
Mini snowmobiling on track hire runs all day long from 10am to around 3.30pm
MORE Snowmobile Tours by Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park
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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Snowmobile Rovaniemi Tours
Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in euro, unless otherwise stated
What to wear in Lapland at Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park to ride snowmobiles
Wondering what to wear in Lapland?
Read our Guide to Packing for Lapland here.
Frequently asked questions about Rovaniemi Weather
When does it snow in Rovaniemi?
That’s up to the weather Gods in Finland.
Permanent snow on ground is usually in place by mid November, but sometimes early. In 2018, snow didn’t arrive till the first week of December. So it’s variable.
Snow lasts until late March or early April, depending on the year.
Rovaniemi snow report
Unfortunately, we are unable to locate a reliable Rovaniemi snow reporting website as yet.
Check back for updates.
Toadstool Rating: Snowmobile safari in Lapland
Riding a snowmobile Rovaniemi style is a must do!
PS: Thanks to the team at Snowmobile Park for their kindness and help with warming up Jack’s frozen hands and toes!