Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort
Surrounded by beautiful rapids of River Raudanjoki, lush shoreline forest and pristine nature, the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort offers traditional Finnish log cabin accommodation. A romantic atmosphere, sounds of silence and good cuisine make the Resort a perfect holiday location for those who want to enjoy pure nature and hunt for northern lights not too far from Rovaniemi center.
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The property is also called Vaattunki in Finnish and it is the gateway to the Arctic Circle Hiking Area, a wilderness destination ideal for year-round outdoor recreation. The hiking area’s network of trails is diverse and has a variety of hiking destinations and possibilities.
The location is easy to access at all times of the year – only a 15-minute drive from Rovaniemi international airport and a ride to downtown takes 20 minutes by car.
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What to Do in the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort
The Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort is perfectly located away from the city lights – 25 km’s from Rovaniemi centre, nestled in the arctic forest, on the shores of Raudanjoki River and at the gateway to the Arctic Circle Hiking Area. This tranquil and peaceful setting allows you to unwind, de-stress and be at one with nature. There is ample opportunity to explore the natural surroundings, with several hiking trails starting from the resort area. The trails are accessible by foot throughout the year, but are best enjoyed by forest skis or snowshoes during the winter season when the amount of snow makes hiking by foot hard going. These are available to rent from the reception of the resort.
Located away from the lights of the city opens up great opportunities to observe the northern lights as well. Simply stepping out from your accommodation will provide you with a good location for seeing the lights. Good photo spots are in abundance and you can ask for tips from reception on where to walk for a great shot.
We also offer many exciting and wonderful safaris for you to enjoy, all with transfers from the resort. You can try your hand at snowmobiling, enjoy the thrill of a husky ride through the arctic forests of the area or even enjoy a peaceful reindeer ride. Have a look at activities at the resort and see what would interest you.
For those who simply want to relax and de-stress without the bother of wrapping up warm for the snowy conditions, the resort restaurant has a cosy lounge area with a fireplace where you can snuggle down on a sofa with a good book and get lost in your own world.
However you choose to un-wind on your holiday the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort will surely have an activity for you to enjoy.
FAQ Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort
Can I travel to the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort by bus?
During the high season of winter there is a daily shuttle service running from Rovaniemi city centre to Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort. Find the schedule here. Outside of this time it is possible to travel to the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort by bus, but it is not the easiest option. The bus will drop you at Lehtikumpu 1 on the number 4 road and next to Vaattunkikönkääntie, the road at the end of which the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort is situated. From here it is a 2-kilometer walk down the road to the resort reception and accommodation. The buses depart from Rovaniemi bus station.
There is also the option of taking a local taxi from Rovaniemi city centre bus station, railway station and Rovaniemi airport. Private transfers can be ordered from us as well. These can be added to your accommodation booking and should be made at least 24 hours in advance. For further inquiries regarding transfers to the resort send us an email to [email protected] . Should you choose to come by car to the resort, then the address is: Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort, Vaattunkikönkääntie 219, 96939.
Is there a restaurant and shop on site?
There is a restaurant on site, in the same building as the reception. This is where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Meals can be added to your reservation booking or paid at the Wilderness Resort at least one in advance. Outside the high season the restaurant is mainly closed though can open on request for larger groups. There is no shop on site so it is recommended that you visit a supermarket on your way to the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort.
Is there access to a sauna?
There is a traditional Finnish sauna on site and it is on the shore of Raudanjoki River close to the reception and restaurant. Should you wish to enjoy the sauna during your visit please let reception know and they will give you a time slot. Bookings can be made at the reception on the day or preferably in advance. Please look here for additional information.
How can we book a tour whilst we are staying at the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort?
During the winter season it is strongly recommended to have all your tours booked before you arrive in Rovaniemi to avoid the disappointment of missing out. You can also book your tour at the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort reception. All bookings are also possible from our office in Santa Claus Village.
Can I see the northern lights from the Arctic Circle Wilderness resort?
The location of the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort – 25 km from Rovaniemi centre – means that you are away from light pollution, which can dramatically increase your chances of seeing the northern lights. Nestled on the shore of Raudanjoki River and surrounded by pristine nature, the location gives you ample chance to observe the amazing lights should they be active.
Are the hiking trails easily accessible from the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort?
The Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort is situated at the gateway to the Arctic Circle Hiking area. This area consists of well-marked hiking trails for all abilities and includes trails which are even suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs as some of the shorter hiking routes consist of wide duckboards. Even in the wintertime the routes are still accessible and well marked but of course, due to the snow, impassable by wheelchair or pushchair.
Can I use the snowshoes and forest skis during my stay at the arctic circle wilderness resort?
At the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort there is the opportunity to rent snowshoes or forest skis at your leisure. These can be rented at the reception. They are a very good way to explore the beautiful local surroundings and give great access to the wintry forests of the immediate area.
Do I need winter clothing while staying at the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort?
It is highly recommended to either bring your warm and weatherproof winter clothing or rent an outfit package from us. The price is 20€/person/day and includes the following items: thermal overall, winter boots, warm gloves, woolen socks and a scarf. The Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort offers great possibilities for snow fun, easy hiking and northern lights hunting, but the cold temperatures of Lapland require you to dress up warmly. Please note that for some winter tours it is obligatory to wear our clothing.