Frequently Asked Questions
This section gives you quick and easy access to the questions and answers we’re asked most frequently about the Arctic Circle Wilderness Resort. If you can’t find your answer here, feel free to contact us!
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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.