Arctic Circle Hiking Area

Walk on a nature trail Fishing Canoeing Ski cross-country off trails Rafting Birdwatching Snowshoeing Pick berries and mushrooms Sights and scenery Hiking

Here you can cross the Arctic Circle and experience the wilds of Lapland just outside Rovaniemi, the home of Santa Claus. Stroll to the fine falls at Vaattunkiköngäs and Vikaköngäs. Disabled visitors and families with pushchairs can easily walk to the waterfalls and into the woods. The river offers excellent fishing opportunities. Winter wanderers can explore the hiking area's forests and open marshes on skis or snowshoes.

Wilderness of the Arctic Circle Right Next to Santa Claus Village

Location of Arctic Circle Hiking Area in Finland

Location: Southern Lapland, Rovaniemi ( Read more

Arrival: By car and public transportation. Read more

Activities: Hiking along nature trails, canoeing, fishing. Read more

Sights: The river with surging rapids, open aapa mires, wilderness hills and forests. Read more

Suitability: An excellent day-trip destination for families with children. There are routes for families with small children and disabled persons. The River Raudanjoki is a perfect destination for boaters, canoeists, and fishermen.

Services: A wide variety of services throughout the year. Several rest spots and campfire sites with firewood and dry toilets. A day trip hut. Customer service and information at Pilke House in Rovaniemi (, which also has a science centre and forest-themed exhibition. Services are provided by cooperation parties. Read more

Trails: Marked trails and circular trails suitable for day trips (0.2 – 12 km). Nature trails including Könkäänsaari Barrier-free Nature Trail (1.5 km), which is suited for visitors of all ages and fitness levels. Water and canoe route. Read more

This is the web page

Self-guided Tour: "Accessible Wilderness"

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Customer Service

Pilke Science Centre
Tel. int. +358 206 39 7280


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Contact Information

The area is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, address: P.O.Box 8016, 96101 Rovaniemi.