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Soutelua ja kalastusta Ranuanjärvellä kesällä
Nature and activities

Things to do in Ranua – Spend an active summer holiday in Finnish Lapland

Spring is now advancing at a rapid pace and it is already a good time to look a little at the summer. We are often asked e.g. what you can do in Ranua during your summer vacation. You will find a fairly comprehensive answer to this question here in the blog post where we take a close look at Ranua’s summer vacation activities as well as the services provided by local businesses. All the activities presented in this text are suitable for a comfortable summer vacation for the whole family. Welcome to read.

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Ranua Zoo winter visit
General

New polar bear for Ranua Zoo Wildlife Park

The time of the polar bear mother Venus as the only polar bear in Ranua Zoo was short, as the 15-year-old male polar bear Nord arrived at Ranua Zoo in February to replace the male Sisu who moved to Doncaster, England in December.

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Vaara reindeer farm visit during winter
Nature and activities

Experiences on working as a tour guide in Lapland

People working in customer service positions can rightly be described as the backbone of the whole tourism business in Lapland. Successful customer service experiences make the same customers return to the same destination from year to year and, of course, help bring in new customers as positive experiences spread through both traditional ways and social media. In this blog, I will tell you a little bit about my own experiences of acting as a tour guide in Finnish Lapland.

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Winter activities in Lapland: reindeer farm visit at Vaaran Porotila - Arctic Guesthouse & Igloos
General

Plus 10 interesting facts about Finnish Lapland

Are there polar bears in Finland? Which parts of Finland actually belong to Lapland? How many people live in Lapland? How about reindeers? These any many other questions will be answered in our latest blog post that will tell you more than 10 interesting facts about Finnish Lapland.

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Northern lights in Lapland in winter
Nature and activities

10 tips for Northern lights photography in Lapland during winter

The photography season for the northern lights near the Arctic Circle lasts from mid-August until the beginning of April. The whole winter is quite a great time to experience the dance of Aurora borealis on the northern sky. In this blog post, we give you ten useful tips for photographing northern lights in Finland during winter.

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Small grayling returning back to the river in Simojoki
Nature and activities

Grayling fly fishing in Ranua

Despite the Simojoki River, which is strongly known as a salmon river, and the World Fly Fishing Championships, Ranua has not become a very well-known recreational fishing destination at the local level. In this blog post, however, we present Ranua’s fly fishing opportunities and, above all, grayling fishing from the edge. In the text, I present my own favorite places for the rapids on the Ranua side of the Simojoki River, in addition to which I also tell a few tips about the lesser-known Ranuanjoki River.

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Actor brothers Pertti and Ilkka Koivula
General

More than 50 facts about Ranua (Part 2)

The first version of The 50 Facts About Ranua ended up getting so much feedback, both on Facebook and via email, that I decided to continue the facts about Ranua in a part two. This slightly shorter list will be one I will be happy to update in the future. Suggestions and ideas can be sent via the contact form at the end of this blog post.

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Majoitus Ranuanjärven rannalla - Gasthaus Ranua
Business

Guesthouse Ranua – inn’s presentation

Throughout our business operation, we have received a very large number of different questions regarding our inn and its history. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at both the history of the inn and what the two main buildings of Gasthaus Ranua actually hide inside.

As this is a very interesting and diverse topic, we also welcome any additions to the text. You can submit your own information or just memories via the contact form at the end of this text.

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Ranua Wildlife Park's Väinö lynx, known from movie Tommy and the Wildcat
General

50 facts about Ranua

Our small town of Ranua is a place whose history and modernity conceal many interesting stories. In this blog post, we will tell you a few of these facts. Welcome to read more than 50 facts about Ranua, part one.

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Winter activities in Ranua
Nature and activities

Winter activities and services in Ranua

November is already well underway and this naturally also means that winter is coming to Lapland. Although the first snow that has already descended has melted, the autumn will soon start to fold towards the winter and a permanent snow cover can very well be expected for the first weeks of the month.

On the blog side, this time we get to know the upcoming winter season and what it is possible to do in Ranua during winter. In this blog post, we present both independently performed activities and suitable places for them, as well as services provided by local companies. Welcome to read.

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Cross country skiing tracks in Ranua
Nature and activities

Ranua’s cross-country ski tracks invite you to exercise in middle of the nature

Winter is approaching and now is the right time to start planning for the upcoming cross-country skiing season, among other things. Ranua, which often enjoys early first snow, is a great alternative for ski enthusiasts who are looking for a varied trail map for the beginning of winter. In this blog post, we go through the ski trails close to the center of the village of Ranua, both maintained by the municipality and managed by the help of the team.

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Kuusamo trekking and hiking paths in Lapland during autumn
Nature and activities

Hiking trails and camping sites in Ranua and surrounding areas

Autumn is a time for camping, hiking and trekking. In this blog post, we bring together many hiking trails and their features found in Ranua and its surrounding area. All the destinations mentioned in the blog post are suitable for hikers and trekkers of all ages and are so near to Ranua that visits can be easily made even as day trips.

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Northern lights in Finnish Lapland in September
Nature and activities

New Northern lights season in Lapland

Even though the summer months are drawing to a close in Ranua, our beautiful town is still showing its best sides as the autumnal colours begin to adorn the abundant flora of our Finnish arctic wilderness. With just a few short weeks of summer remaining, we look forward to a change in the temperature and await the arrival of the new Aurora Borealis season here in Lapland.

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