Winter Activities

Winter activity
Adventure on the ice of Lake Ranua
(1st Dec – 31th Mar) 

During the excursion you will enjoy the arctic delights of open air in the middle of Lapland nature. Lake Ranua provides a perfect setting for (ice) fishing. (Force major: If the lake is not frozen, the AuroraHut igloo will be moved to the land near the lake.)

You will hear stories of the Finnish way of life while enjoying the beautiful and peaceful nature of the Lake Ranua. In clear weather, the starry sky is your roof and if you’re lucky, the sky will show the amazing colors of the northern lights. After an outdoor trip, the wood-heated sauna by the lake will warm your body and mind.

Enjoy a three-course buffet dinner at the main restaurant on every tour day. A Lappish breakfast basket with local delicacies will be served to you to start a new beautiful morning.

Other winter activities

reindeer farm visit in Ranua

Reindeer farm visit at Vaara

60€ / person

Visit a real reindeer farm in Ranua. 

The excursion includes a tour inside the reindeer farm with reindeer feeding, a short presentation about life in a reindeer farm, short reindeer sleigh ride (about 300m) and a coffee/juice/tea break inside a Lappish hut.

This winter activity is available from the beginning of November until end of March. The minimum amount of participants is two people (maximum 25). 

If there is no snow, the sleigh ride is replaced with traditional lasso throwing. 

Ice fishing safari in Ranua

Guided ice fishing at lake Ranua

30€ / hour / person

A local instructor will guide anyone interested in ice fishing into the secrets of the sport and will show you the best fishing spots of lake Ranua. Lake Ranua is well-known for its catch security and all the possible fish catch can be prepared on-site for food.

This trip can also include fire making and food at one of the local “laavus”, sledging, and a coffee/hot chocolate break at Arctic Fox Igloos.

The minimum amount of participants is two people.

Price: 30€ / hour / person.

Finnish horse sleigh ride in Ranua

Sleigh ride with Finnish horses

From 50€ / person

Pulled by local Finnish horses, the sleigh ride, which lasts about an hour, is an atmospheric way of exploring the guesthouse’s surroundings and the historical areas of Ranua.

Prices: 55€ for adults and 50€ children.

Visiting Arctic Wild Ice

50€ / person

Interested in ice sculptures and igloos made of real ice?

Then Arctic Wild Ice is a great place to visit for you. 

We arrange regular visits to this winter wonderland with one of our igloos. 

Ice fishing in Ranua

Snow mobile sleigh ride

20€ / person

Experience the thrill of speed on the ice of Lake Ranua in snow mobile sleigh ride. A member of our staff will take you on a vigorous drive and to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery of Ranua.

This safari can be arranged both day and night time. During clear nights it’s an ideal excursion for Northern lights search. 

Minimum amount of participants is two people.

Independent winter activities

Ice fishing safari in Ranua

Ice fishing

Over the decades, Ranuanjärvi has become known as a truly catch-safe fishing spot. The range of fish species in the lake is quite diverse. In addition to perch, pike and roach fish, the water also contains for example whitefish and vendace, which speaks of water quality improvement.

You can reach the fishing spots directly from the beach of our guesthouse and you can rent equipment in addition to the guidance.


Cross-country skiing

In the winter time, a classic ski trail runs around Lake Ranua and is maintained by a team of volunteers. You can easily access these ski tracks from the beach of our guesthouse.

Just less than a kilometer away, there is a ski track network maintained by the municipality of Ranua. You can find out more about the track network on Visit Ranua website.

Polarbear cub in Ranua

Ranua Zoo

Ranua Zoo is perhaps the most famous wildlife park in our country. During the winter season you can admire Finland’s only polar bears, lynxes, wolves and many other animals in an atmospheric winter landscape.

Our guesthouse is located only about four kilometers from Ranua’s biggest tourist attraction, making it easy to visit the zoo by car, Rovaniemi bus or even on foot.

Snowshoeing safari in Ranua


Snowshoeing is an excellent way to exercise and to get to know into your surroundings. With snowshoes it is easy to access those more untouched parts of the nature. You can also easily adjust the difficulty level of the exercise with your own route selections. This makes snowshoeing a sport that is suitable for various ages.

Ranuan kelkkareitit

Snow mobile

Arctic Guesthouse & Igloos is ideally located for snowmobile lovers. The Ranua snowmobile trails run through the ice of lake Ranua, which makes it easy to access the trail networks directly from our own beach.

For more information on Ranua snowmobile routes, visit the Ranua Municipality website.

Snowmobile safaris can be booked through Gulo Gulo which is located at Ranua Wildlife Park.


Do you have some special requests? We valuate high customer satisfaction and because of that we are always willing to listen to wishes. Send us an inquiry through the contact form below and we will try our best to provide.




This offer is available on and is valid until 31st of March. The offer applies to stays before 1st of April 2020.

Northern lights captured on a lake in Lapland