Winter sport is obviously the thing here, with snow almost 6 months a year, but just to let you know that they do play football here is well, in the summer of course and ROPS is the local club playing in the Finnish league.
What about some skating?
Rovaniemi has tens and tens of skating rinks, which include two indoors skating halls, many big skating rinks ans tens of small, cozy skating rinks. Already in our small neighbourhood we have one big rink and 4 smaller ones. And this is just a VERY small area.
Skating in Rovaniemi is very popular specially within families with children, but also amongst other people. For example, me and my friends went skating when we had our little christmasparty. It was lovely, we had a lot of fun and enjoyed really much!
Skating is a fun sport, you can do it seriously in hockey-teams or figure skating teams, but also just for leisure. It's a very effective way of keeping fit, too!
Have fun skating in Rovaniemi!
Equipment: Mostly what you need is warm clothes and skates, but there's one thing you might wanna take also, if you're out for a longer time and have friends with you:
Take a THERMOS-bottle full of hot chocolate, and maybe some gingerbreads or other nice food easy to eat with your gloves on. It's always nice having some food when doing sports!
- Adventure Travel
Ounasvaara PART2: summertime!
Santa Sport Centre it the place where you want to contact during the summertime. If you by the Daypass, you have full acces to the three gyms, sauna and swimminghall and you can get supervised aerobic, spinning, pace and streching lessons. There's also a bowling hall, possibility to go wall-climbing and different kinds of organized sports and massage/spa services. In the winter you can go snowshoeing. Just a kilometer down Ounasvaara there's also a gym, "Kunnon paikka", where you can reserve time for squash, badminton, floorball, pool and normal gym... the address of Kunnon Paikka is: Lähteentie 20, 96400 Rovaniemi.
Phone: +358 16-314133
In the summer there are well kept sawdusttracks where you can go jogging, walking, enjoying the nature or practice orienteering. There's a birdwatch tower on the top of Ounasvaara and many ballfields all around. There's also a big arena called the Lappi Areena, which has happenings all over the year. It's situated just near Kunnon Paikka and Santa Sport Centre. There are golf links which is open full year.
Equipment: Take gym clothes, of course, and money. That's basicly all you need! Use common sense in packing. :P
- Hiking and Walking
Ounasvaara PART1: Wintersports.
Ounasvaara is one of the fjelds, little mountains surrounding Rovaniemi. But Ounasvaara is special. There's a LOT to do there!
Ounasvaara Skiing Centre is the place you wanna contact in the winter. Ounasvaara has 6 slopes, a 100 meter pipe, 4 lifts, 2 transfer-slopes and 3 ski jumps. There's also a really fun winter sledge track (800 m long). There are many cross-country skiing tracks, so if you're not interested in downhillskiing, snowboarding, blading or telemark-skiing, you could go cross-country skiing while your family or friends are doing something else.
There are many restaurants near the skiing cente. Two of them are in the centre itself: the comfortable and delicious Inkkari Ski Saluuna and the Alpenjager bear/drink bar. On the top of Ounasvaara, just by the slopes there's a delicious but a little more expencive restaurant in Sky Hotel Rovaniemi. That's also a very good choise of accomodation with beautiful views.
Equipment: Take warm winterclothes, wollen shirts, longjohns, extra socks, a warm winterjacket and winter trousers. Of course, if you have your own snowboard, skiis or slalom skiis, take them with you! You might want to have a camera too, there are great views from Ounasvaara and taking pics of you and your friends doing sports is also cool!
- Adventure Travel
- Skiing and Boarding
River canyon with waterfall
Auttinköngäs is a beautiful recreation area, especially at summer time. There is a river canyon with waterfall formed millions years ago.
There are many walkign routes and trails, as well as good sports for rafting too.
Equipment: If you need any special equipment to rental, ask them from Santa Claus Tourist Centre at Rovakatu 21, tel. +358 (0)16 346 270.
- National/State Park
Search for the same direction
Building a team is searching for the same direction ! And believe it or not - on this skies
it is not that easy to underline the same direction !
Equipment: A good believe in searching for the same goal
a basic idea and a lot of good participants !
Shooting results at the private Olympics
Yes ! Once arrived at the stadium of Olympics for overstressed managers we were split into groups - better called teams.
One of the olympic disciplines was shooting with a rifle !
My personal result was not bad at all - i do not remember the distance but i scored some good points - for the team !
Equipment: A rifle - cool temperature and a eye of an hawk - all this at the Polar Circle !
Snowmobiling in Lappi
Off we go - Snowmobiling over the ice - direction stadium of the overstressed and anticure for managers !
Please look at the travelogues ! I didn't have that luck !
Equipment: HONDA engined mobiles ! No because I was stopped on the road to the stadium by engine failure ! So it was certainly not a HONDA engine !!
Golf in the north
The norhest golf course (I think?) you'll find. Golfing in the summer and golfing in the WINTER! YES you heard me, there's also a golf course built every winter on the ice of Kemijoki river - nine holes. Prepare for a cold weather while golfing, you also might find it a bit hard golfing with winter clothes?!
There's a golf range and a nine hole course in Ounasvaara in the summertime.
Check out the website for more insightful info.
Yes those are pretty extreme...
At least for the first timers.
Also sauna can be quite an experience, when had in the wilderness during kaamos. From sauna You can go iceswimming or have a snowbath, cooooollll....
Skiing in Ounasvaara
I don't like skiing much but maybe that's because I have skied all my life! I really recommend to try skiing. Snowboarding is much more fun but it can be too hard with out a teacher if you haven't been in a slope before ;) You should definitely try also downhill skiing and sledding.
Equipment: You don't have to bring anything because you can rent all the gears you need! :)
Get to the "Olympics"
Gliding over the snow - engined by dogs who love to cross over the snow and ice .
Equipment: Warm clothes and trained dogs !