Aurora cabins near Rovaniemi to see the Northern Lights

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Apukka Resort is called the Northern lights center of Rovaniemi. It is a full service Lapland resort offering Aurora cabins / Glass igloos and Aurora Wagons, Lapland activities and local food experience.

Apukka is located lakeside with open panorama view. There is limited illumination during the night to be able to see the clear sky. This is one of the best location near Rovaniemi to see the Northern Lights.

Resort offers such Lapland activities as reindeer, husky and snowmobile safaris, Snowtrain programs, Sauna Experience, Aurora camps.

Apukka resort plan

Apukka resort features glass roofed Aurora Cabins, Aurora mobile Wagons, Ice Log Cabins, rooms, apartments and cabins.

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1. Location

North of Finland - Rovaniemi airport (12 km) - Santa Claus Village (9 km) - Rovaniemi city center (16 km).

Apukka Resort is located 15 minutes drive from Rovaniemi and 8 minutes drive from the Santa Claus Village.

By air:
Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily flights. Flight time - 1h20m. Price from 35€ (Norwegian, Finnair).
12 km from Rovaniemi airport. Transfer or taxi are available from/to the airport for an extra fee and needs to be booked in advance. From Rovaniemi airport to Apukka Resort 15-20€/person/one-way (price 2019).

By train:
Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily trains by VR. Duration - 8-12h. Price from 68€ (Finnish railways VR).
Resort is located 16 km from Rovaniemi railway station. Transfers are available from/to the station for an extra fee and needs to be booked in advance. City transfer 20€-30€/one way (price 2019).

Rental car is recommended. The public transport is rare in the area! Car rental companies available in the airport as well as in Rovaniemi city center. Apukka has car rental cooperation partner via: https://www.tujaus.net/tujaushosted/apukka/. All the cars are equipped with winter wheels during snow season.

2. Resort rating

Location: 4.5/5 Near Rovaniemi airport. Lakeside. Rare public transport.
Facilities: 4.5/5 6 saunas, restaurant, reindeer, own safaris and programs.
Comfort level: 4.5/5 Aurora Cabins are fully equipped and comfort.
Style: 4/5 Traditional Finnish holiday resort.
Value for money: 4.3/5 Aurora Cabin price from 312€/night. Rooms with shared facilities from 113€/night.

3. Apukka Aurora accommodation

  • Aurora Cabins
  • Lappish KOMSIO hut
  • Aurora Wagons

Aurora Cabin

Apukka resort glass igloo accommodation
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Glass igloo cabin for 2 + 2 persons. Panorama heated glass roof. 29 m2. Twin bed + sofa bed as an extra bed.

Aurora cabin is designed to see the sky and scenery. Each cabin is equipped with bathroom (shower and toilet), WiFi, electric fireplace, dining area with electric kettle and minibar, hair-dryer. Linen and towels provided.

It is possible to have a private sauna in front of the cabin for an extra charge.

Lappish KOMSIO hut

Apukka resort Lappish KOMSIO accomodation
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Luxury Lappish glass igloo specially designed for Apukka resort. 2 + 2 persons. 2 levels cabin. Heated glass roof above the Queen Bed on the loft. Bed for 2 upstairs + sofa bed as an extra sleeps downstairs.

KOMSIO means a traditional Sámi cradle, where small children were put to sleep like in a safe, warm nest. Igloo is designed with Lapland ancient culture traditions.

Private bathroom with shower and toilet. WiFi, electric fireplace, dining area with electric kettle and minibar, hair dryer. Linen and towels provided.

Aurora Wagon

Apukka resort wagon accomodation
Apukka resort Aurora wagon
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Apukka resort Aurora wagon

2 persons mobile pod. 8 m2. 1 Double Bed.

Aurora Wagon is a comfortable warm carriage equipped with glass roof and heating, fridge and bathroom. It can be moved into the forest. Aurora Wagons are specially designed pods for wilderness trips. Exclusively available at Apukka resort!


4. Other Apukka accommodation

  • Apartments
  • Holiday Homes
  • Twin rooms
  • Ice Cabins

The Apukka Resort can accommodate 150 guests in total. There are private rooms with shared facilities, apartments, holiday homes and ice cabins available.


Apukka resort apartments

Rooms from 2 up to 7 persons. Apartment sizes 55-75m². Some apartments have lake view. Each apartment has own dinner area and a well equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV and wireless internet (WiFi).

Holiday Homes

1-3 bed-room holiday homes for up to 7 persons. Sizes vary from 30-90 m². Each home has own entrance, a flat-screen TV and wireless internet (WiFi). Fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower. Housekeeping is available for extra fee during the stay in this accommodation type.

Twin rooms

Twin rooms sizes vary from 13-25 m². Some rooms have own kitchenettes and private bathrooms. Others have access to shared fully equipped kitchen and shared bathrooms. All rooms have a flat-screen TV and wireless internet (WiFi). Check the facilities when making a reservation.

Ice Cabins

Apukka resort ice cabin accomodation
Apukka resort ice cabin
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Apukka resort ice cabin

2 persons. 1 double bed.
Cabins are built from logs that are 100% pure ice.
Inside the cabin the temperature stays steady between 0 and -5 C. The night in the Ice Cabin includes guidance and tips for the experience, warm drinks, thick thermal sleeping bags designed for Arctic conditions, reindeer hides, breakfast in the main building and warm reserve dorm-type accommodation with kitchen and WC.
Just a single night reservation recommended in the Ice Cabin as an experience. You can try other accommodation alternatives for the rest of your stay: the aurora cabin, aurora wagon or our comfortable rooms.

Apukka resort reception

Room service is available if asked as an extra service. All the accommodations are within easy walking distance from parking zones and reception. Please ask our staff if you need help with luggages.


5. Accommodation price

Aurora Cabin price in 2019 is from 312€/night depending the season.

Room price in 2019 is from 93€/night depending the season.
Apartment price in 2019 is from 168€/night depending the season.
Holiday home price in 2019 is from 137€/night depending the season.

Every accommodation type price includes:
* Breakfast
* Towels, linen
* Cleaning after check-out (every day cleaning service only by request).

6. Good to know

Check-in time & Transfer

Check-in time 16:00 - 22:30.
Check-out time 07:00 - 12:00.
Late arrival: inform in advance. Otherwise late check-in is not guaranteed.

There is rare public transport between Rovaniemi and Apukka resort. Taxi service available or hotel arranges transfer upon request.


Aitta restaurant on-site serves Nordic cuisine. Daily continental breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet style.
Breakfast 8.00–10.30
Lunch 12.00-14.30
Dinner 18.00–20.30
Check the exact opening time with the staff. Changes may apply.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights can be seen from mid-August to the end of April in a dark time.

There is not much light pollution nearby Apukka Resort. Location of the place is next to a big lake with open panorama view.

The Northern Lights are not guaranteed as it is a natural phenomena and it always depends on the current weather.

Apukka Resort uses the Northern Lights Alert service which alerts in real time when the northern lights are really visible! You can select Northern Lights Alert as an add-on service when you are booking accommodation. Get your login key from reception when you arrive at Apukka Resort. Find app in www.nlalert.fi.


Typical daytime temperatures in the winter:
December: -20 to -10 degrees Celsius
January: -30 to -15 degrees Celsius
February: -20 to -15 degrees Celsius
March: -15 to -5 degrees Celsius

Recommended warm winter clothing: thermal under-layer, warm mid-layer, winter jacket, trousers and winter boots. Hat, gloves and scarf are essential.

7. Apukka activities



Available between December – first week of April.
Duration: 4 hours.
Includes: winter clothing, car transfers, 500m husky safari, husky petting, 500m reindeer safari, lunch, guiding, snow fun or ice sculpting, mini skidoo for kids, sliding with toboggans, snowshoeing.

Price 2019: 139€ / adult; 79€ /child (aged 4–14)*.
* Notice: content of the program can be changed or cancelled due to weather conditions. Price is given as an estimation. Check the valid price.

Apukka Fun Day is suitable for families and for everyone who wants to try all Lapland experiences in a short time. at the Arctic Circle!


Duration: 1,5 hours.
Includes: ice sauna and traditional saunas, towels, seat cover, bathrobe, shower.

Price 2019: 170€ / 1-2 persons; Extra persons + 15 eur / person*.
* Notice: content of the program can be changed or cancelled due to weather conditions. Price is given as an estimation. Check the valid price.

Try the most traditional different Finnish sauna types and the Ice Sauna with the guidance of the sauna host. Dip yourself in the deep snow in between the sauna sessions.


Available between December – first week of April.
Duration: 3 hours. Departure: 21.00.
Includes: transfers, winter clothing, guiding, sausage & hot juice.

Price 2019: 95€ / adult; 49€ /child (aged 4–14)*.
* Notice: content of the program can be changed or cancelled due to weather conditions. Price is given as an estimation. Check the valid price.

Evening ride in a warm carriage with transparent roof. It heads out in the wilderness, far from artificial lights, looking for the Northern Lights. Aurora expert helps with camera settings to best capture the Northern Lights. This excursion is completely focused on the Northern Lights, but you also get to experience the beauty of the pure, snowy forest, darkness, quietness and bonfire. As the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, nobody can give a 100% guarantee to see them.


Available between December – first week of April.
Duration: 2 hours.
Includes: winter clothing, car transfers, hot drink, guiding, husky petting, 7-10 km husky ride.

Price 2019: 117€ / adult; 54€ /child (aged 4–14)*.
* Notice: content of the program can be changed or cancelled due to weather conditions. Price is given as an estimation. Check the valid price.

Meet the huskies of Apukka and try an hour-long safari! You can pet huskies, pose on photos with them and listen to stories about the lives of the huskies. The highlight of the day is the 7–10 km long safari, where you get to be the musher yourself, in other words control the pack of huskies towing the sled.


Available between December – first week of April.
Duration: 3 hours. Departure: 21.00
Includes: winter clothing, car transfers, hot drink, sausage, snowmobile driving lesson, snowmobile ride.

Price 2019: 119€-164€ / adult*.
* Notice: content of the program can be changed or cancelled due to weather conditions. Price is given as an estimation. Check the valid price.

Chase the Auroras on snowmobiles! Apukka is the prime location for the Northern Lights. Group drives out to a suitable location, and makes a fire to brew some pot coffee and to keep us warm. The guide will explain about the science and myths behind the auroras by the bonfire. Please note: The driver of the snowmobile must be at least 18 years of age and in possession of a valid driver license in EU/Finland. This tour is suitable for adults only.

8. What's around Apukka resort

  • Santa Claus village (9 km)
  • Moomin Snowcastle Finland (9 km)
  • Santa Park (11 km)
  • Arktikum Science Centre (15 km)
  • Science Center Pilke (15 km)
  • Ounasvaara Ski Resort (16 km)
  • Santa Claus Secret Forest Joulukka (28 km)

Apukka Resort suits for Lapland gateway and all-inclusive Lapland holidays. Activities can be tried in one place and the most popular Lapland landmarks are located within 10-15 km from the resort.

Santa Claus village

Santa Claus office

Santa office open every day, both winter and summer. Entrance and meeting with Santa - free of charge. No advance reservation needed.

Using of own cameras while meeting Santa is prohibited; professional photos and videos available for a fee. Price in 2019 is from 30€ up to 40-45€ for 6 high resolution photos and a video clip you meeting Santa. No obligation to purchase anything however.

Moomin Snowcastle

A huge Snow castle right in Santa Claus Village with residents of the Moominvalley. There are Moomin ice sculptures gallery - Moominmamma, Moominpappa and their friends - as five-meter snow and ice sculptures. 50-meter long slide, snow labyrinth, Moominvalley magic forest, fun zone with interactive wall, ice bar and souvenir shop.

Open every day from 9 to 19 throughout the winter season.
Price for 2019: 30€/adult; 18€/children (4–11 years old, 0-3 years old free of charge). All tickets are valid for one day.

Santa Park

Visiting SantaPark is a must-do activity for families with kids! This is an indoor Christmas theme park voted the top Christmas destination in the world. Plan a visit for at least 2-3 hours (usually kids want to stay there for a longer time).

There are Arctic Circle, Ice gallery and Ice bar, Angry birds activity park, gingerbread bakery, Elf workshop, Santa Claus office with real Santa, Magic train, Post office and Elf Show performances.

Open: Winter season - mid November - mid January. Summer season - end of June - mid August. Check our exact opening dates and hours from the SantaPark homepage.
Tickets are valid for 2 consecutive days. Price Christmas season 2018-2019: 34€/adult, 28€/child (3-12 y). Check our current prices from the SantaPark homepage.

Santa Claus Secret Forest Joulukka

Luxury and authentic Santa experience. Santa Claus Secret Forest is an exclusive destination where you can experience the magic of Christmas either privately or in small groups.

There are few weekly programs available: Dream of Joulukka, Gingerbread secret of Santa Claus, Search for the Northern Lights with Santa Claus. Prices are from 129-179€/adult; 103-139€/child (2-12 years old); free for children under 2 years old (* prices valid for winter 2019). Also exclusive private programs and meeting with Santa available.

Located 20km from Rovaniemi city center. Open by request all-year-round.
Santa Claus Secret Forest is a private destination located on private grounds, and is therefore only accessible if you have made a booking in advance.

Northern Lights flights

In case you come to Lapland from other side of the Earth to see the Northern Lights but clouds are blocking the sky - there is 1 solution. Check Northern Lights flights offered by Wild Nordic Finland (www.northernlightsflight.com).

Daily departures from Rovaniemi airport between December and March.
Pick you and return transfer to the airport. The air-plane is Piper PA-31 instrumental flight equipped with an anti-icing system and carries 7 passengers.
Flight time is around 1 hour, including take-off and landing preparations.
Price: 399€/person* (* price is valid in 2019). Minimum 2 person per booking.

9. Suggested itinerary


Helsinki Tuomaan Markkinat Arrival to Helsinki.
1 day in Helsinki.
Hotels in Helsinki for layover.


Morning flight to Rovaniemi.
Visiting Santa Claus village.
Arrival to Apukka and Check in.
Arctic Sauna experience.


Apukka fun day.
Evening Northern Lights safari with snowmobiles.


Visiting Rovaniemi / Arcticum museum.
Ranua Zoo Visit (95 km).
Snowshoeing or cross country skiing or downhill skiing.


Snowmobile Fair 2019

Sat-Sun 2.-3.11. Snowmobile Fair 2019. Lappi Areena.

Date: 2 November 2019 - 3 November 2019
Address: Lappi Areena., 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season 2019. Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle

Sun 10.11. at 16 The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season 2019. Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle.

The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season is an annual and traditional, merry event that starts the Christmas season in Rovaniemi. The event begins at 4 pm at the central square of Santa Claus Village. In Rovaniemi, Christmas is every day, but the opening ceremony reminds us of the Christmas’ message of goodwill, sharing and caring – all of the three main characters that Santa Claus stands for. To cherish the event’s message, the elves and local artists put on a festive concert that culminates in Santa Claus’ speech – what he got in store for us this year?

Grand Opening brings together Rovaniemi citizens and tourists to celebrate all things Christmas. It’s known for being a warm-hearted and welcoming event, that’s also a reason to visiting Rovaniemi for many. The evening is rounded off with dancing to Christmassy disco tunes.

The event is free of charge. The celebration is organized by Visit Rovaniemi.

Date: 10 November 2019
Address: Santa Claus Village, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
Santa is on his way, Santa Claus Village.

Mon 23.12.2019 at 19.00 Santa is on his way, Santa Claus Village.

Santa starts his annual mission from Santa Claus Village, where the elves put on a festive show to send him off and wish him the best of luck on his adventure. Right before hopping in his reindeer-pulled sleigh, Santa Claus gives a speech and sends Christmas cheer to the people of the world.

Date: 23 December 2019
Address: Santa Claus Village, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
New Year Party in Arctic SnowHotel by Safartica

Tue 31.12. at 22 New Year Party in Arctic SnowHotel by Safartica

The evening includes many fun activities and surprises for all ages, such as snow disco, ice bar, mini snowmobiles for children, elf school, the Shaman telling your fortune and of course visiting the spectacular hotel made of snow and decorated with beautiful ice sculptures. The highlight of the evening are naturally the spectacular fireworks!

Date: 31 December 2019
Address: SnowHotel, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
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