Free Access to Ranua
Wildlife Park included
3 nights at Ranua Wildlife Park for families
"What a fantastic way to spend the weekend – it’s not often you and the kids can say that you rounded off the week learning about all kinds of Arctic animals, zooming around a Narnia-like landscape on snowmobiles, and bonding with huskies during a session of dogsledding. On top of that, Ranua has a wonderful family environment, with its lovely apartment set-up, so you will feel right at home." Amy Walkington-Gray
Wildlife Weekend at Ranua is part of the "Small & Personal" collection.
3 nights / 4 days itinerary
Arrival & Welcome
Reaching Rovaniemi airport by a direct flight, you will be collected and transferred to the Gulo Gulo Holiday Village, which sits next to the famous Ranua Wildlife Park.
Check into your homely apartment and receive your park tickets, which grant you entry for the duration of your stay. After lunch, you might like to let off some energy in the Gulo Gulo playground – better still, during the winter months, you can have fun in a special playground built of ice and snow!
Dinner will be served in the on-site restaurant, and you can get well-rested before the excitement of the weekend.
Day 2 & 3
Wildlife Park Guided Tour & Snowmobile Safari
Following breakfast, you and the children will be taken on a fascinating tour of the Ranua Wildlife Park. With an expert to show you around, you can learn all there is to know about the Arctic animals that live here.
There are around 50 different species that can be seen, including polar bears, Arctic foxes, wolves, and otters. The enclosures have been built to closely resemble natural habitats, ensuring that the animals feel very much at home. As your ticket allows you unlimited entry to the park for the length of your stay, you can keep coming back to visit your favourites!
Lunch will be at the on-site restaurant. You will then head out for a spectacular snowmobile safari, exploring the surrounding area on a one-hour route. Before setting off two people per vehicle, you will be given a full briefing on how to safely drive the snowmobile. Anyone wishing to drive must be at least 18 years of age and in possession of a full driving licence. Children will have a wonderful time, either zipping along in a sled pulled by the guide’s snowmobile, or sitting on the back of a snowmobile driven by an adult.
Returning to Gulo Gulo, you can have dinner in the restaurant before turning in for the night.
After breakfast, it will be time to try a husky safari, which is definitely one of the most loved activities. Children will immediately warm to the lively huskies, who excitedly greet visitors of all ages. You will learn how to manage a dogsled before zooming away behind your guide’s sled, travelling two adults and one child per sled, with adults swapping the roles of driver and passenger. Your journey will take you through magnificent white spaces and over the tops of frozen lakes. The total route will be five kilometres long, lasting around half an hour in total.
Lunch will be had back at the restaurant. You will then have the afternoon free to enjoy Ranua at your own pace. Why not make the most of your unlimited entry tickets and return to the Wildlife Park? You might just like to let off some energy in the playground before dinner in the restaurant.
With breakfast done, you will be transferred to the airport for your direct flight back home. You will have had a superb weekend – wave farewell to Ranua and its friendly animals, who will be awaiting your return.
Accommodation Details & Price Guide
Gulo Gulo Holiday Village
Located around 4km from the small town of Ranua, the Gulo Gulo Holiday Village takes its name from the Latin word for Wolverine, one of Finland’s rare native animals and is an ideal family base. The wildlife theme continues throughout due to the accommodation’s proximity to the Ranua Wildlife Park which guests have unlimited access to throughout their stay.
The holiday village offers families modern comfortable apartments which are very well equipped.
Ranua Wildlife Park offers a wonderful opportunity to observe the lives of Arctic wild animals in their natural environments. Your ticket entitles you to visit the wildlife park as many times as you wish during your stay, something that our families always love
The simple but convivial restaurant is situated at the wildlife park itself which is just across the road from your accommodation. Here you will enjoy a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering a selection of traditional Finnish foods and international dishes for all the family to enjoy
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the apartments
The superior apartments are beautifully decorated with all modern comforts for families. In total, there are twenty-eight holiday apartments at Gulo Gulo, which are housed within ten semi-detached building backing onto a lovely forest landscape.
The ground floor accommodation comprises of an open-plan living room with flat screen TV, kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is well equipped with stove, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, coffee maker and kettle (you may want to take your own tea and coffee to enjoy in your apartment).
There is one twin bedroom downstairs as well as the bathroom which includes a shower, toilet and drying cabinet for clothes. There is also a private sauna which is a real treat. The accommodation also features a hairdryer and ironing facilities if required.
On the first floor, there is a second twin bedroom as well as an open loft area with two smaller extra beds (suitable for children) as well as a shower and toilet. All linen is of course provided.
The apartments have their own decking area which can come in very handy for viewing the local wildlife or (fingers crossed!) maybe even the Northern Lights.
Winter 2018/19 Dates
Gatwick to Rovaniemi 0550 - 1110
Rovaniemi to Gatwick 1150 - 1330
* These timings apply to all dates
This holiday is for families with adults & children included.
Price on this itinerary are dependent on the current flight prices available. These can change at any time.
Call Reservations to check the up-to-date prices and availability.