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Winter hiking in Vikaköngäs - Rovaniemi

Updated: Apr 15

We are at the beginning of February, the perfect winter season to go on a hike! The days are long enough and the sky is generally clear.

For several days we have been lucky to have great sun in Rovaniemi. So I took advantage of this pleasant weather to go hiking with Claudia, an intern at Visit Lapland. The temperature was -8 ° C, which on a clear sky is exceptional, temperatures can be -20 ° C in February.

The start of the hike is approximately 20 minutes by car from Rovaniemi city center. Vikaköngäs is a very popular place! The place is known for its torrential river which never freezes in winter. It is also a place where it is possible to observe the Northern Lights when night has fallen.

The hike begins at the famous river overlooked by its bridge:

We continued in the forest near the river for about 2km, before arriving at an observation point on the heights. Despite a few times when we got into the snow, the path was quite passable with good, warm, waterproof shoes. Walking in the snow remains physical! At the end of these 2km in the snow, we were able to enjoy this magical view:

The hike continues for 1.6 km to make a loop and return to the starting point. Unfortunately the rest of the hike was impractical without snowshoes or cross-country skis. We sank to the thighs! Backtracking, we weren't ready for another kilometer in 1 meter of snow ...

I recommend this hike if you want to enjoy the landscapes of Lapland without going on an expedition. It is a hike that could be quite practicable with older children.

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