Ranua Arctic Zoo
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Ranua Zoo offers the opportunity to observe arctic animals throughout the year, in a authentic environment. Ranua Zoo is open every day of the year, and the changing seasons do bring their own additional dimension to the life in the park.
With its safari services, Ranua Wildlife Park is a service centre providing a wide variety of high-quality other services for the whole family.
The park animals consist of approximately 50 wild animal species and 200 individuals. In the summer, there is also a domestic animal park in the park grounds.
Animals you won't see at other zoos!
Well this is a zoo like no other! My 9 year old loves wild life and when we were staying in Rovaniemi we knew we had to come to this place. It is possible to catch a bus but when we worked out how much the bus would cost, we decided that it made more sense to rent a car for our final day in Rovaneimi, drive to Ranua to see the zoo and then have the car to get us the airport the next day. So we drove the hour or so in a comfortable car and we aren't used to driving in snow but it had snow tyres fitted and the Finnish are so used to having snow that the roads are in excellent condition and so it was all very easy. The zoo itself is very interesting with a wide range of arctic animals that you won't see in many other places. We were especially thrilled to see the Polar Bears who had a large space to move around in and seemed happy.
Unfortunately the day we visited it was a very cold -30c and so we got very cold walking around. It would be a good addition to have some fires and huts to allow you to go inside, warm up and then continue on as the kids did get very cold. As the zoo follows a circuit route, you an't stop half way through to go back to the cafe, you have to keep going. There was one fire we stopped at but it wasn't enough. They were building some buildings which I understand is going to be a second cafe which will be nice halfway through the circuit. There is a wooden walkway throughout the zoo but as it is so snowy, it might be difficult at times. There are also free sleds which the kids can sit in and you can drag them around which is very handy. But because they weren't moving themselves they ended up getting very cold in those and we had to get them to walk instead to warm them up! So I would suggest you bring some blankets and reindeer skins to keep them warm in the sleds.
Overall, really great and worth the trip.
- 3-5 years
- 6-9 years
Pros and Cons
- Activities specifically for kids
- Parenting room/facilities
- Possible to bring your own food
- Room to move and play