Due to its location near the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi has a subarctic climate with short, pleasant summers, while the winters are long, cold and snowy. Winters are somewhat modified by marine air from the North Atlantic Current that ensures average temperatures are less extreme than expected for an inland area at such a northerly latitude. Snow stays on the ground 175 days a year on average. December averages just -6°C of sunshine daily. Despite the fact that Rovaniemi experiences polar day between 7 June and 6 July it does not experience polar night. However, the sun barely gets above the horizon in the winter.
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The Northern Lights are visible on around 150 nights a year in Finnish Lapland. In Rovaniemi, the spellbinding astral show can be witnessed in and around the city. The Northern Lights season spans from mid-August until early April. Contrary to popular belief, the best times for spotting the Auroras are at the beginning of August and the end of March. The Northern Lights commonly appear between 10 PM and 2 AM, but can at times be seen as soon as 7 PM. A show might last from only a couple of minutes to several hours. For a more thorough Aurora experience, there are plenty of ways to hunt the Aurora, such as on snowmobiles, husky sleds, snowshoes, and in reindeer sleighs.
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Frequently asked questions:
How can I book a safari from you?
You can find all our safaris from “ACTIVITIES”. By choosing the safari which you like to participate, you could get into our on-line booking system. You also can book our safari by sending email to us (email@example.com), or filling and sending the contact form (send us your request) which is in our web-site, or booking directly in our safari office (Koskikatu 14-16, Kalotinlinna, 96200,Rovaniemi).
What does the price of safari include?
The price includes all described activities, services, equipment, thermal clothing, guiding and return transfer from hotels in Rovaniemi.
How can I pay?
When you book a safari from us, we will send you a invoice or a prepayment link which accept online credit card payment through our reservation system. You can also visit our safari shop which just locates in city center and pay the safari with credit or debit cards or cash.
What if I have to cancel the booking?
If the cancellation be made more than 15 days earlier than safari start, 100% of the whole price will be refunded. If the cancellation be made 4-14 days earlier than safari start, 50% of the whole price will be refunded. If the cancellation be made 0-3 days earlier than safari start, no refunded. N.B.Some of our programs subcontractors have more strict terms of cancellation. In this case, we follow their terms. About illness cancellation, we will refund 80% of the whole price. A medical certificate have to be show to us within two working days from the cancellation date. All cancellations to be received by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) within the office hours in Finland (Mon-Fri at 9-17, GMT +2).
What if an accident happened during snowmobile safari?
When driving a snowmobile and accident happened, driver is responsible for paying the liability maximum 900 Euros immediately. The value of the damage will be evaluated by guide on the spot. If the snowmobile was hired from another company the liability might be higher depending on the insurance of the snowmobile what they have. Sunny Safari’s insurance will provide local medical care if the care is needed when an accident happened during snowmobile safari.
Can pregnant women participate any kind of snowmobile safari?
No. Pregnant women should not use snowmobile or be on sledge pulled by snowmobile. And pregnancy must be informed to Sunny Safari in advance.
Do I need a license for driving snowmobile?
In official track you need to have a driving license that is effective in Finland. Car or motorbike license is usually valid for driving snowmobile. We might arrange a safari on private tracks where you don’t need a driving license. In that case, you have to inform us in advance enough.
Could my children drive snowmobile? If not, how do the child travel on snowmobile safaris?
Only order than 15 years old can drive snowmobile, and under 18 years old driver need parent’s written permission before driving. The child can travel in the sledge pulled by the guide’s snowmobile.
Do your company has an insurance on safari?
All snowmobiles are insured with Motor Insurance Act. It means that the insurance will cover all the treatment costs incurred from injuries by the drive and passengers. Sunny Safari doesn’t have responsible for any personal or material damages that occur during other safaris. For example, husky safaris, reindeer safaris or other safaris. That’s why we always recommend you to have a travel insurance.
For what time of a year I can book a safari which involve snow?
It depends on weather condition. Usually, from November to April of next year.