At the Ranua Wildlife Park you can see polar bears, as well as 50 different other arctic animal species in the midst of northern woods. Ranua offers accommodation and a variety of program services for an adventuresome holiday trip in the heart of true Lappish wilderness.
In the winter, feeding shows are arranged during school holidays. Feeding shows bring an interesting addition to your Park visit. While animals being fed come to the feeding place, you can observe the characteristics of the species in question as well as see the personal differences between the individuals. During the feeding show the animal attendant answers your possible questions; it may even happen that some lucky one gets a chance to feed an animal, under the supervision of the animal attendant. The feeding shows are included with the Wildlife Park entrance ticket.
Feeding shows daily between 16th February to 3rd March (winter holidays) and 19th to 22nd April (Easter)
Wild boars, polar bears and other carnivores at 12.30
Common otter at 14.00
Short snowmobile safaris are available daily between 15.11.–15.4. The safari starts at the Safari House where the participants are equipped with appropriate gear, including a helmet. Prior snowmobiling experience is not necessary, but a driver’s license is required for all desiring to ride a snowmobile.
Snowmobile safari in the wilderness, (30 min) Safari House
15.11.–15.4., from 10:00 – 16:00. Inquiries and reservations: tel. +358 40 556 3555 or email@example.com.
On the mini-snowmobile track right at the main entrance of the Wildlife Park, children can try their skills riding a mini-snowmobile in the winter. Before venturing on the track, the little snowmobilers are equipped with appropriate snowmobile-gear, and only two are allowed on the track at the same time. Thus we ensure that riding the snowmobile -experience is both fun and safe.
Mini-snowmobile track is open 25.12.–10.1., from 11.00–15.00. Price 10,00 €.
Other times are available on advance booking only. Inquiries and reservations: tel. +358 40 556 3555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arctic Fox Igloos offer a luxurious accommodation experience in well-equipped glass igloos. The igloos are located on the naturally beautiful, peaceful shores of the lake Ranuanjärvi, far from disturbing city light pollutions. Each igloo offers an unobstructed view to the far-reaching open lake, and the northern skies, where the Northern Lights usually appear. In addition to a glass-walled bedroom, each Igloo is also equipped with a kitchenette, bathroom and even a private sauna.
You can admire these wonders of northern nature comfortably from your bed, and the surrounding wilderness areas offer our visitors opportunities for nature adventures year-round. In the winter you can arrive to the Igloos driving a snowmobile or combine a husky or reindeer safari to your stay, in the summer spend the night fishing as the sun never sets down, and in the autumn, take amazing pictures of the Northern Lights reflecting from the surface of the lake.
Find out more and book your stay at arcticfoxigloos.com
At Ranua Wildlife Park you have an opportunity to experience environmental art year-round. Seven Steps to Save the Ocean, by artist / architect Maija Kovari, is an interactive artwork encouraging the audience to do small everyday acts to fight climate change. The work is located in the middle of the park on a tor that used to be an ancient sea shore, thousands of years ago. The audience can walk through the artwork along a wooden walking bridge. Seven Steps to Save the Ocean changes with the seasons. It is a different experience in the summer and in the winter when the snow covers the ground.
Trained both as an architect and visual artist, Maija Kovari works in the fields of urban planning and contemporary art. As an architect she concentrates in planning and urban design. The guiding light of Seven Steps to Save the Ocean is the thought of choice. Over despair and apathy, one can choose hope, and in one’s everyday actions make choices that have a positive impact on future generations.
More about the artwork and the artist
The Pallas’ Cat (manul), arrived to the Ranua Wildlife Park in June, has finally gotten its favourite name. Over 4 861 name suggestions arrived for the competition.
As expected, the most favourite name suggestion was Manu. The name was proposed 536 times, most obviously in honour of the former president of Finland, Mauno Koivisto, as Manu, was his nick-name.
The manul’s outer appearance, with its long, dense fur, inspired many a person suggesting names. The most favourite were Örmy, Mörri, Yrmy, Rölli and Mörkö.
Finally, the name selected for the Pallas’ cat, was Mortti, as, according to the animal attendants, the name describes awfully well the male cat -like character of the manul. The requirements for the name were that it would be short and pithy, starting with the letter m. The name Mortti was suggested 5 times, and therefore, we cast lots for the main prize. Taru Kivinen from Pori won the main prize. Taru Kivinen, with her family, will have the chance to come and stay overnight at the new Arctic Fox glass-igloos at the Ranua Wildlife Park, at the same time, also visiting the park and seeing the daily life of the polar bear family. Other people suggesting the winner name will be remembered with family gift-cards of the Wildlife Park.
In honour of the new name, Mortti-manul will offer Sisu -polar bear chocolates for the first one hundred visitors at the Ranua Wildlife Park on Saturday.
Gulo Gulo has holiday apartments in semi-detached houses. Each apartment is stylishly furnished, with a fireplace, sauna and kitchen with all modern conveniences, and of course a terrace with a forest view. The two apartments in any villa can be combined to form a single holiday accommodation that sleeps 12. In the grounds there is a lean-to where guests can sit by an open fire and listen to the sounds of animals.
Nearby RanuaZoo offers unforgettable experiences such as encountering a polar bear in the morning before opening hours. Guests of the Holiday Village are granted access to the Wildlife Park for a single fee for the duration of their stay. Husky rides, reindeer rides, snowshoe treks and snowmobiles are available in the Holiday Village itself.
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Wildlife Safaris provides interesting short treks to the Ranua Wildlife Park as well as safaris to the wilderness of Ranua, Rovaniemi, Kuusamo and Syöte every season. You can combine our programs with a stay at the Holiday Village Gulo Gulo.
We also organize transfers from the Rovaniemi airport, if required. You find us at the versatile quality service centre Safari House on the Wildlife Park premises.
Inquiries and reservations:
Tel. +358 40 5563 555
97700 Ranua, Finland
As their habitat cranes prefer wide-open swamp and wetland areas. They feed on green plants, roots and sprouts, insects and molluscs and frogs and berries. Cranes are found all over Finland, except the northernmost mountain areas of Lapland. A crane couple commits to a lifetime partnership, and returns to the same nesting area year after year. As their natural habitat has decreased due to the draining of swamps, cranes breed also on farm fields, gathering there especially during migration.
Before the fall migration, cranes gather into flocks of hundreds, even thousands of individuals. They often gather on large cultivated pastures, like the Söderfjärd field south of the city of Vaasa. During the day they feed on crops on the fields, storing nutrition for the migration. If the farmers have not threshed their corn, cranes may cause some damage treading the ground, and soiling it with their excrement. At night-time cranes move out to the islets on the nearby sea, where they are safe from predators.
You don’t have to get back on your home-trip hungry, tired or without gifts to bring home to; at the Ranua Wildlife Park complex you have a diversity of services and plenty to do during your stay.