Ranua Zoo
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sue K
    Gretna, United Kingdom141 contributions
    No tigers!
    Lovely zoo, great space for the animals ranging from polecats to polar bear! The birds of prey were pretty amazing. Took a good 3 hours to really appreciate all the residents. Only one thing - follow the signs to the tiger park - it's a kids playground lol, searching for non-existent tigers apparently happens quite often
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 14, 2023
  • julia m
    Doncaster, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Worth a visit
    An enjoyable visit. The park consists of well cleared walkways that wind around the different animal enclosures. We saw almost all of the artic animals, polar bear, brown bear, wolves, reindeer to name a few and their enclosures are large and the animals have space to roam around in them. It took about 3 hours to walk around and there is cafe and a small shop after this. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2023
  • Boyd J
    Maleny, Australia1,682 contributions
    Excellent Zoo Experience
    All up we had about 2 hours walking the three kilometre circuit, on our way from Rovaniemi to Ivalo. I could easily have spent double that time looking at the unique Arctic birdlife and animal life on display. There are about 50 different species living in their natural habitat with enclosures quite large to try to replicate their wild habitat. This meant that we didn’t see some animals like the lynx and the brown bear was quite distant, but we did get a good look at the collection of owls, polar bear, wolves, arctic foxes, moose and musk ox. Excellent!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Richard M
    Phoenix, Arizona457 contributions
    Find the Polar Bear
    This zoo is exceptionally well thought out and constructed. The animal enclosures are just that: enclosures—not small pens or cages. The walkways are above ground and easy to get around. Because the enclosures are so large, it is a challenge to find the animal. In the case of Polar Bears, we could not find them. They were hiding.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Rob R
    Byford, Australia130 contributions
    Great Arctic zoo
    We drove put for the day from Rovaniemi, was an awesome drive along snow lined roads but there were some expensive bus day tours available. The online booking saved money for us on entry as did driving ourselves. Unfortunately the bears were resting, probably due to there being ice, snow, fog and a minus 2 temperature for the day. Coming from a warm, southern hemisphere country this was a great chance to see Arctic animals in their frozen environment. Was well worth the trip and hopefully you see the bears.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Paul C
    London, United Kingdom47 contributions
    Worth a vist while in Lapland
    Well run Zoo, route was easy to follow with plenty to see. Apart from the Polar bears we got to see all the other animals, worth the hour bus ride from Rovaniemi, restaurant on site, takes about 2-3 hours so plan your journey based on that. No need for an expensive tour, bus from town does not stop anywhere else so us quick and through lovely landscape.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • 4x4 Australia
    Coffs Harbour, Australia150 contributions
    Great day out.
    Had an amazing day walking around the Zoo… I really liked its planned out into a loop and not retracing tracks… It was -19 so alot of the animals were tucked away.. but we got to see the main ones. If you go here you have to accept your not going to see all the animals .. I thought it was reasonably priced.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 14, 2024
  • Katie
    Bebington, United Kingdom8 contributions
    Fun few hours!
    We had a fun 2-3 hours at this Zoo. A lot of the animals could not be seen as they were hibernating, but it is a great Zoo to see some rare arctic animals you wouldn't find in your home country. The zoo is relatively small but is really fun if you are looking for something extra. The Wolves and the Lynx were our favourites.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 15, 2024
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KeenTraveller12372
Sydney, Australia545 contributions
Dec 2019
I rate the Ranua Wildlife Zoo as average because it is a zoo.I am not a zoo person would rather see the animals in their own environment.
I will say though that the animals,birds,mammals etc are housed in rather large enclosures although why was the otter not in water? instead it was being displayed in a glass cabinet and in fact appeared to be having convulsions
The polar bear was pacing back and forward to the fence that separated it from the female in fact it was quite agitated and at that point I found the exit and a quiet spot to sit and wait for bus departure
Two wolves and again running back and forwards I was not happy to see this
The birds mostly owls where quite subdued but then they are night birds I suppose
On the upside there is an icebar and one can purchase alcohol or hot chocolate
Opposite the icebar is a fire with seats where in winter one can warm oneself and then continue on your way or as I did eat my lunch
The scenery within the zoo is amazing especially in December when there is snow and as the sun rose the glistening in the trees
Because of the snow one must walk carefully or you will fall I had icecleats on my boots and they do grip better than just the sole of your boot
The drive to the zoo is amazing as one watches the sun rise in fact the only day that I saw the sun and had not just risen than it started to set so magical.
As usual a very overpriced gift shop and overpriced food so I suggest as I did that you take your own food and hot beverage
I would never suggest that no one visits this zoo as being the northernmost zoo in the world that is a feat in itself but I do feel the animals deserve a better life
Written January 4, 2020
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MrsMasalin
Lahti, Finland163 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
A nice finnish experience, but in the middle of the winter wirh snow, there is not too much to see. Some of the animals are moved indoors for winter, bears and foxea are sleeping their winter sleep. Everyhting is covered with snow, not all the animals are easy to spot. Childrens playgrounds are not very convinient outside fully covered with now. Kiosk closed for the winter. I would recommend to go diring summertime or reduce the price for winter if there is nothing extra organized.
Written October 26, 2021
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amylimTA
Singapore, Singapore627 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
It was snowing heavily when we visited, so we didn't manage to see all the animals in the zoo. However we did get to see some unique ones such as the cute little arctic fox and the all-white snowy owl. The animals we saw all looked well-cared for. A nice place to get in touch with nature's creatures.
Written February 27, 2020
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Kristiina Q
Kotka, Finland55 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This zoo offers a nice opportunity to see arctic animals which are well taken care. Area is clean. Only downside is the restaurant which seemed to serve school lunch type of buffet. Can be good though. We didn’t stay once we took a glance of it.
Written February 3, 2020
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Davethetraveller47
London, UK477 contributions
Feb 2020
This zoo displays wildlife that can be found in Finland but has the addition of Polar Bears. Went here twice whilst staying at Gulo Gulo Holiday Village accommodation. Nice to walk around with animals easily viewable.
Written February 29, 2020
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j1952210
Norwich, UK10 contributions
Jan 2020
The walk round the zoo is grand a rolling path, the wildlife on view is adorable.
Food served is good quality and delicious. Try a glass of homemade beer.
Shops are reasonably priced. Check out the wines.
Written February 6, 2020
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Zuzana M
2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We went to the Zoo during warmer winter days so we were lucky to spot almost all animals. The park is home to ice bear, artic fox, lynx, wolf, owls, Pallas cat, reindeer and many more.
You can get to the Zoo by bus from Rovaniemi in less than a hour. There is also Fazer chocolate store in the entrance area. I would recommend you to go in less popular days of week. We went on Saturday and it was quite crowded.
Written January 7, 2023
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emmanuelt153
Island of Malta, Malta272 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Wild life animals , Birds and spectacular views and scenery. Nice walk through the passages in the Zoo. Perfect for photos. Recommend for all the family. If visiting in winter important to have proper clothing as temperature may go really down.
Written February 12, 2022
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Paul C
London, UK47 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Well run Zoo, route was easy to follow with plenty to see. Apart from the Polar bears we got to see all the other animals, worth the hour bus ride from Rovaniemi, restaurant on site, takes about 2-3 hours so plan your journey based on that. No need for an expensive tour, bus from town does not stop anywhere else so us quick and through lovely landscape.
Written December 1, 2023
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guilherme_franco
Sp35 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
I suppose animals are much less active in the winter, but the way they were today the zoo should not take visitors, some closed enclosures, some animals hibernating, and other you just can’t find, probably hiding in their caves. We almost just saw the owls, you just walk a lot for nothing. And the food is at least cheap because it’s terrible.
Written December 20, 2022
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