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Ranua Zoo, Ranua

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#2 of 12 in Zoos & Aquariums in Finland
Visit Ranua Zoo to see Finland's only polar bears in captivity near the Arctic Circle. The zoo is small because few species can live comfortably in the harsh environment. About 200 arctic animals call the zoo home, including lynx and wolves, and watching them play in the snow is a unique experience. The attraction is open year-round, even when the sun only appears for a couple of hours each day, and in the winter you can take a night safari through the habitats. Book a Ranua Wildlife Safari tour with a local guide to walk you through the habitats and to give you a chance to witness the animals feeding. Water-resistant winter clothing, lunch, a snowmobile ride, and transport to and from your hotel are all included in the safari package. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ranua Zoo by using our Ranua planner .
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  • A truly enjoyable experience. Together with our teenager children, we drove for 50 minutes from Rovaniemi. Weather was perfect - sunny but not too hot so animals were visible. Highlights were the pola...  more »
  • This one is for the families.....I wouldn't take young kids.....10 and over is better. Lots of walking and the weather at Christmas is cooooold! Minus 28 when we were there. We loved the polar bear ex...  more »
  • very nice zoo, animals are living quietly, i've done the "meeting with arctic foxes " and loved it. Staff is very friendly and the animal keeper who guide us was passionate by his job. so if you're in...  more »
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  • You could easily spend a whole day at Ranua Zoo, so much to see! For children there are also plenty of other activities in addition to see and learn about the animal. The place seems very child friendly overall. It is very easy to get around in the park as wooden pathways and platforms have been built pretty much everywhere. A minor complaint for the navigation in the park, while you get a map, it's easy to lose your way. There is an app you can download that helps with this, but it is paid, 2.99€ at the time of writing this. Something I would also have liked to see is some details on the inhabitants; what are their names, how old are they etc. There was some backstory available for some animals, but would have liked to see more.
  • Was here in winter and snowing. Took me about 2 hours to complete the route. Most animals are hibernating or the place is too big to even 'locate' them which big is a good thing afterall for animals. Love the polar bears and happy to see that they can enjoy a what seemed like natural habitat.
  • A fair amount of animals that are easily seen along the walking route. There's plenty of information about the animals and even an mobile app guide. Food, refreshments, souvenirs and toys etc. also available. A nice 'adventure trail' playground for children. Our family easily spent three hours here and could have stayed even longer.
  • Nice experience for a finnish family, nothing disappointing, nothing surprising. Nice to have a buffet dinner after a walk in the zoo. Polar bears were obviously the best!!
  • Despite it raining all the time, I still saw most of the animals. The place is nicely kept and well maintained,routes are marked and it's easy to find your way. Would recommend the place

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