Ranua Zoo – Meeting Unique Animals

If you are animal lovers, it is worth visiting Ranua Zoo when you travel in Rovaniemi.

The zoo situated nearly one-hour drive distance from the city center of Rovaniemi features Arctic animals such as reindeers, moose, arctic fox, polar bear, and so on.

It was not the typical zoo where people can find animals living in small cages quite easily.

As you can see in this picture, you walk on the wooden trails in Ranua zoo and look down fields surrounded by fences. This structure will make yo feel as if you are walking in the forest and observing Lappish wildlife.

Ranua ZooRanua Zoo

Since some animals live in natural large areas with stones, wooden houses and trees, sometimes it can be hard to find them.

Another cool thins I have to mention is that the filed is full of blueberry plants!

Here I want to introduce some animals…


The most impressive animals there were these two white big creatures. They are the only two polar bears in Finland, who know how to entertain the audiences with a ball.

polar bears

It was fun to see those unique animals which can’t be seen in my home country. However, not surprisingly, most of the animals seem to be very relaxed all the time, which seemed to be far from natural wilding states to me.

I have no idea if they still have a strong instinct and sense of danger based on the jungle law.

While taking a walk along the trails, I was wondering if I was an animal, would I prefer living in the peaceful zoo with only a few buddies or surviving and exploring in a do-or-die situation with families or huddles?

Last but not least, if you are chocolate lover, visit this Fazer chocolate shop located just in front of the entrance!


They have a variety of chocolates and candy products for cheaper price than supermarkets, where you can buy for your coffee time or souvenirs.