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Rovaniemi Travel Guide

Welcome to the hometown of Santa Claus. Rovaniemi is an adventure destination gathering a lot of exciting experiences. Here you find topics and themes we hope an inspire and prepare you for travel experiences.

There are many reasons to visit Rovaniemi. First, it is the biggest city in Finnish Lapland with a population of 60.000 inhabitants and here you can discover Lappish culture and traditions and several wild activities.


The Santa Claus Village is a top attraction 

The Santa Claus Village is the top attraction here. Discover all about Santa through entertainment and adventures. Why not stay in one of the Arctic Santa Claus accommodations here too.


Get to know the Arctic Rovaniemi

In an Arktikum exhibition, you will find much more information about what's going on in the evolving Arctic region. The Arktikum Museum presents and provides information about Arctic issues and tells stories about Lapland. The Arktikum is a 10-minute walk from the centre.


Northern Light adventures

The seasonally Northern Light is a big attraction here, and Rovaniemi has some perfect spots to explore it. Local tour operators organise special Northern Light adventure tours, where you can get an unforgettable experience. 


Discover nature through activities

Rovaniemi offers all kind of activities and adventures from snowmobiling, ice fishing, skiing, husky tours, etc.. This is the perfect way to experience and get close to the pure raw nature here.


Accommodation

Every year from November until March, ice sculpture designers construct an Arctic Snow Hotel. This spectacular accommodation attracts many tourists from all over the world.


Delicious local food

Lappish food tastes delicious both in fine dining restaurants and by a campfire out in the wilderness. For culinary excursions into the local world of flavours, try the seasonal Lappi á la carte and Rovaniemi menus in the various restaurants around town.

Some history

Rovaniemi traces its history back over 8,000 years and was earlier a trading centre for hunters and tradesmen. The German soldiers began a systematic destruction of the town in October 1944 also the old Church. 25,000 people were evacuated from Rovaniemi to Swedish Lapland and south to Finland´s Ostrobothnia province and 90% of Rovaniemi´s buildings were destroyed.


Transport to Rovaniemi

It is easy to find excellent flight connections from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, so within a short time, you can be in the natural element, where you will forget about the busy life, annoying noise and agreements.

Then company TUI has flight connection to Rovaniemi and also connections to Kuusamo, Kittila, Ivalo airport in Finnish Lapland.

What to See and Do

The Santa Claus Village

The Santa Claus Village

You will find one of Finland`s largest tourist culture attractions in Rovaniemi in at the Arctic Circle in Lapland.

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Rauna Wildlife Park

Rauna Wildlife Park

In Ranua Wildlife Park you can experience arctic animals througout the year.

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The Arctic Circle Borderline

The Arctic Circle Borderline

Rovaniemi is the epitome of an Arctic holiday destination.

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Santa Claus Experiences

Meet the real Santa Claus

Meet the real Santa Claus

Meet the real Santa Claus in Finland. Stay in the Santa Claus Village where you can enjoy all kinds of Santa Claus excitements.

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Snowman World Igloo Hotel

Snowman World Igloo Hotel

Get into Santa`s mood by a one-night adventure stay in a room built entirely of snow and ice.

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Santa Claus Main Post Office

Santa Claus Main Post Office

Welcome to the colourful Christmas world of beautiful cards, stamps and unique gifts.

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Discover Lapland

Northern Lights in Finland

Northern Lights in Finland

Northern Lights create a game of colours in the sky that attract visitors from around the globe.

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The Midnight Sun in Finland

The Midnight Sun in Finland

The Midnight Sun is also known as the nightless night or polar day. Here we give you some insights in where to discover this in Finland and why it is possible to watch this natural phenomenon.

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Finnish Lapland

Finnish Lapland

When you visit Finnish Lapland you will forget all about the busy life, agreements, pollution and annoying noises.

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Where to Watch the Northern Lights

Northern Lights in Norway

Northern Lights in Norway

You forget all about the busy life, annoying noise and agreements by this experience.

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Northern Lights in Finland

Northern Lights in Finland

Northern Lights create a game of colours in the sky that attract visitors from around the globe.

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Northern Lights in Iceland

Northern Lights in Iceland

Unforgettable Northern Lights experiences in Iceland.

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Northern Lights

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Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos

Arctic Snow Hotel & Glass Igloos

Experience the amazing Northern Lights in a glass igloos and have also a night in an arctic snow hotel - yes, you can do both here in Rovaniemi and make most of you holiday in Finnish Lapland.

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Rovaniemi Airport

Rovaniemi Airport

At the Nordic level, it has the highest number of direct flights to Asia. In passenger numbers it is one of the busiest airports in Finland. Traffic to Rovaniemi is especially busy during the winter season. Rovaniemi is the official airport of Santa Claus.

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