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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.


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.