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Activities in Rovaniemi (Finland)

Rovaniemi is often called the capital of Lapland and is located in northern Finland. A modern city known for being the “official” home town of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights Rovaniemi is a fantastic place to base yourself when travelling to Lapland. Offering a wide range of arctic activities for all ages Rovaniemi brings together the magic of the Arctic with the convenience of the city. Activities in Rovaniemi range from snowmobiling and northern lights spotting, to Rovaniemi dog sledding and hiking.

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Must do activities in Rovaniemi

Looking for the benefits of the city with the wilderness of the Arctic? Then this is the place for you. With a wide range of Rovaniemi activities and adventure on offer, this is a destination sure to bring your day or night to life! If you are looking for a festive Lapland adventure then look no further as Rovaniemi has been classified as the home of Father Christmas with the chance to join a range of Lapland Santa activities, and festive favourites.


Rovaniemi Travel Guide

Rovaniemi is the home of Santa Claus where he can be found along with his elves and reindeer 365 days of the year! Located in Finnish Lapland Rovaniemi is a great destination for those looking to experience a little or a lot of what Lapland has to offer.

Rovaniemi is the home of Santa Claus and just to the north of the city you will find Santa Claus village, with shops, hotels, restaurants and of cause the Santa Claus post office. Rovaniemi however is not just about Santa and offers a variety exciting hotels, restaurant and activities including Glass igloos and snow hotels to name just two.

Rovaniemi has its own airport that is served both by charter and scheduled airlines. Most flights arrive from Helsinki although there are some international flights from selected airports. In Rovaniemi city you will be able to get around by foot or bus, but to travel further out of the city you will need to take taxis or hire a car.

Rovaniemi offers a wide range of activities throughout the year. Being the home of Santa Claus means that almost no trip is complete without a visit to see him in his grotto. He is available for visits all year however over Christmas and New Year his calendar does get very full!

The city centre of Rovaniemi sits approximately just 8km away from the Arctic circle meaning it experiences the long winter nights and the long summer days. Typical daytime temperatures in December sit between -20 to -10 degrees celsius, dipping to a low of -30 in January, before rising again in the spring. In the summer with the long summer days the temperature can reach into the high 20s.

Rovaniemi sits in a prime position to see the northern lights and there are many activities that take you out away from the bright lights of the city to experience this amazing natural wonder.

Rovaniemi offers a great destination for families looking to experience the magic of Lapland. With various accommodation types and lots to see and do it’s a great choice for all ages, and of course for children big or small it is the home of Santa!

Rovaniemi offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. from Glass igloos, Snowhotels, treehotels to more traditional city hotels and hostels. There is also the option to stay in self catering cabins.

Being a city Rovaniemi offers a wide range of restaurants and eateries. from burgers to fine dining experiences there is always plenty to choose from. Rovaniemi also offers some special themed dining experiences where guests can experience the hospitality of Elves or dine within mountain caves.

Rovaniemi offers a destination for all budgets and with low cost and premium carries all flying into the airport it can be a great budget or luxury destination.