Rovaniemi is a city in northern Finland and the center of the province of Lapland. Among tourists, the city is especially popular in winter. They come here to look at the unique northern nature, to get acquainted with the mysterious Saami culture and, of course, to visit Santa Claus, whose homeland, according to the Finns, is located here.

In addition to the cultural and sightseeing program, in Rovaniemi tourists will find ample opportunities for outdoor activities. This is a safari on snow-covered fields on dog or reindeer sledding, golf, ice fishing and ski resorts. So, first things first.

Rovaniemi, Finland Travel Guide

Rovaniemi How to get there?

You can get to Rovaniemi by direct flight only in winter on charter flights from some European cities. In all other cases, it is possible to reach the city only with a transfer in Helsinki, Oulu or Kemi. Then you can continue your journey by taking a plane ticket (about an hour on the way) or you can transfer to ground transportation. The bus ride takes about 14 hours, the train about 10 hours.

Rovaniemi, Finland Travel Guide

Public transport in Rovaniemi is not well developed. Many tourists prefer to use the services of a taxi. There are only 16 bus routes in the city, each of which you will have to wait at least 30 minutes at the bus stop.

Sights of Rovaniemi

Not far from the town is the Village of Santa. This is a place of attraction for young guests of the city and all those who believe in magic. It is especially popular on the eve of Christmas and New Year.

10 km from the center of Rovaniemi is Ounasvaara ski resort with 9 slopes. One of them is for children, the rest is red and blue. In addition, there are also excellent conditions for snowboarders. The resort has a well-developed infrastructure, lifts and well-groomed slopes.

Rovaniemi, Finland Travel Guide

The city’s most famous museum, the Arktikum Science Center, is dedicated to the history and natural features of Lapland. Here you can see objects and artifacts that tell about the traditions and culture of the indigenous peoples of Finland.

Animal lovers can visit the reindeer herding and HuskyPark, where they can get acquainted with animals and ride a team.

Other interesting places in Rovaniemi include:

  • Jatkankynttila (Lumberjack Candle Bridge)
  • Rovaniemi Library
  • Ethnographic and Forest Museums
  • The Arctic Circle and the Northern Lights
  • Santa Claus Village
  • Snowland Entertainment Complex
  • Snowman World Igloo Hotel
  • Ranua Arctic Wildlife Park
  • Sampo (icebreaking ship)

Rovaniemi, Finland Travel Guide

Hotels in Rovaniemi

Each district of Rovaniemi has its own unique features and living conditions. In this case, the cost of living does not greatly depend on the location, with the exception of only hotels near the Village of Santa, there prices are higher.

Most tourists prefer to stay in apartments. It has its own kitchen and free breakfast. If you are going to relax with a group of friends, you can stay in the cottage.

In addition, Rovaniemi also offers unusual types of accommodation. For example, accommodation in an igloo or ice hotel.