Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Home Town

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Rovaniemi is located on the Northern Arctic Circle, Finnish Lapland.

By air: Daily flights between Rovaniemi and Helsinki - the easiest way.
Flight time - 1h20m. Price from 35€.
Winter and spring: direct regular flights from London, Berlin and Zurich.

By train: Helsinki - Rovaniemi daily trains by VR. Duration - 8-12h. Price from 68€.


This is very special place at any time:

* Midnight sun during summer time
* Christmas romantic
* Northern Lights from September to April
* Santa Claus village and magic paradise

Visit Santa Claus Village photo tour

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Arktikum Museum Rovaniami

Arktikum museum & science centre in Rovaniemi in Lapland. Popular culture destination and attraction tells the story of the North.

Address: Pohjoisranta 4, 96200 Rovaniemi Finland

Arktikum Rovaniemi video
Arktikum Museum Rovaniemi
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Lumberjack Candle Bridge

This bridge you can see at most Rovaniemi postcards. Here people come to take pictures after Santa's office.

Picturesque spot at city center. Many photo opportunities from both sides. Best time to visit - evening when lights are on.

Address: Jatkankynttilasilta, 96200 Rovaniemi Finland

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Lumberjack Candle Bridge Rovaniemi

Sauna Experience

Finland is unthinkable without sauna. You can not skip it visiting Finland as a tourist. Saunas are everywhere: hotels and holidays cottages, pools and gyms, apartments and offices, and even inside the Parliament or central square of some cities.

Visit Rovaniemi touris information office to find out where is nearest sauna open or any sauna event is going on

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Ounasvaara Ski resort Rovaniemi

Ounasvaara Ski Resort is located almost in a centre of Rovaniemi.

# 100 km of cross country tracks
# 10 slopes
# Top of Ounasvaara is over 200 meters from sea level
# Longest maintained slope is 600 meters long # A lot of snow fun

Address: Taunontie 14, 96200 Rovaniemi Finland

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Ounasvaara Ski resort Rovaniemi

SantaSport activity park Rovaniami

Santasport is a centre for wellbeing and sports in Rovaniemi!

# The CMS gym
# Bowling alley
# Indoor adventure track Lappset Funpark for children
# Arctic Adventure Park Huima
# Relaxing pool area

Santasport Lapin Urheiluopisto video


Santa Claus official address: Santa Claus, Santa Claus’s Main Post Office, 96930 Napapiiri, Finland.

Meet Santa Claus and cross the Arctic Circle every day year round at the Santa Claus Village in Lapland in Finland.

Arek Torski Vlog video / Santa Claus Village - Finland 2016 - Arctic Circle
Santa village Rovaniemi

Santa Park theme park and workshops

Santa Park is located just 2 km from the main Santa village and Santa post office.

Santa cave with a lot of things to do: Elf School, Mrs Claus Gingerbread Kitchen, Four Seasons Sleigh Ride, Ice Princess Ice Gallery, Giant Snow Globe, and much more.

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Rovaniemi is a place to ride husky sleds.

Husky safaris in Lapland - adventure for incentives, holiday groups and individual travellers.
There is plenty of variety from short drives to multi-day safaris.

HuskyPoint video / HuskyPoint husky safaris and excursions Rovaniemi in Lapland
Husky Rovaniemi


Why not to discover unique nature of Lapland from snowmobile safari? Or even Aurora snowmobile Safari possible to see Northern lights.

Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi has Snowmobile Park.

ArcticCircle SnowmobilePark video / Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park in Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi Lapland Finland
Snowmobile Rovaniemi

Arctic Snow Hotel in Rovaniemi

Arctic Snow Hotel - unique hotel near Rovaniemi offers rooms made of ice and snow. ArcticSnowhotel video

* High quality sleeping bags provided
* Aurora Borealis alarm service alerts
* The temperature in the Snow Hotel’s rooms is between 0 and -5 degrees Celsius
* Hotel price: from 180 euro/night.

Santa Claus Village - 35 km. / Central Rovaniemi - 26 km. / Rovaniemi Airport - 35 km.
Snow hotel Rovaniemi

Northern Lights hunting from land

There are a lot of activity companies in Rovaniemi offering Northern lights tours and packages. They know best places and best time to see the Lights, can advice how to make pictures of it and tell stories.

You can choose from Northern light safari by snowmobile, by snowhoes or by reindeer or husky sledges.

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Northern Lights hunting from air

Northern Lights experts say that Aurora is visible every second night during the season of dark nights in Lapland. But it is not always seen from the ground because of the clouds.

There is an unique opportunity in Rovaniemi area to see the Lights from the air above the clouds! Wild Nordic company has Piper PA31 private jet with 7 passenger seats. Flight time is around 1 hour, including take-off and landing.

Northern Light best spots in Rovaniemi

1. River shore at the centre
2. Rovaniemi city beash
3. Arcticum museum shore
4. Lapland Hotel Sky Ounasvaara.


Safe money and rent professional outdoor equipment and cameras with proper lenses for Aurora photo shooting:

* Beyond Arctic - camera rentals and photo guided tours;
* Lapland Memories - professional camera rentals;

* Nordic Unique Travels - Northern Lights photography tours;
* Wild Nordic - Rovaniemi photography tours.

Lappish Tepee Cafe

SANTA`S SALMON PLACE is an atmospheric Tepee Cafe next to Santa Claus office. There you can try original Lappish fresh salmon baked with open fire and traditional cheese served with homemade cloudberry jam.

Limited menu. Great atmosphere. Salmon with only one ingredient – salt.
Lappish Tepee Cafe Rovaniemi

Sky Ounasvaara restaurant

Very special place to enjoy Lapland views and Michelin star quality food for a very decent price.

Restaurant situated on Ounasvaara Fell. Roof terrace with panorama views over Rovaniemi city and the Kemijoki River valley. Wide windows looking across the fells and treetops, and even the sky. Food becomes even much better if you can see Northen Lights while dinning there.
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Restaurant Nili

One more place in Rovaniemi with Lapland food experience and nice atmosphere.

Arctic salmon, reindeer, local berries and other specialities as well as deserts and drinks.

Restaurant furnishings are Lappish handicraft and Lappish wood, reindeer horns and reindeer leather.

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Restaurant Arctic Boulevard

Local food restaurant, who use ingredients from the purest nature and prepare them in Arctic ways.

Finnish beef, lamb, reindeer, willow grouse, Arctic char, Lake Inari whitefishand Norwegian king crab are the main ingredients.
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Rovaniemi log cabin rental prices from 150 euro/night.

Separate cottages, Santa Claus village cabins, Ounasvaara ski cottages.

Rovaniemi log cabins


Recommended selection of Self-catering apartments in Rovaniemi.

# Prices from 145€/night

Rovaniemi hotels


Recommended selection of Hotels in Rovaniemi.

# Prices from 76 euro/night

Rovaniemi hotels


Christmas concert by Lapland Military Band. Rovaniemi Church.

The Lapland Military Band’s warm-hearted Christmas concert, beloved and popular indeed, will bring us the Christmas spirit this year, too. Soprano Anna-Maria Jurvelin will perform as a visiting soloist. Along with the soloist, the audience will also get to join in accompanied by the professional orchestra.

Date: 18 December 2021 - 18 December 2021
Address: Rovaniemi, church, 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
Santa is on His Way -broadcast 2021. Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle

Each year, Santa leaves Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland to bring Christmas cheer to people all around the globe. Santa Claus gives his speech wishing merry Christmas to the whole world before hopping in his reindeer-pulled sleigh and embarking on his tour. This year, the event will be organized with no audience due to latest corona restrictions. The event will be broadcasted on Facebook by Visit Rovaniemi on December 23rd at 7 PM local time (UTC +2).

Date: 23 December 2021
broadcasted on Facebook by Visit Rovaniemi
Seita choir’s traditional evening concert. Rovaniemi Church

Thu 23.12. at 22 Rovaniemi Church. Seita choir’s traditional evening concert. Directed by Kadri Joamets.

Date: 23 December 2021
Address: Rovaniemi, church, 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
Arctic Lapland Rally. Rovaniemi, Lapland

The 57th Arctic Lapland Rally in 2022 will be competed on Friday and Saturday the 14-15th of January. The competitors start their arctic adventure on the over 220 kilometres of special stages already on Monday the 10th of January when the reconnaissance period begins. The rally route sees changes for 2022 as over 23% and over 50 special stage kilometres are new to all the drivers. For spectators the biggest change is the new special stage right in the heart of Rovaniemi at the Ounasvaara ski center. Naturally the route also includes beloved stages, such as the familiar final stage of Ristilampi at the remote Finnish Defence Forces training grounds. The brave rivals face endless snowy roads and ice cold temperatures at the mercy of the Lappish wilderness!

Date: 14 January 2022 - 15 January 2022
Address: 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
Reindeer race – Porocup. Mäntyvaara, Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi is the hometown of Santa Claus in Lapland and is famous for its reindeer. Every year, at the end of winter, several reindeer races happen in the Rovaniemi area.

Date: 19 February 2022 - 20 February 2022
Address: Mäntyvaara, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi in a few words: Lapland - Santa Claus village - Polar circle - Northern Lights - Lappish food - Reindeers and Husky - Snowmobiles - Christmas spirit and Magic.

1. Transport


Rovaniemi is located in Finland, Finnish Lapland. The easiest way to come here is via Helsinki (Finnish capital).

Helsinki-Vantaa international airport has flight connection with 45 countries worldwide. There are direct flights as well as charter flights during high season.


Helsinki - Rovaniemi transport
Rovaniemi airport is the biggest Lapland airport and it has daily flights from Helsinki and seasonal flight connection with some other European cities. For example, direct flights from London, Berlin and Zurich in winter - spring months.

By air: Helsinki-Rovaniemi daily flights by Norwegian and Finnair, 4 flights per day.
Flight time - 1h20m.
Price from 35€.
Distance from the Airport to Igloo resort: 3 km (easy transfers by taxi).

By train: Daily trains by VR from Helsinki to Rovaniemi.
Duration - 8-12h. 9 trains every day. Day and night trains to choose from.
Price from 68€.
Distance from Railway station to igloo resort: 8 km. Santa’s Express Bus №8 leaves from the Rovaniemi railway station to Santa Claus village and Snowman world every hour / every day.

2. Best time to visit Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi is special during Dec-Jan because of the Christmas and New Year spirit of this time. Of course, people all over the world try to get there at this time of the year. So be ready to face fully booked accommodation well in advance, necessity to book activities beforehand and restaurant tables.

We’d recommend to plan a trip to Rovaniemi from end of November till mid April to get as much as possible from the Lapland trip. During this time there will be snow, and many winter activities run from end of November.

* December and January is time for Polar Night in Lapland when sun does not rise above the horizon. It does not mean that there is dark all the time. There will be some kind of blue shining during a day (inbetween 10am to 2.30pm) and sun will be very very low, almost at the horizon line.

3. Rovaniemi winter weather

Average temperature in Rovaniemi during winter is about -15 degrees Celsius. But some days it might be around -30. Snow coverage in March is about 1m depth.

Typical daytime temperatures in the winter:

December: -20 to -10 degrees Celsius
January: -30 to -15 degrees Celsius
February: -20 to -15 degrees Celsius
March: -15 to -5 degrees Celsius

There is quite dry air and wind is not very often, so even severe frost is not so terrible.

Some Rovaniemi activity companies provide winter multi-layer clothes for rent which can be used during holidays as daily overall.

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