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

Ounasvaara video
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

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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
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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


Snowmobile Fair 2019

Sat-Sun 2.-3.11. Snowmobile Fair 2019. Lappi Areena.

Date: 2 November 2019 - 3 November 2019
Address: Lappi Areena., 96100 Rovaniemi, Finland
The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season 2019. Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle

Sun 10.11. at 16 The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season 2019. Santa Claus Village, Arctic Circle.

The Grand Opening of the Christmas Season is an annual and traditional, merry event that starts the Christmas season in Rovaniemi. The event begins at 4 pm at the central square of Santa Claus Village. In Rovaniemi, Christmas is every day, but the opening ceremony reminds us of the Christmas’ message of goodwill, sharing and caring – all of the three main characters that Santa Claus stands for. To cherish the event’s message, the elves and local artists put on a festive concert that culminates in Santa Claus’ speech – what he got in store for us this year?

Grand Opening brings together Rovaniemi citizens and tourists to celebrate all things Christmas. It’s known for being a warm-hearted and welcoming event, that’s also a reason to visiting Rovaniemi for many. The evening is rounded off with dancing to Christmassy disco tunes.

The event is free of charge. The celebration is organized by Visit Rovaniemi.

Date: 10 November 2019
Address: Santa Claus Village, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
Santa is on his way, Santa Claus Village.

Mon 23.12.2019 at 19.00 Santa is on his way, Santa Claus Village.

Santa starts his annual mission from Santa Claus Village, where the elves put on a festive show to send him off and wish him the best of luck on his adventure. Right before hopping in his reindeer-pulled sleigh, Santa Claus gives a speech and sends Christmas cheer to the people of the world.

Date: 23 December 2019
Address: Santa Claus Village, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland
New Year Party in Arctic SnowHotel by Safartica

Tue 31.12. at 22 New Year Party in Arctic SnowHotel by Safartica

The evening includes many fun activities and surprises for all ages, such as snow disco, ice bar, mini snowmobiles for children, elf school, the Shaman telling your fortune and of course visiting the spectacular hotel made of snow and decorated with beautiful ice sculptures. The highlight of the evening are naturally the spectacular fireworks!

Date: 31 December 2019
Address: SnowHotel, 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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