Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle ITINERARY ADVICE: WHAT, WHERE & WHEN
1. How to get to Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle?
Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle located near Rovaniemi airport, Finland
If you do not have direct flight connection with Rovaniemi, take a flight to Helsinki-Vantaa airport
, Finland. And then local flight Helsinki - Rovaniemi
If you'll have more then 5-6 hours between flights, it is good time to visit Helsinki and catch some main sights of the city - capital of Finland.
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FROM HELSINKI TO ROVANIEMI:
You can get to Rovaniemi from Helsinki by air, train or car.
Helsinki - Rovaniemi by air:
Daily flights by Norwegian and Finnair, 4 flights per day.
Flight time - 80min.
Price from 35€.
Distance from the Airport to Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle: 3,5 km (easy transfers by taxi).
Helsinki - Rovaniemi 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 Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle: 9 km. Santa’s Express Bus №8 leaves from the Rovaniemi railway station to Santa Claus village every hour / every day.
2. When to go?
Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle open all-year-round.
Every season gives unique opportunities to see the Arctic nature in all its manifestations and do seasonal activities.
Summer would be great to enjoy Midnight sun. Autumn is perfect for colours, berries and nature exploring. But the best time to stay at Glass Igloos is from end of November till mid April to get as much as possible from the Lapland trip, activities and scenery, and more chanses to see the Northern Lights.
* December and January is time for Polar Night in Lapland when sun does not rise above the horizon. It is not dark all the time. There will be some kind of blue shining during a day and sun will be very very low. In Rovaniemi area sun rises for a couple of hours during the day time in December.
* Christmas and New Year time is very popular season in Lapland and especially at Rovaniemi area. So if you plan your holidays for the same period, be prepared to see a lot of people at main attraction sites, book activities in advance to get available spots and pay more for accommodation as it is a high season.
3. Rovaniemi weather in winter
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.
4. Short Lapland break – 3 days trip itinerary example
1 day in Helsinki.
What to see in Helsinki in 1 day?
Here you can start your northern adventure and dive into the Finnish traditions and culture.
Helsinki is tiny. Most of the main sights in Helsinki are in a compact central area, easily walk-able from train station where trains and buses drop off from the airport. Visiting it just for few hours gives the feeling of Finland and allow to cover main Helsinki’s attractions.
2 days in Rovaniemi, Lapland.
Take a local flight from Helsinki to Rovaniemi.
Spend 1 day at Santa Claus village.
There are a lot of things to do and see in one place: Santa village and visiting Santa, activities at Santa Park, Husky farm, Ice bar and Authentic food experience.
Next day - choose from activities such as dog-sledding or reindeer safari, snowmobile riding, evening Northern lights safari, showshoeing, or visiting Arcticum museum in Rovaniemi.
Welcome to Finnish Lapland!