Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland, in the Northern Arctic Circle...

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

As a travel destination, Rovaniemi is above all known as the hometown of Santa Claus, a town where the wonders of Lapland, proximity of nature, and the services provided by this modern town can easily be experienced throughout the year.

A holiday in Rovaniemi is indeed a versatile combination of thrilling safaris and nature adventures. The Santa Claus Village and Ounasvaara Skiing Centre are located very close to the town centre, and Pyhä with its national park and Ranua with its zoo are excellent day trip destinations when staying in Rovaniemi. Holidays in Rovaniemi can include shopping, culture and night life. Flight time from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes around an hour and every day has a number of connections to choose from by plane or train.

Rovaniemi shows off its new sides during the different seasons: the amount of daylight, temperature and natural phenomena characteristically label each of the distinct eight seasons. Beginning in May, people are enticed to Rovaniemi by the Midnight Sun, a variety of summertime events, as well as nature experiences from river boat safaris to white water rafting. During the frosty twilight period you can ride snowmobiles through snowy forests or on the frozen rivers. Although Christmas only comes once a year, Rovaniemi has a piece of Christmas to share on every day of the year. Rovaniemi is the hometown of Santa Claus and he may be met at the Arctic Circle on every day of the year.

Sights and places to visit


Arktikum off ers people of all ages interesting adventures focused around the nature and culture of the North. Arktikum’s exhibitions provide an insight into the way of life of the world’s northern-most regions from prehistoric times and into the future. Arktikum’s facilities also include a café, a charter restaurant, library and fascinating souvenir shop. Arktikum is located in the town centre of Rovaniemi on the shores of the Ounasjoki River.

Santa Claus Village

Cross the magical Arctic Circle, dine in the restaurants and browse the souvenir shops or go on an adventure arranged by the activity companies in the Santa Claus Village. Santa Claus himself can be met every day of the year at the Santa Claus Office. The village is located 8 kilometres from the town centre. Bus no. 8 will take you between the village and town.

Santa Claus Main Post Office

The Santa Claus Main Post Office located in the Santa Claus Village is worth using for sending postcards of your trip to Rovaniemi, as each one will be stamped with the unique Santa Claus post-mark. In addition to cards, you can also find stamps, calendars and all sorts of gifts. The Santa Claus Main Post Office is open every day of the year.


Santa Claus Office in a mysterious grotto in the depths of the earth. You can also meet Santa’s

little elf helpers at work, study at the Elf School or decorate gingerbread figures with Mrs Claus wife. Crowning your visit is a thrilling Elf Show.