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Rovaniemi - Heart of Lapland

 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.

Welcome to Rovaniemi, Lapland’s beating heart.

Tourist information

Rovaniemi Tourist Information/ Rovaniemi Tourism & Marketing Ltd


Sampo shopping centre - Lordi’s Square
Maakuntakatu 29-31


+358-(0)16-346 270




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.

Pohjoisranta 4
96200 Rovaniemi
Tel +358 16 322 3260
Fax +358 16 317 843

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.

96930 Napapiiri
Tel +358 16 3562 096
Fax +358 16 3562 096

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.

96930 Napapiiri
Tel +358 20 452 3120


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.

96930 Napapiiri
Tel +358 16 333 0000
Fax +358 16 333 0020


Science Centre Pilke 

Science Centre Pilke tells stories about the northern forests and the many connections we have with them. DExpolore forests indoors through all the senses and get inspired! The Science Centre is suitable for visitors of all ages who are interested in forests and our relationship with them.

Pilke House, located on the banks of the river Ounasjoki in Rovaniemi, is the wooden office building of Metsähallitus. It houses the Science Centre Pilke, the Pilke Shop and office premises.

Ounasjoentie 6
96200 Rovaniemi
Tel. +358 206 39 7820


 Korundi House of Culture

  The core of Korundi House of Culture comprises two nationally significant and internationally interesting art institutions: the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland and the Rovaniemi Art Museum.

The Rovaniemi Art museum's collection represents Finnish modern art from 1940 onwards. The Rovaniemi Art Museum also exhibits international pieces of work, and introduces the public to different areas of fine art.

Korundi's concert hall is a high-classic music hall with 340 seats. The concert hall is a multi-purpose hall, where you can arrange various events from concerts to conferences.

Lapinkävijäntie 4
96100 Rovaniemi
+358 16 322 2822