Hotelli Aakenus

Koskikatu 47, Rovaniemi, 96100, Finland
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hostels in Rovaniemi

by southhams

My friend and I will be visiting Rovaniemi sometime during the first week of March. Neither of us are particularly loaded and I was hoping somebody may be able to recommend a cheap hostel/hotel for us to stay in. I'm not too bothered what the place is like so long as it's fairly close to town.
Any other tips about Rovaniemi(particularly from locals)would be greatly appreciated!



Re: hostels in Rovaniemi

by Saana72

For accommodation check these:
Bed & Breakfast Kesäpirttilä
Bed and Breakfast Haase
Both of them are about 10-15 min walk away from the city center. IMO Haase's surroundings is nicer, a pond on the other side and River Kemijoki on the other. Naturally those are frozen, which gives you the possibility to take a walk or ski there.

What are your interests, perhaps winter activities? There's a lot to do from visiting the Santa Claus to clubbing: Santa & Arctic Circle, husky-, reindeer-, snowmobile safaris, snowshow trekking, downhill and cross country skiing, skating etc.

For lunch and drinks I recommend Café Kauppayhtiö on Valtakatu Street, funky combination of fleamarket and cafe. For Lappish dinner head to Restaurant Nili on the same street, tasty dishes, local ingredients. For tea and coffee Afganistan café Nilab's on Rovakatu. Other places in the city center: ZoomIT for drinks, pub style Hemingway's and Uitto for beer, Coffee House, surprise, for coffee and tea.


Re: hostels in Rovaniemi

by anitpotter

i lived in kemijarvi for 4 months in 2002, i did visit rovaniemi once for the reindeer racing, the streets are closed off and the sami people race in trditional costume. its well worth seeing. other than that i dont think theres too much special in rovaniemi.

i found it diffiuclt finding hostel accomodation when i was in finnmark. in kemijarvi the council rent out apartments that used to be university accomodation but because the university closed they are empty and now sometimes rented out to tourists. they are really cheap, i think i paid 60euros a month in 2002 which was for heat, light, sauna, furnished. i bought a pot pan and plate from the charity shop, it was great.

the beautiful think about northern finland is the frozen lakes, pilkiminnen, ice fishing, fresh snow fall and peace. i think you may miss that in rovaniemi. kemijarvi is a strange town with not much happening but i really liked it there. i found the cultural centre which had arty things happening and got involved with a snow mobile endurance race and a snowball figtinh european championships. the salmon soup is to die for

maybe tho go on further up to inari? there was a hostel there which was open and friendly i think altho ive just looked in my travel guide and cant see it marked. i think i got a local camping/hostel map once i was there. inari is worth a visit


Travel Tips for Rovaniemi

The story of Santa

by novsco61

Far, far away in the north, amid the endless wilderness of Finnish Lapland, is a mysterious mountain called Korvatunturi. Right at the foot, hidden from human eyes and ears, lives Santa Claus with his wife, his elves and his reindeer. He’s in fact been living there so long that he can’t quite remember when he first moved in. He doesn’t actually say much about his home, but he does let on that, as its name - Ear Mountain - suggests, it’s an excellent place for hearing and receiving the hopes and dreams of people of all ages.

Santa is anxious to keep his secrets; they are, after all, an important part of the Christmas story. But a traveller who happened to be passing about a hundred years ago brought news that soon spread of the mountain and its inhabitants. Santa wanted to make sure his hiding place was not invaded with visitors and hit upon a brilliant idea that would allow all his friends and anyone who loved Christmas to come and meet him. About half a century ago he began making regular visits to the Arctic Circle just outside the town of Rovaniemi.

Korvatunturi lies far, far away in the wilds of Lapland, but then if you live down south, the Arctic Circle may seem a long way away. And because Santa doesn’t want anyone to be disappointed, he has promised to be at his Office on the Arctic Circle every single day of the year, ready to receive friends from near and far.

It's midnight!

by AndyRG

The capital of Lapland is the best starting point to discover it, unfortunately I didn't do it when I was there (lack of time!), I hope someday in the future!
At least, I saw with my own eyes the phenomenon of being day almost 24 hours, as it was summer (the opposite happens during the winter, the northern the most impressive).

If you always suspected that...

by kaz_zee

If you always suspected that santa clause was'nt just a fairy tale,then you will find your answer here !!
Rovaniemi houses the real thing, even though Sweden say the same thing!! The atmosphere is PURE christmas all year round,covered in snow, and suger wrapped with reindeer and elves, a place for all the children inside of us!! Can you believe you can actually ski,play ice hockey and skate at night here!! the ski runs look so pretty at night,with gentle slopes edged with fir trees,and all lit up with the lights..magical!!

Where is your home?

by AndyRG

This place must be not so close to your houses, I suppose... Napapiiri is a dreamland for children, younger or oldest! Being at the village of Santa Claus, you can see there his post office, the chair where he sits and meets thousands of friends (he speaks many languages!), the people who help him with his difficult work: to satisfy children all over the countries...
Since the end of 1998, Santa Park was opened to the crowd, it must be another magical world, next to Santa Claus' Village (for further details go to "").


by AndyRG

Behind this nice construction, the University of Lapland can be seen. There are enough other places you can see at a walk, like the Ethnographic Museum or the Forestry Museum. You just need some time to see around...


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