Sauna Kaira: Cool Finnish sauna-stuff, maybe as a souvenir? :)
I just can't stop loving this shop. It's a silly little shop in Sampokeskus, but it's so great! The shop sells are possible things to do with sauna. You can find anything from special/funny soaps and shampoos to sauna and summercottage decor stuff.
Sauna Kaira is a chain company and it has shops all around Finland. The shop is open on weekdays 10–18, on Saturdays 10–15.
What to buy: One of my favorits are the funny soaps and shampoos. They have gift-packages which include a shampoobottle shaped as a bottle of beer and a soap shaped like a sausage.. It's stupid, but funny... But heh... they have "cute" products, too. Like shower gel in a ladybug-shape or scrubbing brushes shaped like a duck. Just go there and shop!!
What to pay: Anything from 0.50 € to 300 € (fancy candeleers can cost about 100 €, sauna stoves even a lot more...)
It's the citys center spot. In here and around Sampokeskus you'll find all of the small stores worth visiting in Rovaniemi (apart from Santa's Village). You might also want to walk through Rovakatu (=Rovastreet). If you want to buy something special from Rovaniemi try to look for the small shops in the centre there you can make some discoveries. However Rovaniemi is not much of a shoppers paradise.
What to pay: If you're looking for souvenirs take a lot of dough with ya!
Birasi: National knitting products
The company Birasi OU offers you a sweaters, cardigans, jackets, scarves, sokes and coats of any sizes from S to XXL. In the set with sweaters and cardigans we manufacture caps and scarfs.
Wide choice of colours and bright hues for children, more subdued tones for adult.
The Marttiini store
The Marttiini store in Lapland is a great place and opportunity to buy one of the famous Marttiini®-Steel blade knives. They are made in a traditional Lappish way and the local young lady in the store will even explain to you the different and it will help you to find the right one that is useful according to your needs.
What to buy: Marttiini® Knive
What to pay: 20.- € and up.
If you want to spend some time going in the markets i suggest the one available every day in the central plaza, lot of small markets are available to buy nice souvenirs, reindeer skin, suomi stuffs, etc...
Souvenir shop in Santa Claus Village: Expensive souvenirs
Naturally Santa thinks Christmas is the best time of the year, because that’s when he sets off round the world with his sleigh full of presents. But Christmas comes but once a year, and sometimes it may seem an awfully long time to Christmas. Not to worry, however, because you can now enjoy instant Christmas at any time of the year and buy your Christmas presents at the tower shop in Santa’s Office.
Saws a-swishing, hammers a-clattering, wood shavings flying and squealing drills: busy Christmas music direct from Santa’s secret workshop.
What to buy: Santa on the Picture is dressed in real fur from reindeer.
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Santa's shopping arcade: Joulupukin Kammari, Napapiiri
The Santa Claus office complex has many shops and tourist facilities. There is even a post office. The shopping arcade has many art and craft shops and is well worth a visit.
What to buy: Ceramics and Photographic work is excellent.
What to pay: Depends on your wallet!
Sampokeskus - shopping mall: Main shopping centre
Rovaniemi is not a big shopping place. There are two shopping malls, very small concidered in international level... Sampokeskus is the bigger one of these two shopping centres (the other one, Kalotinlinna is just across the Sampo-square, near Sampokeskus). In Sampokeskus there are 56 shops: clothes, cosmetics, a sauna shop, candy stores etc... there are also two cafés (Arnold's Donuts and an other cafe, and one hamburger restaurant Hesburger. Sampokeskus is actually the main place where people go when they say there "going shopping". People usually start from Sampokeskus, or Samppari as the locals call it, and then go to the nearby shops and stores. If you wanna see people, this is the place to go.
Not the town to shop 'till you drop! :D
What to buy: All I would buy in Finland (in general) would be the souvenirs... Also warm clothes are easy to find in autumn, winter and sometimes even in spring time..!
What to pay: Well the souvenirs are expensive... if you don't want to buy souvenirs "made in China" :P I recomment to check what you're buying if you want to buy Finnish souvenirs..!
Apart from a wild shopping spree at Santa Claus village, I didn't get into Rovaniemi for shopping. Still, the city center looks like a modern center with plenty of shops. So you can get everything you need there.
T-Shirt from Lapland
There are lots of souvenirs stuff to buy in Rovaniami, here is one sample t-shirt, not exactly original, but still nice.
What to buy: T-Shirt
Sampokeskus: The biggest shopping mall in town
This is the biggest shopping centre - there are some 50+ shopsm, 2 cafes and a fast food outlet.
Generally when people speak aboit shopping they mean visiting Sampokeskus.
Top 10 Souvenirs Rovaniemi
What to buy: 1. Reindeer skin
2. Photograph with Santa
4. Christmas balls
5. Sets of postage stamps
6. Leather mittens and a wallet
7. Lappish doll
8. Wooden cup "Kuksa"
9. Soft toy
10. Hunting knive
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