Rovaniemi Travel Guide

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Rovaniemi Highlights

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    Fjord87 says…

     Beautiful colours all the year, relatively warm summers, real snowy winters, Santa Claus, many sport resorts, great hotels and services, organized tourism as well as the possibility to just... 

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    Scandic says…

     The city itself is ugly. 

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     Use the "gateway to lapland" to explore the region as much as U can not only the town. 

Rovaniemi Things to Do

  • Open air museum

    We visited the open air museum which gave us an insight into into the conditions of pioneer farming here in the arctic

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  • Reindeer art at townhall

    When the townhall was opened a competition was launched for art to decorate. Some interesting pieces can be seen here. There are 5 in total

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  • Town Hall

    The townhall was designed by Aalvar Aalto. It is part of a compleks of three buildings. In the meeting room of the members there is a very interresting piece of art against the wall. A lot of coats to remind the members what coat they were wearing when they were elected to the council

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Rovaniemi Hotels

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Rovaniemi Restaurants

  • The world's northernmost...

    Rovaniemi is home to the world's northernmost McDonald's outlet. In a country as expensive as Finland, a relatively cheap meal in a world-record setting establishment can be a nice, fun change.Don't forget to brag to your friends about your obscure accomplishment when you get back home!

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  • Let students do the job!

    This place is unbelievable! It is a restaurant run by students who are studying to become cooks and waiters/waitresses - and if you like to help them get some practise you get some incredible food at an even more incredible price, too!The only thing you must take into consideration is that you are in fact the guinea pig - so there might be some...

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  • Don't miss the raindeer ...

    There are several restaurants in Rovaniemi.Depends of how much you want to spend and what you want to eat.From chinese, to lappish to the world known MacDonalds, you have it all there. Even a pizza...or something that looks like a pizza....But Cumulus Hotel restaurant have good food, good ambience so as Martina restaurant, but this one looks like a...

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Rovaniemi Nightlife

  • HOT NIGHTS IN ROVANIEMI

    THE BEST CLUB IN ROVANIEMI. But beware they say 80 % of finn women are lesbians i did not beleive all i can say go to a night club you will see for your self, the ladies come together, they dance together never with a man in general, when its time to go home for some love and passion they go home with there women friend, so if your a smart person...

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  • Doris

    Doris was the name of the place to party in Tampere in the late 80’s, not so sure about this place in Rovaniemi and how popular it is, but there are not so many places anyway so give it a try

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  • Oluthuone

    Oluthuone is the local cool spot for a beer and to mix with the local people. They have good selection of local and import beers but if course on a sunny summer day, lonkero on the outside terrace is the most recommended.

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Rovaniemi Transportation

  • Night train from Helsinki to Lapland

    As incredible as it may seem, several trains a day travel between Helsinki and Rovaniemi in all seasons.The day trains tend to be slightly faster (they can complete the trip in as little as 8½-9 hours), but make you lose at least half a day. The journey takes 11-12 hours on the night trains, but won't seem that long if spend the majority of the...

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  • Public bus to Santa Claus Village/Santa...

    So many people come to Rovaniemi to go to the Santa Claus Village or Santa Park that the city has created bus line #8, also known as "Santa's Express," to shuttle visitors between these two attractions and some key locations in town.The trip takes about 20-30 minutes, depending on where you get on/off in Rovaniemi. Not taking any chances, we took...

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  • Airport to Rovaniemi

    Just outside the airport building we saw taxis and shuttle buses waiting for everyone who needs a lift to Rovaniemi. According to the website they even stop at various hotels - or at the local bus station/train station. Buses seem to cost 7 €, taxis will be around 25 €.You can also make reservations here

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Rovaniemi Shopping

  • Cool Finnish sauna-stuff, maybe as a...

    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...

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  • Sampokeskus

    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....

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  • 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.

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Rovaniemi Local Customs

  • Home of Mr. Lordi

    Rovaniemi's best-known export on the international stage may very well be Mr. Lordi, the singer of Finnish hard rock band Lordi who shocked everyone (in more ways than one) when it won the Eurovision 2006 Song Contest with a song called "Hard Rock Hallelujah."This accomplishment was enough to have the city rename Sampo-aukio, its main square, to...

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  • Just a little more about sauna...

    Customs related to sauna.1. If the sauna is a small cottage of it's own by someones summercottage, people usually go swimming in a lake after sauna and often go to sauna and to the lake many times in a row. That's maybe my favourite way of having sauna.2. If it's winter some people are crazy enough to go and roll in the snow after sauna, but I've...

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  • Santa Claus in summer

    Santa Claus puts the comfortable, cool summer clothes on and stays in Chamber meeting people from all over the world. Now and again Santa Claus wants to go for a bathe, too. Most preferably he bathes in a clear little lake near his secret log cabin beyond Korvatunturi Mountain.

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Rovaniemi Warnings and Dangers

  • ALWAYS USE A STRONG MOSQITO REPELLANT...

    ROVANEMI When travelling in this Northern part of Scandinavia in summer time make sure that you ALWAYS have and use a very strong mosquito repellant. The Mosquitos up here in the north of Finland have to be seen to be beleived..They certainly will make your visit very uncomfortable if not, even unbearable without a good repellant...I never travel...

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  • Rovaniemi. No sleeping in the summer...

    Becareful! When you come very first time to Rovaniemi in the summertime, becareful, you might not sleep at all! Sun is shining 24 hours per day, so you do not know if it is a day or night. That means, in Rovaniemi you can party whole summer without sleeping. ... and in the winter time we have a lot of time to sleep... under the norhthern lights...

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  • beach boys

    If you are tourist and by the beach in the river , be sure you will not be alone for long, so I do not know if its is good or bad, you make your choice according to how nice are the guys ;-)

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Rovaniemi Tourist Traps

  • Santa Park

    As the official home of Santa Claus in Finland, Rovaniemi has... two Santa Claus theme parks!In a sad attempt to exploit the Santa Claus connection, Santa Park was opened in 1998 in a former nuclear shelter (now converted into a jolly grotto). It is a couple of kilometres before the Santa Claus Village on Route 4 coming out of Rovaniemi.Having...

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  • Santa Claus village in Lapland

    You can meet Santa Claus here and cross the Arctic Circle . You can send friends and relatives greetings from the Santa Claus Main Post Office with the unique Arctic Circle postmark.

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  • Santa Claus Village

    Well its a double edged sword as you have to meet Santa and children will love it, however 23 euros for a photo is a lot and really its all shops there so go prepared to spend if you have to! Meet santa claus. He told us a lovely story about Rudolph on holiday lol. We went just before closing to see him which saved on all the queueing.

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Rovaniemi What to Pack

  • On a hiking trip you must take..

    A good backpack. Take also some big plasticbacks if your backpack doesn't have a raincover. Pack all your clothes and matches into plastic bags. Clothes both for warm and cooler weather. (This packing list is for summer/autumn). Take t-shirts, longer shirts and one wollen shirt for the nights. Mostly it's wiser to use long pants, but shorts are...

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  • Winter things

    something practical such as a good rucksack. Layers. Layers are really important. And invest in some warm and sturdy winter boots. The pavements ARE slippy so you need good grips. A warm coat, a pipo (hat) and a scarf plus some thick gloves. Layer your clothes and believe me you need a few trouser layers too! Remember your camera but be aware...

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  • Packing List

    If you planning hiking, not too heavy staff, it’s nice to feel light and you usually do not need to carry water with you. Good shoes is a must, even in the summer you will need a good jacket as it getting very cold at night, it has happened that our toothpaste was just about freezing in the morning. Also recommending a thick leather jacket or so,...

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Rovaniemi Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk between Santa Claus Village and...

    Even if you don't actually go inside both attractions, you can take the walking/biking path between Santa Claus Village and Santa Park. Don't worry about getting lost, the path is fairly straight and runs along Highway 4 (from which it is nevertheless separated by a thick row of trees, a nice touch).Roughly midway between the two Santa attractions,...

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  • Syväsenvaara observation tower

    If you are in Rovaniemi mainly to see Santa Claus and don't have time to explore the nature of Lapland, there is a palace you can go to get a piece of scenery. On top of the hill under which Santa Park (originally a nuclear shelter) was dug, there is a small observation tower you can climb. From there, you get a panoramic view of the surroundings...

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  • Fancy a World Record?

    When in Santa Claus Village, go to Santa Claus Gift House (which is right across from his Office). There you will find the Arctic Circle Office and various gift shops. You will also see a rocking chair right there - and next to it a basket with balls of wool and a looooooooooooooong knitted scarf. It is a scarf for Santa and everyone can sit down...

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Rovaniemi Sports & Outdoors

  • ROPS

    Winter sport is obviously the thing here, with snow almost 6 months a year, but just to let you know that they do play football here is well, in the summer of course and ROPS is the local club playing in the Finnish league.

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  • What about some skating?

    Rovaniemi has tens and tens of skating rinks, which include two indoors skating halls, many big skating rinks ans tens of small, cozy skating rinks. Already in our small neighbourhood we have one big rink and 4 smaller ones. And this is just a VERY small area.Skating in Rovaniemi is very popular specially within families with children, but also...

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  • Ounasvaara PART2: summertime!

    Santa Sport Centre it the place where you want to contact during the summertime. If you by the Daypass, you have full acces to the three gyms, sauna and swimminghall and you can get supervised aerobic, spinning, pace and streching lessons. There's also a bowling hall, possibility to go wall-climbing and different kinds of organized sports and...

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Rovaniemi Favorites

  • Useful phone numbers

    The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...

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  • You'll love it and think.....wish I...

    Try to connect finnish people. Speak to them, do it on their language. If you know just ten words in finnish, they will love it and they'll be honored. Respect them, and they'll respect you ! How could I choose ? I love it as it is. I'm sure, I'm going to go back.

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  • Battle of Rovaniemi

    The Battle of Rovaniemi was an event during the Lapland War. The actual fighting between the Finnish Armoured division and the troops of the German Twentieth Mountain Army took place to the south of the town. The notoriety of the encounter derives from the destruction of the town by the Germans.The town of Rovaniemi was the capital of Lapland, the...

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