Rovaniemi Off The Beaten Path

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    Walk between Santa Claus Village and Santa Park

    by brazwhazz Written Nov 7, 2012

    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, we found a small reindeer farm. No one was there, so we just let ourselves in, spotted a few reindeer roaming in the distance and visited some of the buildings on the site. Finally, as we were about to leave, we met a man (presumably the owner) who told us it was OK to have a look. We got the feeling he doesn't get many visitors!

    Reindeer farm buildings
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    Syväsenvaara observation tower

    by brazwhazz Written Nov 7, 2012

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    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 of Rovaniemi -- as well as a glimpse of the town itself in the distance.

    The trail up the hill starts near the Santa Park parking lot. It took me 10 minutes to go up in summer, but it could take longer in the winter, depending on the condition of the trail and its stairs. It's definitely worth the detour, especially if you are already in the Santa Claus Village or Santa Park area.

    View from the top Hiking trail Observation tower
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    Fancy a World Record?

    by tini58de Written Sep 26, 2012

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    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 and knit a row or two or ten..... Especially after having met this wonderful man, I felt I just had to add at least a centimeter to this scarf!

    Website: http://www.santaclausvillage.info/?naytakartta=kesa

    Knitting for Santa

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    a nice view over Rovaniemi

    by Jusba Written Jul 8, 2005

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    To see the region in a nice way go to the top of the Ounasvaara (hill). Either on summer or winter the best view is on the top of the Sky Hotel. There are stairs on the side of the hotel - you can go there to sit or stand and watch around...its very nice, i promise. If you are EXTREMELY lucky you might see even the northern lights on winter. To get to sky hotel, you have to cross the old bridge to Ounasvaara side and turn right. Then just continue straight towards Urheilukeskus (sporting center). Sky Hotel is on the top so continue forward - there should be street signs to the hotel.

    Phone: +358 (0)16 335 3311

    Website: http://www.laplandhotels.com/?deptid=8128

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    Reindeer Park

    by novsco61 Updated Mar 18, 2005

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    Reindeer Park is located 1 km south from Santa Claus Village. You can see from 30-50 reindeers throughout the year .
    In winter time you can experience a
    drive on sleds pulled by reindeer, but
    you can also visit the Reindeer Park
    in summertime when you can watch closely new born reindeer calves.

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    Santa Claus Post office

    by novsco61 Written Mar 17, 2005

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    Santa Claus' spectacular Main Post Office is located close to Rovaniemi, in Santa Claus' Village. It's Christmas every day at Santa's Post Office, built of natural stone and AIHKI logs. More than half a million people visit the Polar Circle every year in search of the true Christmas spirit. At Santa Claus' Main Post Office a whole bunch of busy assistant elves are at your service, speaking different languages!

    Each year, Santa gets hundreds of thousands of letters from 150 countries all over the world. The children in Great Britain, Poland and Japan are the busiest writers. During the summer months, Santa gets approximately 100 letters every day. He tries to answer letters from foreign countries, if the writer requests a reply.

    Many children and grownups think that Santa's study with the fireplace is the nicest room of Santa's Main Post Office. There you can admire letters, pictures and gifts sent by children, and sit down for a moment in Santa's sturdy rocking chair. In the background you can hear lovely Christmas carols.

    The address of Santa Claus is: Santa Claus' Main Post Office, Santa Village, FIN-96930 NAPAPIIRI

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    How Far Is It?

    by Etoile2B Updated Mar 2, 2005

    Santa Claus' Village is cute. It's more geared toward kids. But if you're up there it's worth a peek. First of all, it gives you the opportunity to meet Santa Claus. As any Fin will attest the “Real” Santa lives in Finland. But seriously, it’s a good place to take the kids. They have live reindeer, dog sledding, a souvenir shop and they’re located above the Artic Circle, so that’s one more line crossing you can cross off your list of things to do.

    Website: http://www.santagreeting.fi/

    Me and Jen O. (Minnesota) at Santa's Village.
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  • Auttinköngäs

    by Anunanu Updated Feb 11, 2005

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    Auttinköngäs a river canyon with waterfall formed millions of years ago and located on the River Auttijoki, which runs into the River Kemijoki. At the waterfall the river is in a tight rock watercourse and its height is 16 metres. (uuuuu.... :))...A great recreation area about one hour from Rovaniemi.

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  • Nature

    by Anunanu Updated Nov 28, 2004

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    I think that Finland is known about it's nature, so if somebody comes here, I think that he/she would have to see it! Thousands of lakes and forests... Actually let me think, Finland has only lakes and forests!! I'm sooo stupid, what am I stammering 'Of the beaten bath' ?!? :D

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    Rovaniemi knows where Singapore is!

    by bpacker Updated Nov 18, 2004

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    I live in one of the smallest country in the world, so you can imagine my delight and surprise when I saw a directional sign to Singapore! Yes, according to the marker, I was 9,934km away from home, it made me feel very homesick indeed...

    You'll find the marker at Santa's Village. See website for details on how to get there.

    Website: http://www.santaclaus.fi/?deptid=8633

    Santa Claus Village,Finland

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    Rovaniemen Markkinat

    by bpacker Updated Nov 18, 2004

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    If you're in Rovaneimi in March or September, you'll find a local bazaar - the Rovaniemi Market -just next to the supermaket, not too far from the train station . You'll see a range of wares for sale, ranging from reindeer pelt to balloons for awestruck kids..

    The markets pops out in June too, during summer.

    Balloons, Rovaniemi, Finland

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    Visit a Reindeer Farm

    by bpacker Updated Nov 18, 2004

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    A trek in the Finnish woods with our guide led to a big reindeer farm. Now, reindeer are protected creatures over here. There's no random shooting and each of these buggers are tagged. During the summer when food is plentiful, these creatures are allowed to roam free in the wild and grow fat. During the winter, they are rounded up in farms like this. I had the opportunity to feed Rudolph, a young male with handsome, furry antlers.

    Add: Somewhere in the depths of a Finnish wood.

    Website: http://www.arcticsafaris.fi/index_en.html

    Rudolph and Me. Finland

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    Enjoy real Finnish nature in peace

    by Fjord87 Written Nov 9, 2004

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    Vaattunkiköngäs rapids is a lovely place to spend a day outside with some friends. The best way would probably be to invite some of your friends who you've met during your visit in Finland and take the 15 minute car drive to Vaattunkiköngäs.

    The best time to visit Vaattunkiköngäs is probably in June, but also in the autumn when the ground is full of berries. The place is pretty new and it has about 30 km of good-quality tracks. There are also cabins you can reserve. There are many activities you can do in Vaattunkiköngäs. In the summer you can go rapidboating or rapidswimming, canoeing, fishing, photographing and hiking. In the autumn you can do all the previous and berrypicking and mushroompicking. In the winter there are snowshoe hiking, snowmobiling, husky- and reindeersafaris and cross-country skiing. All the special, equipment-requiering activities can be ordered from the number below.

    I've spent some memorable autumnpicnics at Vaattunkiköngäs with my family and friends, usually when we go there we take some sausage, bred, mustard, salad and other food, cups for berrypicking and a happy mind... then we walk a bit, go to the rapids and the kids can play there, then we eat and have some more fun and then go home. It's simple and refreshing!! I recommend!

    Phone: +358 20 564 4333

    Website: http://www.villipohjola.com/item.asp?Section=1351&Item=1358

    Vaattunki bridge
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    The biggest snow castle in the world!!

    by Fjord87 Updated Nov 6, 2004

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    The Kemi Snowcastle is actually also a "tourist trap", but since most foreign tourists don't go to Kemi, it's more a tourist trap for Finnish tourists.

    The snowcastle itself is in the same place every year, but during the ten years it has been built, it has changed and grown bigger. Inside the castle walls there are many things. An ice hotel, snowrestaurant, chapel, suite, gallery, ice tower, rooftop terrace, sauna, labyrinth and a lot more, even a "snowballsea"for the kids!

    The castle is worth going to, and also Kemi itself, even though it's even smaller than Rovaniemi, is a lovely city! It's situated about 100 kilometers south from Rovaniemi, just in the "armpit" of the Gulf of Bothnia.

    Here's some general info...
    :: SnowCastle is open from 29st of January to 10th of April 2005 daily 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    :: Opening ceremony of SnowCastle is held on 28th of January 2005 at 6 p.m.
    :: SnowRestaurant open to public 31December - 28 January 6.p.m.-8.p.m.
    :: Mammut SnowHotel is open for accommodation from 31st of December to 3th of April 2005.

    Entrance fee:
    :: single ticket
    5 – 11 yrs EUR 2,50
    adults EUR 5,00
    :: season ticket
    5 – 11 yrs EUR 5,00
    adults EUR 10.00
    :: Children under 5 yrs free of charge
    :: Guided Tours
    EUR 50.00
    :: Combination ticket SnowCastle and Gemstone Gallery adults 8 EUR and for children under 12 yrs 4 EUR

    ADDRESS: Kemi, Torikatu 2.

    Phone: +358 (0)16 259 502

    Website: http://www.lumilinna.net/

    The snowcastle plan for 2005
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    A team - on the Polar circle

    by Luchonda Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    Unbelievable experience !
    I saw the most wonderful desert in the world like Namibia and Morocco and the Thar in India !
    I saw the ice landscapes in Finland - Norway and Sweden !
    Traveling - what an experience and a relativating way to enjoy this small world !

    A team
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