Rovaniemi is the cultural and business center, as well as capital city of Finnish Lapland. More importantly, Rovaniemi is considered to be the official hometown of Santa Claus.
The city is served by Rovaniemi Airport
, which is located just north of the center of the city. As the city is also the terminus of many trains, it’s easily accessible by rail.
As the official hometown of Santa Claus, it’s easy to guess how popular Rovaniemi can be among travelers, especially during the winter months and days leading up to the Christmas season. Many visitors flock to Santa Claus Village
, which is located right in the middle of the Arctic Circle. The village is complete with many tourist attractions, including sledding for kids and many Arctic Safaris
Rovaniemi is also a great place in which to see the stunning Northern Lights, which can be seen for several months beginning in early fall and end of winter. During the summer, it’s possible to see the midnight sun, the period when the sun can be seen shinning for nearly 24 hours. Whatever the season, Rovaniemi is sure to be a breathtaking place to visit.
There’s much more to see and do in Rovaniemi, and the interactive map on this page is a great way to explore where the attractions and hotels can be found in this exciting city.