Located in the northernmost point of Finland, Rovaniemi is the capital and commercial centre of Finnish Lapland. Priding itself on being the hometown of Santa Claus and offering an array of excellent attractions and arctic pursuits, there’s little wonder that Rovaniemi has developed as something of a hotspot for tourism. The city is quite the cultural hub, home to numerous museums, art galleries and live music venues. It’s also the perfect place to stay for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, excursions into the snow and ice or experiencing the natural phenomena of the Northern Lights and the midnight sun between June and July.
Due to the weather and possibly icy conditions on rural roads, a 4x4 vehicle would be best for exploring the rural and surrounding areas of Rovaniemi.
Driving in Rovaniemi
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Important things to note
All areas of interest within the city are within easy walking distance. The city has a relatively small radius, so it’s unlikely you’ll need to drive in the city centre. Other tourist attractions that are a little further afield will certainly require a car for travel.
Highlights & Hotspots
The best place to go and absorb the city’s fascinating culture is at the extraordinary Arkikum. This intricate and cleverly designed building is considered one of the best in Finland. The exhibitions centre on the history of the Arctic, as well as the Samí people and their culture.
The fantastic Santa Claus Village, located on the Arctic Circle is the perfect day out for the whole family. Explore this magical Christmas-themed village and pay a visit to Santa before taking an exciting ride on the reindeer sleigh.
Seize the opportunity to visit nature’s fascinating light show, the Aurora Borealis. There are a number of excursions and tours available in the city to take a trip out to experience the fascinating Northern Lights.
If you’re visiting the city during the winter and are looking for more active ways to spend your time then head to Ounasvaara. There are a range of outdoor pursuits on offer here including skiing and tobogganing. There are also numerous hiking trails available for walkers of a variety of levels.
Rovaniemi Airport is a short 12-minute drive from the city centre as it is located only six miles northeast of the city. The airport is easily accessible from the city centre, following the E75 motorway.
The airport is the largest in the north of the country, but the majority of flights go to Helsinki, with a small number flying internationally.