Things to do in Rovaniemi in winter

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Visit Rovaniemi in Finland – 7 destinations for 7 unforgettable and alternative days in Rovaniemi (Lapland)


Rovaniemi is not just the place for visiting Santa Claus, there are many other interesting things to see.
Visiting the modern museum about LaplandArktikum” will transport you in the past.
Or visiting the reindeer farm, where you can be dragged along a pathway sitting on a sled.
Do not miss a visit to the Ranua Zoo, where only Arctic animals are found.

You will find many other useful tips in the online guide below.

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Rovaniemi is a touristic and university city.
It has about 60,000 inhabitants.
It is structured with modern buildings (it was almost completely destroyed by bombings during the Second World War).
On the outskirts of Rovaniemi an immense expanse of trees and ponds with scattered houses.


At school the Finns learn Swedish as a second language, and study English only later. Therefore everybody speaks a well-timed English, understandable even to those who chew it just a little.


Domestic flights (apart from charter flights) are operated by “Finnair”, the national carrier, and all flights have a stopover in Helsinki.

So if you stop in Helsinki and you have time available before taking the next flight, go and visit the city.
There are free Finnair City Buses. The route takes about 20 minutes. A short itinerary of 2-3 hours will be described later.


The Finnish double-decker night train known as Santa Claus Express, travels from Helsinki to Rovaniemi,  and then goes on to Kemijärvi, its final destination.

Visit Helsinki

Things to do in Helsinki, a short 2-3 hour walking tour with the free bus from the airport. As anticipated, there are free “Finnair City Buses” which depart from the airport to the center (aboutContinue reading…

Arktikum museum

What to do in Rovaniemi – Arktikum, modern museum about Lapland The visit is recommended in case of bad weather. Located in the city, in a large modern building adjacent to the university frequented byContinue reading…

Visit the hidden tower

The Syvasenvaara Fell, the hidden tower in Rovaniemi … from where you can see the infinite! AT THE TOWER (Syvasenvaara Fell) Park your car at the “Santa Park” where the “Arctic Tree House” hotel is located. FollowContinue reading…

The Memorial (German Soldier’s Cemetery)

The Memorial (German Soldier’s Cemetery) is dedicated to the German soldiers who died during the Second World War. (Atrocious madness of a dictator who has caused the death of millions of people). Take the road that passesContinue reading…

Reindeer farm

At the Reindeer farm in Rovaniemi – Approximately 7 kilometers north of Rovaniemi along the road to Sinetta is the “Poro Farmi” farm. Being in transit we stopped and made an appointment for the next day, asContinue reading…

Places to visit

Places to visit near Rovaniemi – The hiking area of Vaattunkiköngäs Places to visit near Rovaniemi – The hiking area of Vaattunkiköngäs consists of a dense network of well-marked trails, reduced in the winter months. LocatedContinue reading…

At the Ranua Zoo

At the Ranua Zoo. Comment, beautiful! Not to be missed, as different and unique in its kind! Here arctic animals of every breed are found, saved and healed, victims of road accidents. They live inContinue reading…

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – Guide to Finland

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – Guide to Lapland – Best time for the Northern Lights in Lapland (Rovaniemi) Nothing is ”easier”! The further north you go beyond the Arctic Circle, the more chances you have to admireContinue reading…

Where to stay

What do you want to visit in Rovaniemi? If you want to stay only 2 or 3 nights in the city, it is not essential to rent a car.But if you want to visit moreContinue reading…

Where to eat

We will recommend you the cheapest restaurants serving Finnish dishes and the coffee shops which open early in the morning. Where to eat in Rovaniemi? Finns accompany their meals with beer or milk. They consumeContinue reading…

How to dress

How to dress in Lapland? Clothing for cold times (Rovaniemi) Cover head and ears well with a wool cap. Thinsulate gloves (a synthetic fiber that isolates very well from the cold). The ones used for  climbingContinue reading…

To keep in mind

Keep in mind that during Christmas all the accommodation facilities are much more expensive than during the rest of the year. It is advisable to book well in advance, several months or even a yearContinue reading…

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