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Interesting facts about Rovaniemi

The capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi is most famous for being the official home of Santa Claus. The city offers so much more, however; pay a visit outside of the Christmas season and you’ll still find plenty to see and do. An urban oasis amid the Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi is a place where culture, adventure activities, nature and fairy tales come together. Have a great trip with this Finnair travel guide to Rovaniemi.

Sights in Rovaniemi

The city was rebuilt after World War II in the layout of reindeer antlers; stroll through the streets and see if you can work out whereabouts in the antlers you’re standing. Pilke Science Centre is a great place to learn more about the surrounding forests, while Korundi House of Culture features art, music and cultural events. Important landmarks include Jätkänkynttilä Bridge and the Lutheran church with its detailed fresco. The world-famous Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are musts for anyone wanting to experience a genuine festive season with snowy surroundings, elves and—needless to say—the real Santa Claus. The scope of nature-based activities is also incredible, including extremely popular husky, reindeer and snowmobile excursions in the winter and mountain biking, white-water rafting and jet skiing in the summer. The warmer months also offer the novel experience of swimming and sunbathing in the Arctic at the small sand beach alongside the Kemijoki River. To top it all off, you might also get to witness one of the two breathtaking natural phenomena: the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. The Northern Lights are visible on clear nights between August and April, and the Midnight Sun season lasts from June to July. As the biggest city in Lapland, Rovaniemi offers a plethora of restaurants, bars and nightclubs too.

Things to See and Do Near Rovaniemi

  • Ounasvaara – A large forested hill on the outskirts of the city, the winters offer great snow sports while biking and hiking along the marked trails are popular in the summer months.
  • German Soldier Cemetery – Located in Norvajärvi, the stone block cemetery stands isolated in the surrounding rugged countryside.
  • Hiidenkirnut – Close to the island of Rautiosaari, these large glacier-created holes are also sometimes referred to as giant’s kettles or Devil’s churns. 

Shopping in Rovaniemi

You’ll find a good selection of modern goods and traditional crafts when shopping in Rovaniemi. Warm clothing is also abundant. Several streets are pedestrianised, making your retail experience even more pleasurable.

  • Sampokeskus Shopping Centre – A large shopping centre in the heart of the city, featuring a mix of high-street and luxury brands.
  • Lordi’s Square – Various stores selling diverse items can be found in the streets around this area.
  • Lauri – A handicraft shop that sells traditional handmade items, you can also look inside the workshop to fully appreciate the skill and care that goes into every piece. 
  • Your Piece of Finland – A souvenir shop with an extensive array of gifts and memorabilia.

Food and Drink

  • Reindeer stew – A hearty and filling traditional dish from Lapland.
  • Moose meat – Typically eaten with vegetables, this meat is found on many local menus.
  • Herring – The fish is usually served on rye bread as a starter.
  • Salmon – Fished from along Lapland’s coasts, locals are very proud of their tasty salmon. It may be grilled, smoked or turned into a pâté. 
  • Bilberry tarts – Bilberry is the most common berry found in Lapland and locals make the most of the sweet fruit by making delicious tarts. Bilberry cakes and mousse are also popular.

Transport in Rovaniemi

The small city centre is generally easy to navigate by foot. Do be aware that transportation methods to places farther afield may alter with the seasons.

  • By foot – Most major city attractions are within close proximity of each other, making walking a preferred way to explore the city.
  • Buses – Local buses operate to areas outside of the city. Services are not, however, so frequent over the weekends and during the summer months. Generally, most bus services in Rovaniemi run every hour during the daytime. There are limited night buses.

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