Introduction to Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi is a city and municipality of Finland and 10 kms south of the Arctic Circle.
Rovaniemi is situated between the hills of Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara and at the converging point of the Kemijoki River and its tributary, the Ounasjoki.
Owning to its central location, Rovaniemi is a center for education in Finnish Lapland. It is also the commercial center and administrative capital of Lapland.
Rovaniemi is emerging as a popular tourist destination because of its pristine natural beauty and the abundance and variety of the recreational activities, on offer.
Getting Around Rovaniemi
You can easily navigate the areas around the city center on foot. To visit other local attractions, you can take a bus or higher a car from your hotel.
Top attractions Rovaniemi
The most important landmark of Rovaniemi is the Jatkankynttila or Lumberjack Candle Bridge with its perpetual flame, over the Kemijoki River. This easily recognizable landmark is a wonderful subject, for photography.
Arktikum House (has the Arktikum Science Museum dedicated to the history, culture and modern life in the Arctic regions of Finland and the world), Lappia House (acts as a theatre) and Rovaniemi Town Hall are other significant landmarks in the city. Rovaniemi Town Hall, concert hall and library have been designed by the famous Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.
Arktikum is one of the best museums in Finland. It has a beautifully designed glass tunnel, which stretches out to Ounasjoki. Enjoy the static and interactive displays, which are stimulating and enriching. An audio-visual show is also organized in the auditorium. Learn about the Sami culture, the music and costumes of the area. Canoe and fishing material displays are sure to catch your attention.
Rovaniemen Kirkko has a very large impressive fresco, behind the altar. It shows a Christ figure rising from the Lappish landscape.
Pilke Science Center has displays and exhibits about sustainable forestry in Finland and the products and commodities that the forest yields.
At the end of the day, spend some time relaxing at the sauna and Jacuzzi spa at Santamus. It is a log building with Lappish atmosphere. Enjoy sumptuous Lappish food along with live music.
Santa Claus Village and Santapark considered, the official home of Santa Claus, is at a distance of 8 kms north of the city center. Relive your childhood and gift your children a chance to live their dream, visit and meet Santa Claus.
Visit the site of the earliest known human settlement of the area at the top of the Ounasvaara hill.
Another reason which has become a reason for the increase of tourist influx is the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. An amazing phenomenon of Mother Nature, this is a colorful and natural firework on the skyline.
Another rare natural phenomenon that you can witness in Rovaniemi is the midnight sun, which can be seen from 6 June to 7 July. Napapiiri is the southernmost line at which at least once a year, the sun does not set.
The people who love snow and seek adventure, will love their visit to Rovaniemi. You can indulge in many activities here.You can go hiking during summers on the marked trails around Ounasvaara’s forests. Enjoy snowmobiling, snow shoe walking, skiing, cross country skiing, ice fishing, husky and reindeer safari, ice swimming. In summers, you can do wild-water rafting, swimming or enjoy a river cruise.
Outside the City
Across the river is the Ounasvaara ski center, where you can enjoy skiing. You can drive to Vaattunkiköngäs and have a lovely time with friends. Reserve a cabin and live in the quiet and green surroundings. Another wonderful place to visit is Auttinköngäs. It is about an hour distance from Rovaniemi. The scenic spot with waterfall and a river canyon is wonderful location, to spend some time relaxing.
Where to sleep in
Aakenus Hotel Rovaniemi
Koskikatu 47, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland
Phone: 358 16 3422051 / Fax: 358 16 3422021 - Rates start from EUR 105
Aakenus Hotel Rovaniemi is positioned on a peaceful area, near to the city centre. This inn is an ideal place to explore sigtseeing spots such as Lutheran Church, Orthodox Church & Pohtimolampi Sports Center.
City Hotel Rovaniemi
Pekankatu 9, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland
Phone: +358 16 3300111 / Fax: 358 1 6311304 - Rates start from EUR 123
Strategically located in the very heart of the town of Rovaniemi, the City Hotel Rovaniemi is only a few kilometers away from the Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle & is also close to many other sightseeing spots that are available in the locality.
Cumulus Hotel Rovaniemi
Valtakatu 23, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland
Phone: +358 16 333 600 / Fax: +358 16 333 6366 - Rates start from EUR 166
This property is a kilometer from the bus station, 2 kilometers from the railway station & 8 kilometers from the airport. The Ounasvaara winter Sport Centre, Lappia House, Santapark, Santa Claus Village, University of Lapland & Lapland Sports Institute/Ounashalli are all close by.
Hotel Santa Claus Rovaniemi
Korkalonkatu 29, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland
Phone: +35816321321 / Fax: 358 16 321322 - Rates start from EUR 141
Hotel Santa Claus is in the very heart of Rovaniemi with a shopping mall in the same complex. Despite it's central location, the unique lappish nature is only a stone's throw away from the hotel. The hotel is near to most of the attractions & safari companies, which offer popular excursions such as snowmobile, husky dog, reindeer & riverboat safaris.
Lapland Hotel Sky Ounasvaara
Valtakatu 16 B, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland
Phone: 358 16 323 400 / Fax: 358-16-318789 - Rates start from EUR 156
Strategically located just three kilometers from the centre of Rovaniemi, Lapland Hotel Sky is four kilometers from the railway station & ten kilometers from the airport. The Santa Claus Village & Santa Park, museums & art galleries, rally driving, restaurants, shopping areas as well as the nightlife are nearby the property.
Ounasvaaran Pirtit Hotel Rovaniemi
Antinmukka 4, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland
Phone: 358 163330100 / Fax: 358 16369061 - Rates start from EUR 184
Ounasvaaran Pirtit Hotel is positioned only a 5 minute drive from the arctic town of Rovaniem. ARKTIKUM Artic Centre Provincial Museum of Lapland & Pohtimolampi Sports Center are some of the sigtseeing spots in Rovaniemi.
Rantasipi Pohjanhovi Hotel Rovaniemi
Pohjanpuistikko 2, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland
Phone: 358 16 33711 / Fax: 358 16 313997 - Rates start from EUR 165
Positioned on bank of the river Kemijoki, the Rantasipi Pohjanhovi Hotel is in the centre of Rovaniemi & a kilometer from the train station. This property is near to the Arktikum & 8 kilometers from the airport.
Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel
Koskikatu 23, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland
Phone: 358 16 4606000 / Fax: 358 16 4606666 - Rates start from EUR 90
Strategically located in the very centre of Rovaniemi, the Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel is eight kilometers from the Arctic Circle & Santa Claus Village. The local sightseeing spots include the Arktikum, Museum of Arctic Life, Jatkankynttila Bridge, Ranua Zoological Garden & Santa Park, while all the shopping centres, cinemas & shops are placed close by.
Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Rovaniemi
Koskikatu 4, Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi, Finland
Phone: +358 20 1234 695 / Fax: +358 16 332 2199 - Rates start from EUR 102
Positioned in the centre of the Rovaniemi, the Sokos Hotel is 2 kilometers from the train station & 9 kilometers from the airport. The city attractions include great downhill skiing, ski jumping hill & Santa Claus Village.