Rovaniemi, located right in the confluence of the rivers Kemijoki and Ounasjoki at the Arctic Circle, is the unofficial capital and the gate to Finnish Lapland. The rural municipality comprises Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi sub-region and Ranua. The population of Rovaniemi is 36000 and Ranua’s 5000 inhabitants, and together with Rovaniemi sub-region makes a total of 63000 inhabitants.
The Arctic Circle is the imaginary line located at 66 32’ ‘35’’. Above the Arctic Circle the sun never sets in summer for at least one night a year, giving us the chance to enjoy the midnight sun; during the winter months, the sun does not rise at least one day a year. The winter darkness brings the kaamos, a very special dark blue light from the sky reflected on the snow, and northern lights dancing in the sky. Winter is long, and the darkness is just a part of it: from February we have longer days, and in mid-March days already longer than in South Europe.
Activities and Safaris
Rovaniemi is the ideal destination whatever your reason for travelling. The well planned infrastructure, local places of interest and opportunities for unique experiences and safaris makes Rovaniemi a popular choice for individuals, groups and corporate travel. Rovaniemi is also a popular destination all throughout the year. During the winter, highlights include snowmobile safaris, fun reindeer and husky rides and Northern Light hunting. During summer, you can enjoy a beautiful and relaxing riverboat cruise on Rovaniemi’s two large rivers that flow through the city landscapes to the reindeer farm, or cruise under the midnight sun. And of course, in Rovaniemi, whatever the time of year Santa Claus will always be always waiting to meet you!
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi is the official town of Santa Claus. Father Christmas has his office at Santa Claus Village, just 8,6 km from Rovaniemi center. In his office he meets and greets people from all over the world every single day of the year.
In Santa Claus village you will also have the chance to visit Santa Claus Official Post Office. From there you will be able to send postcards and Christmas greetings to your loved ones whatever the time of the year. Husky and reindeer ridesSnowmobile SafarisNorthern LightsSanta Claus
Distances from Rovaniemi
- Rovaniemi airport: 9,6 km from the town center
- Santa Claus Village, Roaniemi: 8,6 km from town center
- Rail way station: 2,5 km from most of the hotels in town
- Sampo icebreaker, Kemi: 124 km
- Helsinki: 830 km to the south
- North Cape, Norway: 709 km