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January in Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland.


Razed to the ground by the Germans in the final days of World War II in 1944, today's Rovaniemi is a featureless expanse of concrete blocks, albeit one built on a slightly whimsical city plan intentionally shaped like reindeer antlers.

Get in

By plane

Rovaniemi Airport (RVN) is the largest in northern Finland and also fields a limited number of international flights, mostly to northern Russian destinations like Murmansk. There are also direct charters during Christmastime.

By train

Rovaniemi is the terminus of most trains from the south. The journey from Helsinki takes 9-12 hours and is reasonably comfortable in a sleeper. You can also take your car with you.

Get around


  • Arktikum. Pohjoisranta 4, tel. 016 322 3260, [1]. One of the best museums and science centers in Finland, focusing on life in Lapland through the ages. Admission € 11, open 10 AM-5 PM daily (but closed Monday in winter).






Get out

  • Santa Claus Village, 8 km north of Rovaniemi right on the Arctic Circle, is a tourist trap if there ever was one, but few tourists can miss the chance to meet Santa himself

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