Arktikum information

Rovaniemi , Finland
Street Pohjoisranta 4
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adult/child/family €12/5/27
Opening hours
9am-6pm Jun–mid-Aug, 10am-6pm Dec–mid-Jan, 10am-6pm Tue-Sun mid-Jan–May
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Lonely Planet review

With its beautifully designed glass tunnel stretching out to the Ounasjoki, this is one of Finland’s best museums and well worth the admission fee if you are interested in the north. There are two main exhibitions; one side deals with Lapland, with some information on Sámi culture, including both traditional and modern music, and a variety of costumes. There’s a display of canoes, dwellings and fishing materials, as well as a room devoted to the history of Rovaniemi itself.

The highlight, though, is the other side, with a wide-ranging display on the Arctic, with superb static and interactive displays focusing on flora and fauna, as well as on the peoples of Arctic Europe, Asia and North America. There’s a research library here if you want to learn more, as well as a good restaurant. There’s an audiovisual show in the auditorium three times daily; it’s basically a pretty slide show, so don’t stress should you miss it.