Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Rovaniemi

Arktikum

With its beautifully designed glass tunnel stretching out to the Ounasjoki, this is one of Finland’s finest museums. One half deals with Lapland, with information on Sámi culture and the history of Rovaniemi; the ot…
Top Choice Museum in Rovaniemi

Pilke Tiedekeskus

Downstairs in the Metsähallitus (Finnish Forest and Park Service) building next to the Arktikum, this is a highly entertaining exhibition on Finnish forestry with a sustainable focus. It has dozens of interactive di…
Church in Rovaniemi

Rovaniemen Kirkko

Completed in 1950, this church replaced the one destroyed during WWII. The impressively large fresco behind the altar depicts a Christ figure emerging from Lappish scenery. Created by Lennart Segerstråle, the fresco…
Farm in Rovaniemi

Konttaniemen Porotila

Meet reindeer (including adorable calves in season) and find out about their life cycle at this reindeer farm 7km northwest of Rovaniemi. Tours complete with lunch (of, yes, reindeer) are available year-round, and s…
Gallery in Rovaniemi

Rovaniemen Taidemuseo

A wide collection of contemporary Finnish art rotates in the clean white exhibition space of this gallery in an old brick truck depot. Performances by the Lapland Chamber Orchestra regularly take place in its concer…
Amusement Park in Rovaniemi

Santa Claus Village

The ‘official’ Santa Claus Village is built atop the Arctic Circle marker, denoted by a line painted on the pavement (Arctic Circle certificates cost €4.20). There’s a mixture of humdrum souvenir stands and classier…
Amusement Park in Rovaniemi

Santapark

Built inside a cavern in the mountain, this Christmas-themed amusement park features an army of elves baking gingerbread, a magic sleigh ride, a carousel, an ice bar, a theatre, a restaurant and, of course, Santa hi…
Visitor Centre in Rovaniemi

Santa Claus Post Office

Situated within the Santa Claus Village, this post office receives over half a million letters each year from children worldwide. You can browse a selection of the letters, which range from rather mercenary requests…
Amusement Park in Rovaniemi

Santa's Grotto

Santa sees visitors year-round in this impressive grotto, with a huge clock mechanism (it slows the earth’s rotation so that Santa can visit the whole world’s children on Christmas Eve). The portly saint is quite a …