Top Choice Museum in Rovaniemi


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. It has dozens of interactive displays that are great for…
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 asphalt (Arctic Circle certificates cost €4.20; the tourist information desk can stamp your passport for €0…
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 …
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. A work of Lennart Segerstråle, it has two …
Gallery in Rovaniemi

Rovaniemen Taidemuseo

This gallery in an old brick truck depot has a wide collection of contemporary Finnish art that it rotates in its clean white exhibition space. A concert hall here has regular events. Admission’s free on Saturday an…
Notable Building in Rovaniemi


Rovaniemi’s concert hall is one of several buildings in Rovaniemi designed by Alvar Aalto (others include the adjacent library and town hall).