Top Choice Museum in Rovaniemi


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. One side deals with Lapland, wit…
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…
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…
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 …
Tourist Complex in Rovaniemi

Santa Claus Village

Built right on top of the Arctic Circle marker is the ‘official’ Santa Claus Village. There’s a mixture of humdrum souvenir stands and classier shops, and it’s just about the best spot to buy Sámi handicrafts. Tour …
Post Office in Rovaniemi

Santa Claus Post Office

This receives over half a million letters each year from children all over the world. You can browse a selection of the letters, which range from rather mercenary requests for thousands of euros of electronic goods…
Christmas Personality in Rovaniemi

Santa's Grotto

Santa sees visitors year-round in this impressive grotto, where a huge clock mechanism (it slows the earth’s rotation so that Santa can visit the whole world’s children on Christmas night) eerily surrounds those que…
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).