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How to explore Rovaniemi while staying at home

May 20, 2020 Anne Saahkari

Missing Rovaniemi? We miss you too! As travelling is not possible at the moment, we wanted to bring Rovaniemi closer to you. Read our tips to enjoy the Arctic Circle from your own couch.

1. Experience Rovaniemi through web cameras

Watch what’s happening in Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle, discover the genuine beauty of Koivusaari nature trail nearby Rovaniemi city center or watch the sunset on top of Ounasvaara hill – if you’re lucky, you might spot reindeer there! From this page you’ll find all of our web cameras.

Aerial-from-Ounasvaara-Rovaniemi-Lapland-Finland-spring-photo-Alexander-Kuznetsov

2. Chat with Santa Claus via Live Stream

Join the live stream from Santa Claus Office daily starting at 1 P.M. (UTC +3)! During the broadcast, you can join the chat and post your questions to Santa Claus and the Elves on the Youtube channel.

With a special request, you may also have a private video call with Santa Claus no matter where you are, as the connection is made by online service (Skype or WhatsApp). You’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ask all the questions you have been wondering about and tell your Christmas wishes to Santa Claus. Also, you can check if you’re on the good list!

Santa Claus lives in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

3. Check out few inspiring videos 

Youtube is full of videos made by our dear visitors. Visit the town virtually by checking out few of them! Check our suggestions below:

More videos you’ll find from Visit Rovaniemi’s Youtube channel.

4. Enjoy music by local artists

Did you know that the Eurovision winner Lordi is from Rovaniemi? Ever heard about the Finnish popstar Antti Tuisku – who’s hometown is also Rovaniemi? Listen up their music from Spotify or Youtube.

ps. If you fancy to join a live gig streamed from Rovaniemi, join the Scarctic Circle garthering by Lordi on 22.5.2020! During the 3-hour show you’ll get to see some hidden gems of Rovaniemi – guided by Mr. Lordi himself.

5. See movies that are filmed in Rovaniemi

  • War (2019) An Indian soldier chases after his mentor who has gone rogue following an unexpected kill.
  • Lapland Odyssey (2010) A comedy about Janne, a man from Lapland in Northern Finland, a man who has made a career out of living on welfare.
  • Aurora (2019) is a romantic comedy about an artist and a refugee trying to find him a wife so he and his daughter may stay in Finland.

War Movie-Yash Raj Films-House of Lapland-Rovaniemi-Lapland-Finland

6. Read out inspiring blogs from Rovaniemi

Arktikum, Rovaniemi, Lappi.
Photo: @estercuni

7. Cook like a local – Try out the delicious blueberry pie recipe by Mrs. Irene Kangasniemi

Irene’s delicious blueberry pie is well-known delicacy in Rovaniemi. Try out the recipe yourself!

Mix all the ingredients (excl. berries) in a bowl.  Fit the piecrust on a 30cm x 30cm pie plate. Bake in 225-celcius degrees for 15 minutes (or until the base is golden and dry). Add blueberries and continue to bake until the berries bubble. Top with whipped cream & enjoy! (1 glass is app. 2 dl)

Get to know the local couple, Mrs. Irene & Mr. Ari from the Hornwork Handicrafts

Blueberry pie recipe by Irene Kangasniemi Hornwork Rovaniemi Lapland Finland calligraphy by A-M Lampela
Photo and calligraphy: A-M Lampela

8. Listen the Sound of Lapland and relax

With the new album SCAPES, you can travel to Finnish Lapland with the push of a button. Just pop in your Airpods and you’ll be swept away to the north of Finland, where the relaxing nature and ambient sounds of Lapland will soothe your soul and refresh your spirit.

9. Follow us in social media

You may follow Visit Rovaniemi in Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and TikTok.

Our local partners are also publishing interesting content from Rovaniemi. From Bearhill Husky’s Instagram page you can follow up the daily life of a husky kennel, and at Korundi’s Youtube channel you’ll get to join a virtual art museum tour.

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