Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland situated right on the Arctic Circle, which makes the town a gateway to the Arctic.
Enter The Arctic in Rovaniemi
The region north of the Arctic Circle is simply called the Arctic. In the Arctic, there are bigger cities than Rovaniemi, but none in direct proximity to the Arctic Circle. In Rovaniemi, the Arctic Circle runs through Santa Claus Village, located eight kilometres north of the city centre, where it is clearly marked.
What Is The Arctic Circle?
The Arctic Circle is a circle of latitude that runs 66°33′45.9″ north of the Equator. It marks the southernmost latitude where the sun can stay continuously below or above the horizon for 24 hours – these phenomena are known as the Midnight Sun in the summer and the Polar Night (“Kaamos”) in the winter.
Many consider the Arctic Circle the border of hurry and stress, meaning they don’t exist north of the line. Exploring only a few kilometres north certainly strengthens the myth – the Arctic Circle Hiking Area serves as a great example of the soothing natural beauty of the Arctic.
Where to Cross The Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi
It is almost impossible not to cross the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi. Most do it in Santa Claus Village, where it is marked and even a certificate confirming the feat can be acquired. A variety of activity tours in Rovaniemi cross the Arctic Circle at some point, meaning doing it on a snowmobile, a husky sled or in a reindeer sleigh is commonplace.
How to Cross The Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi
In general, crossing the Arctic Circle can be done in any way you choose – walk, jump, roll, cycle, drive… the possibilities are endless! Ceremonial crossings can be arranged on request, which is recommended especially for groups. Chances are you’ve even been in the Arctic airspace before landing at Rovaniemi Airport!
Do It Underground
As far as we know, Rovaniemi is the only place in the world where you can cross the Arctic Circle underground. In SantaPark, Santa’s home grotto, the Arctic can be entered 50 metres below the surface of the earth – now there’s something you don’t do every day! Yes, certificates that prove the unique event actually took place are available.
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WARNING! THIN ICE! Walking on the frozen river in the town centre of Rovaniemi is life-threatening. The City of Rovaniemi and the Lapland Rescue Department warn people about thin ice on the river, especially in the town centre of Rovaniemi.
People have been observed standing on the frozen Kemijoki River at the city centre area, although the ice cover is very thin, so walking on the frozen river can easily be fatal.
“If you see someone on the frozen river, they must be immediately instructed to head for land”, states Riku Mäenpää, Safety Instructor at the Lapland Rescue Department.
The ice may also be very weak in places outside the town centre, as there have been no prolonged periods of below-freezing temperatures.
The City began setting up fences which have warning signs about thin ice written in many different languages. Fencing will also be installed close to the Konttinen Summer Theatre to prevent people from sledging down onto the thin ice of the river.
The safari companies will start building a snow barrier from Hotel Pohjanhovi upstream past the Lumberjack Candle Bridge. The purpose of the snow barrier is to prevent people from riding snowmobiles too close to the shore.
Stay safe while visiting Rovaniemi!