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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.

Stress-Free Zone

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.

Same @arktikumofficial, different season 💫 Which one you like more, summer or winter? 

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Same @arktikumofficial, different season 💫 Which one you like more, summer or winter? 

#arktikum #summer #summer2022 #visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #lapland #arcticcircle #northernlights
Same @arktikumofficial, different season 💫 Which one you like more, summer or winter? #arktikum #summer #summer2022 #visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #lapland #arcticcircle #northernlights
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It's 27 degrees of celsius today in Rovaniemi, Lapland – perfect time to spend the day on our fresh and cool river Kemijoki and river Ounasjoki 💦

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It's 27 degrees of celsius today in Rovaniemi, Lapland – perfect time to spend the day on our fresh and cool river Kemijoki and river Ounasjoki 💦 #visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #lapland #summer2022 #summer #SUP #visitfinland
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Beautiful and hot week ahead in Rovaniemi! Let's enjoy the heat of Arctic Summer 💦💦

#visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #arcticsummer #summer2022 #lapland #naturelovers
Beautiful and hot week ahead in Rovaniemi! Let's enjoy the heat of Arctic Summer 💦💦

#visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #arcticsummer #summer2022 #lapland #naturelovers
Beautiful and hot week ahead in Rovaniemi! Let's enjoy the heat of Arctic Summer 💦💦 #visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #arcticsummer #summer2022 #lapland #naturelovers
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A bunch of birch branches? Nope. This one is "saunavihta" or "saunavasta" in Finnish. An essential sauna tool. It's used in the sauna to enhance the effect of heat by beating onself with it. 

Midsummer celebration continues here in Rovaniemi, Lapland, and we guess that saunavihtas are in use in many Finnish cabins today! 🍃🍃

#visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #sauna #finnishsauna #visitfinland #arcticsummer
A bunch of birch branches? Nope. This one is "saunavihta" or "saunavasta" in Finnish. An essential sauna tool. It's used in the sauna to enhance the effect of heat by beating onself with it. Midsummer celebration continues here in Rovaniemi, Lapland, and we guess that saunavihtas are in use in many Finnish cabins today! 🍃🍃 #visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #sauna #finnishsauna #visitfinland #arcticsummer
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Happy Midsummer! Hyvää juhannusta! 

Rovaniemi and it's most famous resident celebrate summer solstice today and tomorrow ☀️

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Happy Midsummer! Hyvää juhannusta! Rovaniemi and it's most famous resident celebrate summer solstice today and tomorrow ☀️ #midsummer #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #santaclaus #summer2022 #arcticsummer #visitfinland #mids
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Traveling by an overnight train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an experience on its own! 

👍🏼 The train is comfortable and excellent place to chat with people

👍🏼You can take your pets, bicycles or even your car on this train

👍🏼It's environmental-friendly

Check tickets & time tables from @vrmatkalla / www.vr.fi 

#visitrovaniemi #train #nighttrain #visitfinland #travelgram #rovaniemi #arcticcircle
Traveling by an overnight train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi is an experience on its own! 👍🏼 The train is comfortable and excellent place to chat with people 👍🏼You can take your pets, bicycles or even your car on this train 👍🏼It's environmental-friendly Check tickets & time tables from @vrmatkalla / www.vr.fi #visitrovaniemi #train #nighttrain #visitfinland #travelgram #rovaniemi #arcticcircle
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