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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.

Dashing through the snow in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland 🥰❄ Ready for December??

We are, and so much happening here in Rovaniemi this week, like Christmas Markets and Concerts have a look: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/see-do/events/ 

Picture: Had a wonderful 1st Advent walk to Rovaniemi Local Heritage Museum @rovaniemenkotiseutumuseo 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #cityofrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #snow #winter #december #christmas #christmasmarket #localheritagemuseum #finland #onlyinlapland

Dashing through the snow in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland 🥰❄ Ready for December??

We are, and so much happening here in Rovaniemi this week, like Christmas Markets and Concerts have a look: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/see-do/events/

Picture: Had a wonderful 1st Advent walk to Rovaniemi Local Heritage Museum @rovaniemenkotiseutumuseo

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #cityofrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #snow #winter #december #christmas #christmasmarket #localheritagemuseum #finland #onlyinlapland

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Woke up to -20 degrees here in Rovaniemi 🥰❄ Perfect morning for a day filled with excitement! >>>> LIVESTREAM>>>>>>

Santa Claus will join the Christmas Opening in Helsinki today and we invite you all to join starting at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2).

Join via Livestream: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/watch-live/

With ❤ Visit Rovaniemi team

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #laplandfinland #onlyinlapland #christmas #christmasopening #helsinki #livestream #helsinginjoulunavaus #santaclaus #joulunavaus #joulu #joulupukki #arcticcircle #napapiiri
Woke up to -20 degrees here in Rovaniemi 🥰❄ Perfect morning for a day filled with excitement! >>>> LIVESTREAM>>>>>>

Santa Claus will join the Christmas Opening in Helsinki today and we invite you all to join starting at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2).

Join via Livestream: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/watch-live/

With ❤ Visit Rovaniemi team

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #laplandfinland #onlyinlapland #christmas #christmasopening #helsinki #livestream #helsinginjoulunavaus #santaclaus #joulunavaus #joulu #joulupukki #arcticcircle #napapiiri
Woke up to -20 degrees here in Rovaniemi 🥰❄ Perfect morning for a day filled with excitement! >>>> LIVESTREAM>>>>>>

Santa Claus will join the Christmas Opening in Helsinki today and we invite you all to join starting at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2).

Join via Livestream: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/watch-live/

With ❤ Visit Rovaniemi team

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #laplandfinland #onlyinlapland #christmas #christmasopening #helsinki #livestream #helsinginjoulunavaus #santaclaus #joulunavaus #joulu #joulupukki #arcticcircle #napapiiri

Woke up to -20 degrees here in Rovaniemi 🥰❄ Perfect morning for a day filled with excitement! >>>> LIVESTREAM>>>>>>

Santa Claus will join the Christmas Opening in Helsinki today and we invite you all to join starting at 3 pm Finnish time (UTC +2).

Join via Livestream: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/watch-live/

With ❤ Visit Rovaniemi team

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #laplandfinland #onlyinlapland #christmas #christmasopening #helsinki #livestream #helsinginjoulunavaus #santaclaus #joulunavaus #joulu #joulupukki #arcticcircle #napapiiri

2 days ago
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😍 Lapland Holiday planners have a look!

Are you planning on travelling to Lapland Rovaniemi in January, February or March? If not and you are here in the early winter, have a look at Early Winter Activities of Rovaniemi:
 https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/early-winter-activities/

Did you know that the snowiest months in Lapland are after Christmas, in fact so snowy you can just dive right in!

This article is golden, have a look! 🎁🌲❄

Picture by @huskyparkarcticcircle

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #onlyinlapland #laplandfinland #arcticcircle #husky #earlywinter #activities #finland #christmas #destination #travelplans #snow

😍 Lapland Holiday planners have a look!

Are you planning on travelling to Lapland Rovaniemi in January, February or March? If not and you are here in the early winter, have a look at Early Winter Activities of Rovaniemi:

Did you know that the snowiest months in Lapland are after Christmas, in fact so snowy you can just dive right in!

This article is golden, have a look! 🎁🌲❄

Picture by @huskyparkarcticcircle

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #onlyinlapland #laplandfinland #arcticcircle #husky #earlywinter #activities #finland #christmas #destination #travelplans #snow

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It’s only one month until Christmas today!!🎊🎄🎅🏼💫

This Saturday, the capital of Finland, Helsinki, also opens its Christmas Season 2021. Rovaniemi meets Helsinki, as Santa Claus will go to Helsinki to celebrate Christmas time. You can watch the live stream from Helsinki at visitrovaniemi.fi/watch-live

It’s only one month until Christmas today!!🎊🎄🎅🏼💫

This Saturday, the capital of Finland, Helsinki, also opens its Christmas Season 2021. Rovaniemi meets Helsinki, as Santa Claus will go to Helsinki to celebrate Christmas time. You can watch the live stream from Helsinki at visitrovaniemi.fi/watch-live

5 days ago
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November snow and frost in Rovaniemi 😍❄ Would you like a stay by the lake, and a warm sauna? For us Finns this sounds like local living at its best! 

The local sights and mood at @apukkaresort 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #arcticcircle #laplandfinland #winter #sauna #frozenlandscape #laplandaccommodation #lappi #apukkaresort #cabin #locallife
November snow and frost in Rovaniemi 😍❄ Would you like a stay by the lake, and a warm sauna? For us Finns this sounds like local living at its best! 

The local sights and mood at @apukkaresort 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #arcticcircle #laplandfinland #winter #sauna #frozenlandscape #laplandaccommodation #lappi #apukkaresort #cabin #locallife
November snow and frost in Rovaniemi 😍❄ Would you like a stay by the lake, and a warm sauna? For us Finns this sounds like local living at its best! 

The local sights and mood at @apukkaresort 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #arcticcircle #laplandfinland #winter #sauna #frozenlandscape #laplandaccommodation #lappi #apukkaresort #cabin #locallife
November snow and frost in Rovaniemi 😍❄ Would you like a stay by the lake, and a warm sauna? For us Finns this sounds like local living at its best! 

The local sights and mood at @apukkaresort 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #arcticcircle #laplandfinland #winter #sauna #frozenlandscape #laplandaccommodation #lappi #apukkaresort #cabin #locallife

November snow and frost in Rovaniemi 😍❄ Would you like a stay by the lake, and a warm sauna? For us Finns this sounds like local living at its best!

The local sights and mood at @apukkaresort

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #arcticcircle #laplandfinland #winter #sauna #frozenlandscape #laplandaccommodation #lappi #apukkaresort #cabin #locallife

6 days ago
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Frosty, sunny Sunday and floating ice!❄️☀️ 

Beautiful November moment.
Frosty, sunny Sunday and floating ice!❄️☀️ 

Beautiful November moment.

Frosty, sunny Sunday and floating ice!❄️☀️

Beautiful November moment.

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