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Visit Santa Every Day of The Year in Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi is the Official Hometown of Santa Claus, and the city’s most famous resident can be visited every day of the year in Santa Claus Village right on the Arctic Circle, an attraction that draws more than 500 000 annual visitors from all around the world.

30 Years And Counting

Santa Claus’ original home lies in the mysterious Korvatunturi (“Ear Fell”) in Finnish Lapland. Since the exact location is a secret only known to a chosen few, he decided to establish an office in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, in 1985. Rovaniemi received the status of the Official Hometown of Santa Claus in 2010.

Santa Says: Welcome!

As probably the most famous person on the planet, Santa Claus recognizes his global influence and the responsibility that comes with it.
– I’m an ambassador of good will, love and peace, and wish nothing but happiness to the people of the world, he says without a hint of hesitation in his voice.
– I sincerely hope as many people as possible have the chance to come visit me in Rovaniemi – nothing makes me happier, he wishes merrily.

How to Get to Santa Claus in Rovaniemi

Santa Claus Village is open every day of the year, and getting there is easy with local bus number 8Kutilan liikenne bus or Santa Claus bus which leave hourly from Rovaniemi city centre. Alternatives include taxi, car or walking – the distance is eight kilometres.
If you want to see Santa right after landing in Rovaniemi, you’ll be glad to know he’s only three kilometres away from the airport. Please see Santa Claus Village detailed opening hours to make sure he’s available.

Santa Claus Village: How It All Started

Rovaniemi was almost completely destroyed in World War II. In 1950, Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, came to visit Rovaniemi to witness the rebuilding process.
She wanted to visit the Arctic Circle, and Rovaniemi officials rushed to building a cabin eight kilometres north of the city. The cabin marked the birth of Santa Claus Village and still stands today next to Santa Claus Main Post Office.

Santa Claus Village Today

Santa Claus Village is Lapland’s best-known attraction and a resort in its own right. It is home to approximately 50 draws in the form of activity companies, shops, restaurants and cafés. Husky and reindeer rides, snowmobile tours, design items and souvenirs, ice and snow constructions, an igloo hotel and holiday village accommodation can be found there. For more detailed information, please see here.

Virtual Magic of Christmas

Now it is possible for all friends of Christmas and Rovaniemi to visit Santa Claus virtually! So sit back, have a hot chocolate and get ready for a virtual Christmas experience. You are about to have a magical virtual tour in snowy Santa Claus Village, cross the Arctic Circle and meet Santa Claus himself, are you ready?
  • To enjoy the experience to the fullest, sit back and reserve a good 10 minutes for your tour, why not accompanied with a hot chocolate and ginger biscuits.
  • You can repeat the tour as many times as you like.
  • The total duration of the virtual tour is approximately 10 minutes.
  • Set the volume of your device to lower then medium, for an enjoyable experience (it might get snowy and windy at times).
  • Once the virtual tour begins you can not speed the tour or get lost since the virtual tour will lead you to Santa Claus.
  • While your virtual tour you can move the view and look around by touching the screen of your smartphone or by moving the mouse or touchpad of your laptop.
  • Once you click the image below to activate the tour, press play on the center of screen, you can then expand to full screen by clicking the arrows on the right lower corner.
You are now ready to enter the snowy Arctic Circle, enjoy your tour!
Click the image below to start the virtual tour >>

Virtual Magic of Christmas Visit Rovaniemi press play to start the virtual tour

Experience The Christmas Season Highlights in Santa Claus Village

A month before Christmas, the eyes of the world turn to Rovaniemi as Santa Claus declares the Christmas season open in Santa Claus Village. It also marks the start of the busy season in Rovaniemi, as numerous visitors are keen to experience the true magic of Christmas in the Official Hometown of Santa Claus.
Another highlight of the year is December 23rd, when Santa departs on his mission to hand out presents to children all around the globe.

Home of The Postal Elves

Since 1985, Santa Claus has received 18 million letters from 199 countries, which makes Santa Claus Main Post Office a must on any visit to Santa Claus Village. The merry postal elves are happy to serve customers all year round in their headquarters, which is a real post office operated by Posti, Finland’s national postal service. Every letter sent from here gets a special Arctic Circle postmark not available anywhere else, so your greetings home are sure to be unique.

Santa's Flying Troops – The Reindeer

Reindeer play a special role in Santa Claus’ life, and meeting them certainly makes an impression on everyone.
– They are much more than a means of transport to me – they’re gentle and kind, and they stick together – come to think of it, they’re like an embodiment of the spirit of Christmas, Santa remarks.
Getting to know reindeer is easy in Rovaniemi, as many reindeer sleigh rides and farm visits are available – some of them in and some to Santa Claus Village. Kindly notice: flying reindeer are reserved for Santa only, as they require expert driving skills that take centuries to master.

Santa's Helpers

Santa’s busy schedule would fall apart without his hard-working helpers, the elves. Their invaluable effort is rewarded by the smiles on the faces of countless children and adults they see feeling the true spirit of Christmas.
– Our work never ends, but a cheerful outlook and positive attitude make it feel like playtime day after day, says Ferdie the Elf.
– In order to learn the secrets of real elves, take a class in our Elf School to earn your magical diploma! Hints Elfiina the Elf.

The World Knows

In his 30 plus years in Rovaniemi, Santa Claus has received millions of visitors including pop stars, politicians, television personalities, athletes and regular people from every corner of the world in Santa Claus Village. His headquarters on the Arctic Circle has become known to many, many more around the globe through widespread international media coverage.

Rovaniemi – A Christmas Lover's Dream

Besides Santa Claus Village, there are quite a few Christmas attractions in and around Rovaniemi. For Christmas and Santa Claus themed activities and experiences, please see here.

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

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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

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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:

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

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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

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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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