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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 8,  Santa’s Express 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.

Today it's been snowing all day here in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland and we're thrilled 😍 

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Today it's been snowing all day here in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland and we're thrilled 😍 

Pics are from this morning and by now there are already piles of snow... 

First snow rarely stays for long due to changes in weather and temperature. Permanent snow comes when it comes – We're ready ❄️❄️❄️❄️

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Today it's been snowing all day here in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland and we're thrilled 😍 

Pics are from this morning and by now there are already piles of snow... 

First snow rarely stays for long due to changes in weather and temperature. Permanent snow comes when it comes – We're ready ❄️❄️❄️❄️

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Today it's been snowing all day here in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland and we're thrilled 😍

Pics are from this morning and by now there are already piles of snow…

First snow rarely stays for long due to changes in weather and temperature. Permanent snow comes when it comes – We're ready ❄️❄️❄️❄️

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Cheers to autumn – This foliage was a wonderful set of colors! Now it smells like winter in the air...If we're lucky, we might get the first snow flakes this week here in Rovaniemi 💃🏼

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Cheers to autumn – This foliage was a wonderful set of colors! Now it smells like winter in the air…If we're lucky, we might get the first snow flakes this week here in Rovaniemi 💃🏼

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Guess what? 🎅🏼It's only 70 nights until Christmas! Santa Claus and his elves are surely planning it already here at the Official Hometown of Santa Claus...What's your Christmas plan? 

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Guess what? 🎅🏼It's only 70 nights until Christmas! Santa Claus and his elves are surely planning it already here at the Official Hometown of Santa Claus…What's your Christmas plan?

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About last night 💫 It was one of the best northern lights shows for the year here in Rovaniemi, Lapland. @wildaboutlapland was hunting the auroras with luck last night 💫

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About last night 💫 It was one of the best northern lights shows for the year here in Rovaniemi, Lapland. @wildaboutlapland was hunting the auroras with luck last night 💫

#lapland #finland #northernlights #aurora #auroraborealis #nightphotography #aurorahunting #visitrovaniemi #visitfinland #wildaboutlapland

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It's ok to have wet in the autum – floating makes your mind rest and body relax 💫🍂🍁

Floating in Rovaniemi with @safartica 

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It's ok to have wet in the autum – floating makes your mind rest and body relax 💫🍂🍁

Floating in Rovaniemi with @safartica 

#lapland #laplandfinland #autumn #rovaniemi #autumnvibes #floating #outdoors #outdoorslife #visitrovaniemi #visitfinland #arctic #arcticcircle
It's ok to have wet in the autum – floating makes your mind rest and body relax 💫🍂🍁

Floating in Rovaniemi with @safartica 

#lapland #laplandfinland #autumn #rovaniemi #autumnvibes #floating #outdoors #outdoorslife #visitrovaniemi #visitfinland #arctic #arcticcircle

It's ok to have wet in the autum – floating makes your mind rest and body relax 💫🍂🍁

Floating in Rovaniemi with @safartica

#lapland #laplandfinland #autumn #rovaniemi #autumnvibes #floating #outdoors #outdoorslife #visitrovaniemi #visitfinland #arctic #arcticcircle

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Oh to have wings.. to fly and see Lapland Rovaniemi, from a bird´s eye view 😍🍂 But wait, we do have wings:

For winter and spring 2021-2022, the following direct flight connections to Rovaniemi have been established:

London (Gatwick) – Rovaniemi with easyJet
– Operated between 17th November 2021 and 23rd March 2022 on Wednesdays and Sundays

Paris (Charles de Gaulle) – Rovaniemi with Air France
– Operated between 4th December 2021 and 5th March 2022 on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Dusseldorf – Rovaniemi with Eurowings
– Operated between 5th December 2021 and 20th March 2022 on Sundays

Istanbul – Rovaniemi with Turkish Airlines
– Operated between 16th December 2021 and 6th February 2022 on Thursdays and Sundays

And flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi are operated by Finnair & Norwegian 

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Oh to have wings.. to fly and see Lapland Rovaniemi, from a bird´s eye view 😍🍂 But wait, we do have wings:

For winter and spring 2021-2022, the following direct flight connections to Rovaniemi have been established:

London (Gatwick) – Rovaniemi with easyJet
– Operated between 17th November 2021 and 23rd March 2022 on Wednesdays and Sundays

Paris (Charles de Gaulle) – Rovaniemi with Air France
– Operated between 4th December 2021 and 5th March 2022 on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Dusseldorf – Rovaniemi with Eurowings
– Operated between 5th December 2021 and 20th March 2022 on Sundays

Istanbul – Rovaniemi with Turkish Airlines
– Operated between 16th December 2021 and 6th February 2022 on Thursdays and Sundays

And flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi are operated by Finnair & Norwegian 

#rovaniemi #lapland #flights #lapland #finland #turkishairlines #eurowings #airfrance #easyjet #Finnair #norwegian #arcticcircle #laplandfinland #traveldestination
Oh to have wings.. to fly and see Lapland Rovaniemi, from a bird´s eye view 😍🍂 But wait, we do have wings:

For winter and spring 2021-2022, the following direct flight connections to Rovaniemi have been established:

London (Gatwick) – Rovaniemi with easyJet
– Operated between 17th November 2021 and 23rd March 2022 on Wednesdays and Sundays

Paris (Charles de Gaulle) – Rovaniemi with Air France
– Operated between 4th December 2021 and 5th March 2022 on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Dusseldorf – Rovaniemi with Eurowings
– Operated between 5th December 2021 and 20th March 2022 on Sundays

Istanbul – Rovaniemi with Turkish Airlines
– Operated between 16th December 2021 and 6th February 2022 on Thursdays and Sundays

And flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi are operated by Finnair & Norwegian 

#rovaniemi #lapland #flights #lapland #finland #turkishairlines #eurowings #airfrance #easyjet #Finnair #norwegian #arcticcircle #laplandfinland #traveldestination

Oh to have wings.. to fly and see Lapland Rovaniemi, from a bird´s eye view 😍🍂 But wait, we do have wings:

For winter and spring 2021-2022, the following direct flight connections to Rovaniemi have been established:

London (Gatwick) – Rovaniemi with easyJet
– Operated between 17th November 2021 and 23rd March 2022 on Wednesdays and Sundays

Paris (Charles de Gaulle) – Rovaniemi with Air France
– Operated between 4th December 2021 and 5th March 2022 on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Dusseldorf – Rovaniemi with Eurowings
– Operated between 5th December 2021 and 20th March 2022 on Sundays

Istanbul – Rovaniemi with Turkish Airlines
– Operated between 16th December 2021 and 6th February 2022 on Thursdays and Sundays

And flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi are operated by Finnair & Norwegian

#rovaniemi #lapland #flights #lapland #finland #turkishairlines #eurowings #airfrance #easyjet #Finnair #norwegian #arcticcircle #laplandfinland #traveldestination

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