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Getting here

Rovaniemi is situated in Finnish Lapland, right on the Arctic Circle. Despite the northern location, getting here is easy – Rovaniemi is well connected to the rest of the world via various means of transport.
From abroad, the town is easiest to get to by plane via Helsinki. Inside Finland, Rovaniemi can be reached by plane, train, coach or car. In the winter – the Christmas season in particular – charter flights with hotel packages are offered from many countries.
Please see below detailed information on transport to and from Rovaniemi. NB! Changes in all data are possible due to the coronavirus pandemic!

Flight connections

Daily flights between Rovaniemi and Helsinki are operated by Finnair throughout the year and several times a week by Norwegian.

For winter and spring 2022-2023, the following direct flight connections to Rovaniemi have been established:

  • London (Gatwick) – Rovaniemi with easyJet
    – Operated between 13th November 2022 and 26th February 2023 on Wednesdays and Sundays
  • London (Stansted) – Rovaniemi with Ryanair
    – Operated between 30th October 2022 and 24th March 2023 on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Paris (Charles de Gaulle) – Rovaniemi with Air France
    – Operated between 3rd December 2022 and 4th March 2023 on Saturdays
  • Dusseldorf – Rovaniemi with Eurowings
    – Operated between 3rd December 2022 and 25th March 2023 on Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Istanbul – Rovaniemi with Turkish Airlines
    – Operated between 24th November 2022 and 12th March 2023 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
  • Dublin – Rovaniemi with Ryanair
    – Operated between 30th October 2022 and 23rd March 2023 on Thursdays and Sundays
  • Brussels Charleroi – Rovaniemi with Ryanair
    – Operated between 31st October 2022 and 24th March 2023 on Mondays and Fridays

For detailed information about Rovaniemi Airport, please see here.

Getting to Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland is easy by plane - photo by Finnair

Train connections

Finnish railroads are operated by state company VR.

Rovaniemi is easy to reach by rail from many Finnish towns, with several trains running to and from Helsinki every day. Trains run year round, despite harsh weather at times.

Traveling to Rovaniemi The Official Hometown of Santa Claus with train

Coach connections

The coach services by Matkahuolto and Onnibus cover a great deal of Finland’s road network.

They’re not only an option for reaching Rovaniemi from the south, but also the only means of public transport that connect the town with the northern parts of Lapland.

 

The bus station designed by Alvar Aalto in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Road connections

Rovaniemi is easy to get to by car from all directions.

If you plan on travelling around Lapland by car, be sure to allocate enough time for the long distances and changing weather conditions, particularly in the winter.

Up-to-date information on road conditions is published by the Finnish Transport Agency.

Check here important facts about driving in Finland.

Aurora Borealis over a road in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

Traffic connections to neighbouring countries

Norway

In the summer season, there is a daily bus connection from Rovaniemi to Tromsø (Norway) and from Rovaniemi to North Cape (Norway) as well as from Rovaniemi to Vadsø (Norway). In wintertime, buses from Rovaniemi run to Karasjok and Tana Bru (Norway), where domestic Norwegian bus lines operate to further destinations.

Sweden

Buses and trains operate all year from Rovaniemi via Kemi and Tornio to Haparanda (Sweden).

Arctic Route winter 2021-2022

New bus and train routes to Northern Finland, Sweden and Norway.

Routes operate from 1.12.2021-31.3.2022 between Rovaniemi (Finland), Tromsø, Narvik, Lyngen, Alta (Norway), Luleå and Kiruna (Sweden).

Bus timetables from/to Rovaniemi:

Rovaniemi, Finland – Tromsø, Norway / Tromsø, Norway – Rovaniemi, Finland 1.12.2021 – 31.3.2022

Check here for more routes in Sweden and Norway: www.thearcticroute.com

 

Distances from Rovaniemi

Finland

Helsinki 825 km
Inari 310 km
Oulu 220 km

Russia

Murmansk 585 km
St. Petersburg 940 km
Petrozavodsk 875 km

Norway

Narvik 520 km
Tromsø 600km
Nordkapp 710 km

Sweden

Haparanda 125 km
Kiruna 340 km
Stockholm 1 145 km

Travel agencies and tour operators

Many travel agencies offer service packages for incoming visitors and will help you with all your travel needs.

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
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 💦

#visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #lapland #summer2022 #summer #SUP #visitfinland
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 ☀️

#midsummer #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #santaclaus #summer2022 #arcticsummer #visitfinland 

#mids
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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