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There are scores of sights and attractions in the Official Hometown of Santa Claus – please find them listed below.
Christmas magic can be experienced year round in places like Santa Claus Village and SantaPark. As the capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi is home to Lapland’s Provincial Museum Arktikum, the forest-themed Pilke Science Centre and the Korundi House of Culture.
For animal lovers, the various reindeer and husky farms are a must along with Ranua Zoo that specialises in Arctic fauna; its ‘royal residents’ are the mighty polar bears and their cousins, the Finnish brown bears.
Bordering on the Arctic, Rovaniemi is an exotic place of snow and ice in winter – you can even eat and sleep in buildings made of them.
Visiting Rovaniemi this winter? To help you get the most out of our town, we’ve made a pocket guide with a map and 44 winter holiday tips for winter 2018-2019.   (Please find here the guide also in French.) 

All year
Architecture Administrative and Cultural Centre
Administrative and Cultural Centre

Lappia House, City Library of Rovaniemi and Rovaniemi Town Hall - the most famous of architect Alvar Aalto's works in Lapland.

Children Angry Birds Activity Park
Angry Birds Activity Park

Children of all ages, and children at heart, can come and enjoy the fun, inspired by Angry Bird figures. The open-air playground is located within walking distance from the city centre.

Nature Arctic Circle Hiking Area
Arctic Circle Hiking Area

Spectacular rapids and aapa mires close to Rovaniemi - Enjoy Lapland in the Arctic Circle Hiking Area at half an hour’s distance from Rovaniemi!

Arctic animals Arctic Circle Husky Park
Arctic Circle Husky Park

Come and meet the genuine Siberian Huskies and their puppies! 

Sports and wellness Arctic Adventure Park Huima
Arctic Adventure Park Huima

Experience a great adventure and see the Lappish nature from totally different angle - from the tree tops of Ounasvaara!

Provided By in Adventure Park Huima

Snow and ice Arctic SnowHotel
Arctic SnowHotel

Arctic Snow Hotel with its Ice Restaurant is an excellent place to visit, which will surely provide memorable experiences even as a day trip.

Museums and science centres Arktikum

Arktikum is a museum and a science centre. Arktikum exhibitions lead guests on an adventure to Finnish Lapland and the Arctic region.

Nature Auttiköngäs

Auttiköngäs is one of Finland's most magnificent waterfalls in peaceful Taiga forest an hour from Rovaniemi.

Sports and wellness Bowling Alley
Bowling Alley

Santasport has a 12-lane bowling alley with an automated scoring system that guarantees a relaxed bowling experience for the entire team.

Christmas and Santa Claus Christmas House Santa
Christmas House Santa

Experience the atmosphere of authentic Finnish Christmas in Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle. Meet Santa Claus in the Christmas House of the Santa Claus Holiday Village, and discover the unique Christmas exhibition, explaining the Christmas traditions around the World.

Museums and science centres Culture Pass
Culture Pass

Top 3 Culture Attractions in Rovaniemi!

With the pass you can learn about the history of Lapland and Arctic research in Arktikum, get to know northern contemporary art in Korundi House of Culture and familiarize yourself with the many meanings of northern forests in Science Centre Pilke.

History and heritage Devil's churns
Devil's churns

There are 14 'devil's churns,' or potholes, on the rocky slopes of Sukulanrakka around 25 km from Rovaniemi city centre. These potholes were created around 10,000 years ago, on the fringes of the melting continental ice sheet, by powerful meltwater flows which eroded the rock.

Children Elf’s Farm Yard Petting Zoo
Elf’s Farm Yard Petting Zoo

On our yard you can familiarize with our domestic animals in their daily activities and our child friendly lambs are waiting for you in our stable.

Museums and science centres Forestry Museum of Lapland
Forestry Museum of Lapland

Forestry museum of Lapland is one of a kind; there is no museum like ours anywhere else in Finland. During one museum tour you can get a wide perspective of how people worked and lived in forests here in Lapland during 1870’s until 1950’s.

Children Fun on Ice
Fun on Ice

Fun On Ice offers outdoor ice skating and ice sliding in the heart of Rovaniemi, at Lordi´s Square. It is open every day from 12-20 from December (weather permitting) until February.

History and heritage German Soldiers' Cemetery
German Soldiers' Cemetery

German Soldiers' Cemetery was blessed on 31 August 1963. Its mausoleum contains the remains of over 2,500 German soldiers who fell during the Second World War.

Children HopLop Exercise Adventure Park
HopLop Exercise Adventure Park

HopLop Exercise Adventure Park - lively action for kids and adults!
At HopLop you will find huge multi-layered adventure labyrinths, bouncy castles, slides, challenging and daring obstacles, pipes, bridges, ball pits, climbing walls, and a wide range of electronic games.

Christmas and Santa Claus Joulukka

Magical Joulukka is located deep in the Arctic Circle in an authentic forest of Lapland. The land and nearby lake have been inhabited by the long nosed and long eared Elves for hundreds of years and it can be tricky to find.

Museums and science centres Korundi House of Culture
Korundi House of Culture

The core of Korundi House of Culture comprises two nationally significant and internationally interesting art institutions: the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland and the Rovaniemi Art Museum.

Snow and ice Moomin Snowcastle
Moomin Snowcastle

Visit the huge Snowcastle in Santa Claus Village, full of fun activities and fairytale charm. See the adorable residents of the Moominvalley as five-meter tall snow and ice sculptures!

Sports and wellness Ounasvaara Ski Resort
Ounasvaara Ski Resort

Ounasvaara is a family outdoor resort close by the city of Rovaniemi at the Arctic Circle.

Children Ounasvaara scenery lift & summer sled track
Ounasvaara scenery lift & summer sled track

Ounasvaara Sled Track is an exciting way to descend the huge hill landscape. The scenery lift also takes you down, if you just want to enjoy the fantastic views.

Arctic animals Ranua Wildlife Park
Ranua Wildlife Park

Ranua Wildlife Park offers tourists and nearby inhabitants the opportunity to observe arctic animals throughout the year, in an as authentic environment for the animals as possible.

Children Rollohalli Freestyle Activity Park
Rollohalli Freestyle Activity Park

At Rollohalli you can get your daily adrenaline rush. You have a chance to try scooters and skateboards, trampolines and airtrack, parkour area and climbing walls.

Architecture Rovaniemi Church
Rovaniemi Church

The present church in Rovaniemi was completed in 1950. It was designed by the architect Bertil Liljequist. The interior of the church is dominated by a huge fresco behind the altar.

Museums and science centres Local Heritage Museum
Local Heritage Museum

Local Heritage Museum illustrates life in the house and outbuildings of a wealthy farmer a hundred years ago.

Christmas and Santa Claus Santa Claus Office
Santa Claus Office

Santa Claus Office is the official place to meet Santa in Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle.

Christmas and Santa Claus Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Village

You can meet Santa Claus and cross the magical Arctic Circle every day at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi.

Christmas and Santa Claus Santa Claus' Main Post Office
Santa Claus' Main Post Office

Santa Claus’ Main Post Office is the only official post office of Santa Claus. Here you can feel the Christmas spirit every day of the year and be served by the merry post office elves in several languages!

Christmas and Santa Claus SantaPark

Underneath the Arctic Circle, deep beneath the ground, lies Santa's secret cavern where it's Christmas all year round!

Sports and wellness Santasport pool area
Santasport pool area

Santasport pool area is ideal for competitive swimmers, aquatics, swim schools, and recreational swimming.

Museums and science centres Science Centre Pilke
Science Centre Pilke

Science Centre Pilke tells stories about the northern forests and the many connections we have with them.

Snow and ice Snowman Ice World Winter Zone
Snowman Ice World Winter Zone

Snowman World Winter Zone is a unique snow and ice world, situated in Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi, Finland.

History and heritage Summer tours to the Amethyst Mine
Summer tours to the Amethyst Mine

Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, located in Pyhä-Luosto national park, is a fascinating travel destination all year round. The amethyst of Lampivaara fell was born 2 000 million years ago in the bowels of the ancient mountains. There is now a gem mine on the top of the hill that will sustain for the hundreds of years. Visitors are welcome!

Art and culture Theatre of Rovaniemi
Theatre of Rovaniemi

The Rovaniemi Theatre – Regional Theatre of Lapland offers a wide range of different performances, with its speciality being local themes. Each year theatre-goers can choose from children’s theatre and musicals, classics and new works, comedy and drama.

History and heritage Winter tours to the Amethyst Mine
Winter tours to the Amethyst Mine

Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, located in Pyhä-Luosto national park, is a fascinating travel destination all year round. Visitors are welcome!