Getting to know Santa’s village in Rovaniemi in Lapland, Arctic Finland
Rovaniemi is the birthplace of Santa Claus
The magical city of Rovaniemi in Finland; Birthplace of Santa Claus
Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and the birthplace of Santa Claus. This city was named by Santa Claus decades ago. His office is in the Arctic Circle, where every day is Christmas. You may have heard of award-winning luxury hotels or magical glass igloos that glow under the Northern Lights. Rovaniemi is the heart of Lapland, its connection to the world at large. With wild nature all over the city and an authentic and vibrant culture, arctic adventures await the moment you step off the plane.
Santa Claus village
Rovaniemi has been the capital of Lapland for decades
You can’t talk about Rovaniemi without mentioning its most famous resident, Santa Claus, or his office in Santa Claus Village.
His office was once just a small cabin, and now it’s a retreat to meet the big man every day of the year, including Christmas.
After meeting and greeting Santa, you can hop on a sleigh pulled by reindeer or spend an afternoon among the huskies. Explore his underground grotto in SantaPark. Whether it’s snowing as much as a meter or it’s sunny, you can have all kinds of adventures there, there are many people who specialize in this field and will guide you.
And don’t forget to stop by Santa’s main post office, which receives over half a million letters to Santa each year! Send a postcard, letter or package to be stamped with Santa’s exclusive Home Post Office stamp. You can even postpone delivery until the next Christmas season.
Santa’s Village also offers modern and unique accommodations, including Aurora igloos, located within walking distance of the main square, as well as restaurants, luxury shopping, local souvenirs, and more.
Santa Claus village checklist:
Santa Claus Village is located 8 kilometers north of Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland
Meeting with Santa Claus
Crossing the Arctic Circle
Receive Santa Claus main post office stamp
Sleep in an aurora igloo
Getting to know Santa’s horned friends
Seeing the world of the snowman
Walking on the favorite path of the fairies in the Arctic Circle
Rovaniemi is an urban center in the heart of the Lapland wilderness
Santa Claus Village is located 8 kilometers north of Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland. Like the resort, it has evolved from a simple northern village to a modern city, with all the communication and cultural facilities you can expect.
The city center is home to three shopping malls, a town square that hosts markets, events and an ice skating rink in winter, several public parks and cafes on every other street. Ounasvaara Ski Resort is less than 4 km from Lordi Square in the heart of the city.
Rovaniemi has been the capital of Lapland for decades. Cultural centers around the city include the Kurundi Culture House (a museum of contemporary and modern art and the home of the Lapland Chamber Orchestra) and the Rovaniemi Theater, which performs over 200 shows annually.
The theater building was designed by the Finnish superstar architect Alvar Aalto. Arktikum Science Museum answers every important question you have about the world’s peaks. Rovaniemi is also home to several football and hockey teams with regular games and seasons, as well as the Arctic Rally, reindeer races, and winter sports competitions.
For travelers, the city center also offers the widest network of services and providers in all of Finnish Lapland. A northern lights tour takes you a few kilometers from the city lights to give you the best chance of seeing the aurora borealis.
Or maybe you’re looking for a snowmobile excursion that lasts all day and night. There are plenty of wilderness guides who can take you through the trees and marshes to get a taste of wild Lapland. Rovaniemi has taken advantage of its long history and rich source of local guides to offer authentic Arctic adventures.
A desert that is very close to you
Rovaniemi is an urban center in the heart of the Lapland wilderness, part of the great taiga forest that stretches across northern Scandinavia and Russia. You only have to step outside the city to find space to breathe, space to move, and wide open spaces.
Rovaniemi attractions in different seasons of the year
Summer fun in Rovaniemi is swimming in the gentle waters of the river
In the summer, hikers roam the hillsides and forests just minutes from the city center. They wander past Santavara to give you a view to remind you exactly where you are – on top of the world.
Swimmers relax in the gentle waters of the Kemijoki river. Those looking for more speed jet ski and romp under the midnight sun.
In the fall, sweet berries and delicious mushrooms emerge from the forest floor, and it’s not uncommon to see someone carrying a bucket full of these delicious treats. Also, autumn is the time when the northern lights triumphantly return to our sky.
Winter brings snow and ice to cover the land, and guardian snowmen protect Santa’s village. The frosty weather and bright sunshine make Rovaniemi a great place to ski and sled for hundreds of kilometers.
In spring, the river ice breaks and the world turns green overnight, creating spectacular photo opportunities.
Hotels and residences with beautiful views
Rovaniemi has luxurious accommodations and beautiful glass igloos
For those looking for luxury, Rovaniemi is home to many luxury hotels, holiday villages and award-winning resorts. Spend a night gazing up at the night sky in Apukka Resort’s Aurora Cabins, or stay cozy and warm at the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel overlooking the pine forests.
In the city center, the Arctic City Hotel offers casual style, while the Arctic Light Boutique Hotel has dozens of individually styled rooms. On the hill of Ounasvaara, the Lapland Sky Ounasvaara Hotels provide modern amenities and a unique view of the city.
Santa’s Holiday Village gives you the chance to stay in the Arctic Circle, just steps away from Santa’s office or the edge of the forest. The Glass Resort, also in Santa Claus Village, has stylish and modern glass igloos, perfect for stargazing and aurora hunting from bed.
Rovaniemi is also home to more glass igloos and glass-walled rooms than anywhere else in the world. There’s no better way to experience the Northern Lights weaving and waving across the sky.
In addition to luxurious accommodations and glass igloos, Rovaniemi has numerous hotels and holiday villages.
Locals and travelers alike love the variety, quality and convenience of the city’s cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, in Santa’s Village and the lodges and resorts throughout Santa’s Hometown.