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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.

Flight connections

Daily flights between Rovaniemi and Helsinki are operated by Finnair and Norwegian throughout the year. 

For winter and spring 2016-2017, the following flight connections have been established:

• London (Gatwick) – Rovaniemi with Norwegian
– Operated between 2nd December 2016 and March 2017 on Mondays and Fridays

• Berlin – Rovaniemi with Germania
– Operated between 11th January and 23rd March 2017 on Wednesdays and Sundays

• Zurich – Rovaniemi with Germania
– Operated between 18th December 2016 and 30th April 2017 on Wednesdays and Sundays

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.

Getting here - travel to Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland by train - photo by VR

Coach connections

The coach services by Matkahuolto 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.

Another coach company, Onnibus, offers services in most of Finland, Rovaniemi being one of their northernmost stops.

 

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.

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. A valid passport is sufficient for crossing the Finnish-Norwegian border, no separate permit or visa is required.

Sweden

Buses and trains operate all year from Rovaniemi via Kemi and Tornio to Haparanda (Sweden). A valid passport is sufficient for crossing the Finnish-Swedish border, no separate permit or visa is required.

Russia

The bus from Rovaniemi via Ivalo to Murmansk (Russia) operates all year. Visitors to Russia must acquire a visa in advance; the need for other required documents should be clarified well ahead of the journey.

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.