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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 – 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 40 winter holiday tips for 2016-2017.

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Architecture Administrative and Cultural Centre
Administrative and Cultural Centre

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

History and heritage Amethyst Mine
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!

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.

Sports and wellness Arctic Adventure Park Huima
Arctic Adventure Park Huima

Arctic Adventure Park Huima is located right at the Arctic Circle and it has ten different courses of varying difficulty, up to seven meters above ground. In these courses adventurers move between living trees using ropes, beams, bridges and nets that are spanned from tree to tree.

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! 

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

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

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.

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.

Sports and wellness Fun On Ice
Fun On Ice

Fun On Ice offers outdoor ice skating in the heart of Rovaniemi, on the Old Market Square. It is open every day from 12-20 from the middle of December (weather permitting) until the beginning of January.

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
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.

Children Lappset Funpark Indoor Playground
Lappset Funpark Indoor Playground

Funpark is a functional indoor activity park for children of all ages. The park is designed to teach children and improve their body coordination while having fun playing and spending time with others.

Sports and wellness Ounasvaara Ski Resort
Ounasvaara Ski Resort

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

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 Rovaniemi Local History Museum
Rovaniemi Local History Museum

Rovaniemi Local History 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 the Santa Claus Village on 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
SantaPark

SantaPark is Santa’s own home cavern located underground at the Arctic Circle. The jolly and cheerful elves guide you through a fun day with the whole family in SantaPark!

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 World
Snowman World

The best playgrounds in the Arctic Circle for kids and the young at heart. Slide down the daring hills, try ice skating or a Lappish sleigh-go-round.
All day entrance ticket also includes a visit to magical ice world with ice bar, ice restaurant and igloo hotel.
You are warmly welcome to spend an unforgettable day in Snowman World!

Others 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 around 230 theatrical performances including children’s theatre and musicals, classics and new works, comedy and drama.