Holidays to Rovaniemi take you to the heart of Lapland. It’s a place of Arctic landscapes, snowmobiles, Finnish cuisine – and, of course, Father Christmas.
A polar capital with a warm heart
Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland. It’s a small, compact city that comes with a real buzz of modern shopping malls, lively bars and restaurants serving up everything from traditional cooking to French cuisine. It’s also got the rather big draw of having Santa Claus on hand – not to mention Arctic wilderness that’s perfect for snowsports and sleigh rides. And the whole place is designed to look like a reindeer’s head from above – complete with antlers.
Santa Claus Village
It’s Christmas all year round at Santa Claus Village, about 8 kilometres north of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. It’s a novelty to send greetings from the Post Office here, and there’s the chance to learn about the history of Christmas traditions. The place gets busy at the end of November when there are concerts, gift bazaars, performances by Santa’s elves, plus the grand opening of SantaPark, Santa’s secret underground grotto.
Father Christmas has some competition. Sporting activities are popular at Ounasvaara, just outside the resort – there are nearly 50 different things to do here throughout the seasons. Cross-country skiing, tobogganing and snowshoeing make up the winter fixtures, while golf and bobsledding top the bill in summer. And the area is also criss-crossed with well-signposted hiking trails.
Reindeer sleigh safaris
Reindeer rides and Rovaniemi go together like turkey and trimmings. You can either try your hand at steering a traditional sleigh yourself, or sit back and enjoy the ride while an experienced guide takes you into the icy wilderness of the Arctic Circle. Some of the sleigh-ride operators also do visits to a reindeer farm, where you can meet the animals up close.
Classic Lapland 3 or 4-night Trip
Fly To Rovaniemi – Stay In Rovaniemi
After touching down in Lapland’s capital, you’ll be kitted out with all your snow clothes. Then, Santa’s elves will take you to your accommodation and you’ll have the rest of the day to explore.
This morning you’ll try your hand at snowmobiling and enjoy short husky and reindeer sleigh rides in our taster sessions, and you can have a go with a toboggan. Lunch is included in the day, as well.
Today is yours to spend how you like. You can sign up for a reindeer safari, and Elf Adventure or visit Lapland’s Arctic Wildlife Park.
Guests on 3-night trips will enjoy Day 4’s activities today instead.
The finale of your trip sees you visiting the fun-filled Santa Park, where you can graduate from Elf School and decorate gingerbread. In the evening, you’ll be treated to a festive meal in a dining room, decked out with traditional log fires, banquet tables and Christmas decorations. What’s more, you’re in for a special surprise as today's the day to meet Santa Claus.
Classic Lapland can be teamed with any of our accommodation in Rovaniemi. The order of events may change slightly from trip to trip, but all the activities will be included at some point during your holiday.
If you want to celebrate Christmas Day in Rovaniemi, book our 4-night trip. Flights leave on the 23rd of December.
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After touching down in Lapland's capital, you'll be kitted out with all your snow clothes. Then, Santa's elves will take you to your accommodation and you'll have the rest of the day to explore. Head to the city centre to browse the shops and grab a bite to eat, or just relax at your hotel.
Get an action-packed overview of what Rovaniemi has to offer. Try your hand at snowmobiling and enjoy short husky and reindeer sleigh rides in our taster sessions. Plus, one of Santa's elves will share a traditional Lappish tale as you warm up by the fire with a hot berry juice.
Today is yours to spend how you like. Take it easy at your hotel, get to know more of the city, or relive your favourite taster from the previous day by booking a longer snowmobile or husky excursion. You can also sign up for a reindeer safari or visit Lapland's Arctic Wildlife Park.
Rovaniemi's Santa Park is where Santa and his elves spend their days making toys and getting ready for Christmas. The huge underground grotto is made up of fairy-lit walkways, colourful workshops and festive shopping stalls, so there's a lot to explore.
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