In the heart of Finnish Lapland, there is a magical place that comes alive as the first snow of winter falls. Rovaniemi is that place. Here, you can create memories that will last a lifetime as you meet Santa and get up close and personal with his team of Elves, Reindeers and much much more.

Rovaniemi is a wonderful destination all the year around, with things to do and see in both summer and winter. However, if you want to get the best out of your trip, we do recommend a winter visit when the snow is on the ground and Christmas spirit in the air.

Winter is an amazing time to visit Rovaniemi, but you need to make sure you are prepared. The average winter temperatures range from -5°C to -15°C, although temperatures can go as low as -30C, so thermal winter clothes are an absolute necessary. Fortunately, there are rental options available around the area.

It is easy to get to Rovaniemi in the winter, there are direct flights from Helsinki as well as other Finnish and European destinations. Travelling by train is also an option for those wanting to see more of the beautiful country of Finland.


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Santa Claus Village is Lapland’s best-known attraction and you can meet Santa, have a husky or reindeer drawn sleigh ride, tour on a snowmobile or visit an igloo. Santa's Village is open every day of the year so you can meet Santa all year round.

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Enjoy the incredible, natural wonder that is the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. Sit around a campfire and enjoy traditional Finnish folk tales and foods while viewing the show. During winter you will be able to spot them from most places within Rovaniemi.

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See the beautiful sled dogs and take a ride through the stunning snowy forests to traditional winter cabins in the heart of the forest.  Enjoy a hot wintry drink and snacks to replenish your spirits before heading back to your hotel.

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Learn all about Lappish culture and its wildlife with this visit to a local reindeer farm outside of Rovaniemi. Step into a sleigh and enjoy the snowy scenery as you travel down forest paths, pulled by these indigenous creatures.

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Underneath the Arctic Circle, deep beneath the ground, lies Santa’s secret cavern where it’s Christmas all year round! This incredible amusement park is filled with attractions for kids of all ages!

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Speed through the snowy Lappish forest on a powerful snowmobile.  Let the guide lead the way; you can just sit back and enjoy the scenery without worrying about directions or maneuvering the machine.

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If you want to try your hand at some winter sports then the Ounasvaara Outdoor Area is the place for you! Try your hand at sledding, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding or snow-shoeing! The possibilities are endless and always enjoyable.

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Arktikum is a science center and museum that lets you experience northern nature, culture, and history up close. The center also has an incredible glass atrium that is perfect for viewing the Northern Lights or the midnight sun.

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Experience the wild Arctic and some of the species that inhabit it, Just over an hour away from Rovaniemi, you can see over 50 animal species, including the only Polar Bears in Finland!

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Traditional Finnish Firewood Sauna Experience

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Ice Fishing Tour

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Northern Lights Ice Floating Experience

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