Rovaniemi lies where the majestic rivers of Kemijoki and Ounasjoki converge, and is only 10 kilometres from the Arctic Circle. Nestled in some of the most breathtaking and rugged wilderness, it is truly the essence of Finland. Rovaniemi is both a municipality and city within what is known as Lapland.
In 2006, the outer lying rural municipality of Rovaniemi was consolidated with the city, and it now encompasses over 8,000 square kilometres, with a population of around 61,000.
Rovaniemi has a rich and vibrant cultural life with its own theatre, orchestra, 6 fine art galleries, 4 museums and 2 science centres. A trip to Rovaniemi is well worth it, and you may even bump into the real life Santa Claus.
There are so many beautiful and pristine nature attractions to see, as well as other noteable landmarks such as the Santa Claus Village, Ranua Wildlife Park, Riisitunturi National Park, Oulanka National Park, Uro Kekkonen National Park, and Perameri National Park.
On the activity front be sure to look into Lordi's Square, Hiidenkirnut, the German Soldier's Cemetery, Korundi House of Culture, or the beautiful Rovaniemi Church.
Or if you'd like a completely unique experience, why not consider taking a Husky or Reindeer sled ride!