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Best things to do in Rovaniemi

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Where in the world: Europe  /  Finland  /  Lapland  /  Rovaniemi

Top 15 things to do in Rovaniemi

1. Nature & Wildlife Tours

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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2. Safaris

On a Rovaniemi safari, marvel at the great Arctic wilderness while dashing through the snow on a snowmobile or open sleigh pulled by reindeer or huskies. Operators offer various safari themes, including northern lights, igloos, or Santa Claus in the winter and midnight sun in the summer. Whichever time of year you visit, your guide will acquaint you with Lapland's stunning landscape. Plenty of photo ops here, so be sure your camera is fully charged. While warming up over a cup of tea and listening to tales of local folklore in a cozy "kota" (a traditional tent), you'll learn about traditional life in this usually frozen part of the world. Book in advance.
Suggested duration: 3h 30 min
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3. Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Suggested duration: 3h 30 min
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4. Arktikum

Situated on top of the Arctic Circle, Arktikum serves as a museum, science center, and conference venue. Visit one of the museum's educational exhibits, including Northern Ways at the Provincial Museum of Lapland and Arctic in Change at the Arctic Centre. Walk through the glass-roofed foyer, view one of the temporary exhibits, or join in on a museum event. Most importantly, you'll learn about Arctic nature and ways of life in a beautiful setting. This cultural site is available to host meetings and also has a cafe and library.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Kemi SnowCastle, Kemi

SnowCastle of Kemi - since 1996, is now a Resort area with various services. Snow&Ice experiences all-year-round! SnowCastle with the SnowHotel open during the winter. Seaside Glass Villas every day of the year.
Suggested duration: 4h 30 min
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6. Lordi's Square

Feel the pulse of a small arctic town at Lordi's Square. Surrounded by local shops, cozy cafes, and restaurants, the square hosts folk parties and other events in the summer. Notice the granite wall at the base of a clock tower.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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7. Science Centre Pilke

At Science Centre Pilke, learn about sustainable use of the northern forests and see various objects made of wood, including the building itself. Touring this site will give you insight into the biology and ecology of cold zones. You'll also have a chance to read and hear about the economic value of trees, as well as the health benefits coming from forests. In addition, explore the connection that certain societies and cultures share with nature. Adults can take short guided tours of the site; children will like the interactive exhibits.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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8. Ranua Zoo, Ranua

Visit Ranua Zoo to see Finland's only polar bears in captivity near the Arctic Circle. The zoo is small because few species can live comfortably in the harsh environment. About 200 arctic animals call the zoo home, including lynx and wolves, and watching them play in the snow is a unique experience. The attraction is open year-round, even when the sun only appears for a couple of hours each day, and in the winter you can take a night safari through the habitats. Book a Ranua Wildlife Safari tour with a local guide to walk you through the habitats and to give you a chance to witness the animals feeding. Water-resistant winter clothing, lunch, a snowmobile ride, and transport to and from your hotel are all included in the safari package.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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9. Santa Claus Village

Traverse the Arctic Circle and meet Santa any time of year at Santa Claus Village. Your whole family can experience the magic of the holiday season at this theme park. Stay in the village or take a day trip into this festive wonderland. Snap photos with Santa Claus in his office or strike a pose at the Arctic Circle line, which runs through the village and provides a popular photo op. Spread the holiday cheer by sending a card from Santa Claus' post office or purchase gifts for friends and loved ones at one of the village's Christmas-themed shops.
Suggested duration: 2h 30 min
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10. Rovaniemi Church

A landmark of post-World War II architecture, Rovaniemi Church is probably best appreciated from inside. The impressive interior boasts glass works and wooden sculptures, but the most notable feature is the 14 m (46 ft) fresco depicting the fountain of life, which dominates the altar wall. Notice also the 45-key organ with 4,000 pipes. The present brick church with copper roof was built in 1950 in the place of the old wooden one, destroyed in 1944. Walk to the far end of the cemetery and you will find a memorial to Rovaniemi citizens who died in exile during the war.
Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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11. Santa Claus Office

Meet Santa any day of the year in the heart of Santa Claus Village at Santa Claus Office. Located in the village's main building, this office is a place where childhood dreams come true. Meet the always-cheerful St. Nick, take a picture with him, and whisper what you would like for Christmas, no matter how far away the holiday is. Just remember that Santa is a busy man, and therefore only available during his "office hours." Once you've seen Santa, you can check out the rides and entertainment at Santa Park, or simply stroll around the village.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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12. Korundi House of Culture

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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13. Arctic Emotions Oy

Suggested duration: 4 hours
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14. Angry Birds Park

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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15. Elf's Farmyard

Suggested duration: 1h 30 min
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