A cosmopolitan and vibrant city with many shops, bars and restaurants, Rovaniemi is the capital of Lappish Finland and is right on the Arctic Circle border
Rovaniemi is the capital of the Lappish Finland and sits right on top of the official Arctic Circle border. It is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city with many shops, bars and restaurants. It also has a great sports centre with a pool, sports therapy department and spa.
If you're staying for a few days then its worth visiting Ranua Wildlife Park which is just under an hour's drive out of the city. You don't have to travel outside of the town to enjoy some of the best activities that Lapland has to offer.
Due to Rovaniemi's size, there are quite a lot of things to do; SantaPark, Santa Claus Village, the Arktikum and much more! The Arktikum is especially interesting because it offers a unique insight into the nature and the culture of the North, all the way from prehistoric times to a guess at the future.
All visits to see Santa take place outside the city in places like Santa Park, Santas Village or Jolokka.