Combining Lappish charm with a capital city's worth of shops, restaurants and bars, Rovaniemi delivers across the board.
Lapland's capital, Rovaniemi, plays by its own rules. While the rest of the region enjoys the relaxed Lappish pace of life, this lively metropolis is a city that never sleeps. Holidaymakers flock here as much for the snowsports and the after-dark offerings as they do for the scenery and the chance to meet Santa, and locals and university students keep the place ticking over long after the tourists have left.
The city centre itself is fairly compact, with everything centred around a few main streets. Here, shopping malls are home to big department stores and stylish fashion boutiques. Smart restaurants serve everything from traditional Lappish fare to modern French cuisine. and funky nightclubs play the latest tunes until the early hours. All that said, wherever you go in the city, brightly-lit Christmas trees and out-of-the-ordinary ice sculptures remind you you're in Lapland.
What's more, head just five minutes outside the city, and the dramatic scenery and snowy wilderness this part of the world is synonymous with stretches out in every direction. and there's no end of ways to explore it.
Zoom through the forest on a snowmobile, or take a seat in a sleigh pulled by reindeer or huskies.
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.
Today focuses on fun-filled festivities. You can expect to be getting involved with activities like meeting Santa and graduating from Elf School. You’ll get to experience being pulled by a snowmobile, and have a short husky ride. Plus, you'll get to have a go with a toboggan. Lunch is included in the day as well, unless you're a guest at Hotel Winter Wonderland – you'll get lunch at your hotel.
Today is yours to spend how you like - why not sign up for a reindeer safari or go on an Elf Adventure?
Guests on 3-night trips will enjoy Day 4’s activities today instead.
There's plenty of free time today to explore at your leisure. Then, in the evening, you’ll be treated to a festive meal in a dining room decked out with banquet tables and Christmas decorations.
Classic Lapland can be teamed with any of the 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.
Optional excursions are available to book in resort