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Lying just south of the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland. Not far from its centre are beautiful wild expanses (their rounded hills seem to have blue haloes when seen from afar). From the Middle Ages, the region exported furs and salmon across Europe, but Rovaniemi's main boom was during the 19C, fuelled by the wood industry. The town was devastated during the Second World War; Alvar Aalto redesigned its layout (reminiscent of an antler) and also many of the major buildings.

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Tourist attractions Rovaniemi : Things to see and do

  • Arktikum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Pohjoisranta 4 FIN - 96200 Rovaniemi

    An ingenious underground construction (by Birch-Bonderup-Thorup and Waade, 1992) with an elongated dome on top which, on the surface, looks like an ice tunnel. Two exhibitions are presented here. The Arctic Centre tackles the ecology and ethnology of..

  • Rovaniemi Cultural and Administrative Centre Recommended Recommended

    Hallituskatu FIN - 96200 Rovaniemi

    The administrative and cultural centre, an elegant group of three slender buildings, typifies the work of world-renowned architect Alvar Aalto (1898-1976), whose structures are characterised by rigorous modernity. At nº 11, Lappia-talo (1975) houses ..

  • Ounasvaara Hill Interesting

    Juhannuskalliontie FIN - 96200 Rovaniemi

    This hill (204m altitude), whose summit is 3km from the town centre, offers a magnificent view of the whole of Rovaniemi, and is the nearest winter sports resort, offering numerous ski-jumps and ski slopes. In summer, it is an ideal spot to contempla..

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Hotels Rovaniemi

  • Santa's Hotel Santa Claus

    Korkalonkatu 29 FIN - 96200 Rovaniemi

    Close to the Arctic Circle in central Rovaniemi, this hotel is a 10-minute drive from Santa Claus Village. It offers spacious, well-equipped rooms and 3 restaurants serving Lapland specialities. Each air-conditioned guest room at Santa’s Hotel Santa..

  • City Hotel

    Pekankatu 9 FIN - 96200 Rovaniemi

    City Hotel is located in central Rovaniemi, a 2-minute walk from Sampokeskus Shopping Centre. It offers free parking, 2 relaxing saunas and rooms with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. All guest rooms at Hotel City have a work desk, minibar and a bla..

  • Arctic Light Hotel

    Valtakatu 18 FIN - 96200 Rovaniemi

    This boutique hotel is 8 km from Rovaniemi Airport and Santa Claus Village. It features bright, ultra-modern rooms with individually themed décor. WiFi and parking are free. A flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee facilities are standard at Arctic ..

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