Rovaniemi is Lapland’s capital city, considered as the city of Christmas. Τhe highlight of many visits is a meeting with Santa Claus and his elves at the famous Santa Claus Village or at Santa Park, just outside Rovaniemi.

The sights and places to visit in Rovaniemi are easily reached on foot, as it is a small town with short distances and everything is close. If you are keen on sightseeing its rich cultural life will amaze you. Explore the orchestra, the theatre, the 6 fine art galleries, the 4 excellent museums, the 2 science centres, Lapland’s Provincial Museum Arktikum, the forest-themed Pilke Science Centre and the Korundi House of Culture.

The city is situated at the junction of Kemijoki and Ounasjoki rivers on the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle cuts right through Santa Claus Village. A white line denoting the Arctic Circle is painted across the park.

In the winter, Rovaniemi is a city of snow glistening beneath the astonishing Northern Lights, also known as "Aurora Borealis". The Northern Lights are observed on around 150 nights in a year from mid-August till early April. The Arctic Garden and the top of Ounasvaara fell are the best destinations to witness Northern Lights.

There are plenty of activites mainly in the Ounasvaara Ski Resort, which offers downhill skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, dogsledding and reindeer sleigh rides.

In addition to all that snow, you’ll find a vibrant cultural scene with concerts, theatre and art exhibitions. Arktikum is home to the Provincial Museum of Lapland, presenting the cultural heritage of the region as well as to the Arctic Centre, dedicated to the interaction between man and nature in the North.

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