Pay Rovaniemi a Visit and You Might Just Shake Santa Claus’ Hands
Once in our lives, we believed that the famous Christmas icon, Santa Claus, does exist and is lives in the upper hemisphere of the planet.
Celebrating the Yuletide season would definitely mean that talks of what Santa Claus would be giving children as gifts are all afloat during dinners and early morning conversations.
As you grow older, it becomes apparent that there really is no Santa Claus, but your subconscious wouldn’t take it against you if you secretly want him to enter your home through your smoke-belched chimney.
Due to the concept of Santa Claus’ existence, many people have scoured every corner of the Earth to find out exactly where he could have been hiding.
Obtaining some information from folklore and stories passed down from one generation to another, parents created this makeshift story that Santa Claus should be residing in the North Pole, all with the snowy environment fit for his reindeers.
And when one speaks of Santa Claus’ official terrestrial location, the small city of Rovaniemi comes into mind, flipping this humble town into a booming travel destination during the Christmas season.
Rovaniemi is known to belong to Finland’s northernmost province, Lapland, and is both an administrative and commercial center in its own right.
Specifically, it can be found 10 kilometers south of the frigid Arctic Circle, surrounded by hills named as Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara.
The body of water nearest to Rovaniemi is the River Kemijoki, which turns into sheets of ice when snow comes into play.
The total land area of Rovaniemi is at 7,581 square kilometers and is dubbed to be the fifth largest town in the whole of Finland.
An estimated total of 61,000 Finnish and foreigners have been residing in this merry town since June of 2015.
As expected, and according to the Koppen Climate Classification, Rovaniemi is under the subarctic climate, derived from its location close to the Arctic Circle.
Many people love the weather here, not only in specific months, but also in an annual perspective throughout the entire year. Subarctic climate means that the people of Rovaniemi experience summers that are short and comfortable, while winters tend to be long, snowy and very frigid.
Hotter temperatures are observed starting May and stretch until August, averaging at 28-degrees Celsius for the whole summer duration.
The lowest temperatures can be felt starting December and would last until April, all running negatives on the Celsius scale.
Getting in and out of Rovaniemi is quite convenient thanks to the VR Group, a sophisticated Finnish railway system that can transport you to different parts of Finland in a jiffy.
If you’re going to Rovaniemi, you might want to start your journey either on the stations of Oulu, Helsinki, Turku or Tampere, then straight to the Rovaniemi Station.
Aside from the reliable railway system, travelers would also have the chance of getting in and out of Rovaniemi by airplane and the entry point would be at the Rovaniemi Airport, a good 6 miles away from the city center. It is strongly suggested to walk for you to roam around Santa Claus’ town more efficiently.
What to See
Aside from the dazzling landmarks that would remind you of Christmas, there are other points of interest in Rovaniemi that would definitely excite you in one way or another.
Take the Lappia-Talo, for example. This majestic feat of architecture is famous for its design, thanks to the genius Alvar Aalto, and this edifice now stands proudly on city grounds.
Lappia-Talo is actually a concert hall, which attracts more and more tourists due to the grandeur that it displays.
If you want to fulfill your desire to see more of the North’s tapestries of history and events, then getting yourself, within the long queues of Arktikum would do you best.
Many travelers have fallen in love with this place at first glance starting with the imposing glass tunnel that greets you at the entrance. In here, you’d be enlightened on so many things such as Rovaniemi’s history, culture and lore associated with Sami, interactive displays featuring the flora and fauna that can found within Arctic Europe and nearby continents.
This museum is also home to a restaurant, which cooks the finest Finnish dishes and a research hall for your academic needs, if any.
Just adjacent to the mighty building of Arktikum lays another area for you to learn more, called the Pilke Tiedekeskus. In here, all efforts were injected to come-up with captivating exhibitions depicting Finnish forestry and all the magic encompassing this field of knowledge.
This very interactive venue is fit for kids and adults alike, all equipped with high-tech features such as multilingual touch-screens and bear hunting simulations to enhance your trip to Rovaniemi.
Standing since the 1950s, this place of worship has witnessed how Rovaniemi improved from the wars to what it is today.
Upon entry, you’d be delighted to see a huge fresco showing a Christ-like figure emerging from a scenery that is certainly Lappish in nature.
Rovaniemi | The Official Hometown of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi in Lapland Finland