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Introduction to Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi is a destination known for attractions like Santa Claus Office, Angry Birds Playground, and Arktikum. Travelers who visit this city in the region of Lapland in Finland are often fascinated by the rich history and interesting culture it offers. We recommend taking the time to explore this city in Finland on foot and walk alongside the over 62.4 thousand locals who live in Rovaniemi. You’ll quickly discover you’re surrounded by endless numbers of things to see and do.

Easily accessible from Rovaniemi airport, Rovaniemi is the perfect base for a memorable and unique vacation in Finland any time of the year.

You'll learn more fascinating facts about Rovaniemi as you explore this spectacular city.

Traveling to Rovaniemi is especially rewarding for anyone eager to connect with locals and learn more about their unique culture and traditions.

Get ready to explore and learn more about the city of Rovaniemi below!

Top services in Rovaniemi

Here on this page, you'll find all the top travel services in Rovaniemi, Finland. Check out the cheapest and most popular flights offered by 331 airlines that fly to Finland. Browse the 367 top-rated tours available to you in Rovaniemi. Compare the rates and services of the 5 types of places to stay in Rovaniemi and the 5 car rental companies offering CDW insurance coverage. We make it easy for you to find and book the top services in Rovaniemi.

Enjoy the convenience of planning and booking every detail of your trip to Rovaniemi, including flights, accommodations, activities, and more, in one place. Book with Guide to Europe to get an expertly-curated and fully-customizable itinerary and experience the best of Rovaniemi on your vacation in Finland.

Get answers to questions about the routes and services offered in Rovaniemi from our free 24/7 customer support. Continue reading to learn how you can enjoy a stress-free and memorable vacation in the city of Rovaniemi!

Learn more about Finland

There are many reasons to visit the city of Rovaniemi, but a trip to Finland needs no explanation.

Exploring Finland, which spans 338,424 square kilometers, is an adventure of a lifetime. Finland offers an abundance of truly magical places to discover, including cultural, historic, and scenic sites of significant value to both locals and travelers.

As the home country of many world-famous attractions like the spectacular Santa Claus Office, Angry Birds Playground, and the Arktikum, you’re all set for a unique and memorable travel experience in Finland.

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What to see in Rovaniemi

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Rovaniemi has something for everyone. Regardless of age and interest, travelers have the best time exploring every corner of the city.

Read on to discover the best places to visit and find out what to expect from the city of Rovaniemi.

Top attractions in Rovaniemi

Home to plenty of top attractions, Rovaniemi is more than just a wonderful city in Finland. Rovaniemi is a travel hotspot and a great place to experience a mix of the traditional and modern culture of Finland.

One fascinating sight in Rovaniemi is the unforgettable Santa Claus Office. Considered one of the most well-known attractions in the city, a visit to this spectacular travel destination is something you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Rovaniemi. This remarkable attraction is located at Joulumaantie 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland and is open for visitors Monday - Sunday, between 10:00-17:00.

For more information about what you can expect during a vacation in Finland, check out our list of top attractions in Rovaniemi below. Discover the best places to visit in Rovaniemi, including the fascinating Santa Claus Office, Angry Birds Playground, Arktikum, Lordi's Square, and Culture House Korundi.

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Things to do in Rovaniemi

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Enrich your travel experience in Rovaniemi by joining tours and activities. Rovaniemi offers an exciting selection of top-rated tours and it's easy for every traveler to find something to their liking. Take the opportunity to catch the top attractions on a tour, stay active with an adventurous excursion, or learn something new about the local history or culture of the city.

Discover the most popular experiences in Rovaniemi below.

Most popular experiences in Rovaniemi

Traveling is all about gaining new experiences. You can have that and more in the city of Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi offers numerous tours and activities for travelers to choose from. Bus Tours, Half-day Tours, and Winter Tours are only a few of the many experiences you can book for your holiday in Finland.

Explore the most popular experiences you can join in Rovaniemi by clicking on one of the top-rated tour categories below.

Top tours & tickets starting in Rovaniemi

Travelers in Rovaniemi can choose from 19 categories of top-rated tours and tickets. If you're curious about what the most frequently recommended experiences in the city are, Activities is the answer.

The most popular tour in Rovaniemi is the fantastic Backcountry skiing adventure. By joining this highly recommended tour, travelers get to learn more about what makes Rovaniemi one of the best travel destinations in Finland.

Rovaniemi also offers plenty of budget-friendly tours and activities that promise travelers a unique experience in the city. The affordable Essential Rovaniemi: A Self-Guided Audio Tour is the cheapest tour in the city, and is a popular Photography Tour. This experience costs around 7 EUR and allows travelers a great time in Rovaniemi. This Photography Tour is available in 1 language: English. Around 2 travelers have given this activity an average rating of 4 stars out of 5.

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Discover the best things to do in Rovaniemi. Choose from 367 fantastic tours and activities available in the city.

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Vacation packages in Rovaniemi

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The best and easiest way to visit Rovaniemi is by booking a vacation package. A vacation package includes everything you need for a worry-free and perfectly planned holiday in Finland.

Booking a vacation package to Rovaniemi means spending less time planning and more time enjoying your vacation. A vacation package includes everything from flight tickets, accomodation, and a rental car, to 24/7 personal travel support and a carefully planned travel itinerary. You can also take your vacation in Rovaniemi to the next level by adding tours, tickets, and activities to each day of your trip.

Apart from providing you with everything you need to travel comfortably, your vacation package to Rovaniemi is also fully customizable. In other words, you can add or remove services at your own convenience, to create the perfect vacation for you and your travel companions.

On our website, you will find 108 unique vacation packages to Rovaniemi, including flight tickets, hotel reservations, and recommendations for the best sightseeing spots, restaurants, bars, and activities.

Continue to the next section to learn more about what types of vacations you can book in the city of Rovaniemi.

Popular types of vacations in Rovaniemi

The most popular way to experience Rovaniemi is by visiting the city as part of a road trip across multiple destinations in Finland. However, it is also common for travelers to go to Rovaniemi on both shorter and longer getaways, to get a break from everyday life, relax, and experience something new.

With Guide to Europe you can find road trips, city breaks, and weekend getaways in Finland, ranging from budget to luxury. Whether you’re planning a multi-day road trip across Finland, or you just want to enjoy a few days exploring Rovaniemi, there is a vacation package for you.

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Top vacation packages in Rovaniemi

Travelers have a great selection of vacation packages to choose from in Finland. In fact, you can choose from as many as 108 different top-rated vacation packages to take you to Rovaniemi, and even more if you expand your search to include a bigger area of Finland.

To help narrow your choices down, here are some of the best vacation packages for exploring the city of Rovaniemi.

For an epic vacation, discover Rovaniemi and other top destinations in Finland on a top-rated holiday like the 10-Day Finland Road Trip from Rovaniemi traveling east to Kuusamo, Kajaani, and Oulu. This vacation package provides travelers with tons of opportunities to experience not only the most popular attractions in Rovaniemi, but also in other top places to visit in Finland. If Angry Birds Playground, Santa Claus Village, Santa Claus Office, Santa's Post Office, and Huskypoint Käpälämäki are on your bucket list, this is the perfect vacation package for you.

If you would like to go on a budget vacation in Rovaniemi, book the popular Cheap 3-Day Finland Road Trip Vacation in Rovaniemi and spend as little as 935 EUR. This vacation will take you on a journey to experience some of the most incredible attractions and sights in Rovaniemi, including the fantastic SantaPark - the Home Cavern of Santa Claus, Auttiköngäs, Santa Claus Office, Culture House Korundi, and Angry Birds Playground.

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Discover and compare 108 vacation packages that take you to the wonderful city of Rovaniemi.

The best flights, hotels, and activities in Rovaniemi get fully booked quickly. Use the search tool below to find the best vacation packages in Finland. Your customized holiday package to Rovaniemi is only a few clicks away!

How to get to Rovaniemi

To get to the city of Rovaniemi the fastest way possible, travelers from outside Finland can travel by plane. International travelers can fly to Rovaniemi by booking flights with any of the 15 airlines that offer direct flights to Rovaniemi airport. Some airlines that operate flights to Rovaniemi airport are Ryanair, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air China, and Turkish Airlines. Go to this page to compare all flights to Rovaniemi.

To reach the city of Rovaniemi, travelers can choose from various airport transfer options available at Rovaniemi airport.

If you're looking for the best flight ticket deals to Rovaniemi, knowing the cheapest travel time and which airlines offer the most affordable flights is helpful. Luckily, we have this information for you. Discover more about the cheapest and most popular flights to Rovaniemi airport and Rovaniemi below.

Find cheap flights to Rovaniemi

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Over the years, more airlines have started offering flexible and direct flights to Rovaniemi, making it one of the most accessible travel destinations in Finland. However, it is usually cheaper to fly to Rovaniemi, Finland, in March.

The cheapest one-way flight to Rovaniemi costs around 31 EUR and is offered by the airline Ryanair.

The cheapest round-trip flights to Rovaniemi cost approximately 62 EUR in total. The departure flight leaves on August 11 and the return flight is scheduled on August 14. The flight time is around 2 hours per way.

The return flight is operated by Helsinki.

Use the search tool below to find the cheapest flights to Finland and the city of Rovaniemi from your city of departure.

Popular flights to Rovaniemi

Travelers visiting Rovaniemi in Finland can fly to Rovaniemi airport directly from 1635 destinations worldwide.

The three most popular routes to Rovaniemi airport and the city of Rovaniemi in Finland depart from Rovaniemi airport in Rovaniemi, Finland, Norman Manley International airport in Kingston, Jamaica, and Cochin International airport in Kochi, India.

Travelers can fly to Finland by choosing from from 1 weekly flight(s) from Rovaniemi; from 2 weekly flight(s) from Kingston; and from 1 weekly flight(s) from Kochi.

The airline that operates most flights to Finland is Lanmei Airlines. Lanmei Airlines offers 17 scheduled flight routes to Finland.

Discover the most popular flights to Rovaniemi below. Click to view flights to Rovaniemi, Finland from destinations all across the globe.

Where to stay in Rovaniemi

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An essential factor to consider when traveling to a new place or country is accommodation. While visiting a city as fantastic as Rovaniemi is always exciting, any avid traveler knows that accommodations often make or break the vacation experience.

The best place to stay in Rovaniemi usually depends on travelers' needs and preferences. However, booking accommodation in downtown Rovaniemi offers a ton of benefits.

Staying at the heart of the city allows you to easily walk to many of the top sights and dining areas in Rovaniemi and cut down on your travel expenses. Centrally-located accommodations are also an excellent choice for travelers in Rovaniemi planning to go on a quick tour or drive to the neighboring regions.

In Rovaniemi, you'll find 5 different types of places to stay catering to every taste, budget, and reason for travel. For example, honeymooners or travelers on a romantic getaway in Finland can experience the ultimate relaxation at one of the 5-star or 4-star hotels in Rovaniemi. Travelers whose purpose is sightseeing can also find plenty of mid-range hotels to budget-friendly accommodations in the city, allowing access to many of the top attractions in Rovaniemi.

Learn more about the most popular places to stay and the top-rated hotels in Rovaniemi in the next sections.

Popular types of accommodation in Rovaniemi

A trip to the fascinating Rovaniemi, Finland, means opportunities to relax at any of the 5 different types of places to stay in the city. Overall, travelers can choose from the following: 248 vacation rental apartments, 109 hotels, 92 cottages, 0 hostels and 0 resorts. While each type offers varying amenities and rates, there is no denying that Rovaniemi provides a great selection of lodging options ready to cater to every kind of guest.

Among all these choices available in the city, Santa Claus Holiday Village is one of the top picks of travelers in Rovaniemi.

The hotel is located at Tähtikuja 2 and boasts many great utilities, including 24-hour front desk, Airport shuttle, and Bar.

Budget accommodations are also incredibly popular among travelers in Rovaniemi. Cheaper alternatives allow travelers to save on accommodation costs and have more to spend on other experiences.

In Rovaniemi, travelers looking for an economical yet top-rated place to stay usually choose Hostel Ibedcity. For approximately 30 EUR, guests can book a comfortable Unknown at this popular hostel.

Below is a list of all 5 different types of places to stay in Rovaniemi. Select the type you prefer to compare options under each category and find the best accommodation.

Top hotels in Rovaniemi

Hotels are travelers' go-to accommodations in Rovaniemi for the unique experience they provide. So if you're the kind of traveler who prefers staying at hotels, you'll be glad to know that the city is home to around 449 hotels.

Besides offering basic amenities, many hotels in Rovaniemi provide meals and extras, such as shuttle services, spa facilities, tour desks, and other services. But because not all hotels in Rovaniemi are created equal, finding the best in the city often requires careful research. For your convenience, we've done all the research to make it easier for you to check out all the top hotels in Rovaniemi.

Aurora Suite offers the most luxurious rooms and is perfect for travelers looking for the ultimate 5-star hotel experience in Rovaniemi. If comfort, convenience, and affordability are your non-negotiables, check out Santa Claus Holiday Village, the top 4-star hotel in the city. When all you need is a pleasant place to rest and sleep in between your activities in Rovaniemi, the highest-rated 3-star hotel, Hotel Aakenus, is for you.

Below is our hand-picked list of the best hotels in the Rovaniemi. Travelers are encouraged to book early as these hotels quickly reach capacity.

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Use the Accommodation Search tool below to find available stays in the city of Rovaniemi on specific dates. This handy feature also allows you to compare prices and amenities.

Enter the preferred check-in and check-out dates. Then, select the number of guests and rooms. Click the Search button to find all the available hotels and places to stay in the city of Rovaniemi that match the information provided.

Car rental in Rovaniemi

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Experience the freedom and convenience of a self-drive vacation by renting a car for your adventures in Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi has 5 car rental companies ready to provide you with the perfect vehicle for your travels.

Automatic cars for rent in Rovaniemi start from 44.7 EUR per day or 312.87 EUR per week. The cheapest automatic rental car is a Volkswagen Polo 1.0 Auto.

If you prefer driving a manual car, you’ll find multiple options for rent in Rovaniemi, starting from 33.29 EUR per day or 233.02 EUR per week. The cheapest manual rental car is a Kia Picanto 5 Doors.

Learn more about the different types of cars you can rent in Rovaniemi, Finland, below.

Popular types of car rental in Rovaniemi

Discover and choose from our broad range of popular car rental options in the city of Rovaniemi to find the best car for your travel plans. Travelers in Rovaniemi can choose from small cars, medium cars, large cars, estate cars, mini vans, SUVs, convertibles, premium cars, camper vans, mini campers, vans, cars. All car rentals come with CDW insurance for added protection throughout your trip.

Renting a car is a popular choice among travelers who want to explore Finland at their own pace. The most popular type of car rental among small groups of travelers in Rovaniemi is a TopLevel.

Another very popular type of car to rent in Rovaniemi is a TopLevel. This car is particularly popular among couples and solo travelers touring the city of Rovaniemi.

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Get ready to hit the road and explore the beautiful city of Rovaniemi. Find the best deals on a variety of popular car rentals in Rovaniemi, Finland, or any other destination in Europe by using the search tool below.

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Popular destinations to visit after Rovaniemi

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The city of Rovaniemi is just one of the many unique and scenic destinations you can visit in Finland. So if you're itching for another cultural adventure, a relaxing road trip, an action-filled city break, or a memorable weekend getaway, know that Finland has it all.

Finland is calling, and the country is asking you to experience its culture and diversity to the fullest! Take the opportunity to visit other captivating places in Finland that are as magical as the city of Rovaniemi. The most popular travel destinations in Finland are listed below. Click on the name of the place you want to explore next to learn more about it.

All the best destinations in Finland

When unsure of where to go next, use the map below. This map shows the locations of all the best destinations in Finland. Use the map to plan your trip and find the best routes.

Domestic flights from Rovaniemi

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A taste of Finland through a visit to Rovaniemi can often reignite a traveler's passion for adventure. When this happens, the best way to satisfy this wanderlust is to book a domestic flight from Rovaniemi to another remarkable destination in Finland.

To begin your search for the best or cheapest flights from the city of Rovaniemi to other spectacular locations in Finland, jump to the last section of this travel guide.

Popular domestic flights from Rovaniemi

Travelers in Finland can catch flights to domestic airports in Joensuu, Helsinki, Kajaani, Vaasa, and Turku. Domestic flights in Finland are operated by 2 airlines: Finnair, and Norwegian International. There are around 9 scheduled flight routes operating to Rovaniemi on a weekly basis.

From Rovaniemi, travelers can book scheduled flights to 9 domestic destinations.

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Traveling to another city or region in Finland? Use the flight search tool below to quickly find the cheapest one-way or round-trip flights from Rovaniemi to different local destinations.

Enter all the necessary information and click or tap on the Search button to see a list of the available domestic flights in Finland on the selected dates.

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