Santa Claus Village is located on the Arctic Circle, 8 km north of Rovaniemi. Every year, a steady stream of tourists flock from all over the world to see the glamor of Santa Claus. Santa Claus Village is a cluster of wooden buildings, including the main entrance spire, restaurant, flower garden, Santa Claus office, residence, post office, gift shop, reindeer park and so on. The tents and antlers of the Lapland people are also interesting souvenirs. Here you can also get a certificate of having crossed the Arctic Circle. A variety of fairy-tale themed stamps, greeting cards and gifts are available at the Santa Post Office. All letters sent from here will be specially stamped with the postmark of the Arctic Santa Post Office. If you want your letter to arrive at the recipient's mailbox just before Christmas, be sure to put your letter in the red mailbox. In addition, you can also pre-order a letter signed by Santa Claus at the post office and send it to friends and family on Christmas to surprise them. There is a deer park surrounded by wooden fences with many beautiful reindeers living inside. In the summer, they lazily lie on the lawn to enjoy life; in the winter, especially at Christmas, they work hard for Santa Claus and tourists, dragging the sled in the snow, letting the tourists enjoy the thrill of rushing snow flakes, feeling the Christmas cheer and warmth, making the scenes on the Christmas cards a reality.
The Arctic Circle is the southernmost dividing line where the midnight sun is visible in the northern hemisphere. In Finland, the official dividing line is located near Rovaniemi and Sodankyla, and the official demarcation sign is located in the nearby Santa Claus village. Visitors coming here must take a picture of their feet across the Arctic line at 66° 33′ latitude and can buy a certificate of having reached the Arctic Circle at the Visitor Center. At night, along this latitude, there are colorful lights hanging in the air to mark the demarcation, both dazzling and romantic.
The Christmas Park, also known as the Santa Claus Cave, is only 2 km from Rovaniemi Airport and is a another must-see for Christmas pilgrims in Rovaniemi. This Santa Claus-themed large mechanized park was built under the hills in 1998 and opened to the public. Everything here is designed around Christmas. The environment is like a cartoon world, mechanized games, reindeer sledding, puppet theater, Christmas beer garden, multimedia performances re-telling Santa's story, using high technology to let visitors experience the four seasons, and so on. Visitors enter through a long tunnel and first sight is of the elf workshop in the middle. The many elves who prepare gifts for Santa Claus are busy working there all year round. In addition to watching them up close, you can try making Christmas gingerbread. There are a lot of mechanical games next to the Elf Factory, and you can also take the Magic Train of fantasy Lapland. Santa Claus may appear in the Elf workshop and the Park Cafe at any time. Besides answering questions from tourists, he will naturally do selfies as well. The Christmas Park also has a Christmas gift shop where you can purchase a variety of exquisite Christmas souvenirs.
Since 1996, Kemi has built a large-scale SnowCastle every winter. The main buildings include ice and snow hotels, traditional Finnish smoke saunas, restaurants and bars, ice and snow churches, etc. The shape of the SnowCastle varies from year to year. In addition, the SnowCastle also has a large ice sculpture exhibition. The crystal clear ice sculptures are amazing. Takes around 2 hours to view everything. There are also ice and snow bars, restaurants and ice and snow hotels, all of which are rare experiences.
The Sampo is the only passenger icebreaker in the world. It was built in 1960 and has a displacement of only 3540 tons. Such tonnage is no longer ranked among modern icebreakers, but its ability is extraordinary, it can break ice layers up to 8 m thick. Every winter from December to April, the ice layer in the northern part of the Gulf of Finland in the west of Finland can be a few feet thick. At this time, visitors can board the icebreaker and go sightseeing. Heading out from the Ajos terminal, the entire sightseeing tour lasts nearly 4 hours. In the summer, the icebreaker will be open as a restaurant and cafe.