Best Time to Visit Rovaniemi:Itinerary, What to Do & Where to Go

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Day1 | Morning

Santa Park

Opening Hours: Open from 9:00am-5:00pm

Ticket Price: 35 EUR

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-4 Hours

Location: Tarvantie 1,96930 Arctic Circle

Christmas Park, also known as Santa's Cave, is only 2 kilometers from Rovaniemi Airport and is another must-visit place for Christmas fans in Rovaniemi. This large-scale amusement park with the theme of Santa Claus is located under the small hills. It was built and opened to the public in 1998. Everything here is set up around Christmas, the environment is like a cartoon world, mobile games, reindeer sleighs, puppet theaters, Christmas receptions, multimedia performances telling the story of Santa Claus, using high technology to let tourists experience the four seasons, etc., all-inclusive. Visitors enter through a long tunnel, and the first thing they see is the wizard workshop in the middle. A large number of elves preparing gifts for Santa are busy working there all year round. In addition to seeing them up close, try making Christmas gingerbread. There are many mobile games on the side of the wizard workshop, and you can also take the magic train in the fantasy country of Lapland. Santa Claus appears at the Elf Factory and Paradise Cafe at any time. While tourists ask him different questions, it is natural to take a close photo. Christmasland also has a Christmas gift shop, where you can buy a variety of exquisite Christmas souvenirs.

Reviews from Real Guests:

Trip.com User: Just near Christmas Village, it is an indoor amusement park, there are elf, performances and some activities to participate, and there is an ice world to experience the freezing Arctic, adults and children will be very happy!

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Day1 | Afternoon

Ranua Zoo nearby is the top choice before you leave Santa Park and hit the road.

Ranua Zoo

Opening Hours: Open from 10:00am-4:00pm

Ticket Price: 15 EUR

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-1 Hours

Location: Rovaniementie 29, 97700 Ranua

Ranua Safari Park is an hour away from Rovaniemi. The park houses typical Finnish and Nordic animals with more than 50 different species, including bears, Finnish polar bears, lynxes, wolves, wolverines, moose and more. The only immigrants from abroad are the polar bears from Sweden. The visiting route in the park is about 2.5 kilometers long, passing through the jurisdiction of various animals, and you can see many wild animals. The park also houses JussanPirtti restaurant, candy shop and souvenir shop. The park is open year-round, with guided tours at night. Night safari is an entirely different picture, with many animals being extremely active at night.

Reviews from Real Guests:

Trip.com User: It’s not the usual boring touristy zoo - highly recommended to check out this wildlife safari with arctic animals. You wouldn’t even see a zookeeper in sight. A totally different feel in winter with the snow! Watch polar bear, arctic fox and reindeers in action. Can easily spend about 2-3hours here. Just a short 45mins bus ride from Rovaniemi.

Day1 | Evening

If you want to explore other popular attractions later, Holiday Village Gulo Gulo is a suitable place for you to stay and refresh.

Holiday Village Gulo Gulo

Opened in December 2012, this Finnish Lapland property is set in Ranua Wildlife Park, 5 minutes’ drive from central Ranua. It offers a restaurant and modern apartments with free Wi-Fi, a sauna and terrace.A fully equipped kitchen, dining area and flat-screen TV are featured in each Holiday Village Gulo Gulo apartment. All provide a fireplace, drying cabinet and 2 bathrooms. Some also have a washing machine, laptop and game console.Shared facilities include a terrace, BBQ and children’s playground. Guests can enjoy activities at the on-site Ranua Zoo. Gulo Gulo also organises guided snowmobile and quad bike safaris, along with husky sledding tours.Rovaniemi, the Arctic Circle and Iso-Syöte Ski Resort are all about a 1-hour drive from the holiday village.

Day2 | Morning

Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Centre

Opening Hours: Open from 9:00am-5:00pm

Ticket Price: 10 EUR

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-1 Hours

Location: Lustontie 1, Punkaharju 58450, Finland

SIIDA consists of two parts: SámiMuseum (Sami Museum) and theNorthernLaplandNatureCentre (Northern Lapland Nature Center). SIIDA is both an exhibition center and a conference center. It shows the development and changes of the nature and culture of northern Finland from the Ice Age to the present, showing the Sami culture of various periods. According to the archaeological artifacts on display, the history of human habitation in the area can be traced back to the prehistoric period 9,000 years ago.

Day2 | Afternoon

Having the chance to enjoy the charming Siida - Sami Museum and Nature Centre, Yllas Ski Resort next to it is another great place that you will never want to miss!

Yllas Ski Resort

Ticket Price: 6.2 EUR

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 Days

Location: Iso-Ylläksentie 44, 95980 Kolari

There are long cross-country ski trails and alpine ski slopes in the Yulas Ski Center. For snowboarders, Yulas has a complete semicircle, a snowboard park and a snowboard street.

Day2 | Evening

For convenient access to more popular attractions, Arctic Fox Igloos is the best places.

Arctic Fox Igloos

Property Location When you stay at Arctic Fox Igloos in Ranua, you'll be on the beach, within a 5-minute drive of Ranua kyrka and Vicarage and Parish Museum. This 4.5-star villa is 3.8 mi (6.1 km) from Ranua Wildlife Park and 27.8 mi (44.8 km) from Japan House. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 20 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchens with refrigerators and stovetops. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Conveniences include desks and microwaves, and housekeeping is provided daily. Amenities Enjoy recreation amenities such as bicycles to rent or take in the view from a garden. This villa also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a picnic area. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge). Dining Stop by the villa's restaurant for dinner, or grab snacks at the coffee shop/café. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at the bar/lounge. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily from 8 AM to 10 AM. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.

Day3 | Morning

Lampivaara

Ticket Price: 14 EUR

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-1 Hours

Location: Lampivaara, Tähtikuja, Rovaniemi

The Lampivaara Amethyst Mine, located on Mount AMETHYST in the heart of the Natural Park, is probably the only gem mine in the world open to tourists, giving you the opportunity to enter a fantastic gem world and witness the magnificent gems with your own eyes. Here, you also have the opportunity to listen to the stories handed down from your ancestors, the legend of amethyst that has been passed down for a long time, and you can also dig your own lucky amethyst, which has been waiting for you there for 2 billion years. In winter, ski to the mines, sleigh rides, horseback rides or take the Amethyst Train. In summer, you can choose to walk through the Losto Forest, or take the Lampivaara train to visit. The Amethyst Mine is not far from the resort center. Tourists only need to take a few minutes' tour to the foot of the mountain, and then walk to the mine on the mountain.

Day3 | Afternoon

Having the chance to enjoy the charming Lampivaara, Pyhatunturi Ski Center next to it is another great place that you will never want to miss!

Pyhatunturi Ski Center

Ticket Price: 26 EUR

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 Days

Location: Kultakeronkatu, 98530 Pelkosenniemi

The holy mountain is a paradise for winter sports lovers, where ski equipment is advanced and various supporting facilities are complete. In addition to real snow, the Harp Center also uses chemical-free artificial snow made from the nearby clear lake water to ensure that people can drive safely on the snow of sufficient thickness. There is also a high-quality professional ski school, whether you are a beginner with no experience or a veteran who wants to improve your skiing skills, there are qualified instructors to guide you one-on-one.

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