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The Lapp and the Sámi of old were not content with four seasons, but structured their time around eight times of the year: early winter, winter, late winter, spring, late spring, summer, late summer and autumn. Each season was defined by features related to the amount of light, temperature and natural phenomena which provide a backdrop for all types of activities.

The Aurora Borealis, the Arctic Circle, Santa Claus, Arktikum Science Centre, theatrical performances and unique fell views in the scenic setting of Ounasvaara fell – all are available in the middle of a town. A foodie’s holiday culminates in sampling the award-winning delicacies of Lapland Hotel Sky Ounasvaara in the panoramic restaurant on top of Ounasvaara fell.The capital of Lapland, Rovaniemi, is on the northern Arctic Circle amidst a rugged wilderness.

Not to be missed

Sit on Santa Claus’ knee. Go and meet Santa in his Office. On the way, you will go through a corridor of experiences, where you will learn Santa's magical secrets. Come and see how Santa manages to visit every home in one day, and how he and his big tummy can squeeze down all those chimneys. You will find his Office in Santa Claus Village, tel. +358 (0)20 799 999 and at

Arktikum Science Centre can enrich your life ( At the gates of Lapland, a feast of science and culture awaits you under one roof. For young or old, information is presented in an attractive and memorable form that will captivate everyone. The Provincial Museum of Lapland, with high-standard exhibitions and an arctic science centre, is a cultural and architectural attraction all under one roof. After crossing the Arctic Circle, your road north takes you by Arktikum. As the climax of your visit, touch the amethyst to bring yourself good luck.

Let your thoughts flow freely on a river cruise. A traditional long wooden boat will pick you up in the town centre of Rovaniemi and take you for a tour along the scenic Rivers Ounasjoki and Kemijoki. While you are gliding past green islands and the majestic Ounasvaara, rest your eyes on the magnificent scenery.

To see and to do:

  • Museum and Arctic Science Centre
  • Science Centre Pilke
  • Santa Claus Village
  • Santa Claus Office
  • Santa Claus Main Post Office
  • SantaPark
  • Korundi House of Culture
  • Arctic Circe Husky Park
  • Ranua Zoo
  • Art Museum
  • Rovaniemi Local History Museum
  • Lapland Forestry Museum
  • Rovaniemi church
  • Administrative and cultural centre
  • Graveyard of German soldiers

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