Rovaniemi is a city located in the north of Finland. It is the administrative capital and commercial centre of Finland’s northernmost province, Lapland. It belongs to four different countries Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia. It is situated only 10 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle so as you can imagine temperatures there aren’t exactly high.
During winter time the temperature is around -13ºC being the coldest temperature registered of -47.5ºC in January 1999. In the summer time temperatures are about 13ºC with the highest temperature registered being of 30.7ºC in June 2011. Snow stays on the ground 175 days a year on average.
Despite the fact that Rovaniemi experiences polar day between 7 June and 6 July it does not experience polar night. However, the sun barely gets above the horizon in the winter.
Rovaniemi, Lapland is famous for being the home of Santa Claus! In this city lays the Santa Village where you can meet Santa himself and his elves. With the Christmas spirit always in the air this a place where you can also enjoy a variety of winter activities such as riding a snow mobile or riding a husky!
Another common reason to travel to Rovaniemi is to try to see the Northern Lights, an amazing sky color show that is often visible in the North of Finland.
This Friday I am sharing my own experience in this magical white place! I went there in a three day trip with some friends. It was a trip I enjoyed very much despite my lack of resistance to the cold!! Can’t wait to share all my tips and suggestion on how to make the best out of Rovaniemi!
“If you want to truly feel the magic of Christmas Lapland is the place to go! Before you realize your inner child will come out and for a moment you will believe in magic.”
Country’s capital: Helsinki
Official language: Finnish
Currency: Euro (£1 =1.41 euro)
Population: 58.100 inhabitants
Total area: 7.601 km²