Welcome to the Town of Santa Claus
Rovaniemi offers a unique combination of wild nature and modern infrastructure with high quality services to visitors and businesses. Rovaniemi is the Official Hometown of Santa Claus ® and attracts half a million travellers every year.
Over the years Santa has received more than 14 million letters and greetings. This is why Santa Claus has his own post office at Santa Claus Village.
The Christmas theme is strongly present in Rovaniemi around the year and it is complemented by a vast array of tourism services.
Admire the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun
There are many ways to experience Lapland and the different seasons of the year, among them, the most popular ones are to see the northern lights (aurora borealis) or to admire the midnight sun.
Northern lights is a light phenomenon that can be seen in the Northern polar regions on clear and dark nights in autumn and in winter. In the summertime the sun does not set below the horizon at all. You can admire the midnight sun for a full month starting July 6th each year.
Centre of Arctic Wellbeing
In the heart of the town, you can find the arctic wellbeing centre of Ounasvaara, with a ski centre and other outstanding sports and educational facilities. Sport technology and education have a strong presence in Rovaniemi. The Northern Finnish regional training center is located at Ounasvaara.
The Center serves athletes and develops the overall sports related operations on both national and international levels. It produces a wide variety of training services and serves athletes of different sports with top quality training facilities to meet the requirements of world-class sports.
Expertise of Snow Architecture and Design
Winter in the North is an impressive phenomenon. Snow covers the landscape in Lapland for eight months of the year, from the mid October to the beginning of May. Rovaniemi has good expertise in organising winter events, snow and ice sculpting events as well as activity programmes. The most popular tourist attractions are made of snow and ice. There are various examples of professionally built functional snow structures such as snow hotels, igloos, restaurants and saunas. The University of Lapland and the Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences have joined together with companies specialising in snow and ice building. Together they have developed design knowledge of snow architecture and technical tools for strength calculations and safety control.
Tourism Safety and Security
Lapland University Consortium combines all levels of tourism education as well as innovative research and development activities. Multidimensional Tourism Institute has developed a unique Tourism Safety and Security System, which includes tools for crisis communication, safety and risk management and foresight as well as quality.
Examples of Companies to Visit
Lapland University Consortium - Tourism Safety and Security
Lapland University Consortium combines all levels of tourism education as well as innovative research and development activities. Multidimensional Tourism Institute has developed a unique Tourism Safety and Security System, which includes tools for crisis communication, safety and risk management and foresight as well as quality. The tourism safety and security system has been labeled as national and European best practice. The operation is based on network cooperation that includes regional, national and international actors. The network includes private companies, public authorities and associations. The activities are especially planned for SME’s. Tourism Safety and Security System is an operative model that is possible to tailor to other operative environments – based on our customers- needs!
Operative model in Lapland, applicable to other national and international contexts – based on our customer’s needs!
Lapland Safaris is the biggest and one of the oldest activity companies in Scandinavia. In our offices in Rovaniemi and other locations in Finnish Lapland (Levi, Ylläs, Luosto, Saariselkä), we offer a wide range of activities depending on the time of the year.
During the winter season, in the snowy forest and on the frozen lakes and rivers, we offer snowmobile safaris, reindeer- and husky-sledge rides, searching for northern lights excursions, ice-fishing, snowshoes or cross-country in the nature.
In the summer time, when the snow melts, is time to sail the rivers on traditional wooden boats, visiting reindeer farms or admiring the Midnight Sun.
And of course, any time of the year we can take you to visit Santa Claus. He lives in Rovaniemi!
Feel the Spirit of Nature!