If you’re looking to plan a European vacation for you and your family this year, then you might want to consider planning a vacation to Rovaniemi Finland. There are a number of reasons why you might want to visit this beautiful city set among some of the most wonderful country side that Finland has to offer.
Where Is Rovaniemi?
You’ll find this northern Finland city situated near the Arctic circle in the Lapland province, which is the northernmost province in Finland. Not only is it close to the Arctic Circle, but it is also in between Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara, which are two hilly regions that can be found in Finland. Just below these two hilly regions is where the beautiful and majestic Kemijoki River meets up with the Ounasjoki, which is it’s tributary.
Rovaniemi Sight Seeing
Those who are new to Rovaniemi, or Finland all together for that matter, will definitely be in for a treat when they visit this area. One reason why vacationers will truly enjoy this historic place is because of the many sight-seeing opportunities that exist. Aside from the beautiful hillside terrain and glorious river scenery that it has to offer, travellers will be able to enjoy the historic city landscape of Rovaniemi as well.
One of the most widely known landmarks that tourists can visit when they come to Rovaniemi is the Jatkankynttila bridge. An eternal flame that sheds it’s light over the Kemijoki river gives visitors an idea of how historic this particular place really is. Buildings also worth visiting include the Arktikum house which can be found on the bank of the Ounasjoki river, the Lappia House which is the famous theatre that can be found within the city, and the Rovaniemi Town Hall which also is a popular tourist attraction. Also found in Rovaniemi is a little village known as Santa Claus Village. Santa Claus Village, which is a short ways from the centre of the city, is said to be the home of Santa Claus himself.
Those who enjoy skiing will be happy to know that Rovaniemi is home to some of the best skiing in all of Finland thanks to the Ounasvaara hill. Located at the bottom of Ounasvaara hill is where you will find the Ounasvaara ski centre, which plays host to thousands of visitors each year.
As if that wasn’t enough to convince you to visit this wonderful northern Finland city, you also be happy to know that it is also a great place where visitors can go to view the lights of the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights. Lapland province is where visitors can expect to see as many as 200 magnificent aurora light displays each year.
Rovaniemi has a Subarctic climate which means that you can expect cooler temperatures throughout the better part of the year. From October through to April you can expect average high temperatures to range anywhere from -8 degrees Celsius (16 degrees Fahrenheit) to 2.6 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit). While much of the year is spent in colder temperatures, you can expect a mild spring/summer that lasts from May to September. During this time you will experience average high temperatures that peak around 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit). Those who are fortunate enough to be in Rovaniemi June 6 to July 7 will have the opportunity to view the midnight sun.
Folklore in Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi is also home to the Jutajaiset festival which is a folklore festival of Lappish youth societies. Here you will find a variety of entertainment and educational events to take part in. Entertainment events include those that are based on traditional entertainment as well as those that focus on new program entertainment. This Finnish festival is put on to carry on old-time traditions as well as encourage the growth and development of new traditions in young societies.
Rovaniemi is a great destination to include in any travel Finland vacation