Probably the most popular attraction for visitors to Rovaniemi
, Santa Claus Village and the Arctic Circle (Napapiiri) are a must if visiting. Located about 8km north of the city, you'll find the village, Santa's Post Office, the line designating the Arctic Circle
, and heaps of holiday/Lapland gift shops. In the winter time, the entire village is alive with various sleigh rides and holiday decorations which make for a very lively and jovial atmosphere. Visiting Santa is free any time of year, however, if you want a photo with Mr Claus you must pay for one and self-taken photos with Santa are not allowed. While your personal tastes will decide what souvenirs you may or may not want to purchase, an inexpensive gift which you can send to friends is a letter from Santa Post Office
marked with a special postmark noting it was sent from Santas Post Office on the Arctic Circle. If you are hoping to take a reindeer sleigh ride while in Rovaniemi, you can take one with Santa Claus Reindeer
at Santa's Village - you don't have to book one through a safari company.To get to Santa's Village
, there is a "Santa bus" (#8 bus), which is the most affordable option as the village is north of the city. It is possible to walk or bike to the village in Summer, but is highly recommend to take the bus or go by car in Winter due to the sub-zero temperatures.
The #8 bus leaves from the train station and a few convenient stops throughout the city. One of these is at the intersection of Koskikatu and Aallonkatu
by the Sokos Hotel. Here you can see the current timetable
for the Santa Bus.
It will cost €3-5 one-way and under €10 return-trip (current prices are listed on the timetable above).The queue for the return bus from the village back to the city can get extremely crowded during the Christmas season so expect to possibly be packed into the bus, tightly, with many others, or possibly having to wait for the following bus if the one you are trying to get on reaches max capacity. If you plan on having at least one special dinner while in Rovaniemi, a top rated restaurant in Rovaniemi - Restaurant Kotahovi
- is also at Santa's Village.