Rovaniemi Landmarks

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Rovaniemi Landmarks

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  • luxuryvoyage
    Switzerland4,030 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit is particularly worthwhile in winter when the village is covered in snow. As an adult, you can see the whole village in around 30 minutes. Nevertheless, a short stop is worthwhile. We stayed at the Glass Resort, which is only a few minutes' walk from the village. This allowed us to visit the village late in the evening when everything was closed. Then the village looks very romantic.
    Written 17 June 2024
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  • Arctic_Lyon
    Tromso, Norway366 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had to stop in town for a little bit and I wanted to see at least one heritage place, so this was it. This church is rather massive, even though it isnt a cathedral, and the exterior, although fine is quickly overshadowed by the light, colorful and harmonious interior, endowed with a magnificent frescoe. Outside the church, there is a beautiful WW2 monument and grave as well. and the city library is very close by. Basically, there is no reason not to take a look in here.
    Written 1 October 2023
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  • Chris M
    Wetherby, UK1,388 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were part of a tour group and we arrived at the farm by boat on a scenic river journey from Rovaniemi. There was a quite lengthy boarded walkway from the river to the farm, which required a little care as it was quite narrow and could be slippery in places. On arrival at the farm we received a very welcoming and entertaining introduction (including myths and legends), to the farm operations. We then met the reindeer who were in a large paddock area, and were obviously used to human interaction. After a very interesting visit, we made our way back to the river for our return boat trip.
    Written 13 March 2024
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  • Tyler B
    Tring, UK305 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited the city centre from the Santa Claus Village to pick up some winter clothes that we were renting, so we decided to spend the morning in Rovaniemi. There really isn't much to do here but visit the Arkitrum museum and take in the views of the Lumberjack Candle Bridge. Is it good? Sure. It's an impressive bridge, and it's worth a photo. I'm not sure what else to tell you about it.
    Written 21 February 2023
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  • Tweet69
    221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is for the children people, seriously, there is a little wait, peak December, a little wait. Yes it's no different to anywhere else, it's commercial. Santa was great, he was genuinely interested in us. The house is fantastic. Temper expectations and remember it's for the kids.
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • BECKS777
    ENGLAND270 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The centre of the Rovaniemi shopping area, with a couple of small shopping arcades nearby. The best one being a couple of minutes walk up the slight hill towards the Scandic Hotel and the across the road

    Lordi Square had a free Santa office you could visit and meet him without any queuing, even in December.

    There was also a nice ice rink where you could have a go on real ice for about 10 euros per person.
    Written 27 January 2024
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  • Expedition69102
    42 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    90 year old knives house…One of the few buildings spared during the second world war. Take a look at the mini museum of old knives and pick souvenirs to bring back.
    Written 30 March 2019
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  • justin o
    Vienna, Austria70 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes we have all heard about the Second World War but this memorial is to a part that at least I wasn't familiar with. The dealings between Finland, Germany and Russia are the backdrop to the existence of this memorial/cemetery and an important part of the recent history of the area.
    Written 22 November 2019
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  • Henna L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had literally just visited Santa in the Santa Claus Village and that experience was not so great. It felt very rushed and hurried. This was the absolut oposite. Santa took time to talk to us, answered our daughters questions and draw a picture of himself and gave it to our daughter. We took so many pictures and after buing one we were also allowed to use our own camera to take video and snap a selfie. It was so worth the money. I was not expecting to buy the foto but just had to after such a friendly encounter.
    Written 20 January 2024
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  • Dineau
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    For those who prefer to go off the beaten track and enjoy to at least try to go local, I can highly recommend to attend a game of the RoKi Rovaniemi Icehockey team. Icehockey is the most popular sport in Finland so you'll find yourself among locals if you decide to go. The Lappi Areena is an all purpose ice hall, but serves as the home to the RoKi team. It's located on the other side of the Ounasvaara hill, opposite to the city centre and can be reached by taxi of by foot. don't bother reserving tickets beforehand as RoKi is not performing tremendously well (at least not this season) and the games therefore very seldom sell out. So it's pretty easy to get tickets really. The Laapi Areena is not a terribly large place as compared to your average US NHL stadium, but it's nice and cosy. The place features a RoKi fanshop as well as a dedicated RoKi bar. Last but not least the staff are friendly and helpful, probably also because not an awful lot of tourists will actually attend these games.So by all means, if you enjoy trying something genuine, to be among the local population and like sports in general, I can highly recommend going there.
    Written 18 March 2016
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland31,235 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The wooden building was made in 1957 and consecrated in 1962 as Saint Andreas Church.

    On our visit, the church was closed as usual with Orthodox churches we have seen.
    Written 10 August 2021
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  • Camila FR
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place to see Aurora Borealis (northern lights), with 360º view of the sky. This is a huge frozen lake, 8-10 minutes from Santa Claus Village. Easily accessible, it has a "kota" (traditional public fireplace).
    Written 31 March 2022
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  • rafaelrabello
    Campinas, SP182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is one of the best around Rovaniemi to see the Aurora during the winter.
    It is a frozen lake, almost no lights in the surrounding and you have a 360º view of the sky, excellent to see Aurora storms.
    It is easily accessible by car (about 15min. from Rovaniemi center and 7 minutes from Santa Claus village.).
    There is a kind of a hut with a fire pit to protect yourself from the cold and roast marshmallows, you can get free wood from another hut next door.
    Written 27 March 2022
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland31,235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The railway from Rovaniemi to Kemijärvi was completed in 1934. A large and expensive bridge was built. The old bridge was used only for about 10 years, as the German troops blew it up when withdrawing from Lapland in October 1944.

    The current bridge was completed in 1951. It is a steel truss double-deck railway and road bridge. The upper deck of the bridge is used for rail traffic, the lower deck is used for car traffic. There are walking and cycling paths on the sides of the car deck.
    Written 10 August 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland31,235 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This monument near the railway station is a symbol of how Rovaniemi has risen from the ashes after being burnt down by German soldiers in 1944.

    This work by Rovaniemi-born sculptor Kari Huhtamo is made of stainless steel and was completed in 1977.

    At that time the inhabitants of Rovaniemi were a bit critical and the sculpture got a nickname: the pigeons’ radar.

    On our visit, the wall surrounding the sculpture was defaced with graffiti.
    Written 29 August 2022
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