Best Free Things to Do in Rovaniemi

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Rovaniemi

Best Free Things to Do in Rovaniemi

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  • Where2next
    Hobart, Australia381 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did enjoy our visit to Santa Clause Village Rovaniemi, however
    it was very busy and the most touristy part of our entire Scandinavia trip - we found so many people rude.
    We went to SCV as prior to leaving to leaving everyone kept saying ‘you going to SCV’ a bit of FOMO crept in so we did visit, in all honesty we have visited Santa in the North Pole in US it was far less commercialized and more personal experience
    Written 25 March 2024
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  • Boyd J
    Maleny, Australia1,697 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking in a beautiful forest area, covered in low annuals, imagining a scene in winter where the snow is often up to a metre deep. The path is well formed and easy to walk on. Tranquil, though in summer be prepared for mosquitos.
    Written 3 August 2023
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  • Christian W
    Graz, Austria81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing and very impressive view over Finland and rovaniemi if you have a sunny day. Hidden spot but worth to walk there even if it’s cold!
    Written 8 January 2022
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  • Bea G
    53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent time in the park! We all had lots of fun. Sledges lying around and there is a hill at the back of the park. Amazing time!
    Written 23 February 2024
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  • Arctic_Lyon
    Tromso, Norway369 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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  • Tyler B
    Tring, UK306 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
    196 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely experience, a great Santa, warm, welcoming and friendly. Not to long to wait, busy but that's to be expected. Thoroughly enjoyed our time here.
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This library was completed in 1965.

    It is one of the many libraries designed by the famous architect Alvar Aalto who also designed the Lappia House (Rovaniemi Theater) next to the library.

    All of his libraries are known for the spacious library hall, book recesses, and skylights.

    In addition to books, you can always find a small art exhibition at this library.
    Written 13 December 2020
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  • lesley2805
    Essex358 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our Canterbury travel guide arranged for us to have a short shopping stop here before our flight home from Rovenimi airport. Because we had seen the REAL Santa in his home, we were advised to give the large red building on the right a very wide berth as they advertised a chance to meet a certain person!!! . But that wasn't a problem as there was lots of tourist shops in the Arctic village, they all sold pretty much the same things. But because the place we had stayed had been so remote we hadn't managed to buy any Christmas mementos . At the village there was a good choice of Xmas decor, and obviously lots of soft toys. But we also had the chance to post Xmas cards back to the UK with the Arctic circle postmark direct from the North Pole post office. I had taken cards with us ready just for this..
    We only had an hour there, I would have liked a little longer, but we cut it fine for our flight home. The airport is only minutes away. It was lovely to finish off the perfect holiday here, and nothing was ridiculously priced, even for a captive audience
    Written 16 June 2018
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  • Tweet69
    196 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
    ENGLAND281 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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  • 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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  • juno_usa
    Nashville, TN191 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The formations are interesting and the place is only 20-25 minutes from Rovaniemi centre by car so worth a visit if you have time. Do not expect much, only several churns and rocks, we spent there just 10-15 minutes and that is all. Toilets, hut and a bench was available nearby.
    Written 28 August 2019
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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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  • RiSha
    London, UK512 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A decent place to explore while you're in Rovaniemi. Restaurants and clothes shops, as well as a cinema and kids play area. We stopped for some lunch at the waffle place!
    Written 15 February 2023
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