Winter in Rovaniemi

Whether you’re after the quiet of nature, adrenaline-packed adventures or the magic of Christmas, Rovaniemi has it all. Lonely Planet has chosen Rovaniemi as the most interesting destination in Europe for the winter season 2020-2021.

winter activities in rovaniemi

The capital of the North, located next to the Arctic circle, is the perfect place for outdoor activities. There’s a plethora of possibilities, from skating to snowshoe trips and from ice swimming to safaris with huskies or snowmobiles in Rovaniemi.

Right next to the city centre is the Ounasvaara skiing centre. There are slopes for all levels, and there is a snow park as well. In addition to skiing slopes and cross-country skiing tracks, you can bobsled and ski jump in Ounasvaara. The Napapiiri hiking area, with its rapids and hills, is a rewarding place also in winter. There are clear signs on the trails, and some of them are accessible with trolleys or wheelchairs as well. There are also many services from gear rental to organized lunches in the woods.

In winter in Lapland, there is a great chance to see the northern lights. The Aurora Borealis season lasts from early autumn to spring, and the best lights are seen during a dark and clear night. There are guided northern lights tours, with snowshoes and huskies, in Rovaniemi.

Lapland holidays for kids

You’re bound to meet Santa Claus, as Rovaniemi is his official hometown. You can visit Santa in the Santa Claus Village every day of the year. There are also a variety of activities from reindeer rides to a snowman land. Santa’s home cave SantaPark is open during the Christmas season. In addition to greeting Santa, you can have fun in the Angry Birds activity park in Rovaniemi city centre.



Book your accommodation in Rovaniemi, select from three Scandic Hotels located in best spots in Rovaniemi:

Rovaniemi Arktikum. Copyright Visit Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi Culture Pass

At the reception, you can conveniently buy tickets to the Rovaniemi's top attractions. With the convenient Culture Pass you can enter Korundi House of Culture, Arktikum and Pilke Science Centre.

Scandic Friends members get 10% off Culture Pass adult tickets. The offer is valid for the member. Show your digital membership card when buying tickets.