“The Official Hometown of Santa Claus” and the Capital of Finnish Lapland, Rovaniemi is a great choice if you’re planning a winter break. Families will love The Santa Claus Village, while adventurers will love exploring the chilly wilderness on an Arctic safari. Rovaniemi is the main cultural and economic centre of Lapland so there’s plenty going on throughout the year. During the summer Ounasvaara’s forests are lovely for hiking, and if you visit during June you might catch a glimpse of the midnight sun.
Airports in Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi Airport (RVN) is one of the busiest airports in Finland, and the closest to the Arctic Circle: which actually crosses the northern end of the runway. The airport is especially busy over the Christmas period, as people from the rest of Europe descend upon the town to visit Santa Claus. The airport is also used by Lapland Air Command, specifically their F-18 fighter interceptors.
Airlines that fly to Rovaniemi
Jet2, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Thomson Airways all offer winter charter flights direct from Britain to Rovaniemi. The flights are available from a range of regional hubs making it easier for families to catch Santa Flights.
Getting into Rovaniemi
Taxis are available outside the terminal during scheduled arrival times, although you can pre-book your car if you want to be on the safe side. Taxis are operated by three companies: Airport Taxi Rovaniemi, Taxi Rovaniemi, and Rovaniemi Taxi Service.
If you would prefer to have your own personal mode of transport during your trip to Lapland, you can hire a car at the airport. Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Scandia Rent and Toyota Rent all have desks on the first floor of the terminal building. It’s a good idea to pre-book your hire care before arriving.
An airport bus is also available from the terminal to Rovaniemi city centre. The bus stops at all of the major hotels in the town, and terminates at the bus station. Fares start at €7* (about £5.50) per person.
*Prices subject to change
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