Cheapest car hire in Rovaniemi

  • Mini
    Ford Ka
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    From € 33.74
  • Economy
    Ford Fiesta
    5 |
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    From € 34.48
  • Compact
    Toyota Auris
    5 |
    3 |
    3 |
    From € 37.59
  • Estate
    Ford Focus Estate
    5 |
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    5 |
    From € 50.54
  • Standard
    Skoda Octavia
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    4 |
    5 |
    From € 52.29

*daily rates in Rovaniemi based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.

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Useful things to know about Rovaniemi

  • The name Rovaniemi means ‘a pile of stones on a cape’ representative of how the area was recognised in Viking times.
  • The city is very close to the Arctic Circle.
  • Nearby is the ‘home’ of Santa Claus.
  • It’s the most popular of the ‘meet Santa’ Christmas destinations.
  • The city is the capital of Finnish Lapland.

Rovaniemi Mini Guide

Why Rovaniemi?
It’s the capital of Finnish Lapland and an important education city with a university catering for more than 10,000 students. The city was built on the extraction of natural raw materials including timber and metals including gold but in the last two decades it has recognised the value of its natural beauty and appeals to tourists who enjoy the great outdoors.

Rovaniemi city view

How do I Get There?
Rovaniemi Airport is nearby and has many international routes although most of them are seasonal dealing with ‘Santa traffic’. In summer, you may have to catch a connecting flight from Helsinki but the effort is worth it. Most major european hubs operate season routes such as Gatwick, Heathrow, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

What Can I See in Rovaniemi?
It’s not so much a ‘seeing’ place but more of a ‘doing’ city. However, the Arktikum and Pilke museums are fascinating to old and young, basing their interactive exhibits on the science, geography and ecology of the area. There’s also the famous Jatkankynttila Bridge with its eternal flame lantern above it that is a beautiful sight at night as it stretches across the river.

Rovaniemi Jatkankynttila Bridge

OK, What About the activities Available There?
Most of the activities are outdoors and there’s always something happening year round. In the winter you can ski on either of the two hills that sit each side of the city or skate on frozen tributaries of the river. A couple of companies also offer snowmobile safaris around the countryside which are great fun. You can also visit the Santa sites nearby, including Santa Village and the Santapark amusement park. In summer the city sells itself for more outdoor activities including golf on the nine hole Arctic golf course and swimming from a little beach on the shores of the river.

Rovaniemi beach

What can I buy to Take Home?
Rather bizarrely a lot of people just visit the three main malls here to shop but if you look out for the Saami markets you’ll pick up traditional hand crafted souvenirs made of reindeer hide, antlers and bone. Some Saami also sell jewellery made from the locally mined gold.

What Should I eat There?
Try poronkaristys - reindeer meat stewed in water and butter then cut in slices and served in a well made from mashed potatoes and accompanied with jam made from the local ligonberries and garnished with gherkins. It sounds a little strange but should be tried at least once.

Latest Update from Rovaniemi:

22/05/12 - As part of the World Design Capital project 2012, Rovaniemi has organised 'Design Strolls' of the city, visiting architectural highlights as well as examples of fine interior design around the city. The strolls take place at 2 pm on the 28th June and midday on the 29th of June and begin at the tourist information office.

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People come to Rovaniemi to meet Santa but if you come out of season i.e. in the summer, then you’ll be able to experience the beautiful scenery and fresh air. Make sure you take time to visit the homes of the Saami, incorrectly thought of as Lapps, who live there.

You’ll be able to see how they live their nomadic lifestyle as well as buy exquisite handicrafts from them made from wood, stone or reindeer bone, hide or antlers. Finally take a walk at night down to the city’s main bridge to see the ‘eternal flame’ burning there.

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