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Rovaniemi has been considered the main business center of Finnish Lapland since the 19th century. Interestingly, the city was destroyed to the ground during World War II, and only a few buildings remained untouched. But rapid economic development in the following decades brought people and life back to the city. Rovaniemi officially became a city only in 1960, and in 2006 it became the center of an entire municipality of the same name. The city itself is pretty faceless, but everyone comes here not for architecture at all.
The Arctic Circle crosses the local runway. Just due to the realization of this fact, Rovaniemi Airport seems more interesting than others. And just a few kilometers away is the village of Santa Claus, which makes Rovaniemi Airport the official transport hub of this fabulous character. Therefore, on New Year's holidays here, as expected, do not push around.
Basically, only Finland’s domestic flights fly here all year. But in winter, when the flow of tourists increases, some European flights land in the airport also. There is nothing special to do at Rovaniemi Airport. It is small and far from the main one in the country. But from here you can send a postcard with the Santa Claus stamp to anywhere in the world (or yourself, if you want to).
To the village of Santa Claus, the reason almost all Rovaniemi tourists come, can be reached in a matter of minutes. You can even walk on foot. To Rovaniemi itself the travel would be a little longer.
Very convenient Airportbus run to the central bus station. It makes several stops along the road at the most famous local hotels. Basically, the schedule is tied to the time of landing of Finnair and Norwegian airlines. But anyone can use the bus, the cost is $ 11 per person or $ 18 for two at once.
Due to its favorable location, Rovaniemi has become the center of education in Lapland. Therefore, it attracts crowds of students, or rather about 10 thousand during the school year. Thanks to this, Rovaniemi feels like a young and active city in which interesting events are constantly taking place. In addition, the city is interesting for its natural attractions. The longest river in Finland flows here, there are parks and hills, and in winter the city is immersed in a fairy tale.
Absolutely everyone saw the bewitching pictures of the Northern Lights, which fills the sky with green lights. But few people saw this mysterious and magnificent sight in real life. In Rovaniemi, it is probably the easiest to see. To hunt for the northern lights, you need to be a fairly patient person. You can go on an organized tour with experienced guides who know exactly when the sky will light up with lights. And you can independently wait for the northern lights while relaxing in the city.
Husky dogs are amazing in their own way. But a dozen harnessed doggie with blue eyes, which cheerfully pull the sled in the snow, will please any adult no less than children. In Lapland, sled dogs are a traditional means of transportation. And any tourist can try it on himself. Or even watch the training of these cheerful dogs.
The main traditional dish of Rovaniemi is called poronkäristys. This is reindeer stew in a pan with butter and water. Usually is served with soft mashed potatoes. All this is decorated with lingonberry jam and slices of pickles. It’s worth trying at least once. Especially since the dish served in almost all restaurants in the city.
In general, Lapland is characterized by simple and hot food. Moreover, all of it is made from the freshest and most environmentally friendly local products. The local diet always has a lot of meat and fish. And the abundance of berries allows you to create healthy desserts with a low amount of sugar. In general, even the most ordinary burger will become a unique gastronomic experience in Rovaniemi. All thanks to juicy meat and vegetables rich in taste.
And from desserts you need to try carrot cake. This dessert is prepared in every place according to its own recipe. But it is always very tasty. Especially with a cup of hot coffee without milk and sugar.