Rovaniemi
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IN A NUTSHELL

Visiting Rovaniemi with kids

Rovaniemi – the official hometown of Santa Claus, is a great city to visit with children. There are lots of interesting activities for families around the city and in the surrounding areas. Visiting Rovaniemi with kids is an absolute dream come true.

Some of the must see places and activities to do would be the Santa Claus Village, the Museum and Science Centre of Arktikum. The Ounasvaara walking trail is open all year round. In this trail, you can stop along the campfire or admire the view of Rovaniemi from an observation tower.

If you want to know more about this magical place, visit the Rovaniemi tourism board site here.

REACHING ROVANIEMI

Travelling to Rovaniemi with kids

By Train – You can travel to Rovaniemi by train all the way from Helsinki.

By Air – Get a flight to Rovaniemi. You can find information about the operating airlines and more general information about getting to Rovaniemi here.

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LOCATION

Where should a family stay?

There are many nice hotels right in the city centre area, which are convenient if you prefer short walking distances. Across the river, Ounasvaara, you will find a few hotels, which are then closer to nature. In the Santa Claus Village, there are also a few accommodation options from cottages to glass igloos.

Family friendly hotels 

The Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus

Scandic Rovaniemi City this also has bunk beds

Scandic Pohjanhovi – it has an indoor swimming pool

Santasport in Ounasvaara – it has an indoor swimming pool

Accommodation in Santa Claus Village

You can book a cottage accommodation provided by the Santa Claus Holiday Village.

The Apukka resort – Located just 16km north from Rovaniemi city centre. It offers all kinds of services from accommodation to activities.

 

Staying in Rovaniemi with kids
Santa Claus in Rovaniemi
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Activities for children ages 0-5

Tiring our babies and toddlers whilst they absorb all that is around them.

Santa Claus Village – Located 8 km to the north of the city centre. This is an excellent visitor attraction for the whole family. There you can meet Santa Claus, see some reindeers and huskies. You can cross the Arctic Circle. In winter, it is also possible to try shorter reindeer sleigh rides and husky sled tours, which might be more suitable for younger children.

Santapark – Another Christmas related attraction, open only during the Christmas season. This is Santa’s home cavern.

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Activities for older kids

Keeping the older kids happy, entertained, and reducing the amount of times they ask for a screen or complain about being bored.

The Science Centre Pilke – A fun attraction to visit. From there you can find information about the Finnish forests in an interactive exhibition.

Santa Claus Village

Santapark 

Ounasvaara Ski Resort – A great winter attraction, where children can practice skiing.

The Snowman World 

Kotatieva Winter Leisure Park

Seasonal Family Activities

Activity wise, there are many options depending on the season. In winter the most popular activities for the whole family are reindeer sleigh tours, husky sled rides, ice-fishing and snowmobiling. Some companies provide also family friendly safaris, where children can try for example mini snowmobiles.

In summer the activities consist of river cruises, nature trips and visits to reindeer and husky farms. There are also many beaches in summer time that are lovely for the families.

Sleigh Rides in Rovaniemi with kids
Ranua wildlife park
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Parks & Playgrounds

Rollohalli – indoor adventure and activity park

Elf’s Farmyard – in Santa Claus Village. You will find some domestic animals that can be petted and fed.

Angry Birds Activity Park – Outdoor park

Ranua Wildlife Park – Located 80km south from Rovaniemi. You will find many kinds of animals of around 50 different species, such as a polar bears.

FOOD

Family-friendly cafés & restaurants

eating out in Rovaniemi with kids
Busses in Rovaniemi
TRANSPORTATION

Getting Around

Getting around the city is most convenient with the local busses or with taxis. These are pram-friendly and there are for example larger and more spacious taxis for larger groups.

Renting a car for the duration of the stay would certainly help a lot in getting around the city and the nearby places.

Toys

Children Stores

Toy Shops

In Santa Claus Village they sell all kinds of stuffed toy animals such as reindeer or huskies as well as other kinds of toys and souvenirs. There is also the Valley Shop that sells Moomin toys and products, which are based on the famous Finnish children’s books by Tove Jansson and series characters.

Clothing Stores

Children’s clothing stores may be found in the three Shopping Centre stores along the Koskikatu, which is the main walking street and another option are the second hand stores such as the SMUK shop which is also located in the Rovaniemi city center.

Stuffed peluche toy shops in Rovaniemi
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