Rovaniemi – a Northern Culture Hub

Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, is home to an eclectic – and unusual – array of museums. Some offer the opportunity to belt out a karaoke tune, others to shoot a digitised moose. Culture thrives in many mediums in the city; Rovaniemi even has its own chamber orchestra.

The Arctic Circle runs through the southern end of Lapland. Along its axis is the city of Rovaniemi, whose population of 60,000 makes it the largest population hub near the Arctic Circle. It’s no wonder that Santa Claus himself has chosen the city as the location of his post office. Beyond Mr. Claus and reindeer, Rovaniemi contains several other noteworthy cultural treasures.

Along the river and around the city are 70 lean-to shelters that can be freely used by those who want to roast sausages over an open fire or enjoy other outdoor snacks. Firewood is even state-provided. The river landscape is dominated by Jätkänkynttilä Bridge; it’s an impressive sight, especially when illuminated at night.


In Lapland, swapping the hustle and bustle of ski resorts and cities to the peace and quiet of the wilderness takes mere minutes.