Rovaniemi is a city in northern Finland, located at the confluence of the rivers Kemijoki and Ounasjoki. The city has been the trading center of Finnish Lapland since the 1800s, although the Germans burned the city to the ground in World War II. The biggest attraction is the 8 km north of the city, by the Arctic Circle located Santa Claus Village and the associated underground amusement park, called "Santa Park". In addition to Santa's village, in winter you can go husky, snowmobile and reindeer safaris. The city also has an excellent museum of life in the Arctic, the "Arktikum", as well as Finland's largest potholes. During the summer, the sun does not set from early June to the end of July, and in winter the northern lights can be seen almost every night, if the weather permits it."
Monthly Weather Conditions
More information: Rovaniemi forecast and weather conditions monthly
Compared to prices worldwide, Rovaniemi is an expensive destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $78.73, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $277.98, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Basic hotel: $90.04
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $15.39
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $23.49
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $6.48
- Meal, McDonalds: $8.64
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.88
Rovaniemi has been classified as safe with security classification 4/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 70.8 (better than United states average 48.3)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 83.3 (better than United states average 70.1)
- Walking alone at night: 62.5 (better than United states average 42.2)
More information: Rovaniemi safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.