Lapland
Rovaniemi
Recommended
Rovaniemi The Essential
Recommended
Lying just south of the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland. Not far from its centre are beautiful wild expanses (their rounded hills seem to have blue haloes when seen from afar). From the Middle Ages, the region exported furs and salmon across Europe, but Rovaniemi's main boom was during the 19C, fuelled by the wood industry. The town was devastated during the Second World War; Alvar Aalto redesigned its layout (reminiscent of an antler) and also many of the major buildings.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Rovaniemi
Arktikum
Arktikum
An ingenious underground construction
180 minutes
Rovaniemi Cultural and Administrative Centre
Rovaniemi Cultural and Administrative Centre
The administrative and cultural centre,
30 minutes
Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Village
Up in the Arctic Circle (Napapiiri), at
300 minutes
Ounasvaara Hill
Ounasvaara Hill
This hill (204m altitude), whose summit
30 minutes