Lapland

Rovaniemi

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Rovaniemi
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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.

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Michelin's recommendations for Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi Cultural and Administrative Centre
Rovaniemi Cultural and Administrative Centre
Rovaniemi
0:30
Ounasvaara Hill Ounasvaara Hill
Ounasvaara Hill
Rovaniemi
0:30
Santa Claus Village Santa Claus Village
Santa Claus Village
Rovaniemi
5:00
Arktikum Arktikum
Arktikum
Rovaniemi
1:00

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Rovaniemi, Father Christmas’s Arctic Headquarters

A visit to the capital of Finnish Lapland offers all of the postcard images related to the Arctic North with a bonus: an encounter with Father Christmas!
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