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Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi

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Traverse the Arctic Circle and meet Santa any time of year at Santa Claus Village. Your whole family can experience the magic of the holiday season at this theme park. Stay in the village or take a day trip into this festive wonderland. Snap photos with Santa Claus in his office or strike a pose at the Arctic Circle line, which runs through the village and provides a popular photo op. Spread the holiday cheer by sending a card from Santa Claus' post office or purchase gifts for friends and loved ones at one of the village's Christmas-themed shops. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Santa Claus Village and many more Rovaniemi attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rovaniemi travel itinerary maker.
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  • I have visited this village in December and again recently in July. In winter it was lovely to have a hot juice by the fire with cheese bread and cloudberry jam and little gingerbreads! There were rei...  more »
  • I gave 4 for the simple reason that there was hardly any people visiting it in August then was very distracting. I recommend anyway to go because they really come back baby for a moment. You do not pay the entrance as it is as a kind of outlet. With Santa's gift shops, post office, restaurants etc. The photo with Santa Claus in a5 format costs 20 euros in a4 30. Worth the effort
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  • Snow went on to have buried Arctic line, very amazing knowledge is difficult, but was on the line, so I found I was across. Santa got to hear when I met came from Japan to anywhere and say the Chiba "Funabashi? "With. Santa got in with bridge coming out from the mouth. I was surprised, but so much fun! Well consider handing presents around the world I'm'm! Yeah, I know-Funabashi. Or not! As I was. Did you miss the letters arrived from all over the world our children are I remember when I was a kid. Also want to go in the summer.
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  • Overall a great little place. I loved the aesthetics and overall atmosphere especially walking up inside to meet Santa. There are 4 major things to do here. Meet Santa, go for a reindeer ride, send a letter and go shopping. Actually shops take up most of the space. I love how meeting Santa is free. You do have the option to buy the video and pictures at the end but you're not forced too. I wish there were fewer stores and more activities even if they're paid like the reindeer ride. If you go when there are few people you could spend less than hour having done everything. However still worth the visit.
  • Best place in the world to experience Christmas spirit, and to meet the actual Santa claus. Be aware you can not take pictures or video of Santa, but you can purchase it from the gift shop for quite steep price. Plenty of interesting gift shops with unique northern produce.
  • An extra bonus to visit when in Lapland. Probably more exciting to those with children in tow. We enjoyed a fun Reindeer sleigh ride, tucked in snug under a skin while it snowed on us. We learned lot about reindeer chatting to the driver. we chose a 1000m ride and weren't disappointed. You can go in and visit Santa for a photo and a chat. Be warned there is often quite a queue so you need to use patience. We didn't bother. Plenty of warm shops with Arctic Circle memorabilia available. Cafe's and restaurants to feed the masses. Husky sleigh rides available too. Stand on the Arctic circle line for a photo and play in the snow if you please.
  • Seemed very touristy. Never planned on making any purchases​ but found something perfect. Cute photo stop.
  • I am so happy to meet the Santa in person. The right time to visit this place is in winter when the whole place is full of snow..

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Where to stay in Rovaniemi

For a city just below the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi offers a surprisingly wide range of accommodations. While most of the major hotels and guesthouses cluster in the city center, you'll find more rustic charm by traversing one of the city bridges and looking for a place to stay in the more residential areas. You'll find that the surroundings change drastically, with lots of trees and greenery interspersed between homes. There are also a few scattered bed and breakfasts, which offer a more authentic experience than you might get in a larger hotel chain.
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