Stepping into Santa Claus village is like stepping into a fairytale! Think white snowy forests, wooden Sami huts, Reindeer sleighs, and the man himself, father Christmas.

Santa Claus village is the official home of Santa Claus.

 

Did you know?
The Arctic circle cuts right through Santa Claus village. That’s the blue line here! You officially enter the Arctic when you cross this line.

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The entrance to Santa Claus village

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Santa is here!! super excited!

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distances to cities around the world!

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Guess who we spotted! What a coincidence seeing Pan Ling Ling here

Infomap of Santa Claus village

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I figured there wasn’t going to be enough time to visit all the attractions here at Santa Claus village, so I shortlisted a few of the “must do” attractions: Photo with Santa, reindeers, snowman world and posting letters from Santa’s official post office.

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Mode of transport thru the village

1. Santa Claus office

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Huge snowman at the entrance to Santa Claus office

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We enter Santa Claus office and walk through a few exhibits before reaching the photo with Santa.

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queueing to meet santa

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Photograph with Santa!
I was sorta expecting Santa to ask me if I’ve been a good girl this year, but nope, didnt happen. It was more like sit down, snap and next please.

Prices
Taking the photo was free. However you need to pay for the prints.
1 big print: 30 Euros
5 postcard prints: 35 Euros
video on USB: I forgot how much this was.

The prints were really pricey but i travelled such a long way to visit santa so i just had to get them!

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You can also buy a certificate of meeting with santa, or order a greeting letter from Santa to the person of your choice for 8.50 euros here.

2. Santa Claus Reindeer

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Reindeer sleighs all lined up

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sleepy reindeer

Hi Rudolf!

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We are not allowed to touch the reindeer, so a reindeer selfie is the next best thing

Oh mai gawdddd the moment I’ve been waiting for!!!

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That’s our guide at the front leading our sleigh

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Niuuuu reaching the end

I was a little gutted that the guide didn’t have enough time to chat with us. She had to rush off to take the next customer. If you want more time with the reindeers then a reindeer farm visit might do the trick.

Price
400m round:
Children 13€
Adults 17€

1000m round:
Children 22€
Adults 28€

3000m round (only by request) :
Children 40€
Adults 55€

I chose the 1000m ride because it takes you into the forest, whereas the 400m doesn’t.

They have their own website here

Restaurant Kotahovi
We decided to have lunch in a traditional Lappish hut.

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There’s a fireplace and it’s super warm and cosy inside.

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reindeer horns?!

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Warm Glogg!

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wooden cutlery

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Reindeer meat.. Tasted like lamb. I’m sorry Rudolf

3. Snowman world
Snowman world is like a mini amusement park of its own. It consists of an ice bar, ice restaurant, igloo hotel, ice slides and a mini ice skating rink. The entrance fee covers access to all these attractions.

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snowman sculptures all around

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ice slide

Igloo hotel

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ice bed

Ice restaurant

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Ice bar

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The whole bar is made out of ice

Warm glogg was amazing

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Ice slide
I was rather sceptical about this because it looked like it was for kids.

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It went SO fast around the bend, I thought I was going to fly off the track.

Stumbling off the float, we burst out into uncontrollable fits of giggles. I was SO wrong about this ride, this short ride got my adrenaline pumping.

Information on Snowmanworld
Entry fee to whole of snowman world: 18 Euros
Opening hours during winter: 11am -5pm

4.Santa Claus Main Post office
This is where you can post Christmas greetings from. All post will be stamped by hand using the special postmark of the Santa Claus Post Office.

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Letters sorted by country

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the very first letter to santa if framed here

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stamps

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Writing my Christmas greetings to be mailed out

5. Husky park
Husky park is right at the far end of Santa Claus village and was a little hard to find.

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It costs 5 Euros to enter.

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baby husky is shy

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baby finally comes out!

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Pity that they’re all caged up

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dog sledding is offered here too but I didn’t take this as it was dark already

Views: Husky park is not a “must go”, however if you happen to have spare time then you can check it out.

Souveniors
There is a whole heap of souvenior shops at the entrance to Santa Claus village. I’d recommend that you do this after you’ve gone to all the attractions.

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Reindeer meatballs. I’m sorry Rudolf

Overall
You should proritise your activities. There isn’t going to be enough time in a day for all the attractions here. I made it to 5 of them before it got dark. Another option is to spread it out into 2 days since entry is free.

Is Santa Claus Village commercialised?
As you can imagine the number of visitors Santa Claus village receives a year, yes, it is going to be at least a little commercialised. There is just too many visitors to serve and they do not have enough time to spend with all the customers. However, the service staff are really polite and helpful, if you do get the chance to interact with them.

That said, it still is going to be a magical experience, one that I’ll never forget. I’ve fullfilled my childhood dreams at Santa Claus village!

Getting here

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We took the public bus (bus no. 8) from Rovaniemi bus station. The journey was about 10 mins and cost 7.20 Euros for a return trip.

Price
Entrance to Santa Claus village is free, however there may be entrance fees for some of the attractions within Santa Claus village, like snowman world and husky park. You can pay with Visa or MasterCard at most of the attractions.

When to visit?
I actually wanted to visit Santa Claus village on Christmas itself. But decided against it as the opening hours are shorter on Christmas and Christmas eve. I’d suggest visiting before Christmas. That way, your postcards will reach your recipients before Christmas.
Website link here for full details.

3 thoughts on “Rovaniemi: Santa Claus Village

  1. I praise Your post and photos. Your photos are very stylish and beautiful. Thank You. I have also inter post from the Place and many post from the

    World’s Biggest Snow Castle.

    They both are worth for a visit, but I appreciate more the Castle. From Rovaniemi there busses and trains to Kemi where the Snow Castle is. Maybe next time You’ll visit it.

    Happy Sunday!

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