Sitting directly on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland where every one of the 200 days of winter feels as festive as the last. Ideal for families, amenities are close to hand, from the bars and restaurants of the compact centre to the countless winter activities in the surrounding wilderness. Try your hand at mushing a husky sled or visit a reindeer farm and enjoy a sleigh ride through the snowy fells. Just a fifteen-minute transfer from the city, Santa Claus Village – the official residence of the man in red - is a must for kids at any time of the year.
Not all Lapland winter holidays are set in the remote wilds of the Finnish wilderness; Rovaniemi might be a small city, but it is also a great base for a Lapland holiday that still experiences everything the great outdoors has to offer. With accommodation options ranging from family log cabins to city hotels, a wide variety of restaurants and eateries on offer, and major excursion companies willing to pick up groups from most hotels, there's a Rovaniemi winter holiday to suit everyone.