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Uncover Rovaniemi: Gradual Journey within the Coronary heart of Finnish Lapland

Uncover Rovaniemi: Gradual Journey within the Coronary heart of Finnish Lapland


We’re followers of leisurely journey. We wish to take our time and benefit from the trip. On our means south from Saariselkä, my son and I made a decision to cease in Rovaniemi for a better look.

Should you’re touring to Lapland, remember to spend an evening in Rovaniemi. Right here you may calm down and benefit from the peace and quiet. Hostel Café Koti is the right place for many who love comfy beds and Nordic design. Positioned in the midst of the town, the whole lot is inside strolling distance!

A stroll alongside the riverside is a should in Rovaniemi. Right here you may take pleasure in a wide ranging view of the town.

If you’re curious and wish to study extra about tradition, the Arktikum Museum is the place for you. Or how a couple of hike on the (winter) path of Ounasvaara?

For extra motion, attempt a fatbike tour with RollOutdoors otherwise you go for a sleigh trip, pulled by huskies (extra to that later).

Rollo Dusk - Rovaniemi in Finland.
Rollo Nightfall – Rovaniemi in Finland.

Travelling North and South

When my son and I returned from our journey in snowy Saariselkä, we had a superb thought: we needed to spend an evening in Rovaniemi to keep away from the lengthy and exhausting public journey south (VR and Matkahuolto ought to actually coordinate their schedules, proper?).

And what can I say? It was simply nice! We had a lot enjoyable and have been completely impressed by the town.

Winter at the Rovaniemi Railway Station in Finland.
Rovaniemi Railway Station in Finland.

As an alternative of an infinite journey day stuffed with rush and stress, we took our time and slept late on the resort in Saariselkä earlier than having fun with a scrumptious breakfast and catching the 11 am bus to Rovaniemi. We arrived relaxed just a few hours later.

The subsequent day we loved one other scrumptious breakfast on the Hostel Café Koti and walked to the practice station with our intensive baggage to catch the practice south.

As you may think about, this journey plan was far more comfy than a day of stress that began at 6am and didn’t finish till 10pm whenever you lastly arrived house.

So what did we do in Rovaniemi?

Minecraft UNO
Minecraft UNO

The Capital of Lapland

We arrived within the heart of Rovaniemi on our bus from Saariselkä and have been only a brief stroll from our cool hostel, Café Koti.

This gem of a hostel is only some years outdated and is situated in a totally renovated financial institution constructing – the previous workplaces are actually rooms for singles, doubles, households and dormitories.

The café on the primary flooring has good drinks and snacks accessible all day and serves a scrumptious breakfast.

Cafe and reception of the Hostel Café Koti in Rovaniemi, Finland.
Cafe and reception of the Hostel Café Koti in Rovaniemi, Finland.

After checking in, we put our ski baggage within the outdated vault, which now serves as a safe baggage storage space. Then we went upstairs to our room.

I’m normally a tent man, however I can recognize good design and decor, and our room at Koti – which suggests “house” in Finnish. It was lovely. The room has pure supplies and colours, a number of home windows with nice views, and the beds have been improbable – I used to be beginning to really feel like a bit of nap wouldn’t harm. 🥱

However we needed to discover wintery Rovaniemi and had different plans!

Room at the Hostel Cafe Koti in Rovaniemi, Finland.
Room on the Hostel Cafe Koti in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Solely two minutes away from the principle sq. of Rovaniemi is the Hostel Café Koti.

On our technique to the Offended Birds Playground, which can be solely 300 meters from the hostel, we had the chance to lastly arrive after a protracted day on the bus. The playground is free and has a number of cool Offended Birds themed tools – excellent even for youths who’re extra aware of different video games.

After a enjoyable go to to the playground, we took a stroll alongside the river. Should you really feel prefer it, you may go XC snowboarding right here – there’s a path alongside the river. However we determined to stroll round and benefit from the lovely view of Ounasvaara.

That is really a paradise for many who dwell within the metropolis and are on the lookout for outside motion.

By the way in which, in the event you really feel like fatbiking, you must go to RollOutdoors!

Rovaniemi in Finland.
Rovaniemi in Finland.

So we continued in direction of the town, as our hungry bellies craved a scrumptious meal and my son was dying for a burger. We determined to attempt Kauppayhtiö as they have been purported to have one of the best burgers on the town.

We weren’t dissatisfied!

Each the vegetarian and the standard burgers have been a deal with for our palates. 🍔

The place is embellished with nice consideration to element and has an off-the-cuff 50’s/60’s punk rock gallery vibe. Should you like this aesthetic, you’ll really feel proper at house at Kauppayhtiö!

Burger at Kauppayhtiö in Rovaniemi, Finland.
Burger at Kauppayhtiö in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Come, we stroll by the middle of Rovaniemi on the way in which again to Koti. It seems so good, the whole lot is lit up and there are even some Christmas decorations.

It’s clear, Santa Claus has his residence right here, it simply has to look Christmassy. 🙂

Central Square of Rovaniemi in Finland.
Central Sq. of Rovaniemi in Finland.

After we received again to the hostel, we checked out the sauna after which performed a spherical of Carcassonne within the frequent room. We’re large followers of board video games and it’s at all times a spotlight when a hostel/resort/cafe has a collection of video games accessible.

After just a few video games, it was time to settle into our comfy beds and at last calm down. The beds have been so inviting and cozy that we fell asleep instantly.

Sauna of the Hostel Café Koti in Rovaniemi, Finland.
Sauna of the Hostel Café Koti in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Our sleep was deep and restful, and once we awoke the following morning, we felt contemporary and alert. Nevertheless, our hungry stomachs have been crying out! With out hesitation, we made our technique to the charming café the place we’d take pleasure in breakfast.

The place was crowded, as breakfast attracts not solely hostel friends, but in addition many locals. This alone is an indication that we have been in an important place for a scrumptious meal!

Breakfast at Hostel Café Koti in Rovaniemi in Finland.
Breakfast at Hostel Café Koti in Rovaniemi in Finland.

For vegans, the breakfast choices have been a bit restricted, however in the long run I used to be full and glad – and the espresso was actually scrumptious, an actual plus.

After dinner, we performed just a few board video games and relaxed within the frequent room earlier than heading to the practice station to move again south to Vaasa.

Common room at Hostel Café Koti in Rovaniemi, Finland.
Widespread room at Hostel Café Koti in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Though it could appear to outsiders that we didn’t do a lot in Rovaniemi, we have been positive that our plan to discover the town, calm down, eat properly, and make our journey south stress-free was proper on track. We received what we needed and are very proud of our time in Rollo.

Should you’re touring to Lapland by public transportation, we advocate spending two days within the south. It’s at all times price visiting Rovaniemi and discovering the variety of the town. Hostel Café Koti within the metropolis heart is a superb place to remain. We will certainly cease right here once more on our subsequent north-south journey.

We like to take our time and journey relaxed!

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Further Journey Dudes Suggestions: Husky Safari on a Snowy Path

It’s also possible to expertise an unforgettable journey at a husky safari in Finland, by driving your individual canine sled workforce by the picturesque forests. Whether or not you’re the motive force or a relaxed observer on the sled, benefit from the breathtaking fantastic thing about the snow-covered panorama.

Go to an area husky farm and study all concerning the breeding and coaching of those unimaginable Arctic animals. Learn the way they’re educated to race and work within the forest.

After a brief briefing, you’ll embark on an thrilling 10 km trip by the Finnish winter panorama. Really feel the fun of racing by the snow together with your workforce of sled canine.

Don’t neglect to seize this unforgettable second and benefit from the lovely surroundings. After the trip, heat up with a scorching juice and Finnish gingerbread – the locals’ favourite winter snack.

Hearken to fascinating tales about huskies and immerse your self in Finnish tradition and traditions. That is an journey you’ll keep in mind for a very long time.

Husky sleigh dog
Husky sleigh canine

Good to know

They may decide you up and take you to your lodging inside 15 km from the middle of Rovaniemi. Length of the tour is 3.5 hours.

With an English talking information (different languages on request: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese language) will take you on a ten km husky sled trip. Additionally, you will go to a husky farm and luxuriate in Finnish snacks and scorching drinks. Better of all, you can be supplied with winter clothes – overalls, boots and gloves.

Necessary to know: Departure occasions might range relying on season and availability. It’s best to verify with the tour operator. On weekdays and Saturdays they want a minimal of two folks for the tour. On Sundays and holidays they want a minimal of 4 folks. If the minimal variety of members just isn’t reached, the tour could also be canceled or postponed. And please observe: Kids beneath 12 should be accompanied by a paying grownup. You possibly can cancel as much as 24 hours prematurely and obtain a full refund.

Further Journey Dudes Suggestions: Choice to go to the Santa Claus Village and Arctic Circle

There’s additionally the choice to go on a journey to a spot the place Christmas is widely known all 12 months spherical – Santa’s Village in Rovaniemi.

Right here you may have the prospect to fulfill Santa Claus in particular person and cross the Arctic Circle to take distinctive memento photographs. What would a go to to Santa Claus be with out greetings to your family members? Ship your vacation greetings instantly from Santa’s submit workplace.

If that’s not sufficient, you’ll even have the chance to rise up shut and private with the reindeer that assist Santa along with his duties. In your technique to the Arctic Circle, you’ll move the painted white line that marks the border of the Arctic area. While you cross this line, you’ll obtain an official certificates which you could proudly show.

However earlier than you head again to your lodging, a culinary deal with awaits you: a Lapland lunch buffet. Let your self be tempted by the regional specialties and benefit from the distinctive environment of Santa’s Village. An unforgettable expertise that may stick with you for a very long time.

Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Finland.
Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Good to know

The length of this tour is 3.5 hours and you’ll cancel as much as 24 hours prematurely for a full refund. The tour affords you the likelihood to be picked up and transported comfortably out of your lodging inside 15 km (driving distance) from the middle of Rovaniemi. You can be greeted by an English talking information who can even communicate different languages reminiscent of German, French, Italian, Spanish or Chinese language upon request.

A scrumptious lunch buffet awaits you. The spotlight of the tour is a gathering with Santa Claus, which is able to depart you with unforgettable recollections. And also you’ll obtain a certificates to show you’ve crossed the Arctic Circle.

  • Hendrik Morkel

    Presenter and Videographer – Born in Germany Hendrik moved to Finland over 20 years in the past, the place he hikes, skis and climbs. He likes sustainable journey and likes to go on by-fair-means adventures world wide, which he paperwork along with his digicam and pen.



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