Rovaniemi The official Home Town of Santa Claus

Rovaniemithe city's most famous resident can be visited every day of the year in Santa Claus Village right on the Arctic Circle, an attraction that draws more than 500 000 annual visitors from all around the world.Santa Claus' original home lies in the mysterious Korvatunturi ("Ear Fell") in Finnish Lapland. Since the exact location is a secret only known to a chosen few, he decided to establish an office in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, in 1985. Rovaniemi received the status of the Official Hometown of Santa Claus in 2010. As probably the most famous person on the planet, Santa Claus recognizes his global influence and the responsibility that comes with it.

Santa Claus Village is open every day of the year, and getting there is easy with local bus number 8 or Santa's Express which leave hourly from Rovaniemi city centre. Alternatives include taxi, car or walking

If you want to see Santa right after landing in Rovaniemi, you'll be glad to know he's only three kilometres away from the airport.

Rovaniemi was almost completely destroyed in World War II. In 1950, Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, came to visit Rovaniemi to witness the rebuilding process.She wanted to visit the Arctic Circle, and Rovaniemi officials rushed to building a cabin eight kilometres north of the city. The cabin marked the birth of Santa Claus Village and still stands today next to Santa Claus Main Post Office.

Santa Claus Village is Lapland's best-known attraction and a resort in its own right. It is home to approximately 50 draws in the form of activity companies, shops, restaurants and cafes. Husky and reindeer rides, snowmobile tours, design items and souvenirs, ice and snow constructions, an igloo hotel and holiday village accommodation can be found there.In his 30 plus years in Rovaniemi, Santa Claus has received millions of visitors including pop stars, politicians, television personalities, athletes and regular people from every corner of the world in Santa Claus Village.

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