Rovaniemi audio tour: Essential Rovaniemi: A Guide to Santa’s Hometown

Essential Rovaniemi: A Guide to Santa’s Hometown

Walking Tour

30 mins

About the Tour

You might not know it, but Santa Claus and his elf Lars have part time jobs as tour guides. Join them on this walking tour through their hometown, Rovaniemi. With their help, you’ll hear the fascinating story of the city, and its culture.

Our tour starts in the heart of Rovaniemi, in its bustling shopping district, and ends outside the city’s impressive church. Along the way, you’ll hear about Santa’s favourite soccer team, and one of Finland’s most famous bands, even though it’s not Santa’s kind of music!

Find out about the historic Hotel Pohjanhovi, where state leaders from all over the world have stayed, and why it had an important role during the Second World War. Take a riverside stroll along the banks of Kemijoki while you learn about the beautiful Lumberjack’s Candle Bridge and how it got its name. You’ll also find out about the importance of the river and its wildlife.

Feel free to stop along the way, do some shopping, or even taste the local Arctic ice cream. Whether it’s your first time in Rovaniemi or not, this 30-minute tour is a great introduction to the city. It’s also a fantastic accompaniment to every Christmas-time meander!


Jingle Bells by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.



Tour Producer


Lars Engerengen

A lovely night in May 1968 he was born, at Lillehammer, Norway. The interest for geography, history and transport/tourism has been following him all the time since, and today he lives high up north, administrating the public transport system in Finnmark, the northernmost county of Norway.
His passions in life within hobbies are writing and photographing, and he has published a book of the “Hurtigruten” – the coast liner going from Bergen to Kirkenes. He is aIso a permanent contributor to the largest Encyclopaedia in Norway.
Lars loves reading history of different places, and are especially focused on Norway, Finland and Russia. He is more than willing to share the history, and that is why he has made a lot of walking tours at VoiceMap.

Major Landmarks

  • Lordi Square

  • Hotel Pojanhovi

  • Lumberjack's Bridge

  • Rovaniemi Church

Directions to Starting Point

Head to the main shopping street, Koskikatu, and locate yourself in the western end of it, between Scandic Hotel City and the fan shop of RoPS. Face the pedestrian zone, with the shopping center "Rinne" behind you.

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Places to stop along the way

There are a huge number of cafes, restaurants and pubs along the route, espescially in Koskikatu. Feel free to drop in and buy the local beer or maybe a dish of sauted reindeer? You may also experience Lordi Square, the lovely view point by the river, and a nice pathwalk along the riverside of Kemijoki.

Best time of day

All day - all year! Well, maybe not on Christmas eve!


Please be careful crossing the roads, but otherwise it is very safe in Rovaniemi, and the tour is also wheelchair accessible.


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Essential Rovaniemi: A Guide to Santa’s Hometown