GENERAL INFORMATION

Rovaniemi is the administrative capital and commercial centre of Finland´s Lapland.

In the past few decades Rovaniemi has grown into a busy and active town with now more than 61.000. Rovaniemi is also the educational centre of Lapland and there are two universities located in Rovaniemi. The University of Lapland is the northernmost university in Finland and in the European Union. Lapland University for Applied Sciences has its home base in Rovaniemi. The unique location of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle has attracted more than 400.000 tourists each year from all over the world. For information about Rovaniemi, visit www.rovaniemi.fi.

How to get there

Despite its northern location, Rovaniemi is well connected to the rest of the world. From abroad, the town is easiest to get to by plane via Helsinki. Daily flights between Rovaniemi and Helsinki are operated by Finnair and Norwegian throughout the year. In addition, more and more airlines offer direct flights to Rovaniemi. For instance, Norwegian flies from London and Germania from Berlin.

Special airport express -busses and airport taxi services are available to get you to your hotel.


Train


Having problems finding proper flights between Helsinki and Rovaniemi? Night train and sleeping compartment can be an interesting, exotic and economic option for those who don't want to stay extra night in Helsinki. There are two night trains available every day. Visit www.vr.fi/en for more information.


Taxi

Finnish taxis are reliable and use a standardised kilometre-based pricing system. The following taxi companies operate in Rovaniemi:

  • Rovaniemi Taxi Services, tel: +358 60 030 030 / +358 29 009 1090; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Taxi Rovaniemi, tel: +358 16 106 410; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Weather in Rovaniemi

January is the coldest month of the year in Lapland, average temperate being -11,4. Have that in mind when choosing your vesture. For the winter activities, however, there is always prober clothing available for the participants. Please visit the Finnish Meteorological Institute's website for updated news on weather in Rovaniemi (http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/weather/rovaniemi).

Winter activities

During the event you will be able to get the real feeling of winter in Lapland by participating in the amazing arctic experiences.  

Languages

The official languages in Finland are Finnish and Swedish but practically everyone knows basic English, and especially the people involved in tourism speak very good English.

Currency

The Finnish currency unit is the Euro. You can exchange foreign currency and traveller's cheques either in banks, airport or hotels. There are numerous cash machines (ATMs) open around the clock and accepting all major credit cards. Major credit cards, in particular Visa, Eurocard and Mastercard are widely accepted almost everywhere (in hotels, restaurants, shops, taxis, cafeterias, bars, etc.).

Voltage

The electric current in Finland is 230V, 50Hz. Plugs are two-pin continental size.

Time

The time in Finland is GMT+2