Me and my husband have been there before but it’s a visit that we had to do with our children too; I flew to Rovaniemi with our children and my husband drove up (Helsinki – Rovaniemi, 11-12hrs). We arrived at the Rovaniemi airport:
The airport is just a couple of kilometres from the Arctic Circle and Santa Clause:
There are plenty of souvenir shops, elves to spot and Santa’s post office. And of course Santa! …and Christmas carols playing 24/7…
Seeing Santa Clause is free, as is the walking tour to him through fake ice and a dark tunnel like thing but buying pictures of you with Santa Clause is nowhere near to free.
I’m not sure how Santa’s Salmon fits the Christmas story… but the teepee like tents Sami people used to live in Lappland fit the scenery quite well and seems to be imitated in all the architecture in Santa’s village.
We stayed in a cabin in Santa’s village as my husband gets a very good deal there through his work. Otherwise they are not cheap, but maybe still worth to enhance the excitement of the kids of visiting Santa? I liked the inside of the cabins: they are not luxurious but clean, comfortable and they all have a sauna and a little kitchenette. A night also includes a fantastic hotel breakfast in one of the Christmas shops, almost worth staying there for.