"Journey Along the Arctic Highway" Top 5 Page for this destination Rovaniemi by bpacker

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It was a chilly 0c when I stumbled out of the train in Rovaniemi at 8am. The night before, I had taken a train from Helsinki and spent a very restless night sleeping on a very high bunk in a train. Needless to say, I overslept the next morning and was woken up by the train master in Rovaniemi. I stumbled out, groggy with sleep as I tried to find the hotel. And as luck would have it, it was on a hill and a hill becomes a mountain when you have a 10kg backpack! But after that was done, Liz and I went into high-octane mode and checked out Mr Claus and went on an Arctic boat cruise much later to visit a Lapp reindeer farm. It was a good and full day that we spent in Rovaniemi before we proceeded to Lulea, Sweden.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Santa Claus! Reindeer! The great Outdoors!
  • Cons:Reindeer Pizza
  • In a nutshell:Best place to make a Christmas wishlist
  • Last visit to Rovaniemi: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Come to think about it, I'd rather eat the grubs rather than the reindeer pizza. At least it's not gamey tasting.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    This fat cat sure gets around!and the meal worms are much like our NZ huhu grubs - which i mightve tried when i was a child but never now!- nor duck fetus or any other yuk stuff.yr trip to Rovanemi sounds so like mine but mine in the thick of winter!

  • zizkov's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Interesting pages - I only reached as far as Oulu (which was very agreeable).

  • Mazely's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2007 at 9:06 PM

    Hey, girl, what do you have against reindeer pizza??? Now I'm looking forward for it!

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2006 at 8:46 AM

    I did not meet Santa - but again -great memories on this page !

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2005 at 3:05 AM

    You got the ying, you got the yang. Kudos on eating that thang. Thanks for dropping by, Glen. :)

  • bijo69's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2005 at 2:32 AM

    Looks like the perfect x-mas destination! Great info!

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2005 at 6:16 PM

    Rudolph didn't get me, In Ro-va-nei-ei--mi! (Hum to your favourite Christmas jingle)...

  • umashanker's Profile Photo
    Dec 11, 2005 at 7:30 AM

    wow! reindeer looks so friendly eating by your hand,Poor liz !But you had much much fun in 0 degree chill.

  • Mar 18, 2005 at 2:31 AM

    about time i cross the arctic circle...


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