Artifacts suggest that there have been people in the Rovaniemi area since the Stone Age.The actual date of the founding of the town is lost to history and the first mention of the town by name was on a deed dated 7 September 1453. It is the administrative center of Lapland, home to the University of Lapland, is located just below the Arctic Circle, marks the northernmost reach of an icon of American poplar culture and is reputed to be the home of Santa Claus.Other towns that make the same claim of Santa citizenship are dismissed as poseurs by Rovaniemians.The service is available for every departing and arriving scheduled flight.
During summers this shows as a large drop in the number of people vacating the city.
) and a steady flow of visitors to the jolly old fellow.
Although Santa's Village is only 8 km north of the city center a rental car is advised, it's in the Arctic Circle after all!
Rovaniemi Airport (RVN or EFRO), located eight kilometres (five miles) north from the city center, is the largest airport in northern Finland.
Most of the flights go south to Helsinki, served by Finnair and Norwegian Air Shuttle.