Gateway to Lapland

Welcome to Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus! Rovaniemi is also the capital of Lapland, located in Northern Finland near the Arctic Circle. Renowned as the hometown of Santa Claus, the area attracts numerous visitors from around the world each year into its unique Christmas atmosphere. During the winter season of 2023-2024, Rovaniemi has direct flight connections to over 20 European cities, including London, Manchester, Bristol, Milan, Edinburgh, Paris, Amsterdam, Naples, Dublin, Brussels, Liverpool, Istanbul, Madrid, Berlin, Vienna and Barcelona. In addition, numerous flight and train connections through the Finnish capital Helsinki make it possible to enjoy a northern holiday throughout the year.

The city also serves as the gateway to the Finnish Lapland, offering the chance to experience authentic arctic wilderness near the Arctic Circle. Situated on the banks of the Ounasjoki river, the city has grown into a significant tourist centre, providing visitors with diverse activities throughout the year. The numerous lakes and forests in the region offer a perfect setting for hiking and fishing. Popular winter activities, such as husky safaris, snowmobiling and Northern Lights hunting are also available. Rovaniemi seamlessly blends traditional Lappish culture with modern city life, making it an ideal destination for those who want to experience the magic of urban Lapland together with the charm of Santa Claus.

Official home of Santa Claus

Rovaniemi is famously known as the official home of Santa Claus. The Santa Claus Village is situated in the northern part of the city and is one of the region’s largest tourist attractions. There, you can meet Santa Claus in person year-round, send postcards to Santa’s post office and experience the one-of-a-kind magic of Christmas. Santa welcomes guests with open arms, offering the chance to take photos and share secret Christmas wishes with them. The Santa Claus Village features factory and workshop stores filled with local products, where visitors can purchase unique Christmas gifts and decorations. There are also cosy cafes and restaurants in the village for indulging in delightful treats.

The city is not, however, just a realm of Santa’s magic as it also boasts urban life with many stores, museums, and quality restaurants. Whether you’re on a family vacation or seeking adventure in Lapland’s stunning landscapes, Rovaniemi offers an unforgettable journey into the world of Santa Claus. Welcome to experience the magical and diverse Rovaniemi!


The most famous hometown of Santa Claus

12 500

About 12 500 reindeer inhabit the surrounding nature

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Rovaniemi is home to around 65 000 residents


Approximately 500 000 tourists visited the area last year

Willa Lumia
Price starting from: 777 €/night
Living area 135 m2
9 persons
Villa Tarvas
Price starting from: 150 €/night
Living area 136 m2
6 persons

Available experiences

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  • Snowmobile safari

    Lapland's picturesque and versatile landscapes offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the winter nature on the back of a snowmobile. The wilderness, snowy forests and lakes offer wonderful routes and adventures for these safaris. Join the ride through Hilla Villas!

  • Reindeer ride

    Enjoy a quiet and magical reindeer ride with local reindeer herders through Hilla Villas. This unique experience combines nature, culture and top service. Each ride is individually designed according to the traveler's wishes. 

  • Ice swimming

    The frozen lakes of Lapland create the perfect setting for ice swimming combined with the warmth of the Finnish sauna. This thrilling and invigorating experience allows you to connect with Arctic nature in its purest form. The refreshing water offer a unique opportunity to test your resilience while marvelling at the beautiful winter scenery in the unique silence of Lapland. Take a plunge into the icy waters through Hilla Villas!

  • Shaman

    Experience a deep connection to the traditions of Lapland in a shamanic ceremony through Hilla Villas. Local shamans share their wisdom and lead you on a journey full of mysticism and spirituality. High-quality service and respect for traditions are at the center of this experience.

  • Palju – Arctic hot tub

    Palju is a traditional, old-fashioned wooden outdoor hot tub. Enjoying the wood-heated Finnish palju during brisk winter evenings warms both the body and the soul. Marvel at the starry sky in the embrace of the steamy water surrounded by the Arctic air. Through Hilla Villas, you can experience the traditional combination of the Finnish sauna and palju with friends or family, savouring the authentic Lapland atmosphere!

  • Private chef

    Welcome to indulge in a luxury culinary experience in a high-class Lappish milieu! Professional chefs will tailor a delicious menu according to your desires. Whether you are on a romantic getaway for two, embarking on a family adventure or enjoying Lapland with friends, elevate your vacation to the next level. Let our local partners pamper your taste buds with this unforgettable experience! 

  • Husky safari

    Come and enjoy the excitement of a husky safari together with our local husky farmers. You will get the best possible experience that is both safe and ecologically sustainable. These local small entrepreneurs offer personal guidance and high-quality service.

  • Snowshoeing

    Feel the magic of winter while snowshoeing in the fells! Connect with nature, discover hidden treasures, and enjoy the tranquility of the wilderness. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced adventurer, our skilled guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey while sharing stories of Lapland's rich culture and the secrets of its wild nature. Immerse yourself in this winter wonderland in collaboration with our local snowshoeing professionals! 

  • Alpine skiing

    Feel the thrill of Alpine skiing in the ski resorts of Lapland surrounded by the snowy landscapes! Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced professional, the mesmerizing fells offer everyone a perfect chance to ski in world-class surroundings. Start from the top and take in the beauty of Lapland or try this exciting winter sports in an easier slope. You won't want to miss out on this experience!

  • Ski trails

    Explore the breathtaking scenery of Lapland while skiing! Lapland offers wonderful snow-covered ski trails, perfect for both beginners and seasoned cross-country skiers. Glide through the enchanting silence in the fells surrounded by the magical Northern Lights. With well-maintained and versatile trails, Lapland is a one-of-a-kind skiing paradise. Put on your skis and go on a skiing adventure in this winter wonderland!

  • Northern Lights

    Admiring the Northern Lights is an experience that will live in your heart forever. Hilla Villas helps you arrange individual tours with local experts. These professionals know the best spots and times to catch the Northern Lights, while offering a high level of service and comfort.

  • Ski touring

    Have you ever tried this exciting winter sport that combines skiing with untracked snowy terrain in breathtaking Lapland? Ski touring allows you to explore the fells beyond marked trails and go further in the backcountry for an unforgettable adventure! If you are an experienced alpine skier and want to try something a little more extreme, join this thrilling adventure with Hilla Villas' local partners!

  • Fishing

    Go on a fishing trip with local fishing guides through Hilla Villas. No one knows the waterways better than these locals who also offer tools and tips for a fresh catch. High-quality service and sustainable fishing practices guarantee a great day on the water.