When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Rovaniemi?
Due to the seasonal nature of flights connecting the UK and Lapland, it is often more expensive to reach Rovaniemi during the low tourist season. To find cheap Rovaniemi flights it is best to fly during the less popular parts of the peak season, usually in November or February/March, avoiding the main Christmas rush while still taking advantage of the peak flight availability and lower cost.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Rovaniemi?
Because of its seasonal popularity, it is best to book your return flights to Rovaniemi as early as possible. There is always a chance of securing cheaper last-minute flights, but with limited flight options it is best not to count on it. Famous for its association with Christmas, Rovaniemi is magical to visit between November and January. For something different, travel during June or July to take in the midnight sun.
Flying to Rovaniemi Airport (RVN)
Rovaniemi Airport (RVN) is the third-busiest airport in Finland and serves approximately 500,000 passengers a year. Located north of the city of Rovaniemi, the Lapland regional capital, one of the runways even crosses into the Arctic Circle.
As Rovaniemi’s tourism industry is very seasonal, different flight options are available at various times of the year. Depending on when you wish to visit, Rovaniemi flights are operated by Norwegian Air, Finnair or British Airways, all of which depart from London Heathrow, London Gatwick or Manchester. The only direct flight is run by Norwegian Air from the end of October to March, whereas the Finnair and British Airways routes stop off in Helsinki.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
RVN is a fairly small, modern airport that is both welcoming and efficient. Packed to the brim with facilities, Rovaniemi Airport has a number of cafes, restaurants and gift shops full of great souvenirs to help keep the memory of your spectacular trip alive. The airport is decorated in a true Scandinavian-style (think skylights and clean white lines) and even includes rocking chairs. In keeping with the local theme, there is also a Santa Claus Post Office for sending off any last-minute Christmas lists. If you’ve got a long layover, you also have access to both a playroom and free Wi-Fi to keep everyone entertained.
Getting to the City from Rovaniemi Airport (RVN)
Located just 10 km north of Rovaniemi city centre, travel to and from the airport is quick and easy. Upon arrival at RVN, there are several car-rental companies to choose from, as well as a taxi rank if you prefer not to drive. There are also several methods of public transport, including several airport bus routes and local buses that can drop you off at the Rovaniemi bus or train station, requested hotels, several of the city’s main attractions, nearby ski resorts, and even home addresses.
Why Visit Rovaniemi?
Known to many as the home of Father Christmas, the capital city of Lapland, Rovaniemi, is a simply wondrous place to visit year round but even more so in the depths of winter. A magical destination no matter your age, visit Santa Claus Village and meet the extraordinary man himself before treating yourself to a sleigh ride and husky safari in the powdery white wilderness.
Fancy taking some time to relax after your action-packed day? Visit Metsäkyly, an Arctic forest spa, and sip on champagne whilst enjoying a traditional sauna experience. Top off your holiday by picking which way you’d like to take in the wondrous Northern Lights- whether you’d prefer to rent a cosy wagon for the night, enjoy the view from the comfort of a hot tub or take in the sights whilst happily floating in a semi-frozen lake, there’s sure to be a setting for marvelling in the beauty of the Aurora Borealis for everyone.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
As a UK national visiting Finland, you are able to stay up to three months without needing a visa, and your passport only needs to be valid for the duration of your visit. If you are planning to stay any longer than this then you need to apply for the right to live in Finland. The official currency of Rovaniemi, as well as the rest of the country, is the euro, which is easily obtainable both before you arrive and during your visit.