The Best Hotels to Book in Rovaniemi, Finland

Arctic Treehouse Hotel is an Instagrammer’s paradise
Arctic Treehouse Hotel is an Instagrammer’s paradise | © Al Argueta / Alamy Stock Photo
Paula Hotti

Book one of these hotels in Rovaniemi, Finland, to visit Santa Claus’s home or gaze up at the Northern Lights.

Home of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland and the best place to explore the Arctic region – from spotting the Northern Lights to husky-sledging and cross-country skiing. Accommodation is varied, from glass igloos to a cottage in the Santa Claus Village. Check out our guide to the best hotels in Rovaniemi.

1. Nova Skyland Hotel


Cosy room at Nova Skyland Hotel with wood-panelled walls, a double bed and a window with a view of the forest
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Nova Skyland Hotel is located 200m (656ft) away from the Santa Claus Village. Stay in the Aurora Suite with a cottage-like feeling and big panoramic windows overlooking the pine forest. Alternatively, splash out in the two-storey Luxury Nordic Cottage with a sauna to warm up after an Arctic exploration. Book a private dining experience in the traditional Lapland hut, or try the hotel’s electronic bikes.

2. Arctic Light Hotel


Room at Arctic Light Hotel with a bed covered with throws and cushions and a wall with twinkling stars
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This family-owned Rovaniemi hotel is an oasis of warmth in the city centre of Rovaniemi, where the temperature drops well below zero during winter. Located in a 1950s building, Arctic Light Hotel is an urban Arctic hideaway. Each room has either a cosy cottage-like feel, created by wooden accent walls, or a huge bedhead resembling a starry night.

3. Santa Claus Holiday Village


Simple room at Santa Claus Holiday Village with a double bed and red curtains at the window
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Santa Claus Holiday Village offers 144 apartments and cottages, just a two-minute walk away from Santa’s headquarters. Made for anyone wishing to soak in the Christmas spirit, the Santa Claus Holiday Village hosts a range of eateries, from the Christmas House Restaurant & Coffee Bar to the Three Elves Restaurant. During the summer season, the surrounding nature offers an abundance of activities, from elk spotting to white-water rafting.

4. Arctic Treehouse Hotel

Hotel, Treehouse

Bright-white room at Arctic TreeHouse Hotel with sofas and large windows with a view of snowy forest
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One of the most fashionable hotels in Lapland, Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is an Instagrammer’s paradise. The hotel has three types of accommodation, varying from suites to glass-fronted cabins. Each offers nest-like cosiness with panoramic views of the forest and Arctic skies, not to mention the possibility of experiencing the wintry Northern Lights or summery midnight sun from the comfort of your bed.

5. Apukka Resort

Resort, Serviced Apartment, Ice Hotel, Cottages

Room at Apukka Resort with a bed, wardrobe, television and armchair
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Apukka Resort is for adventure-minded travellers. Book a husky sledge adventure, reindeer journey or head into the forest on a snowmobile. If these don’t take you deep enough into the Lappish culture, book a sauna experience and enjoy the heat. Apukka has a range of accommodation possibilities, from apartments to igloos with glass ceilings.

6. Santa's Igloos Arctic Circle


Bright room at Santas Igloos Arctic Circle with a bed, sofa, lights and large windows
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Central heating, comfy bed and a glass ceiling: spotting the Northern Lights has never been cosier. At this Rovaniemi hotel you’ll have elves in the nearby Santa’s Village as your neighbours, while the hotel itself is a great base to explore the region. The Arctic Eye, the hotel restaurant, serves international Asian cuisine combined with Lappish traditions.

7. Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Rovaniemi


Room at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Rovaniemi with twin beds, wooden floor and a poster on the wall reading Finland
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Retro-posters bring a splash of originality to this Original Sokos Hotel in the city centre of Rovaniemi. Located just a stone’s throw away from the Kemijoki river, it’s a great choice for a mini-break in Rovaniemi. A 10-minute stroll takes you to the city’s shopping hubs, as well as Arktikum, a museum dedicated to all things above the Arctic Circle.

8. Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara


Cosy room at Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara with bed, armchair, carpet and a view of the snowy forest
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Located just outside Rovaniemi, Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara is next to a ski centre for sledging, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and even winter swimming. Here, the Lappish wilderness is right on your doorstep. Dim lighting and wooden walls create an atmosphere of a traditional Finnish cottage, and more than half of the rooms have their own sauna.

9. Haawe Boutique Apart Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Apartment

Large, smart room at HAAWE Boutique Apart Hotel with a double bed and a sofa
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A design-lovers Arctic heaven, Boutique Hotel Haawe has 14 rooms to choose from. Stay in the Kota room, where you can experience a stylish night in a traditional hut with a fireplace. Alternatively, sleep like an ice princess in the Snowdrift room’s soft shades of white and grey, wrapped in Haawe’s warm atmosphere.

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