Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, in northern Finland. Almost totally destroyed during World War II, today it’s a modern city known for being the "official" home town of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights. It’s home to Arktikum, a museum and science center exploring the Arctic region and the history of Finnish Lapland. The Science Centre Pilke features interactive exhibits on northern forests.
The Korundi House of Culture contains the Rovaniemi Art Museum, which displays contemporary Finnish works. Northeast of the city is the Santa Claus Village, a year-round family attraction featuring Santa and his elves, plus shops and an igloo hotel. Nearby, Santa Park is a theme park set in a large cavern with a toy factory, elf school, and ice sculpture gallery. In winter, Rovaniemi is a base for snowmobiling, trips to husky dog farms, and rides on reindeer-drawn sleds. East of the city, the Ounasvaara ski resort offers downhill skiing and cross-country trails.