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Arktikum Museum In Rovaniemi – A Complete Guide

Arktikum Museum in Rovaniemi is full of interesting information about this unique Arctic region. Here’s all the info for visiting.

How To Get To Arktikum Museum

Arktikum Museum is located in the centre of the town of Rovaniemi.

On Foot

Rovaniemi is a relatively small town and it’s quite easy to walk to all the main attractions, which are pretty close together.

Most people choose to use public transport or book tours whilst visiting Finland, especially during the winter months.

Car

However, car hire is available in Rovaniemi if you fancy driving yourself around.

Arktikum Museum is located on the north side of highway E4, along the edge of downtown Rovaniemi.

Tour

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are lots more tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Arktikum Museum Entrance Fee

Adults: €18

Children: €5 (7-15 years)

Children: Free (under 7 years)

Family ticket: €40 (includes entry for 2 adults + 2 children aged 7-15 years)

You can also purchase a Culture Pass, starting at €25, that allows you access to the following three attractions over a 7 day period:

  • Arktikum Science Centre and Museum
  • Science Centre Pilke
  • Korundi House of Culture
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A snowy stairway leads to Arktikum Museum.

Arktikum Museum Opening Times

Beginning of January to the end of November
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm.

During the month of December
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm.

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Beautiful architecture at the entrance to Arktikum Museum.

Best Time To Visit Arktikum Museum

Arktikum Museum is a popular attraction, especially for families, so will be busier at weekends and during the school holidays. I would recommend avoiding these times if you like it less crowded.

I would imagine during the summer months it is also a little quieter, with more tourists visiting this area during the winter months.

If you’re a bit of a ‘culture vulture’, then definitely purchase a Culture Pass as mentioned above.

Try and get a look at the Arktikum Museum at night time if possible, when it is beautifully lit-up and looks spectacular.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Beanie Hat

Knit Gloves

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Josh snapping the impressive dome.

What To Expect At Arktikum Museum In Rovaniemi

There are two separate exhibitions – the Arctic Centre and the Provincial Museum of Lapland – that let you experience northern nature, culture and history.

If you’re looking to learn a little about Lapland this is one of the best things to do in Rovaniemi. Not forgetting Santa Claus Village of course!

This is a really interesting museum to visit, where you can learn facts about climate change and the future of the Arctic. As well as the history of Finnish Lapland, from ancient times right up to more recent years.

Exhibits delve into Rovaniemi’s markets, the Lapland War, occupations and how people in the north have made a living, including reindeer herding.

This area has always had a strong reliance on nature and you can discover how the locals have always made good use of what the area has to offer. Including berries, fish, and larger animals like reindeer and moose.

(If you are interested in learning more about the local wildlife, the Ranua Zoo and Wildlife Park is home to a host of different arctic animals.)

I enjoyed watching the short Polar Opposites film and experiencing the changing seasons in this region. From the darkest time of the year, when the northern lights appear in the dark skies, to the long, bright days of the midnight sun.

The Arctic region is a very unique area and therefore there are plenty of fascinating exhibits, featuring facts that most people will probably not have come across before.

This special region is looked at in light of the Arctic research of today and also what is planned for the future.

Other Things To See

Additionally, there are also lots of interactive exhibitions that children will love to get involved with and perhaps the adults too! Look out for changing temporary exhibitions throughout the year also.

The museum has a cafe that serves delicious traditional Finnish food. As well as gift shop that sells carefully chosen products that reflect the spirit and heart of Lapland.

If you’ve got a few hours to spare, I can highly recommend the Artikum Museum as well worth a visit. Apart from any thing else, the architecture of the building itself is very impressive.

If you like museums and have an adventurous nature, the Guided Canoe Tour with Museum Visit will take you to the Rovaniemi Local Heritage Museum by canoe!

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Learning about the Arctic Circle.
Arktikum Museum In Rovaniemi
The evolution of Lapland over time.
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A life sized moose.
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Marj after an afternoon exploring Arktikum Museum.

Where To Stay In Rovaniemi

Luxury

Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle

Santa’s Igloos offer stylish glass-roofed igloos by the Arctic Circle, 5 miles from central Rovaniemi. WiFi and parking are both free.

All air-conditioned igloos at Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle have a private bathroom with a rain shower. For extra comfort, sleeping masks, bathrobes and slippers are available. A flat-screen TV and electric kettle are also on offer in the rooms.

Each igloo comes with a tablet through which guest can contact the reception and receive Northern Lights alarms.

Breakfast is available daily at the property.

Mid-Budget

Arctic Light Hotel

This boutique hotel is 5 miles from Rovaniemi Airport and Santa Claus Village. It features bright, ultra-modern rooms with individually themed décor. WiFi and parking are free.

A flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee facilities are standard at Arctic Light Hotel. Bathrobes and slippers add extra comfort, and some rooms have their own kitchenette. Each room has a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a bath or shower.

Facilities at Arctic Light Hotel include a sauna, a terrace and a lounge bar. Finnish-American TV chef Sara La Fountain creates the healthy, energising breakfast. Staff at the 24-hour reception will gladly recommend local restaurants, attractions or activities.

Budget

Motelli Rovaniemi

Located in Rovaniemi, Motelli Rovaniemi provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. With barbecue facilities, the property also features a garden. The property offers a shared lounge.

The units at the motel come with a flat-screen TV. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom and shower, while certain rooms at Motelli Rovaniemi also feature a terrace. All guest rooms will provide guests with a kitchen.

The accommodation offers a sun terrace.

For more places to stay in Rovaniemi, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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