Rovaniemi, Finland

Rovaniemi, the capital and the largest city in Lapland, is best known for being the official hometown of Santa Claus and welcomes thousands of tourists every year. As it lies just 6 kilometers (4 miles) south of the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi offers excellent viewing of the Northern Lights almost throughout the year, especially on clear nights between August and April. There is also the Midnight Sun phenomenon which occurs in Rovaniemi from June to July, where people can experience the sun that never sets. With its proximity to the North Pole, Rovaniemi is also an ideal destination for many winter activities like reindeer sleigh rides, husky sledding, ice fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, and meeting Santa Claus. Since Rovaniemi's summers are filled with daylight and warmth, you'll never have to worry about running out of things to do. Hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, visiting museums and going on a river cruise are some of the activities you can enjoy during summer time in Rovaniemi.

A variety of accommodation types are available in Rovaniemi, such as modern hotels, apartments, and guesthouses, which often have convenient facilities and are situated around the city center. For a more immersive Arctic experience, consider staying in glass igloos, chalets, or snow hotels, an outstanding choice would be the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel, where you can see the Northern Lights directly from the comfort of your bedroom.

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