The hilltop Forest Heights looks out over Rovaniemi and its surrounding countryside, so the views are great. You can choose a room in the main hotel building or opt for a traditional cabin a little further away. The cottages are really cosy inside – cue wood-panelled walls, blazing fireplaces and well-equipped kitchens. 3km from Rovaniemi city centre |1.5km from Santasport Institute with spa services and indoor facilities.
Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland. It’s a small, compact city that comes with a real buzz of modern shopping malls, lively bars and restaurants serving up everything from traditional cooking to French cuisine. It’s also got the rather big draw of having Santa Claus on hand – not to mention Arctic wilderness that’s perfect for snowsports and sleigh rides. It’s Christmas all year round at Santa Claus Village, about 8 kilometres north of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. It’s a novelty to send greetings from the Post Office here, and there’s the chance to learn about the history of Christmas traditions.