Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Lapland
Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Lapland
Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Lapland
Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Lapland
Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Lapland
Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Lapland
Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Lapland
Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Lapland
Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Lapland

Cross the Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Lapland

In Rovaniemi, the Arctic Circle runs through Santa Claus Village, located eight kilometres north of the city centre, where it is clearly marked. Santa Claus Village in Lapland is a popular place to cross the Arctic Circle: here the line is marked, and you can even get a certificate confirming the feat.

What is the magical Arctic Circle?

The Arctic Circle is a circle of latitude that runs 66°33′45.9″ north of the Equator. It marks the southernmost latitude where the sun can stay continuously below or above the horizon for 24 hours – these phenomena are known as the Midnight Sun in the summer and the Polar Night (“Kaamos”) in the winter.

ARCTIC CIRCLE ON WIKIPEDIA

Roosevelt Cottage – the first building at the Arctic Circle

The cottage was constructed in 1950 to honour the visit of Eleanor Roosevelt in Rovaniemi. Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political figure, diplomat and activist. She served as the First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 during President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s terms in office. Eleanor Roosevelt served as US Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952, which explains her visit to Rovaniemi, destroyed by the war.

MORE ABOUT COTTAGE’S HISTORY

Arctic Circle – paradise for Northern Lights hunters

The area around Santa Claus Village offers a good setting for seeing the Northern Lights, because the Village is located on the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. The season for Northern Lights happens between end of August and early April. Please keep in mind that the sky above the Arctic Circle does not get dark enough from mid-April to mid-August to see the Northern Lights.

MORE ABOUT NORHERN LIGHTS

Cross the Arctic Circle line virtually!

Now you can also cross the Arctic Circle line virtually thanks to our  360 degrees virtual panoramas!

TAKE ARCTIC CIRCLE VIRTUAL TOUR 

Watch live Youtube-video from Arctic Circle in Finland

See the livestream showing the Arctic Circle in Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi.

GO TO YOUTUBE LIVE VIDEO