Rovaniemi around Haawe offers plenty of activities

The location of Haawe is particularly ideal in case you want to discover the stories of the city. Rovaniemi offers a variety of cultural activities, high-class museums, and cosy cafés. There are seven restaurants within a radius of 50 metres of Haawe, from a Mediterranean bistro to a restaurant offering Lapland’s delicacies, from a Chinese restaurant to an artisan pizzeria. While shopping in the city centre and at the Arctic Circle, you can purchase the same design items that decorate our rooms, and other Finnish design products. Many easily accessible activities are available for families with children, and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus in the flesh every day of the year is also of interest for many adults.

Nature is always nearby in Rovaniemi. You can visit and admire the landscapes that inspired the decoration of the rooms in Haawe directly from the hotel on foot. You can also visit forests on a mountain bike or a fat bike in the summer, and on snowshoes either on your own or on a guided excursion in the winter. Programme services offer a variety of activities all year – naturally, also snowmobile, husky and reindeer safaris that you can enjoy while admiring the Northern Lights.

Northern culture, art and history

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Forestry Museum of Lapland

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Culture House Korundi

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Rovaniemi Local Heritage Museum

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Science centre and museum showcasing the history of Lapland and the research of the Arctic region. It is also a fascinating architectural attraction. Open all year round.

Forestry Museum of Lapland

In the Forestry Museum of Lapland, you can learn more about the tough life of lumberjacks in Lapland and the history of logging from the 1870s to the 1960s. Open in summer, other times upon request.

Korundi House of Culture

Northern contemporary art, concerts, and cultural events. The building itself is worth seeing as well – a skilfully restored post bus depot dating back to 1933. Open all year round.

Rovaniemi Local Heritage Museum

Discover the life in Rovaniemi from the late 19th century to the early 20th century! Open in summer.


A science centre housed in a modern wooden building, exhibiting the sustainable use of northern forests. Open all year round.

Reindeer Antler Town Plan

The Reindeer Antler Town Plan designed by Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto, probably the best-known Finnish architect on a global scale, designed the so-called Reindeer Antler Town Plan for Rovaniemi after the war.

Administrative and cultural centre

A centre consisting of Rovaniemi City Hall, Rovaniemi City Library, and Lappia House. Also designed by Alvar Aalto, it is one of the best-known architectural attractions in Rovaniemi.


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Angry Birds Park

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Heppapuisto park

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Arctic Design Shop

Products designed by Lapland-based designers right next door to Haawe.

Shopping centres Rinteenkulma and Revontuli

  • Design shops Mainoa and Valkko
  • Shops selling clothing and gear for camping

Shopping centre Sampokeskus

  • Marimekko – Finnish design
  • Rovaniemi tourist information

Santa Claus Village, the Arctic Circle

Finnish design in the Marimekko and Iittala outlets and much more.

For families with children

  • Santa Claus Office, the Arctic Circle
    Open every day of the year. Free admission.
  • Playgrounds: Angry Birds Park, approx. 1 km from Haawe, and Heppapuisto park, approx. 0.5 km from Haawe

Into the Nature

Outdoor activities just outside the city centre

Outdoor activities further away

There are many fascinating attractions slightly further away from the city, but still within an hour’s drive or so. Click the links for further information.

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Arktikum Beach

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The Jyrhämänkuja lean-to

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The Ounasvaara Observation Tower and Lean-to

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Activity services and guided tours

Rovaniemi tourist information

Information about tourist services in Rovaniemi and attractions and activities in other parts of Lapland.

Rovaniemi tourist guides

Would you like to get to know the past and present of Rovaniemi under the guidance of an expert? Book a private tour by a trained city guide! To be booked well ahead (at least 2 weeks before your arrival). Inquiries and reservations at [email protected] Tel. +358 40 089 3002


Our neighbour and partner, activity services house Safartica takes our guests on Arctic adventures at special prices all year round. You will receive a discount code after completing your room reservation!

Pilke House

The information desk of Pilke offers excursion tips and maps for nearby nature attractions.

Ounasvaara Outdoor Resort

Only 4 km from the town center. In the winter, downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing. Mountain biking and trekking in the summer.