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Rovaniemi

Getting Here and Around

Rovaniemi is connected with Helsinki and the south by road, rail, and air links; there is even a car-train from Helsinki. There is Finnair service every day but Sunday between Rovaniemi and Ivalo. You can also fly to Sodankylä. The airpot is 10 km (6 mi) from the town center. An Airport Express shuttle goes to the major hotels then heads to the airport one hour before scheduled flights and costs €5. A taxi to or from the airport will cost around €20 and take 10–15 minutes. Trains leave twice daily from Helsinki, with one in the morning and one overnight. Sodankyla, 130 km (81 mi) north of the Rovaniemi airport, can be reached by a one-and-a-half-hour bus ride. There is no train service north of Rovaniemi.

If you are driving north, follow Arctic Highway 4 (national highway) to Kuopio-Oulu-Rovaniemi, or go via the west coast to Oulu, then to Rovaniemi. From Rovaniemi, the national highway continues straight up to Lake Inari via Ivalo. Roads are generally good, but some in the extreme north may be rough. Bus service into the region revolves around Rovaniemi; from there you can switch to local buses.

If you'd rather not rent a car, all but the most remote towns are accessible by bus, train, or plane. Buses leave three to four times daily from Rovaniemi to Inari (five to six hours) and five to six times a day to Ivalo (four hours). You can take countryside taxis to your final destination; taxi stands are at most bus stations. Taxi drivers invariably use their meters, and specially negotiated fares—even for long distances—are unusual, but you can ask for an estimate before starting the trip.

Lapland Travel Ltd. (Lapin Matkailu OY) and Lapland Safaris offer fly-fishing and combined canoe-and-fishing trips, in addition to reindeer and snowmobile safaris and ski treks.

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