Arctic wellbeing ecosystem

For a number of years, Rovaniemi has had an informal coalition that has included actors in the fields of sports, exercise, wellbeing, research and development, and regional administration.

People living and visiting the Arctic Circle region have the opportunity to experience four distinct seasons. Some places in Lapland even speak about eight seasons. The impact of the four seasons is very empowering.

Let’s start with winter: the winter season lasts from five to six months, which is the time when the ground usually has snow cover. Winter conditions bring out the good sides of the Arctic climate. There is snow cover on the ground and there are occasionally harsh below-freezing temperatures, but from the perspective of Arctic wellbeing, this is by no means a hindrance. Activities and exercise in nature are very popular activities in the winter. Coping with the harshest temperatures is merely a question of the right clothing and a positive attitude. After the winter season, the brief yet mighty springtime is a fine experience in the Arctic Circle region. Snow quickly thaws, waterways thaw, nature comes back to life, and already at the end of March there are more hours of sunshine than in the areas south of the Arctic Circle.

What about Lapland’s bright summers? This is purely a time of vitality and wellbeing extracted from nature. Summertime is followed by a short, yet powerful autumn – a time when nature and the locals alike once again make preparations for the onset of winter.

A network of actors has been created around the theme of Arctic Wellbeing. One of the members of this network, Santasport Lapin Urheiluopisto, together with its customers, undertakes to promote Arctic Wellbeing. The opportunities for accessing the nature of Ounasvaara directly from the entrance of Santasport is emphasised for all visitors. The Ounasvaara area boasts around 200 kilometres of hiking routes, a network that allows you to experience the nature of the Arctic right by the centre of the town of Rovaniemi. The Santasport visitors combine their nature experiences with sports and exercise, either independently or with a guide, and often using Santasport’s rental equipment. Santasport has made a decision that all activities are implemented using muscle power.

Santasport Lapin Urheiluopisto

Located in the scenic Ounasvaara area of Rovaniemi, Santasport Lapin Urheiluopisto is a centre for education and leisure, offering modern settings for family holidays, recreational activities, not to mention world-class sporting events.

Lappi Areena is part of the Santasport centre of education and leisure in Rovaniemi, offering settings for family holidays, recreational activities, not to mention world-class sporting events. Santasport is also an official Olympic Training Centre for sports involving ice and snow and skill coaching.

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Ounasvaara Ski Centre

Ounasvaara Ski Centre is located a little more than a stone’s throw away from the town centre of Rovaniemi. From the top of the Ounasvaara hill opens up spectacular views over the Kemijoki River throughout the year.

Resembling a small Lappish fell highland, the northern slopes of Ounasvaara boast a pleasant and modern ski resort where you can experience downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and an international winter resort atmosphere. The ski slopes of Ounasvaara are suitable for beginners and more experienced skiers alike.

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Business Rovaniemi is a business and company services unit for entrepreneurs and those considering entrepreneurship in Rovaniemi. The development and funding services provided for enterprises has been revamped, and a new electronic service and payment system has been created to make all dealings even more fluent. Business Rovaniemi has its offices in the town centre at Ainonkatu 1.

Santa Claus Golf Club

Santa Claus Golf Club’s course is built on Rovaniemi’s own “fell highland” set on the northern slopes of Ounasvaara, just a few minutes from the town centre. Ounasvaara’s untouched nature creates an unbelievably relaxing golf experience.

This golf course provides a tour of spectacular northern nature, with differences in elevation, challenges and superb views of the river valley and the neighbouring highlands. This hilly scenery is dominated by pine trees, with very varying fairways, and even though there are different elevations, the course is rather easygoing to play. The goal time for a round of golf here is about four hours.

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