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Jätkänkynttilä-silta - The Lumberjack's candle bridge

Jätkänkynttilä-silta - The Lumberjack's candle bridge

Erkki Salo

The gold fever drew many adventurers to the cold Rovaniemi at the beginning of the 1800s. Not surprisingly, this resulted in an economical growth of Rovaniemi and made it into the capital of the province of Lapland. The city’s modern buildings border on the extensive unspoiled Lapland countryside and Artic wilderness. Besides a conference town, Rovaniemi is a thriving university town that offers some good museums in the neighbourhood and some excellent hiking and skiing opportunities.

Because the city was completely destroyed in World War II, and after that completely rebuilt, you won’t find many traces of the city’s history. A good day-trip is a visit to Ranua (with its zoo) and to the Santa Park that gives you the opportunity to see Santa Claus in person and is especially recommended to those who still don't believe that he truly exist.

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