Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi set to get safer for visitors5/28/2018 11:03 AM
The area that lures travellers to Rovaniemi especially in the winter will be transformed into a even more enchanting destination.
Visitors crossing the arctic circle in the summer. Photo: Visit Rovaniemi
The City Council of Rovaniemi has adopted a plan that includes adding new and better tourism facilities to the Arctic Circle, and of course the city.
The unique and pristine features of the Arctic nature are a key attraction that lures tourists in throngs to Rovaniemi round the year.
“The City of Rovaniemi realizes that the continued tourist boom and rising global interest in the beauty and purity of this polar region strongly demand more tourist facilities both in quantity and quality,” says Rovaniemi City Architect Tarja Outila.
One of the most important national highways runs through a region very close to some tourist zones, which suffers from heavy traffic. That and certain lack of security necessitate some major changes to the road and its surroundings, says the city architect.
“The pedestrians require some zones designed so that they can enjoy the walk and setting around them.”
According to the economic assessment report used for the planning, the areas earmarked for delivering tourist services would widen from the current 6,100 square metres to as much as 10,800 square metres, as the number of daily arrivals of visitors is seen to continue with its ascension.
The implementation costs of different components of the plan are not finalised yet, and are expected to remain so until the design of a new transport infrastructure is ready and approved. After that, something good is waiting for the local residents: the plan will generate a lot of business and job opportunities for them.
The city architect hopes, by carrying out this plan, the city will be transformed into a really safe and even more enchanting tourist destination in the European North.
City of Rovaniemi- Daily Finland Report