The top three cultural attractions in Rovaniemi; Arktikum, Korundi House of Culture and Science Centre Pilke, invite families for a visit this summer with the Family Culture Pass. The pass is an affordable and handy way to experience the most interesting cultural attractions in Rovaniemi!
With the pass you can learn about the history of Lapland and Arctic research in Arktikum, get to know northern contemporary art in Korundi House of Culture and familiarize yourself with the many meanings of northern forests in Science Centre Pilke.
The price of a Culture Pass is 20 euros for adults, 15 euros for pensioners, students and unemployed, and 10 euros for the children of age seven to 15. Children under seven can visit the museums free of charge. The special summer offer for families is available from June 1st till August 31st: one Summer Culture Pass for the whole family costs only 50 euros. The price includes entrance to all the three attractions for both parents and all the children of the family. The culture pass is personal and valid for seven days. You can buy the pass from the attractions or from the tourism information in the city centre.
Northern forests exhibition
The Science Centre Pilke offers an interactive exhibition entirely dedicated to forestry and ecology. Any visitor has an opportunity to climb onto a forestry machine to experience the night forest, to sing karaoke and to try out all of the games and amusements the centre has to offer. The centre also has a gift shop where the visitors can buy souvenirs made out of woods and other memorable items.
Life in the Arctic and history of Rovaniemi and Lapland
Arktikum Service Co Sales Manager Heli Huhanantti gives an outline of the activities and exhibitions that families can enjoy in Arktikum and Korundi House of Culture this summer. Arktikum is a museum and a science centre under the same roof. Its permanent exhibitions teach visitors about the life in the Arctic, the history of Rovaniemi and Lapland, and the natural phenomenon of Northern Lights. Visitors also get to see the 9 minute long Polar Opposites video presentation about the seasonal changes in the North.
Huhanantti suggests that visitors also grab a bite and do some shopping in Arktikum. “Arktikum Café offers daily lunch from Monday to Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and has a great selection of specialty coffees, drinks, savoury and sweet delicacies for the exhibitions visitors to enjoy. The Arktikum Shop is open whenever the exhibitions are open and has one of the best selections of Lappish products and souvenirs. ”In addition, families can also spend their free time near the house “Arktikum beach is a great location to admire the midnight sun, take a walk, swim or even have a picnic,” says Huhanantti.
Finnish contemporary art and local design
Korundi House of Culture is the home for Rovaniemi Art Museum and Lapland Chamber Orchestra as well as a venue for various events and concerts. According to Huhanantti, Korundi is a must place to visit with the whole family: “Korundi hosts Rovaniemi Art Museum’s exhibitions that cater to visitors of all ages. Children and adults can enjoy, wonder and feel the Finnish contemporary art together. This summer exhibitions go deep into the contemporary drawings and to the depiction of modern winter,” says Huhanantti, adding that “Visitors can also enjoy a cup of coffee or shop at the Korundi Shop while visiting the exhibitions. Korundi offers coffee/tea, refreshments and light snacks at the information. The Korundi Shop has a great selection of local design and art, unique souvenirs and gifts that you might not get anywhere else.” Korundi also has a kids’ corner where children can draw together with their parents and play with a small Korundinen house, a small-scale version of Korundi.
Korundi takes part in the National Great Painting Event to be organised across the country on 10th July. “There is a possibility for everyone to come and paint together at the Korundi parking lot on Tuesday 10th of July from 11 am to 3 pm. More information about the event can be found on the Korundi website www.korundi.fi. ,” added Huhanantti.
Life of lumberjacks and much more
There are many other places that people can visit in the Summer time in Rovaniemi. Santa Claus is always happy to see visitors in his office in the Santa Claus Village. From June 25th till August 11th Santa Claus will also visit his residence in the cave of Santa Park.
The Lapland Forestry Museum (Metsämuseo) in Pöykkölä will tell its visitors about the life of lumberjacks in Finland. In the factory of Marttiini knives there will be a big exhibition of Lappish knives and accessories and a shop where one can buy the Marttiini production.
Lapland Forestry Museum (Metsämuseo) in Pöykkölä
City of Rovaniemi – Daily Finland Report