Pöykkölä is a district of Rovaniemi in the city’s south-east where residents of the comparatively less populated district get civic facilities through various services units. There are daycare centres, kindergartens, a supermarket and a grill. For some other services they still need to go to the city center.
The Forestry Museum of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Rovaniemi Riding Center (Rovaniemen Ratsastuskeskus Oy) and the beach of the Lake Salmijärvi are special attractions at the locality.
The Forestry Museum, said to be the only museum in the world on foresting and the history of forest work in Finnish Lapland, maintains and features the cultural heritage of Lapland’s forestry.
The Forestry Museum of Lapland.
The Rovaniemi Week will be observed in September 2–8 and the theme of this year is ‘Kotikulmilla’ — city districts and its outskirts. Before the celebrations, we spoke to some residents of the Pöykkölä district to know of their opinions about the neighborhood.
Minna, who is a nurse and lives in Pöykkölä, described her locality as peaceful and said that she is very happy about the neighborhood.
“This is a very nice area. Lot of families with children live here. We live here peacefully. There are grocery store and a nice beach. I like the beach very much, especially in summer time. But I need to go to the city center to collect some necessary things. It is not a problem for me as I have a car,” said the 40-year-old nurse.
Another Pöykkölä resident, Jani, said, “Pöykkölä is a nice area to live in. We have shops, kindergarten, ski tracks and a beach. What I like the most is that the nature is very close. I frequently visit the Rovaniemi center and bring all necessary things. I do not face any difficulty living here.”
A Somalian immigrant, who has been living at the area for more than two years, expressed his satisfaction over the civic amenities.
“I have lived in Finland for four years, with two years in Pöykkölä, Rovaniemi. I go to gymnasium, which is free. I buy my regular commodities from the K-Market. The hospital and city center are not far away. I enjoy visiting the city center by bicycle almost everyday in the summer. Sometimes, especially in the winter, I use the bus service to travel to and from the city center,” said Mohammad Salah, a 38-year-old man.
There's a beautiful beach in Pöykkölä, nearby The Forestry Museum.
Another resident, Katariina Suomalainen, a student, said, “I like my neigborhood very much as the area is very calm and peaceful. I also feel secure to live here. I love the beautiful nature, ski track and the beach very much. I am happy about everything we have here.”
Here’s some more articles about Rovaniemi’s districts:
Rovaniemi city centre charms its residents
Long-term plan taken up to develop Korkalovaara
Ski resort and sports centre increase attraction of Ounasrinne
Residents living happily in scenic Saarenkylä
City of Rovaniemi-Daily Finland Report