Rovaniemi Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Rovaniemi

As Lapland's capital, Rovaniemi is one of Finland's top tourist destinations. The local airport is 8 kilometers away. The Santa Claus Bus runs between the airport, downtown and Santa Claus Village, departing approximately every hour. However, it doesn't run after 6:30 pm, so if you arrive later, your best bet is to rent a car in Rovaniemi from Enterprise Rent-A-Car at the airport itself. Once you have your keys, you can reach downtown in under 10 minutes.

What to do and see in Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi's claim to fame is being home to Santa Claus, so most visitors come here looking for a festive-themed experience. Santa Claus Village is an amusement park that offers the most complete Christmas-related experience. Here you can meet Santa in person, tour the gingerbread bakery and cross the Arctic Circle.

In Rovaniemi, must-sees include Arktikum Science Museum, the perfect place to learn more about life in one of the world's most extreme climates and the modern art museums at KorundiCulture House and Taidemuseo.

Due to its location on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi also attracts visitors interested in seeing the Northern Lights and getting close to the rugged landscapes of the Arctic. Kotatieva Leisure Park is a great place to see the Northern Lights and experience Lapland's magical winter landscapes. Winter sports enthusiasts will find everything they need at Ounasvaara ski resort (only 3 kilometers away from downtown). With your own wheels, you can drive to the ski resorts of Pyha and Luosto, located deep in Lapland's forests.

But the city isn't just a winter vacation destination. After picking up your rental can or van in Rovaniemi, you have total freedom to explore Lapland's wild nature and find the perfect spot to witness the eerie beauty of the midnight sun. Summer is also the perfect time to visit the magnificent Auttikongas waterfalls and explore Piha Luosko national park. When you don't want to venture far from town, you can spend some time in Arctic Garden, a large city park with a riverside beach.

Rovaniemi is the perfect destination for a vacation with children. Top kid-friendly attractions include Santa's Grotto and post office, the Elf's farm, which is home to bunnies, alpacas, goats, reindeer and more, the Arctic Circle husky park, and Pilke Science Center, where kids can learn about the importance of forests. You can also drive the family to Roiske Center for Summer Activities, where kayaking, surfing, wakeboarding and many other water sports are available.

If you're hungry, Santa Claus Village has several on-site restaurants serving Asian and European cuisine. For in-town options, take to the streets around Lordi Square, where you'll find anything from fast food to cafés and upscale restaurants.

Want to buy gifts for family and friends? The biggest shopping venues in Rovaniemi are Sampokeskus, Revontuli and Rinteenkulma, shopping malls conveniently located in the downtown area. Santa Claus Village has a gift shop, and for locally inspired handicrafts and souvenirs, check out Arctic Design and Lauri Atelier.

Many cultural events and concerts are held at Lappia Hall, Rovaniemi's performing arts center. The most well-known open-air concerts are SimeRock (a rock music festival held in July and August) and Jutajaiset music and folklore festival.

Driving in Rovaniemi

If this is your first time driving a rental car or van in Rovaniemi and the surrounding area, there are a few pointers you need to remember. Due to the region's extreme weather, show tires with a minimum tread depth of 3mm are mandatory between November 1st through March 31st or outside these dates if poor weather conditions are present.

In winter, you must always check the weather forecast at your destination before setting off. If you plan to drive outside Rovaniemi, make a note of the location of rest areas and gas stations. Also, check your planned route with locals for up-to-date advice since online maps or GPS apps don't always show the safest route. Specifically, ask about whether the roads you plan on driving are salted or plowed.

Elk, deer and reindeer are often found on Lapland's roads, so be careful to avoid hitting them. These animals are most active in the autumn and during the hours around dusk and dawn. In rural areas, pedestrians may be on the roads, especially on the left side.

Finland has one of the most active drunk-driving law enforcement programs. The legal limit is 0.5 g/l, and if this amount is exceeded, the police can issue a fine and prevent the driver from continuing the trip until blood alcohol levels are within the limit.

In urban areas, the speed limit is 50 km/h and goes down to 30 or 40 km/h on downtown streets and residential areas. On freeways (such as freeway 4, which you'll need to get to and from the airport and Santa Claus Village), the speed limit is 120 km/h but goes down to 100 km/h in winter and low light conditions. On other roads, like roads 78 and 79, which take you north and south of Rovaniemi into Lapland's wilderness, the speed limit is 80 km/h.

Car and van hire in Finland with Enterprise

Enterprise Finland offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Rovaniemi

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Rovaniemi

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Rovaniemi, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.