Getting There -- There are daily flights from Helsinki (trip time: 1 hr.). The airport is 8km (5 miles) north of the center of town, and yellow minivans, costing 7€ ($11) per person, will take you into town. Their departures are timed to coincide with the arrival of flights. For airport information, call the Finnair desk at the airport (tel. 016/36-36-700). Four trains a day depart from Helsinki for Rovaniemi, taking 10 hours for the trek north. The train station is at Rantakatu; for rail schedules, call tel. 0600/41900.
Getting Around -- Rovaniemi is the bus center for northern Finland, and buses fan out from the station to Lapinkävij and all major communities north of Rovaniemi. For schedules, call tel. 0200/4060. Bus no. 8 is the town's most serviceable bus, hitting all the attractions and hotels of Rovaniemi before continuing on to Santa's Village and the Arctic Circle. The one-way fare is 4€ ($6.40) per person.
Visitor Information -- The Rovaniemi Tourist Information office, Rovankatu 21, FIN-96200 Rovaniemi (tel. 016/346-270; http://tourism.rovaniemi.fi), is open June to August Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm; September to May Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm. In December, it's also open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 2pm.