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Come Christmas, families arrive en masse to hand-deliver letters to Santa; but the wilds keep the peace. Each season brings its own delights, but in winter (from December to March) Rovaniemi looks a smidge more magical under a layer of snow.
PlanesYou can fly direct to Helsinki from London, major cities in Europe or New York; most other flights arrive via London or the Middle East. Internal flight routes are frequent and affordable, served by Finnair and Norwegian airlines.
TrainsTake the VR overnight train (www.vr.fi) from Helsinki Central to Rovaniemi rail station (around 11 hours) to wake to Christmas-card panoramas – choose from cosy private berths or economic bunk-beds. If you’re travelling by day, you’ll need to change at Oulu or Tampere.
AutomobilesThose with sturdy tyres and an even sturdier constitution can attempt the nine-hour drive from Helsinki to the hotel – it’s pretty much a straight drive north on the E75 route.