Two days after visiting Oulu (see my last post) we went from the cottage (Mökki!) near Rovaniemi to see the city centre. There weren’t that many people because it was the first day of the year.
Before we went to the centre we went up Ounasvaara, where you can ski and do all kinds of sports. We went up to the hotel rooftop and saw some remains of the New Year’s Eve party that must have taken place there the night before!
Then we went to the centre and took pictures. Not many shops were open and there were some groups of tourists. It was nice and not too cold to walk around. We also had some coffee in a coffee shop.
It was -8 degrees to be exact!
The german translation seems a bit funny, but we get what they mean!
“Reindeer man’s road” hihi
Then we had some time left and went to see the Santa Claus Village. It was very touristic, but I it’s also nice for people who love Christmas and kids! It’s supposed to be open the whole year, so you can always have Christmas there. People go and take photos with Santa or buy gifts and souvenirs.
We saw some animals, too, that was nice. Although I did feel a bit sorry for them!
During my whole time in Lapland, I didn’t even see one reindeer in nature. And people say they are everywhere!
This winter we went from Helsinki to (Finnish) Lapland via Oulu. This was the cheapest option: we took a plane from Helsinki to Oulu, then a bus to Rovaniemi. Both times, on the way there and back, we had some hours to see Oulu. The first time it was rainy (30th of Dec 2016) and the second time (4th of Jan) it was snowy and very cold!
I liked the town, even though the second time it was windy and freezing (in my home country temperatures hardly go below -10!). I found the statue of Toripolliisi funny and cute and took many pictures of it (or him).
I think the sign says that postcards sent from the market hall next to Toripolliisi will have a stamp with him on it.
Here are some pictures of the market hall:
We had some salmon soup in the market hall (twice, actually, because it was so good!) which included (delicious) bread and butter. The price was € 7,90. The only thing I didn’t like was that you had to pay a euro for going to the bathroom, even if you were a customer.
Some more images from the area around Toripolliisi, there even was a skating rink on the market square. Some dangerously living person was biking on it.
Statue in the centre
I would definitely go back to Oulu to see more of it and have more salmon soup!
Once more Toripolliisi!