Remember the days when you were in your early twenties, had recently received your driving license, borrowing your parents’ car and collecting the best mates along? Perhaps for a little picnic on a summer day. Perhaps you just took off driving, listening to music loudly and chatting, trying to decide where to drive next. The feeling of freedom to finally reach the coolest places in the surroundings of the city and driving all night because – because you finally could!
Those locations we used to use are mostly still there and bring back the best memories. Those remain also the places we want to show to our international friends! Most are only reachable by car, perhaps a little walk needed from the car, yet beautiful and very much hidden. These venues are usually not included in the tourist guides! Here I have listed my favorite spots, since my teenage hood in Rovaniemi, for extraordinary view, feeling or natural formation, unspoiled or hard to reach… so do not spread the word!
For the romantic sunset view
It’s mostly uphill from the city center to top of the tallest hill guarding the city, Ounasvaara. If you are not staying in Ounasvaaran Lakituvat chalets, you probably won’t know that there’s a sightseeing tower near to the chalets with a view opening over Rovaniemi city center. The landscape opens for kilometers and the river flows like a little snake below and you have for example the Lumberjacks Candle Bridge and a church – most famous landmarks in one panorama photo!
Other favorite spot of mine is to go to Santavaara hill little further away from the city. While the view from Ounasvaara hill points to the city center, Santavaara hill opens up a view to river Ounasjoki and the nature surrounding the river.