Sleeping in Airports

Rovaniemi Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Rovaniemi Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Lots of security around, but they did not bother me.
– Felix

RVN Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Rovaniemi Airport.

What to Expect

rovaniemi airport guideSanta Claus’ “official” airport, Rovaniemi Airport (code: RVN) has a small, modern terminal that handles Helsinki commuter flights as well as European routes in the busy winter season. Amenities are limited to a landside restaurant, an airside cafe, a couple souvenir shops and free WiFi. Mail a postcard from the Santa Claus Post Office for a specially stamped postmark.

Sleeping in Rovaniemi Airport

The airport closes nightly, by 12:00AM but as early as 10:30AM on certain days, so overnight stays are not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Some airport reviews and tips in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Rovaniemi Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are hotels near Rovaniemi Airport:

With Covid restrictions constantly changing, we recommend that you confirm shuttle availability prior to booking and/or prior to your arrival.

  • Santa Claus Holiday Village – Free airport transfers. For airport pick-up, notify the hotel at least 2 days prior to arrival.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Rovaniemi, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

As of this update we were unable to confirm whether the airport has any first class or business lounges. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Rovaniemi Airport. Connect to the “Free Wi-Fi for you by Finavia” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Not available.

Baby Changing Facilities – If you are travelling with infants, changing tables are available in restrooms.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge at the airport.

Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. The area is equipped with tables and chairs for the parents as well. Location: Near Gate 6.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a gift shop.

Food & Drinks – There are no 24 hour food options; however, a few concessions are open during flight operational hours.

Information Desk – If you have any questions, visit the airport’s information desk for assistance! Location: Landside, near Security Check-point.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – Power outlets to charge your mobile devices are available.

Post Office – Rovaniemi is the Official Santa Claus Airport. Post your letters from the mailbox in the main terminal.

Rest Zones – The airport offers an area Airside with rocking chairs where you can relax.

Take precaution even when sleeping in the rest zones.  In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them.  Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.

Showers – Not available.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Travel Agencies – Need to plan a last-minute trip or services for your upcoming journey? Travel agencies and tour operators are available.

Airport Hours

The airport opens 2 hours before the departure of the first flight and closes after the last flight.

Airlines

Rovaniemi airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Finnair • British Airways • Lufthansa.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Bus and Train

RVN airport is well connected to the public transportation system. Whether you are looking for a bus to the city centre, a ski resort, the local train station or Santa’s village, there is probably an option for you. For more information, visit the Rovaniemi Airport website.

The airport is also served by a shuttle bus offering service to the city centre with a number of stops along the way at popular hotels. At the time of this update, one-way adult fare starts at 7,00€. For routes and schedule information, visit the Airport Bus website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental companies have offices onsite: Avis • Budget • Europcar • Firent • Finn-Rent • Green Motion • Hertz • Scandia Rent • Sixt. Location: first floor of the terminal. Note, some offices are only open with prior reservations, be sure to check in advance.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.

Taxis

Taxis are readily available at the airport.

Last updated: 2022-10-28

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.