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.

Where to Sleep

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

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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 Rovaniemi Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Santa Claus Holiday Village – (4 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers. For airport pick-up, please notify hotel at least 2 days prior to arrival.  » Check Rates
  • Snowman World Igloo Hotel – (4 minutes from the airport) A hotel made entirely of ice! Open December through April. No airport shuttle. Hotel rate includes admission to Snowman World, breakfast, special sleeping gear and an Arctic Night survival certificate.  » Check Rates
  • Lapland Hotels Ounasvaara Chalets – (10 minute from the airport) Airport transfers are not available.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Rovaniemi Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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 – Need cash? ATMs are available.  Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations:

  • Terminal 1: Departure Hall (1F) • Arrival Hall (1F) • Departure Hall (3F) • Arrival Immigration Hall (3F) • B1 bank counters
  • Terminal 2: Arrival Hall (1F) • Arrival Immigration Hall (2F) • Departure Hall (3F) • B2.

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 concessions. The airport offers the Rovaniemi Restaurant Landside (Hours: 8:00AM – 5:30PM Mon – Fri • 12:00PM – 5:30PM Sat • 11:30AM – 5:30PM Sun) and the Rovaniemi Cafe Airside offers a smaller menu with coffee, cake, etc. (Hours: open according to flight schedules).

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 – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Post Office – Rovaniemi is the Official Santa Claus Airport. Visit the post office to ensure Santa receives your wish list in time. Location: main terminal, second floor. There is also a 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.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 4:00AM – 10:300AM. The terminal is closed at night.


Rovaniemi airport is served by the following airlines: Aer LingusFinnairBritish Airways • Lufthansa.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

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.

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.


Taxis are readily available at the airport.

Last updated: 2019-09-19

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.