Should you visit Rovaniemi or Kemi?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Rovaniemi and Kemi. We’ll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget. So, let's dig into it.
Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland, in northern Finland. Almost totally destroyed during World War II, today it's a modern city known for being the "official" home town of Santa Claus, and for viewing the Northern Lights. It's home to Arktikum, a museum and science center exploring the Arctic region and the history of Finnish Lapland. The Science Centre Pilke features interactive exhibits on northern forests.
Kemi is a town on Bothnian Bay in Lapland, Finland. It's known for the massive Sampo icebreaker, a giant ship built to ply the Arctic waters. The main economic activity in Kemi is centered on two large paper and wood pulp mills and on the only chromium mine in Europe. Kemi also has a claim to fame as the home of the world's largest snow castle (reconstructed every year with a different design). The SnowCastle is usually located at the inner harbor of Kemi.
Which city is cheaper, Kemi or Rovaniemi?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Rovaniemi is €139, while the average daily cost in Kemi is €107. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Rovaniemi and Kemi in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €150 for a double occupancy room in Rovaniemi.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Kemi, €118 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Kemi, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €59, such as in a hostel.
Food in Rovaniemi costs travelers about €38 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
On average, meal and food prices in Kemi cost around €27 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €11.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Rovaniemi
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Rovaniemi.
Northern Lights Hunt in a local Kota in Rovaniemi with Dinner:
Lappish evening in the Wilderness with dinner:
Lappish Cooking Master Class:
Traditional Lappish evening in the wilderness with dinner:
Best Of Lapland: Sauna, Ice swimming, Dinner & Northern Lights:
Northern Lights Experience with Ice Hotel Visit and Traditional Dinner:
Arctic Snowcastle with Dinner in Ice Restaurant:
The Taste of Lapland (Cooking & Aurora Hunting):
Lappish Food Tour with Dili:
Full Day Lapland Tour, including Lunch and Dinner:
Private Lappish evening in the wilderness with traditional sauna and dinner:
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €25 per day to get around in Rovaniemi.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Kemi than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €31 on transportation in Kemi on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rovaniemi
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rovaniemi:
VIP Transfer Rovaniemi and Airport:
Ultra - Rovaniemi Private Airport Transfer - Rovaniemi Airport to City Centre:
Ultra - Rovaniemi Private Airport Transfer - City Centre to Rovaniemi Airport:
Transfer in Lapland from Railway station, hotels, airport to Kakslauttanen:
Transfer Rovaniemi-Ranua / Ranua-Rovaniemi:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Tromso:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Kiruna or Kiruna - Rovaniemi:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Kakslautanen:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Ivalo:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Abisko, Björkliden, Riksgränsen:
Transfer Pyhä/Luosto-Rovaniemi or Rovaniemi-Pyhä/Luosto:
Transfer Levi/Kittilä - Rovaniemi or Rovaniemi - Levi/Kittilä:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kemi
Also for Kemi, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Is it cheaper to fly into Rovaniemi or Kemi?
Prices for flights to both Kemi and Rovaniemi change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €39 per person, per day in Rovaniemi. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
Sightseeing expenses in Kemi, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €23 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Rovaniemi
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Rovaniemi are as follows:
1-Hour Snowmobile Safari Experience:
4-Hour Northern Lights Mushing Experience in Rovaniemi:
5 days, 4 nights Santa ClauSs tour to Rovaniemi, Finland:
All Day Canoe Adventure to Rovaniemi:
All Day Fishing Adventure:
All Day Reindeer Adventure:
Arctic Circle: Special Northern Lights Hunting Tour by minibus:
Arctic River Fishing Tour:
Aurora Borealis Tour:
Aurora Hunting Photo Tour with Barbeque:
Authentic Reindeer Farm and Canoe Experience from Rovaniemi (Small Group):
Backcountry skiing adventure:
Tours and Activities in Kemi
For Kemi, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Northern Lights Aurora Tour from Kemi:
Snow Adventure Day from Kemi:
Full-Day Tour of Rovaniemi and Santa Claus Village:
Audio Guided Day Tour of Ranua Zoo with Entry Ticket and Lunch:
The average person spends about €17 on alcoholic beverages in Rovaniemi per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Typically, people visiting Kemi spend on average €9.59 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Rovaniemi and Kemi, we can see that Rovaniemi is more expensive. And not only is Kemi much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Kemi would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kemi and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Rovaniemi would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Rovaniemi than you might in Kemi.
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