A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Rovaniemi vs. Lofoten Islands for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Rovaniemi or Lofoten Islands?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Rovaniemi and Lofoten Islands. 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

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.

Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands is an archipelago and traditional district in Norway. Lofoten is known for excellent fishing, spectacular nature attractions such as the northern lights and the midnight sun, and small villages off the beaten track. The Lofoten Islands are draped across the turbulent waters of the Norwegian Sea, far above the Arctic Circle. Kayak between the islands, go fishing for the catch of your life, or look for sea eagles soaring in the sky. If you are seeking unforgettable nature experiences, Lofoten will definitely not let you down.

Which city is cheaper, Lofoten Islands 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 Lofoten Islands is €45. 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 Lofoten Islands in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €150 for a double occupancy room in Rovaniemi.

Lofoten Islands's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is €12. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is €6.08.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Rovaniemi 75
    Lofoten Islands 6.08
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Rovaniemi 150
    Lofoten Islands 12

Food

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.

While meal prices in Lofoten Islands can vary, the average travelers spends about €29 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Lofoten Islands should cost around €12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Lofoten Islands is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Rovaniemi 38
    Lofoten Islands 29

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: $111
  • Lappish evening in the Wilderness with dinner: $156
  • Lappish Cooking Master Class: $156
  • Traditional Lappish evening in the wilderness with dinner: $167
  • Best Of Lapland: Sauna, Ice swimming, Dinner & Northern Lights: $172
  • Northern Lights Experience with Ice Hotel Visit and Traditional Dinner: $190
  • Arctic Snowcastle with Dinner in Ice Restaurant: $190
  • The Taste of Lapland (Cooking & Aurora Hunting): $197
  • Lappish Food Tour with Dili: $274
  • Full Day Lapland Tour, including Lunch and Dinner: $310
  • Private Lappish evening in the wilderness with traditional sauna and dinner: $1,365

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €25 per day to get around in Rovaniemi.

The average price of local transportation around Lofoten Islands is €8.99 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Rovaniemi 25
    Lofoten Islands 8.99

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rovaniemi

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rovaniemi:

  • Ultra - Rovaniemi Private Airport Transfer - City Centre to Rovaniemi Airport: $8.71
  • Ultra - Rovaniemi Private Airport Transfer - Rovaniemi Airport to City Centre: $9.41
  • VIP Transfer Rovaniemi and Airport: $56
  • Private Chauffeur Transfer Rovaniemi: $56
  • Private transfer in Rovaniemi: $56
  • Private Transfer Rovaniemi Railway station, Arktikum or Snowland to City - Sedan: $57
  • Private Transfer City to Rovaniemi Railway station, Arktikum or Snowland - Sedan: $57
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Rovaniemi Airport or Train Station: $64
  • Private Departure Transfer from Rovaniemi: $64
  • Departure Private Transfer from Rovaniemi City to Rovaniemi Airport RVN by Sedan: $78
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Rovaniemi Airport RVN to Rovaniemi City by Sedan: $78
  • Private Transfer Rovaniemi Railway station, Arktikum or Snowland -Luxury Vehicle: $83

Is it cheaper to fly into Rovaniemi or Lofoten Islands?

Prices for flights to both Lofoten Islands 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.





Entertainment

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.

Lofoten Islands's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €21 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Rovaniemi 39
    Lofoten Islands 21

Tours and Activities in Rovaniemi

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Rovaniemi are as follows:

  • Meeting Santa Claus Virtual Experience in Rovaniemi: $45
  • Aurora Hunting Photo Tour with Barbeque: $67
  • Arctic Circle: Special Northern Lights Hunting Tour by minibus: $78
  • Rovaniemi photography tour: $81
  • Northern lights tour+photos: $82
  • City Tour And Santa Claus Village: $87
  • Lapland Winter Experience: $88
  • Private Northern Lights hunt tour by VIP car with from Rovaniemi: $89
  • 1-Hour Snowmobile Safari Experience: $93
  • Rovaniemi Exploring Tour with a Photography Expert Guide: $93
  • Vaattunkiköngäs Nature Trail Hiking Tour: $93
  • Aurora Borealis Tour: $96

Alcohol

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.

The average person spends about €0.61 on alcoholic beverages in Lofoten Islands per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Rovaniemi 17
    Lofoten Islands 0.61


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Rovaniemi and Lofoten Islands, we can see that Rovaniemi is more expensive. And not only is Lofoten Islands much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Lofoten Islands would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Lofoten Islands 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 Lofoten Islands.

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