Should you visit Rovaniemi or Uppsala?
Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Rovaniemi and Uppsala. 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.
Uppsala is a college town in Sweden, located about 40 minutes north of Stockholm. Home to two universities, Uppsala is the 4th largest city in Sweden and features a huge diversity in culture. The Fyris River divides the city into the historic and modern sides of the city, each one with their own unique culture and sights to see. The area features fairly cool weather year-round, with temperatures in the 30's Fahrenheit from November-April and May-October seeing temperatures in the 40's and 50's Fahrenheit. The best time to visit it from May-July when temperatures are at their highest and there's plenty of sunshine.
Which city is cheaper, Uppsala 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 Uppsala is €115. 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 Uppsala in more detail.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €150 for a double occupancy room in Rovaniemi.
The prices for places to stay in Uppsala can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €76, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €152.
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.
Food in Uppsala costs travelers about €27 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.
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.
To get around in Uppsala, the average visitor spends €17 per day, per person. This includes the costs of taxi rides and private drivers as well as public transportation, which tends to be much more affordable.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Rovaniemi
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Rovaniemi:
Transfer Kirkenes-Rovaniemi/ Rovaniemi-Kirkenes:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Tromso:
Private transfer Rovaniemi-Kiruna or Kiruna-Rovaniemi:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Kiruna or Kiruna - Rovaniemi:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Abisko, Björkliden, Riksgränsen:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Ivalo:
Transfer in Lapland from Railway station, hotels, airport to Kakslauttanen:
Private Transfer from Rovaniemi to Levi:
Transfer Rovaniemi - Kakslautanen:
Private transfer Rovaniemi-Levi, Levi-Rovaniemi:
Transfer Levi/Kittilä - Rovaniemi or Rovaniemi - Levi/Kittilä:
Transfer Pyhä/Luosto-Rovaniemi or Rovaniemi-Pyhä/Luosto:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Uppsala
Also for Uppsala, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Uppsala City to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) - Departure Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Rovaniemi or Uppsala?
Prices for flights to both Uppsala 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.
In Uppsala, the costs for things to do, activities, admission tickets, and other sightseeing expenses are on average €16 per person, per day.
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 Uppsala
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Uppsala.
Swedish Lifestyle and Private Walking Tour of Uppsala:
Private group walking tour - Uppsala Big 6 attractions:
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.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Uppsala, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €15.
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Rovaniemi and Uppsala, we can see that Rovaniemi is more expensive. And not only is Uppsala much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Uppsala would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Uppsala 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 Uppsala.
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