Turkish Airlines takes on the Finnish Lapland through Rovaniemi

By Lucas Raven

Flights between Istanbul and Rovaniemi to commence on 5.12. 2019

Rovaniemi, the capital of the Finnish Lapland is an urban oasis amidst the Arctic wilderness, where culture, wild activities and fairy tales come together. Home to an eclectic – and unusual – array of museums. Some offer the opportunity to belt out a karaoke tune, others to shoot a digitised moose. Culture thrives in many mediums in the city; they even have their own chamber orchestra.

The Arctic Circle runs through the southern end of Lapland. I journeyed along its axis, to the city of Rovaniemi, with a population of 60,000, making it the largest population hub near the Arctic Circle. It’s no wonder that Santa Claus himself has chosen the city as the location of his post office. Beyond Mr. Claus and reindeer, Rovaniemi contains several other noteworthy cultural treasures.

Along the river and around the city are 70 lean-to shelters that can be freely used by those who want to roast sausages over an open fire or enjoy other outdoor snacks. Firewood is even state-provided. The river landscape is dominated by Jätkänkynttilä Bridge; it’s an impressive sight, especially when illuminated at night.

The route will be operated three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Turkish Airlines will be the first airline to offer seats on business class to Rovaniemi. Flight tickets will be available soon.

Turkish Airlines’ direct flight route from Istanbul to Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, is now confirmed for the season 2019-2020. The first flight will depart from Istanbul on 5th December 2019. Turkish Airlines will be the first airline to fly travellers to Rovaniemi in business class. This means new travel segments as luxury seeking travellers are expected to use the connection.

The flights will be available on both, travel companies and individual travellers. Turkish Airlines is the national flag carrier airline of Turkey and one of the biggest airlines in the world. With the connection, Rovaniemi will be connected to 122 countries and a total of 304 destinations.

“Istanbul brings great opportunities to Rovaniemi. A total of 80 destinations can now be reached in three hours time from Istanbul”, says Sanna Kärkkäinen, CEO of Visit Rovaniemi.

Being the Official Hometown of Santa Claus and a famous winter destination; truth is, global travellers come to Rovaniemi to experience its unique winter that comes with activities like reindeer sleigh rides, dog sledding, the chance to see the Northern lights and meeting with the city’s most famous character, Santa Claus!

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Written by Lucas Raven

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