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North of Roveniemi

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North of Roveniemi

Hello,

I will be driving up the east coast of Sweden on the 22nd of September heading along way north above the arctic circle.Is this to early in the year to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. The weather forecast dosnt look good but hey ho I am going anyway.I was going to Stay in Rovaniemi a night or two on route.Have you any tips or recommendations on some good locations

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1. Re: North of Roveniemi

Pohjanhovi is a classic, but for aurora watching you'd be better off away from artificial light sources, which would mean not staying in Rovaniemi.

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Time of year is good. It get's dark around 9pm, so enough night time already. Yeah, weather forecast doesn't look promising, but there might be some chance of partly clear skies.

You might also want to follow Auroras Now service: http://aurora.fmi.fi/public_service/

And especially magnetic disturbance level. It's a good indicator for possible northern lights.

CityHotel in center of Rovaniemi is a nice family hotel with a decent restaurant. But as you arrive with a car, you might also enjoy a cabin. Check Ounasvaaran Pirtit for example.

During weekdays a lunch buffet at almost every restaurant. Oliver's Corner is probably the best sports bar right now. Paha Kurki is a no-bulls**it rock bar without sports.

My favourite cafes:

http://www.cafebar21.fi/

http://instagram.com/kauppayhtio#

http://chocodeli.fi/

Are you crossing the Swedish border in Tornio? If yes, then I'd suggest you take this road when heading to north. It's just a couple of kilometers longer than taking E75 but much more scenic! http://goo.gl/maps/IiIuW

So when coming from Tornio take a little detour to Keminmaa and then follow road Rovaniementie north all the way until you get to Tervola. In Tervola you can go back to E75 if you wish.

Also when getting closer to Rovaniemi a much more pleasant river side scenery when following this road: http://goo.gl/maps/hHLrl

Cross the river in Valajaskoski. There is a small dam across the river Kemijoki. Then take road 926 to north.

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"Pohjanhovi is a classic, but for aurora watching you'd be better off away from artificial light sources, which would mean not staying in Rovaniemi."

Light pollution not a problem. Lots of roads around Rovaniemi without road lights. You basically just need to get out of town. Some nice viewing spots even relatively close to town center. Actually if sky is clear and northern lights are up to their normal strength, you just need to walk 500 meters to the river side and maybe have a walk around the bridges (so called Siltojen Lenkki).

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Thank you everyone for your reply's,one last request are there any wifi hotspots in Roveniemi

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Many of the bars and hotels have free wifi. Kauppayhtiö, Uitto, Oliver's, McDonalds, CityHotel, Hesburger... Cafebar 21 used to offer free iPads also, I guess they still do.

But you could also consider a prepaid mobile data package. Saunalahti or DNA would be a good choice. They are available for example in R-Kiosks which are everywhere. Also in shopping mall Revontuli most of the operators have their own shop.

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Mc Donalds ha ha nice coffee

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Thank you I drove from Tornio on the road you said,it was a pretty road with some lovely houses and I crossed back over the Dam onto the main road to Rovaniemi.I have been here two days and tomorrow I am going to Tromso Norway.. thankyou again for your help

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8. Re: North of Roveniemi

Glad to hear your trip went well! And sorry about the weather... :) We are kind of switching places as I visited Tromso last weekend.

Road from Meltaus (50km north of Rovaniemi) to Kilpisjärvi/Tromso will be quite boring all the way untill you go past Kaaresuvanto. Then you will hit the real barren "tundra".

Alternatively you could go via Pello and take the more scenic road 9381 to Kolari, or even drive over to the Swedish side and follow the border river to north.

But if you go via Kittilä you would also go through Levi. Litlle caution, lots of reindeers between Kittilä and Muonio.

If you need to do groceries and fill up your tank, do it before crossing the Norwegian border. You will save quite a few euros... Kilpishalli Market in Kilpisjärvi will be open until 8pm on Fridays. Kilpisjärven Retkeilykeskus, which is a popular stop, will be closed for this season already. About 4km north of Kilpishalli.

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Hello going from here to Pello then straight up,my fuel tank is full,I will be posting my pictures here www.dogslow.smugmug.com

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