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Santa Claus Express

Rovaniemi Train Station, Rovaniemi 96200, Finland
+358 9 23192902
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Worth the experience

The train is clean. The compartments are too small. As the journey progresses, you can see the... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2018
TheGreatestNomad
Hotel + Travel in one

Booked an ensuite which was very nice. We didn't have towels with us since we were very short of... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
gregorstewart
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The Finnish double-decker night train, known as the Santa Claus Express, travels from Helsinki to snow-covered Lapland in the north. The train stops at Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus, and then goes on to Kemijärvi, its final destination. See the beauty of Finland from the comfortable compartments of this train and wake up above the Arctic Circle the next morning.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Rovaniemi Train Station, Rovaniemi 96200, Finland
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+358 9 23192902
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

The train is clean. The compartments are too small. As the journey progresses, you can see the terrain change and it's breathtakingly beautiful.

1  Thank TheGreatestNomad
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Booked an ensuite which was very nice. We didn't have towels with us since we were very short of luggage space due to multiple low cost flights. We were pleased that towels were provided (as standard) on our beds when we arrived.

1  Thank gregorstewart
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We took this to and from Rovaniemi. The berths are very comfortable and the ride was very smooth. The WiFi is also very good.

2  Thank Mutley51
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

A bit of a mixed bag as far as experiences are concerned: yes, the cabin was always going to be cramped; no, we don’t need to eat/drink every verse end; no, we couldn’t see much. What l wasn’t prepared for was the toilet door/frame being...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Great trip to Rovaniemi from Helsinki, despite being 4 hours late when we got there! If you can't book a room, it's not worth it. The seated areas don't recline by the looks of things. Takes around 12 hours and the little rooms are pretty...More

Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

We bought our own picnic supper to have in our carriage and it was great fun. We shopped at the Old Market Hall near the harbour, everything was fresh and delicious. (You can even get a bottle of wine there!) The compartment was small but...More

Thank AdrienneLubbe
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

Cogimos 2 trenes, uno al ir el día 27/12 y el otro el día 6/1.The 2nd train fabulous, comfortable bunk beds, clean, with enough space.The horrible 1st train, room and old car, the sheets were dirty, and the space was super reduced (I understand that...More

Thank Alex R
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

The express train to Rovaniemi was a good experience even though I would criticize one thing - in the middle of the night you had no way of finding out where you are and how long it is to the destination. It would be great...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2018

It is very cramped and the dining car is crowded. We ate before we got on the train and when we got on, they had triple-booked our cabin! Took a while to sort out... If you're travelling direct from Australia and taking this train with...More

2  Thank Astin L
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Reviewed 20 January 2018

The train is fantastic very modern ultra clean.Its very compact but has everything you need used the shower again ultra clean and surprisingly effective.On return we used the catering car and loved looking out at the snow scapes food was reasonable and tasty....drinks were reassuringly...More

2  Thank heyjoe1964
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SandraM231
1 April 2018|
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Response from Gordon R S | Reviewed this property |
We had ours booked for us through an agency but the other two answers make sense (PS. You really do need to go when the village is deeply covered in snow ... magical!)
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san2khoo
6 March 2018|
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Response from AlpanaK | Reviewed this property |
We paid somewhere around 270 euros for 2 ensuite cabins for 3 people.
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rainbowdance
4 February 2018|
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Response from Anne C | Reviewed this property |
We did our booking through VR and if I am not mistaken, you can only book your tickets 130 days before you travel?
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