As the end of 2017 we decided to go to a must-visit place for everyone at least once in a lifetime! A chance to fulfil your childhoods wish…. as you woke up in the middle of the night as a little kid, on every little sound you heard, trying to catch Santa bare handed, leaving gifts for you and your family under the Christmas tree! If you didn’t succeed in that – then it’s time to go and meet Santa on your own in his house!
Rovaniemi in Finland is the capital of Lapland but it also happens to be the official home of the Santa Claus!
The Santa Claus Village offers multiple possibilities and it’s filled with a lot of stories from the lore you’ve heard as a kid. If your kid is starting to doubt Santa – this is your chance to refresh their belief by taking them to meet Santa and even take a picture! But keep in mind that the lines can be quite long, especially around Christmas, so as the first thing we’d suggest you to go to the Santa Clauses house and take a line number with the suggested time of when you should arrive for the picture!
The Santa Claus Village is also at the border of the Arctic circle! It marks the northernmost point at which the noon sun is just visible on the northern winter solstice and the southernmost point at which the midnight sun is just visible on the northern summer solstice. Which means that at least once per year the sun there is visible for 24 hours! You can take pictures at the signs that mark the Arctic circle or for one euro you can even get your passport marked with a stamp that indicates you’ve crossed the Arctic Circle!
The Village also offers a great opportunity for you to send some letters to your loved ones. The legendary post office in Santa Claus Village is real and it receives half a million letters from children all around the world each year. The employees of the post office actually read most of the letters and a lucky few get a reply back!
If you want to feel like the Santa Claus does, then you can also use your chance to take a sledge ride with the reindeer’s! The ride take around 15 minutes and is quite fun as it goes through enjoyable winter wonderland…
If you feel like you should get involved more with the culture and legends of the Santa Claus village or that you’d like to explore more the Capital of Lapland – the Village itself offers great hosting opportunities, as it has a high quality Christmas themed hotel!
But what’s more there to do in Lapland you might ask? How to go there best? Stay tuned for our next articles sharing our insight about how we went to the resort village of Saariselka, what we did there and what can be done there!
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