Meet Santa Claus in Lapland, FInland!
When I was a kid, I wanted to meet Santa Claus so desperately, I would stay awake as long as I could on Christmas Eve, in the hopes of meeting the big man himself. It never happened. Until now. Cut to “Adult Rachel”, and I was now able to travel half way around the world to the North Pole, to meet Santa Claus for myself!
We had actually driven to Rovaniemi, Finland from London, up and over Sweden (and yes, we totally stopped at Ikea, but didn’t buy anything. No use for a set of drawers on this trip!) and crossed the border just an hour or so away from the township. This was July, mind you, so there was no snow, only perpetual sun. Which made for interesting dinners each night… going to sleep at 10pm with the sun still blazing was unsettling.
The Santa Claus Village is located within the Arctic Circle, in Lapland, Finland, and is universally known to be the home of Santa Claus. I can only imagine how magical it looks in winter with a dusting of snow!
We wandered around the complex. And made sure to visit the North Pole Post Office- the very place all of the letters who get sent to Santa end up! We were able to send post cards to friends and family back home to be delivered in December. Around the post office were letters from children all over the world and Santa’s elves had picked out the best ones to display for all to see!
There were a lot of families visiting, I can see it being a trip of a life time for the little ones! But we looked a bit silly, standing there, two adults, with the immaturity of 10 year olds, waiting to meet Santa.
It was worth it- around 20 minutes in line for a quick 2-3 minute photo session, and 50Euros for the photo pack… If we had been while a child we would have had a least 10 minutes with Mr Claus. We could hear some kids crying, and others confidently listing to their hearts desires everything they wanted for Christmas.
You can also get the über touristy picture of the Arctic Circle Line… or Many…!! And they kept reindeer in the paddocks next to the entrance for pictures- but you had to pay 10 Euros for them, and we were poor after giving Santa all of our money, so I don’t have pictures of that! sorry!
St Nick even has his own website at http://www.santaclausvillage.info/ when you can plan your visit.