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Bucket list material: a trip to the Arctic Circle in Lapland Finland!

5 January 2015

Send a postcard to your love from Santa’s Post Office!

I think all travellers have a few destinations on their bucket list they want to go in their life. One of mine was Lapland Finland! I already have a photo of myself at the equator and now I made one at the Arctic Circle too. Sounds like a bucketlist thing right? The Arctic Circle in Lapland Finland might look different than you expect.

Just saying… Santa Claus exists ;-). He lives in Santa Claus Village just outside of Rovaniemi at the Arctic Circle in Lapland. When you travel to Finnish Lapland you probably land at Rovaniemi airport. And when you’re there anyway it’s fun to go to Santa Claus Village to take a selfie at the Arctic Circle. It’s almost unbelievable to stand at the Arctic Circle all the way up North in Lapland. A trip a lot of people dream of all their life. It’s almost like visiting the Empire State Building in New York for the first time. It’s packed with other tourists, but it’s a classic you just want to see with your own eyes :-).

Meet Santa!

At Santa Claus Village the most fun thing to do is of course a meet and greet with Santa. Duh! But since it was almost Christmas when I was there, Santa was too busy for me ;-). Can’t blame him!

Send a letter to your love from Santa’s Post Office

Something else that is even cooler (if you ask me!) is to send a post card to a loved one from the Arctic Circle. Your letter or postcard gets a stamp from Santa’s Post Office! Since I’m a Christmas sucker I did send my love, parents and aunt a cute reindeer card from the Arctic Circle :-).

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This post office is also the place where all the letters end up that kids sent to Santa Claus. They get over 500.000 letters a year from all over the world! The elfs (YES, really!) sort them by country and keep them for Santa to read.

Of course, Santa’s village is a bit touristy but I think it’s fun for a quick visit when you’re there anyway. It’s super close to Rovaniemi airport, so perfect for a last stop on your way back home.

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Tip: if you like the Finnish brands Marimekko and iitala you can shop at the factory outlets in Santa Claus Village.

Santa Claus Village

Address: The Arctic Circle, Napapiiri, Rovaniemi, Finland
Province: Lapland Finland
Website: santaclausvillage.info

What to wear to Lapland Finland?

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Warm coats, ski pants and good snow boots are a must when going to Lapland.
1) Lola burgundy red Coat // 2) Slalom ski pants // 3) Sorel boots // 4) Laney coat // 5) White ski pants // 6) Sorel boots in black

Plan your trip to Lapland Finland:

* Flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi:
– From Helsinki there are daily flights with Finnair to Rovaniemi in Lapland Finland. The flight takes around 1,5 hour. Via Cheaptickets.nl you can book cheap flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. Search & book here >>.
– Looking for a flight to Helsinki? Both KLM and Finnair fly from Amsterdam to Helsinki multiple times a day. Search & book for cheap flights here >>
* Accommodation:
– If you want to stay at a super special hotel? Check these glass igloos in the middle of the forest: Kakslauttanen Igloo West Village. Or sleep in a snow hotel! There are several snow hotels in Finland Lapland: Snow Village and Arctic Snow Hotel.
– Yourlbb’s ‘normal’ hotel tips for Lapland Finland are: Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus (as a hotel for the first night at Rovaniemi). Nice hotels in other parts of Lapland Finland are: Ski-Inn Hotel Pyhätunturi (Pyhätunturi), Spa Hotel Levitunturi (Levi), Santa’s Hotel Aurora (Luosto), design hostel 7 Fells Hostel (Äkäslompolo) and Holiday Club Salla Hotel Revontuli (Salla).
– Do you travel with the whole family or group of friends? Book a cabin instead of a hotel. Via booking.com you can book beautiful cabins in all the small towns of Lapland Finland >>. A nice cabin where I stayed is “Kultakuru 1” in Pyhä (book it via Pyha.fi). In Salla I stayed at “Pan Village” close to the reindeer park. Can highly recommend it!
* All you need to know about Lapland Finland can be found on the website of onlyinlapland.com who invited me on this amazing bucket list trip.

PS: more travel tips and stories are in the Lapland Little Black Book. A travel guide with the best tips for an unforgettable trip to Lapland Finland.

Tip: discover more city- and travel guides by @yourlbb!

Anne de Buck