Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland, is one of the most popular places of the world in the imaginary of adults and children when we think about the Great North.
It’s unnecessary to say my daughter fell in love with Santa Claus Village and with the whole spectacular surroundings it can transmit: shops, presents, toys, lights, gnomes (elves) at work…
For adults is a place a bit too tourist and not cheap at all but it is able to transmit magic without any doubt.
Useful tips to visit Santa Claus village:
Admittance to Santa Claus Home is free. Strictly forbidden to take any photos and if you want a photo with Santa Claus it will cost you a fortune: he is a nice man who has been working there for 20 years at least – always the same person – and he speaks and says hello in all languages of the world.
Shops have got all sorts of souvenirs but they aren’t cheap.
The night is the best moment if you will be able to resist the impossible temperature: shops and facilities are closed but the village is always opened and deserted, lit and with Christmas music on the background.
The snow around is really much: walking through its paths and taking fabulous photos will make you live it in a very particular way.
In Rovaniemi you will be suggested all sorts of winter activities. Don’t stop there: keep going until Levi to live them in a cheaper and more real way.
An example: the snowmobile tour in Rovaniemi seems a school trip (all lined up and at reduced speed). In Levi you will be given a map of the area so you’ll be able to run around free and alone where you like most.
It’s possible to write to Santa Claus by the simple address Rovaniemi, Finland, receiving a personalized answer by him with the postmark of his own post office. Of course, the price of the answer, too, is stratospheric (and you have to pay it strictly in advance).
Santa Claus elves in Rovaniemi work non-stop all over the year to prepare the presents for every child of the world.
Here you can enjoy yourselves simply with an ice slide. What’s the advantage going on it by night? Of course! The adults, too, can slide without being ashamed, like me!
As a matter of interest
If you always wondered how Santa Claus can give out the presents to the children all over the world in one night…here you’ll find the answer. It’s enough to him to stop time stopping his terrestrial watch.
Here it is how far are the main cities of the world. Take a look: North Cape is still 680 km far.
The Arctic Circle pass exactly by here. Did you know Napapijiri means just this?
The pillars identify its line by day and night.
Thereabout there’s Santa Park, the Christmas theme playground, dig into the mountain.
By night it lights and turned this way. How wonderful!
The amusements are obviously suited to adults and children as in every self-respecting theme park.
To avoid any misunderstandings, I state the photo above is about a road and it’s not a snowmobile track!
Obviously we prefer it by night, far from buses and tourist crowds invading it every day to empty their wallets in shops.
At the end we can only repeat Rovaniemi is the most tourist place Finland offers but at least once a tour here is de rigueur, at least to give Finland the opportunity to make you fall in love maybe just with its northern lights.
You’ll be bewitched by the opportunities the extreme cold offers and at your return you will have in mind just one goal: to come back!
First try and then trust! I wait for reading your experiences in the comments! I’m sure it will be like that!