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Lapland, From Icy Plunge to Blazing Sky

Lapland, From Icy Plunge to Blazing Sky | Finland | Scoop.it
North of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, a visitor darts between extreme hot and cold, watches colors paint the sky and experiences a reindeer nuzzle.
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“LADIES and gentlemen, the northern lights are on,” announced a member of our group, breaking the predinner weariness. It had been another long day of cross-country skiing, but his message spurred us to action. In a flash, the cabin was filled with the sound of crinkling jackets and snow pants; a few minutes later, Arctic air was blasting across our faces..."

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Discovering Finnish Lapland

Discovering Finnish Lapland | Finland | Scoop.it
Discovering Finnish Lapland - I just returned from a week long trip to Finnish Lapland in the Arctic Circle sponsored by Visit Finland. I was there writing my very first story for JohnnyJet.com and had an amazing experience discovering the culture of Rovaniemi and the Lappish people. Read all about it: Rovaniemi, Finland. 
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Snow Village

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Nearly 200km above the Arctic Circle lies a destination of exciting arctic adventures and breathtaking constructions made of snow and ice. In Snow Village, you can spend a night in the SnowHotel, have a dinner in the IceBar or enjoy the igloo disco with drinks served in ice glasses. Or you can just marvel at the magnificent sculpture art all around the area. Snow Village is located in Western part of Finnish Lapland, in close proximity of Ylläs and Levi ski-resorts and easily reachable from the international airport of Kittilä.  http://www.snowvillage.fi/index.htm

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A new home for Santa Claus goes up near Saariselkä in Finnish Lapland - Helsingin Sanomat

A new home for Santa Claus goes up near Saariselkä in Finnish Lapland - Helsingin Sanomat | Finland | Scoop.it

In addition to the Christmas Land located on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, another "Santa Claus Land" has been opened near Saariselkä, the European Union’s northernmost holiday resort in Finnish Lapland .
In a village near the municipality of Kakslauttanen, where a log building of 1,150 square metres and 16 other buildings have gone up, Santa Claus - alias Father Christmas - will receive mainly foreign tourist groups and children.

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Santa Claus Village And Santa Park, Napapiiri In Lapland, Finland - John Giuffo - Forbes

Santa Claus Village And Santa Park, Napapiiri In Lapland, Finland - John Giuffo - Forbes | Finland | Scoop.it

Capitalizing on its extreme northern location at the foot of the Arctic Circle, Napapiiri considers itself Europe’s Christmas capital due to the fact that it is Santa’s "true base of operations." And every year, the town draws thousands of visitors from all over Europe to tour the two different Santa-themed attractions, Santa Claus Village and Santa Park, which offer tours of Santa’s workshops, opportunities to buy some of Santa’s merchandise, encounters with genuine reindeer, and visits with the big man himself. There’s also a Santa-dedicated post office which functions as the European hub for its Indiana counterpart. And when parents begin to feel like they’ve overstayed their welcome with Santa, the nearby city of Rovaniemi provides a wider array of holiday delights.

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Travel To Rovaniemi and The Artic Circle

Travel To Rovaniemi and The Artic Circle | Finland | Scoop.it
Rovaniemi a perfest family destination close to the Artic Circle and offering fabulous nature,Rovaniemi sights and sites of interest.View the Northern Lights and for children Santa Claus Land gives...
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Christmas travel: Chilling with Santa in his Finnish hometown

Christmas travel: Chilling with Santa in his Finnish hometown | Finland | Scoop.it
Tourism heats up for the holidays, and Santa Claus’ village in Rovaniemi, Finland is a great place to see St. Nick and his reindeer.
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ROVANIEMI, FINLAND—Two reindeer are grazing in the forest beside the road as we drive into town from the airport.

They might be Santa’s. This is his official hometown, after all. You can find him at his office here any day of the week.

This capital of Finnish Lapland sits at the Arctic Circle a little more than an hour’s flight north of Helsinki. In early December, the days are short: sunrise is about 9 a.m., sunset is about 2 p.m.

But here in the Arctic twilight, things are heating up. Not the temperature — it’s about minus 20C — but the tourism. Even though Santa is here year-round greeting visitors, this time of year is prime time; the pre-Christmas high season.

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Have a nICE Stay At Finland’s Igloo Village

Have a nICE Stay At Finland’s Igloo Village | Finland | Scoop.it
Kakslauttanen Igloo Village is a special winter destination that allows tourist to sleep in snow or glass igloos from which they can see the northern lights (I’ve never been a fan of the cold (I chap easy), but I would love to go to Finland ...

 

Well, you have the chance to find out at the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, in Finland. A hotel located in the northern part of the country, high up above the arctic circle, is being touted as one of the coziest romantic getaways in the world. Read more and see the pics: http://bit.ly/zrt2OW

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On the trail of the Northern Lights

On the trail of the Northern Lights | Finland | Scoop.it
Aurora hunters are looking forward to brighter Northern Lights, as a rise in solar activity beckons.

 

In America "storm-chasers" are the intrepid types who pursue tornadoes, and sometimes hurricanes. But the Arctic Circle has its aurora chasers - people who speed around in search of the best views of the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.

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Dreaming of You Rovaniemi - The Official Hometown of Santa Claus

Rovaniemi is the Official Hometown of Santa Claus and it is situated at the northern Arctic Circle, in Lapland, Finland. Rovaniemi is a place where reality and fairytales meet on the border of the Arctic. Every season in Rovaniemi is an unforgettable experience: the never-ending summertime sunshine, the twilight period leading up to Christmas, and the springtime snowscapes glistening like fields of diamonds. Christmas in Rovaniemi is everlasting. Santa Claus is the friend of the world's children -- and friends are always welcome. Visit Santa any day you please and experience Christmas in the middle of summer. Surrounded by wintry, dusky forests, the Arctic Circle is a lifetime experience for visitors young and old. This is precisely why half a million people travel to meet Santa Claus every year.
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First snow arrived in Santa Claus' Village at the Arctic Circle in Lapland Finland Rovaniemi

Santatelevision Travel video: First snow arrived in Santa Claus' Village at the Arctic Circle in Lapland Finland Rovaniemi - Finnish Lapland tourism video - ...
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