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Tweet from @Gotham3

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Finnish Lapland trees in winters. http://t.co/E2GVQIgQsz
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Video: Meet Aatu, Finland's friendly, domesticated reindeer

Video: Meet Aatu, Finland's friendly, domesticated reindeer | Finland | Scoop.it
This is not your typical reindeer. While others are gearing up to guide Santa's sleigh, Aatu, a Finnish reindeer is working on his tableside manners, munching on moss and staying warm indoors. 
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In Finland, a woman has domesticated a reindeer named Aatu. Aatu was adopted when he was abandoned in the wilderness by his mother. Aatu is very friendly with his owner and loves to eat moss. my question is how long do these reindeers live for?

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Santa Claus' Hometown Is As Magical As You Imagined It Would Be

Santa Claus' Hometown Is As Magical As You Imagined It Would Be | Finland | Scoop.it

This is Rovaniemi. It's the capital of Lapland, the northernmost province of Finland. It was practically destroyed by the Nazi army in 1944, and so was essentially rebuilt by famed Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

Oh, and did we mention, that it happens to be Santa Claus' official earthly residence?

The town has not only Santa's office (where he opens mail, obviously) but also a Santa Park, which is open November 23 through January 11 and official post office.

Need a holiday spirit (albeit a bit early)? Join us for a little Santa fun time.

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Autumn Colours Galore

Autumn Colours Galore | Finland | Scoop.it

Autumn leaf colour, or “ruska” to locals, is a spectacular natural phenomenon that paints northern landscapes in deep and soft tones. Covered in forests and wildernesses, Finland is a prime destination for some serious leaf peeping.

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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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Proof that Santa Claus exists

Proof that Santa Claus exists | Finland | Scoop.it
DEEP in the Arctic Circle the locals in the capital of Lapland cheer on Father Christmas’s favourite team, FC Santa Claus
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CAN you name Father Christmas’s favourite football team?

Snow joke. It’s an easy shout in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, where locals could be forgiven for singing “There’s only two Santa Claus...”

FC Santa Claus is a football club based in the Finnish city tucked inside the Arctic Circle.

This is also where all the letters to Saint Nick from the children of the world are delivered at this time of year.

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Sajos becomes hub for Sámi culture and administration

Sajos becomes hub for Sámi culture and administration | Finland | Scoop.it

The Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos has been built on the banks of the River Juutuanjoki in Inari in the north-eastern corner of Finnish Lapland.
The building looks like it does not have a single right angle in it. The walls bent between the four extended arms of the building are like coves, while the large windows let in the surrounding nature in the form of light and raw materials.
The dark facade is clad with spruce, while the interior is mainly of light pinewood.
The word Sajos is old Inari Sámi, and it means ”base” or ”settlement”.

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Voters brave the elements, new cold record in Salla

Voters brave the elements, new cold record in Salla | Finland | Scoop.it

Voters are braving extreme cold weather on Election Day. A new cold record of -40.7 degrees Celsius was recorded in the early hours of Sunday in Naruska, Salla.

 

Image: Sunrise on Election Day in Helsinki. Mikko Ahmajärvi/YLE

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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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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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Skier in Kilpisjarvi, Finnish Lapland | Flickr : partage de photos !

Skier in Kilpisjarvi, Finnish Lapland | Flickr : partage de photos ! | Finland | Scoop.it
Visit Finland (Cross-country skiing in Kilpisjärvi http://t.co/2dbHigvv...)...
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Finnish Lapland | Flickr : partage de photos !

Finnish Lapland | Flickr : partage de photos ! | Finland | Scoop.it
Finnish Lapland (Magical Lapland http://t.co/B4Z73zkO...)...
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Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

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Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland (by Visit Finland)

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Head to Kemi for a Vacation Filled with Reindeer Soup and Survival Suits

Head to Kemi for a Vacation Filled with Reindeer Soup and Survival Suits | Finland | Scoop.it

Does your ideal vacation involve sub-zero temperatures, survival suits, cream of smoked reindeer soup, and being able to see your breath in your hotel room? Then meet your dream destination: Kemi, Finland.

Located on the Bothnian Bay in the Lapland region, Kemi is home to around 23,000 people. Every winter, visitors flock to the town to experience its two star attractions: the Sampo, a 250-foot icebreaking ship, and LumiLinna, a castle built out of snow.

 

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Ji-Wei's curator insight, January 9, 6:49 PM

In Finland, there are two attractions that are causing over 23,000 people to flock to Bothnian Bay. The Sampo, a 250 ft icebreaking ship is used to get tourists out onto the ice. Than, they are allowed to take a plunge in the water in survival suits. I wonder how much this trip costs?

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Joulupukki

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is Finnish and means the one and only Santa Claus living in Lapland.
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Twitter / hellolapland: Climbing the Heaven's stairs ...

Twitter / hellolapland: Climbing the Heaven's stairs ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Climbing the Heaven's stairs at Saana fell in Kilpisjärvi #Lapland #Finland http://t.co/9IGEuOSPX6
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And you thought it was cold here: Beautiful pictures capture the eerie stillness of Lapland's frozen sub-Arctic forests

And you thought it was cold here: Beautiful pictures capture the eerie stillness of Lapland's frozen sub-Arctic forests | Finland | Scoop.it
The stunning scenes were captured by Finnish photographer Tiina Tormanen, who works nearby but was nevertheless blown away by the area's ethereal beauty. (Amazing pictures of Lapland published by the Daily Mail.
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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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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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Finland (Lapland) Ski Holidays - Crystal Ski

Finland (Lapland) Ski Holidays - Crystal Ski | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland (Lapland) ski holidays. Search through Crystal's ski resorts in Finland (Lapland) and learn more about each resort as well as the accommodation on offer for a superb skiing and snowboarding experience.
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Finland's Sami minority: new cultural centre but no land rights

Finland's Sami minority: new cultural centre but no land rights | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland's Sami minority: new cultural centre but no land rights | Finland's Sami people are slowly gaining legal recognition, with a new cultural centre in Inari being launched in 2012.
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Home | Wonderworld of Ice

Home | Wonderworld of Ice | Finland | Scoop.it
Wonderworld of Ice in Levi, Lapland http://t.co/vIcZsHNv...
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Snow Village

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Gondola Sauna with a superb view http://t.co/9dCufLFT...

 

Sauna belongs to the Finnish traditions, but there are different ways of experiencing this phenomenon. Ylläs has to offer something unique: a sauna gondola. On top of the Ylläs fell there is a sauna with showers and separate room with a fireplace. Once you book this sauna, you can also book sauna gondola.

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Win A Trip To Finland: Get In The Snow With Visit Finland | Travels with a Nine Year Old

Win A Trip To Finland: Get In The Snow With Visit Finland | Travels with a Nine Year Old | Finland | Scoop.it
We love Finland. So here's a chance for readers to win a trip for two to Finland.

 

Z learnt to ski in Yllas, Finland, and when I think of snow, for some reason, I tend to think of Finnish Lapland — the home of Santa Claus, of reindeer, husky sleds, snowmobiles and more.

Highlights of that trip? Scampering from the sauna into the snow to make snow angels. Racing a snowmobile across a frozen lake. Visiting Santa Claus’ village with a child still young enough to believe. Watching grazing reindeer, and taking a ride in a reindeer sleigh...

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Traces of the ancients in Lapland

Traces of the ancients in Lapland | Finland | Scoop.it

A cultural heritage survey carried out in Finnish Lapland last summer discovered dozens of previously unknown historic and prehistoric sites. The resulting site inventory is to be used to map out more areas for preservation, and to provide a guide to those seeking insights into the deep past in the far north.

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