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Husky sledding in the Arctic with Dior and Armani

Husky sledding in the Arctic with Dior and Armani | Finland | Scoop.it
After learning to husky sled in the UK, Kevin Rushby tackles a hardcore trip that brings him closer to his dogs and fellow sledders – and to a kinder view of the Santa mayhem that is Lapland in late December...
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Current | Ateneum Art Museum

Current | Ateneum Art Museum | Finland | Scoop.it
The Magic of #Lapland exhibition in Ateneum #Helsinki open until Sunday. Last chances to see it!
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Santa Claus Village attracts record number of visitors

Santa Claus Village attracts record number of visitors | Finland | Scoop.it
A record number of visitors have attended the Santa Claus Village at Rovaniemi
on the Arctic Circle this year. The number of visitors is expected to top
the 330,000 mark for the first time.
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Lapland

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Festive comedy drama. The Lewis family are determined to leave their troubles at home in Birkenhead when they set out to Lapland in search of Santa, huskies, reindeer, and hopefully the mysterious Northern Lights. However, they soon discover that baggage is not so easily left behind, but also that magic can be found in the most unexpected places.

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Ski Resort in Finland by Bjarke Ingels’ BIG

Ski Resort in Finland by Bjarke Ingels’ BIG | Finland | Scoop.it
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG, has been announced winner of the competition for a 47.000 m2 ski resort and recreational area in Levi, Finland.
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Polar bear cub born in Lapland zoo

Polar bear cub born in Lapland zoo | Finland | Scoop.it

Ranua Wildlife Park in Lapland has announced the birth of a new polar bear cub. The cub, born to parents Venus and Manasse on 18 November, has now survived the most critical period for newborn polar bears.

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Lapland: Finland's snowy adrenaline-pumping action, sans Santa - TNT Magazine

Lapland: Finland's snowy adrenaline-pumping action, sans Santa - TNT Magazine | Finland | Scoop.it

Say Lapland, and all you hear is Santa, Santa, Santa. You could be forgiven for thinking it’s all family breaks and overcharging for children to sit on a stranger’s knee. But whether it’s before Christmas or after Mr Claus hangs up his red suit for the year, there’s far more to discover in northernmost Finland. And most of it’s guaranteed to get your pulse racing.

Which is why I rock up to Lapland with one thing in mind: action. I’ve got a tick-list of things to try: there’s adrenaline-fuelled snowmobiling through the countryside, ice karting – think kamikaze go-karting – plus skiing and snowboarding on the guaranteed powder between November and April.

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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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Aurora Furore: Who Owns the Northern Lights? - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Aurora Furore: Who Owns the Northern Lights? - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International | Finland | Scoop.it
The Norwegian tourist board is unhappy about an attempt by its counterpart in Finland to market the country using a video of the northern lights. The Norwegians claim the Finns are trying to "steal" the celestial phenomenon from them.

 

The tension was triggered by a short film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc3FxNXjBs0&feature=channel_video_title) that the Finnish Tourist Board posted on its channel on video-sharing platform YouTube, featuring time-lapse footage of the aurora in Finnish Lapland. The film has been viewed almost 400,000 times since September, prompting Norwegians to complain that the Finns are trying to "steal" the northern lights.

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Reindeer video: Reindeer DVD postcard, Video about reindeer, reindeer DVD postcards

Reindeer video: Reindeer DVD postcard, Video about reindeer, reindeer DVD postcards | Finland | Scoop.it
Santa television:   DVD Video about reindeer in Lapland in Finland. Reindeer film postcards. Reindeer videos (Crazy about Lapland? Spend a minute or two marveling wonders of Northern Finland!
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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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Thai berry-pickers toiling away in Lapland

Thai berry-pickers toiling away in Lapland | Finland | Scoop.it
Thai workers are picking berries in Lapland under harsh conditions. Their work
day starts at the break of dawn and continues late into the evening—and they
get no free days to break the routine.
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Where the wild things are

Where the wild things are | Finland | Scoop.it
The most northerly wilderness area is Finland's Oulanka National Park (277sqkm and 36 per cent is wilderness) and Russia's Paanajarvi National Park (1040sqkm with 96 per cent wilderness). They are on either side of the Finnish/Russian border in southern Lapland close to the Arctic Circle.

This meandering river ecosystem is untouched boreal forest, homeland for brown bears, lynx, otter, beaver, wolf, golden eagle and the very rare wild reindeer. The scale of wilderness is astonishing - forests and lakes stretching to the horizon with no roads or towns and it is Europe's best example of pristine, remote wilderness...
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Happening now - Arktikum

Happening now - Arktikum | Finland | Scoop.it
Explore northern lights in Arktikum in Rovaniemi!

UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
See Lapland in all her seasons. With glorious images of nature, the multivision show Under the Northern Lights is presented at the Arktikum every day, at no extra charge. Kimmo Kuure http://www.arcticlight.fi

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Snowboarding in Pyhä, Finland | Flickr : partage de photos !

Snowboarding in Pyhä, Finland | Flickr : partage de photos ! | Finland | Scoop.it
Visit Finland (It's time to #snowboard!http://t.co/WcCR5HVt...)...
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Santa's Lapland: Where does the man in red really live? The Finns say Joulukka - National Post (blog)

Santa's Lapland: Where does the man in red really live? The Finns say Joulukka - National Post (blog) | Finland | Scoop.it

Finns are adamant the real Santa lives in Lapland, and they’re out to prove it.
Rather than stoop to the level of mall appearances, however, Finland’s tourism board recently demonstrated their seriousness about the matter by inviting a select group of journalists to Santa’s headquarters in Joulukka, just north of the Arctic Circle in the cultural region known as Lapland.

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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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WELLBEING: Shades of winter Finland from twilight to dark

WELLBEING: Shades of winter Finland from twilight to dark | Finland | Scoop.it

A native of Southern Finland who now lives in Lapland, and a Sámi who has moved to Helsinki explain what the different sort of winter darkness feels like

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Unbelievable Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Lapland, Finland

Amazing video of beautiful Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) shot in Finnish Lapland in the winter of 2011.
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Rebuffed by Iceland, Chinese billionaire considers land investment in Finland

Rebuffed by Iceland, Chinese billionaire considers land investment in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

In an interview with Helsingin Sanomat in October, Huang said that he is interested in Korvatunturi in Finnish Lapland. On Sunday Huang told YLE that he is organising a visit to Finland.
“I plan to send a group of our employees to Finland in February and March to find out about conditions and legislation. After the unpleasant experiences of Iceland, I want to know precise details before making any decisions”, Huang said to YLE.

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Lapland: take the reins on a visit to Santa's Finnish grotto

Lapland: take the reins on a visit to Santa's Finnish grotto | Finland | Scoop.it

Who's this Santa bloke my children never tire of telling me about at this time of the year?

I mean, I don't see him doing a lot around the house, sorting packed lunches or washing school uniforms.

Yet he seems to take one hell of a lot of credit on December 25. And for what? Delivering a few presents on Christmas morning. Easy peasy.

I was fully prepared to cast this intruder ous t of my life and lodge him in the "he doesn't exist" bin. That's until I actually met him.

I hooked up with him in Lapland, one of the most enchanting places I think I've ever visited.

 

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Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland - Bloginity (blog)

Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland - Bloginity (blog) | Finland | Scoop.it
 This is selection of northern lights Flat Light Films (http://www.flatlightfilms.com/) filmed during the winter 2011 in several locations in the Finnish Lapland.
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Popgadget Personal Technology for Women: Finnish hotel lets you stargaze from cosy igloos

Popgadget Personal Technology for Women: Finnish hotel lets you stargaze from cosy igloos | Finland | Scoop.it

At the Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland there's an incredible igloo village, which allows guests to watch the Northern Lights from the comfort of one of 20 glass igloos. They're specially designed to repel frost and are made from thermal glass.

If you don't fancy snuggling up in an igloo, then why not visit the hotel's snow chapel, ice bar or smoke sauna. We can't think of a better winter holiday!

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Reality show about reindeer herders?

Reality show about reindeer herders? | Finland | Scoop.it
Plans are underway to create a reality TV show about the lives of reindeer
herders. The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK) has committed
7,500 euros in funding to produce the pilot episode of this show.
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Mellow Midsummer Festival! | Environmental Cartoons

Mellow Midsummer Festival! | Environmental Cartoons | Finland | Scoop.it
Greetings from Finnish Mid Summer Party. It is midnight, and we still can see the colours. In Lapland the sun is shining all night long. Ah, this is life!
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