It has been on my bucket list for years; a magical trip to see Santa’s home in Finland. I have seen photos and brochures for years of the stunning views of the winter scenery and since our family is living in the UK at the moment, it was a little easier (and cheaper) to make that dream finally come true. The trip was a gift from Father Christmas. The invitation and details were wrapped up in a box under the tree just waiting to be ripped open on Christmas morning. The kids were going to visit Santa and we were leaving the next day to spend a whole week in his hometown.
Although Rovaniemi is a small town, it seemed very international (I thought about this as my family ate dinner in a Nepalese restaurant while listening to Spanish music and reading an English menu all while above the Arctic Circle in Finland) and it has everything you need to have a great time: bars, restaurants, and winter activities galore.
The temperatures can be brutally cold and the sun barely rises for the day, but there is plenty of warmth and light from the friendly locals, and also inside Santa Claus Village and Santa Park. We took the kids snowmobiling across the Arctic Circle, we were herders for Santa’s reindeer, we took husky and horse sleigh rides, we saw the jolly ol’ man himself and we even went to Elf School to learn how to become an Elf. But the most magical part for us adults was witnessing the Northern Lights for the first time; it was truly magical and the setting seemed to look like out of a storybook.
The whole trip was a wonderful experience from beginning to end and I know this trip was one Christmas present the kids will never forget, ever.