Christmas in Lapland

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If you love tinsel, presents and everything Christmassy, where better to visit than the ‘official home of Santa Claus’? That place would be Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland.

Living in Finland, I was lucky enough to visit Lapland one year. The region offers the perfect setting for Christmas; its cold, snowy, and the Finnish landscape of beautiful unspoilt forests where elk and reindeer bob in and out of view is breathtaking.

The Santa Claus Village is definitely worth a visit; I was expecting tacky, but it’s actually quite magical. Skiing is also an option, although Finland is quite flat with cross-country skiing being the most popular sport.

Not only that, but being past the Arctic Circle, you can – if your lucky – see the incredible once-in-a-lifetime Northern Lights. The beautiful natural colours and lights given off are truly mesmerising.

You might, however, just spend your trip trying out all the different kinds of transport; I got pulled along by some manic reindeer, tried some mushing (sled dogs), screamed on a 60mph snowmobile and got stuck in a snow drift.

Husky dogs, snow and the Northern Lights; Lapland really is a winter wonderland.

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