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Review: Santa Claus Village, Lapland

Santa Claus Village is a must visit for anyone who loves Christmas, snow and the big man himself! You can meet Santa Claus and cross the magical Arctic Circle every day at the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi in Lapland, Finland.


Open every day of the year, Rovaniemi is the Official Hometown of Santa Claus. The attraction draws more than 500 000 annual visitors from all around the world.


So much for the whole family to enjoy and - although there is a lot you can spend money on - there are also free activities. For example, there is a playground there for kids to let off steam, as well as a hill for sledging if you go in the winter time. Santa Claus Village is also completely free to visit and is open daily.


Arctic Circle

The Arctic Circle is a circle of latitude that runs 66°33′45.9″ north of the Equator. It marks the southernmost latitude where the sun can stay continuously below or above the horizon for 24 hours – these phenomena are known as the Midnight Sun in the summer and the Polar Night (“Kaamos”) in the winter.


As seen from the Arctic, the Sun is above the horizon for 24 continuous hours at least once per year (and therefore visible at midnight) and below the horizon for 24 continuous hours at least once per year (and therefore not visible at noon).


In Rovaniemi, the Arctic Circle runs through Santa Claus Village, located eight kilometres north of the city centre, where it is clearly marked. Santa Claus Village in Lapland is a popular place to cross the Arctic Circle: here the line is marked, and you can even get a certificate confirming the feat.



Santa Claus Office


Santa Claus Office, located at the heart of the Santa Claus Village, has been open every single day of the year since 1992. Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages from every corner of the globe have visited the world’s nicest man at his Office.


Santa’s elves will capture your visit with premium quality and you can purchase the video and photos after the meeting.




HuskyPark


Meet the genuine Siberian Huskies at the Husky Park, enjoy the environment and get thrilled by the speed of the sled! visit our beautiful Park and meet the genuine Siberian Huskies. Our guide will also tell you about our dogs and our daily life at the Park.


After the visit you can warm up by the open fire. Husky Hugging can also be done with extra fee. Come to see and meet almost 100 real Siberian huskies! Our guide tells you more about our lovely dogs and life in the Park in the guided tour. After that, we have a fenced Husky Hugging -area where you can pet and hug the dogs freely. You can also enjoy a husky ride, if the weather allows.


Elf's Farm Yard

Elf’s Farmyard is located at the Arctic Circle, at the north end of Santa Claus Village. The little farmyard has reindeer, alpacas, sheep, llamas, goats, rabbits and different birds. You can watch domestic animals in their daily activities under Arctic weather conditions and, best of all, you can pet and feed part of them.

Guests can use the Lapland hut (kota) and campfire/barbecue. You can also buy snacks and drinks from the elf’s store.

Snowman World

Snowman World is an exhilarating snowy playground where you can enjoy a day of winter activities. Kids will love the spectacular snow, ice slides, and ice-skating rink. There is also a Snow Restaurant and Ice Bar, and the ice sculptures are amazing! Littlest son really liked the tobogganing.


Getting There

You can get there by local bus number 8, Kutilan liikenne bus or Santa Claus bus which leave hourly from Rovaniemi city centre. Alternatives include taxi, car or walking – the distance is eight kilometres.


Anything Else

Visit Mrs Santa Claus Christmas Cottage, where you can meet lovely Mrs. Santa Claus herself, get a souvenir photo with her, or create your own Lappish souvenir together with the joyful elves.


You can also stay in Santa Claus Village accommodation. Including the luxury of sleeping under a 360º glass roof, a cottage in a snowy forest or a glass igloo.


The shops at Santa Claus Village are open every day. Choose from products like local handicrafts from artisans, souvenirs and top Finnish design products.


There is a multitude of restaurants and bars for you to choose from. Enjoy pure northern ingredients and flavours of Lapland in atmospheric and unique settings.


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