If I could go back in time and tell my six-year-old self that one day I would meet the Santa Claus, then I’d probably wouldn’t believe it. Yet, lo and behold I actually went to Rovaniemi and visited the Santa Claus village with good ol’Saint Nic himself!
Rovaniemi is located in Northern Finland, and as you enter the village you walk under a blue line of lights that indactes the you have officially entered the arctic circle.
The village itself is rather small, it has a few different shops to buy your own Santa Claus village souvenirs (that of course cost a fortune), the North Pole post office, a few places to eat, Santa of course and his reindeer, as well as huskies! A true winter wonderland!
The village brought out the child in all of us, we ran around jumping in the snow, pushing each other over and not caring about how frozen our toes were. A group of 20 somethings rolling around in the snow giggling and smiling as though we were all 7 years old again… a truly magical place. There is something truly marvelous about Santa Claus and all that surrounds it, whether you’re a believer in the holiday or not, the whole notion of Santa, can put a smile on almost anybodys face. People are kinder, happier, and more generous when there is holiday joy in the air.
I just want to shout out to the Erasmus Student Network of Tallinn for taking us up to Northern Finland to have this magical encounter with Saint Nicolas himself.
P.S. For all of those who are wondering, Santa is Finnish and has a great sense of humor!
Here are some more photos of Rovaniemi and the Village. More Lapland photos to come in the near future!