As winter is nearing, I would like to tell you about Lapland. I think it is one of the most wanted trips for children, but not only… If you will visit it during the cold season, you will definitely spend the best winter holidays in your life. Exactly one year ago, I was leaving for one of the coolest, most fascinating and unbelievable trip: the trip to the North Pole!
I went to visit Joulupukki, who is more commonly known as Santa Clause. It seemed like a dream coming true. This place is unreal! I remember as a child I was watching all the Christmas edition shows and listening to the stories about Santa Clause, Lapland, North Pole, elves and reindeers.
This beautiful experience was worth the 26 horrible hours in the bus and the swollen feet. On the 23rd of November we left the snowy Vilnius and began our way to the less snowy Finland. Fortunately, there was enough snow in Lapland for our activities.
We stayed in Savukoski, a village at the north of the Arctic Circle. It is one of the largest municipalities in Finland. A funny thing: this region has ten times more reindeer than people. In Savukoski is located the fell Korvatunturi, which according to Finnish Folklore, is the location of Joulupukki’s secret workshop, where toys, trinkets and gifts are made. We had enough time to discover the beautiful surroundings, deep forests and frozen lakes. Do you know a better way to do it, than to visit it by cross-country skiing? Maybe the snowmobile can make a competition to that?!
In order to make you understand how short is the day in this period of the year, I will tell you that this photo was taken at 13:26 p.m.
We visited a Reindeer Farm and had a cup of coffee or tea in a wooden house.
As well we visited a Husky Farm and had a Husky dog sleigh ride. The dog sleigh ride was only for some minutes, but it was unforgettable. If you will have the chance to try it, I encourage you to do so. While we were waiting for our turn to ride a dog sleigh, we wormed up in a tent with hot wine.
The evenings were cozy, waiting for the Northern lights, which unfortunately didn’t show up. However this gives us a reason to come back one day. We spent our time in a Sami tent next to the fire with some hot wine and barbecue.
Every night we had Finnish sauna, without which you can’t say that you truly experienced the Finnish culture.
The end of the trip was culminated by the trip to the Santa Claus Village near Rovaniemi. Everything there was as I imagined. You could feel the Christmas spirit in the air. We waited in line with children from different countries in order to meet Santa Clause and to take a photo with him. He shook our hands and asked where were we from. I wasn’t surprised to find out that he has no idea where is Moldova, however it disappointed me a little, after all he should know everything… At least now I know why I didn’t receive presents from him all this time, he simple didn’t know where I am.
This is all about this trip. I hope you enjoyed it. Don’t forget to check out my video on Lapland, and stay tuned for new stories about my adventures!
If you really believe in Santa Claus, all of your dreams will come true!