Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Rumor has it he lives in the Arctic.
See that tiny yellow dot? I was right there.
The Arctic Circle is a line visible on the world map, north of which the sun can be seen above the horizon even at midnight during the summertime (the famous Midnight Sun). Contrastingly, during the winter the sun stays below the horizon for a certain time.
I was there, at the intersection between my Arctic dream and a dream-come-true.
The Santa Claus above and below wasn’t the “Official” one. =/
I was lured into the “Santa Claus Exhibition” in the reception house of the Santa Claus Holiday Village, which had a display sign that read “Meet Santa here”. Little did I know it was a fake!! There goes my 25 Euros.
这个圣诞老人不是 “真的” ！
我在度假村的主楼看到一个表明 “在这里约见圣诞老人” 的告示便兴高采烈地花了25欧元跟“圣诞老人”合照。之后才发现被骗了！“正宗” 的圣诞老人原来在圣诞村的另一个建筑里面！因为度假村与圣诞村同在同一个地区，一不小心便很容易把两个搞混，要小心哦！
The “Official” Santa is at the Santa Claus Office in the Santa Village. It was deceiving because the resort and the Santa Village were located in the same compound, yet each has their own “in-house” Santas… Of course, you could easily dismiss both by saying “both are fakes” and the “Official Santa Claus” lives only in our childhood dreams.
Well, well…. I like relishing my childhood dream. Any issue with that? :P
当然，我们都知道，其实这两个 “圣诞老人” 都是假的。真正的圣诞老人活在我们童年的记忆里。。。但我就是喜欢，把我当成孩子好了。
This is where the “official” Santa can be found!
YAY!!! I MET THE OFFICIAL SANTA AT THE ARCTIC CIRCLE!!!!! Another item off the bucket-list :D
At the Santa meet-and-greet building, people flown from all parts of the world to get a chance with Father Christmas. The 5 mins session is photographed and filmed by a helpful elf and you may find the live broad cast of which on their website (see link here)! The session is free of charge, but should you wish to bring back any hardcopy photographic evidence, it will cost you minimum 25 Euros, and a soft copy of both the photos and video will be a whooping 60 Euros.
Yes, I know, it’s super touristy and ultra expensive. I’m a sucker and I fell for the Santa trap, willingly. :)
I asked about his age. 700 years old, said he.
In the Santa Claus Post Office…
My affection for postcards started when I was studying in the States. There is always joy in the new-found ability to identify with the photographic sceneries printed on those 4-inch cardboards. There is also joy in hand-writing simple words of goodwill and posting them back home to family, friends and fans of Travelgraphy, knowing that some may be received by surprised faces, some may be lost, doesn’t matter.
There are 2 post boxes found – one for “Today”, another for “Christmas 2014”.
Postcard prices range from 1 – 4 Euros, depending on the size and design. Stamps are priced at a standard 1-Euro for all mailing destinations.
How would it feel, to receive a letter from Santa’s hometown on the Christmas Day? ;)
Let it snow, let it snow. Let the enchanting winter fairies fall and melt on my skin.
Travel Tips & Useful Information
- Santa Claus Village: Free admission. Open daily from 10am – 5pm and on some days 9am – 7pm. Closed on major public holidays such as New Year, Christmas and May Day.
- Official Santa Claus Post Office: Same as the main Santa Claus Village
- Address: Located just 2km from the Rovaniemi Airport, along highway E75. GPS-coordinates: +66° 32′ 37.11″, +25° 50′ 51.44.
- Website: http://www.santaclausvillage.info/
To be continued
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