Aurora Hunting #2 – Meeting Santa Claus in the Arctic (北极圈的圣诞老人)

Do you believe in Santa Claus?

你相信有圣诞老人的存在吗?

Rumor has it he lives in the Arctic.

据说,他老人家在北极。

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好像天使的光圈套在了这个我们既陌生又熟悉的地球。
感叹交通的发达,我竟曾踏足北极。
世界这么大,世界也很小,
近10000公里的距离,20多个小时的空中飞行,
我的南极梦已实现。

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.

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I was there, at the intersection between my Arctic dream and a dream-come-true.

极北之北,我在那里。

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Arctic? Narnia?

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 是不是很像《纳尼亚传奇》中的意境呢?

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*SCAM ALERT*

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.

*提醒*

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!

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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。

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This is where the “official” Santa can be found!

真正的圣诞老人在这里!

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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.  :)

走进童话般的圣诞老人的家,活蹦乱跳的小精灵把我领进客厅,整个会见圣诞老人的过程被小精灵的相机与摄影机纪录了下来。官方网页上还会看到现场录像哦(点击这里)!

会见圣诞老人是免费的,不过要想购买照片,那就得乖乖掏出腰包,贡献25欧元了。如果想同时获得相片与录像,那可要60欧元哦!明知道这是个被砍菜头的旅游陷阱,我依然心甘情愿地被砍!呵呵。一生只此一次的留念。

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I asked about his age. 700 years old, said he.

   我问圣诞老人几岁了,他老人家说,700岁啦!

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In the Santa Claus Post Office…

圣诞村内还有一个圣诞老人邮局。从这里亲手寄出去的名信片是多么的特别啊!

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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.

收集名信片的爱好是从美国留学的时候开始的。喜欢看到名信片上的熟悉的风景时的惊喜之情,也喜欢友人与家人收到来自远方的问候时的喜悦之情。

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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? ;)

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邮局里有两个邮箱,一个为当日寄出,另一个为圣诞寄出。很有心思。在圣诞节收到来自圣诞老人住所的名信片,那感觉一定很神奇吧!

名信片的价钱按大小与设计分类,1欧元到4欧元不等。邮票则一律是1欧元。

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Let it snow, let it snow. Let the enchanting winter fairies fall and melt on my skin.

漫天飘雪,让它不停地落下吧!

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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/

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To be continued

未完待续。

Read more about my Aurora Hunting journey:

Aurora Hunting #1 – Arrival at the Santa Claus Village / 追寻北极光#1 - 抵达芬兰圣诞村

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