Home away from Home #4 – Santa Claus Holiday Village (圣诞老人假日度假村)

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A Christmas-themed holiday resort in the heart of  the Arctic Santa Claus Village. How does that sound? :)

After a 3-hour flight from London to Rovaniemi, we were greeted and picked up by the friendly staff of Santa Claus Holiday Village (SCHV) at the airport (free airport transfer provided to all guests upon request). Due to our late-night arrival, we were transported straight to the log house (an isolated unit with 2 side-by-side apartments fronted by a common gate and separate doors and patios) and were told that the check-in procedure could be completed next morning. How thoughtful!

在北极圈住进圣诞主题度假村,很有童话般的意境吧?

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It was a relatively low-peak season (early March, 2014) and perhaps reason for a relatively discounted rate. (Note: accommodation in Europe is ALWAYS expensive)

圣诞老人假日度假村是位于荷兰罗瓦涅米圣诞村中心的主题度假村。从伦敦搭乘廉价航班飞行3个多小时,终于在近半夜时分抵达了罗瓦涅米机场。贴心的酒店员工举着带有我名字的欢迎牌在机场大厅等候并把我们直接送入了度假屋内,由于入住时间已晚,我们可以在隔天早上办理入住手续。拖着疲惫的身体走进温暖、干净,而又散发着满满圣诞气息的房间真是件舒心的事啊!

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I realised something unique about accommodation in Nordic countries – the concept of “King/Queen-sized bed” is not very well-acknowledged.

Single bed really means SINGLE bed (not even super-single), and Double bed means TWO SINGLE BEDS. So if you are a single traveller, you gotta join the 2 beds together and then imagine yourself sleeping on a queen-sized.

Aren’t Europeans much bigger in size than Asians…??? Weird.

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A welcome pack awaits:  map to the resort facilities and the Santa Village + key to your own snow sled!

度假村与圣诞村地图、房间钥匙、还有专属雪橇的钥匙!

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Highlight of the accommodation: in-room SAUNA!!!!!

Simple to use, clean, and definitely unique! I think I spent a good one plus hour pampering my worn-out body with a hot sauna bath! :D

Travelgraphy.wordpress.com_8999度假屋最特别之处 -- 室内桑拿房!!!

供我一个人独享哦!这也太太太有冬日气氛了吧!!!

干净、先进、方便,只要跟着墙上的使用说明依样画葫芦就可以了。炫吧!

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Upon a colleague’s recommendation, I bought the Kala Kallen canned salmon from the Rovaniemi Airport. Was told that the Arctic salmons are the best and I’d be stupid not to try.

So, here’s my quick-fix dinner – Acrtic Salmon with Mee Goreng Instant Noodle.

Yes, there’s an in-room kitchen with basic cooking facilities and utensils made available. However, no seasoning and cooking oil provided.

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是的,度假屋内还设有小小的厨房,方便住客在饿肚子但小气地不想掏腰包点餐时烹饪些简单的菜肴。锅碗瓢盆还算齐全,但不提供油盐酱醋哦。

这是我在机场买的罐装北极三文鱼配泡面!呵呵,味道还算不错。

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Main reception building at night time. No aurora, sadly.

夜晚的度假村的主楼,安详又温暖。只可惜,少了北极光。

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The look of our Christmasy log house during day time.

我们的圣诞小屋!很可爱很漂亮吧!

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Right before I took some crazy photos in the snow... ;)

拍在疯狂雪中摄影之前。。。

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Final Verdict: Will I stay here again if I were back in Rovaniemi? Yes!

结论:如果我有幸再次来到罗瓦涅米,我还会住进这个温暖的圣诞小屋!

 

Travel Tips & Useful Information (小贴士):

  • Price per night: 129 Euros (Price range from 99 Euros – 200+ Euros depending on seasonal rates)
  • Address: Tähtikuja 2, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland (Link to Google Map)
  • Distance from Airport: ~ 2km (Airport pickup and transfer provided)
  • Tel: +358 40 1593811
  •  Website: http://www.santaclausholidayvillage.fi/
  • ** Special note: house cleaning is not provided everyday! Only before arrival and post check-out. So, if you’re staying more than 1 night, make sure you don’t t behave like a dirt king/queen ;)
  • 价钱:每晚129欧元 (淡季:每晚大约99欧元,旺季:每晚可高达200多欧元)
  • 地址:Tähtikuja 2, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland (地图)
  • 离机场距离:约2公里(免费提供接机与送机服务)
  • 电话:+358 40 1593811
  • 网址:Website: http://www.santaclausholidayvillage.fi/
  • *注意:房间的打扫服务除了住进度假村之前与之后是免费的,如果在住宿期间想要另外的打扫服务可是要收费的哦!

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To be continued  未完待续。

Read more about my Aurora Hunting journey 更多的北极光之旅:

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

Aurora Hunting #2 – Meeting Santa Claus in the Arctic / 追寻北极光#2 - 北极圈的圣诞老人

Aurora Hunting #3 – White Camouflage / 追寻北极光#3 - 白色伪装

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