Credits: Mariano Mantel Lapland, also known as the North of Finland is a surreal destination....
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Santa Claus Village
5) Meeting the Real SantaThe 'Real' Santa lives in the Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle. There are rein deer rides, great food, post office where one could send letters to their future and others. We met the man himself. He was exactly how we all imagine him to be. Happy, merry, and fun! He promised us that he knew where we all lived and he visited us every christmas. We took some quick pictures with him! Meeting santa was a treat to the little girl in me :)
Kakslauttanen Igloo West Village
How can someone travel to Finland and not stay in a glass igloo & not try his luck to view the Northern Lights from your very own Glass Igloo! Well I did the same... Took an early morning bus to the Saariselka Village where the hotel is located! This resort is right in between the Arctic Forest, you just cannot find a man or vehicle outside the hotel. In the evening it was so peaceful with thousands of stars shining above you. A memory that you just cannot forget. And guess what, they appeared, yes the Aurora Borealis! It was my last night and I was so excited and happy. I had mixed emotions then as it was my last day in the Arctic! But all of it was worth the journey! It was also very surprising that we got some amazingly delicious vegetarian dinner here which made our evening even more memorable, and as soon as we walked out of the restaurant, a mixed burst of green & pink appeared. I did have my camera in hand but no tripod to get an amazing picture. But it was so beautiful that I just stood there and kept staring without moving an inch.
Lapland, also known as the North of Finland is a surreal destination. A winter wonderland like no other, summers in this area play host to 24 hours of sunlight while the cold months are enveloped in perpetual darkness. For those who intend to witness the magical Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) from the comforts of their chalet and perhaps even say hello to the real Santa Claus and his reindeers, Lapland is the ideal escape. It also is a great place to indulge in some digital detox as WiFi, albeit available, can be intermittent as the population density of this region is exceptionally low.