Dubai - Helsinki - Rovaniemi - Helsinki - Dubai
When my 4 year old son wanted a snow filled Christmas, nothing crossed my mind except Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus. A white Christmas is every child’s dream and this time I decided to let him spend his winter holidays the way he wants. A little motivational speech from husband the great made us take off on our own. So this time it was just me and my son. A little nervous, a little worried, but very much excited . So here we start about our trip.
We took an overnight bus to Rovaniemi, Finland from Helsinki.
Santa Claus Village - Reindeer Sleigh Ride - Crossing the magical Arctic circle (-16 degrees)
Our impatience to meet Father Christmas took us to the Santa’s office the same afternoon. Z (my son) never wanted to leave. He said “mamma, let’s stay here forever and ever”. That's how astonishing this place was.
We stepped out of his office and thought it’s just 3 o clock in the afternoon we have ample time to spend. Little did we know that it became totally dark outside (-16 degrees). However we still chose to take our first ever Reindeer Sleigh ride irrespective of the time and weather, which truly was such a blissful experience. Dark blue sky and snow filled forest, just like you see in the movies. The joy I saw in Z’s eyes was priceless. He stood there watching the reindeers for sometime and then he had his questions “are these Santa’s reindeers? Why are these sleighs not flying? Where will reindeers sleep? Do they sleep in Santa’s house? Are they not feeling cold?” And the questions went on and on. Answering almost all his questions, that moment I realized I can be creative too :D
To top the experience, we crossed the Arctic circle and Z received a certificate for the same to cherish for his lifetime. Though Its too early for him to understand the concept, the moment he received the certificate he started jumping up and down with a sense of pride winning his first ever prize.
Here is a small split of the cost.
-Bus to Rovaniemi : 98 € (1 adult, 1 child)
-Reindeer Sleigh Ride (1000 m): 35 € for 1 adult and 1 child
-Copy of Photos and videos taken with Santa Claus - 45 €
-Certificate cost - 4,50 €