Santa in Lapland
Ever wondered how Santa manages to visit everyone in one single night? This is just one of the questions answered at the Santa Claus Office in Finnish Lapland. The Christmas season was officially opened in Rovaniemi on 24 November 2007.
Last year some 330,000 visitors from 180 countries headed north to meet the man himself at his home on Ear Mountain. In readiness for this year's influx of Christmas guests the resort has invested 2.9 million euro in renovations. Visitors will follow a one hundred-metre long corridor to meet Santa, with his many secrets and myths revealed along the way using an array of audio and lighting effects.
This season Santa Claus has sent a personal invitation to children: "...we have met before, have we not? Every year at Christmas time I visit children everywhere around the world...Now I would like to invite you to visit my native Finland...".
The Arctic Circle area also offers the opportunity to take part in activities such as snowmobiling, cross-country and downhill skiing, canoeing and river-rafting; and to spot some native wildlife including reindeer and the golden eagle.
Esprit Santas Lapland is offering holidays to meet the `real Santa Claus in Lapland on Christmas Day, with departures from Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester, including return flights transfers, b&b accommodation, a snowmobile safari and private family meeting with Santa, reindeer and husky rides, prices start from £1495 for a family of four. Flights are from Gatwick on 24th December, Bristol on 24th December, Manchester on 23rd December and Birmingham on 23rd December.
By: Maxine Clarke