A break from all the food posts! Here is a continuation of my holiday at Finland.
On our final day in Rovaniemi, we made our way to Santa Claus Village and Snowman World. The village was not what I expected. I thought that the staff would be wearing elf costumes and there would be festive colours every where. It was mainly log cabins housing many souvenirs shops.
The only thing worth going was Santa Claus’ Main Post Office, where you can send a postcard with a Santa Claus Village postmark. Unless you have little children, I would not recommend queuing to see Santa Claus.
The blue line indicates the boundary of the Arctic Circle. These two pictures were taken before and after my visit to Santa Claus.
Thankfully, there was Arctice aka Snowman World within the same compound! For 18 Euro, you get unlimited access to Snowman World activities, Igloo Hotel, Ice Gallery, Ice Restaurant and Ice Bar, and the ticket is good for all whole day! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Very cool experience. Literally.
We enjoyed a bottle of Coca Cola at the Ice Bar in glasses made from ice for only 4 Euro!
We ventured around Snowman World and you can find pictures of the Ice Restaurant and Igloo Hotel below.
The structure was newly constructed when we got there, so certain areas were still in the midst of developing.
We found snow tubes and a gentle slope which we were lamenting about how pathetic it was. Until we found out that the actual slope was behind us! And it was a steep one!
Boy was it thrilling!
Having played enough in the cold, we went to the cafe for some hot drinks and macarons!
They had some really delightful flavours like blackcurrant, cinnamon-gingerbread and cloudberry. Cloudberry is amber-coloured berry found in the alpine tundra and is quite similar to raspberry.
I found Singapore on the pole outside the Main Post Office!
Our last stop in Rovaniemi before flying back to Helsinki was the Arktikum. The Arktikum is the provincial museum and science centre of Lapland. The museum is just a 15 minute walk from the city centre.
In the museum, you can find all you need to know about Lappish life and history, changes in the Arctic as well as a Northern Lights Theatre. They were also having a fair showcasing local arts and craft at the entrance.
The exhibits can be found on both sides of the corridor. If you want to view a simulated aurora borealis, you can head to the second floor of the museum. There, you lie on your back and look at the northern lights through a screen on the ceiling.
Not a very realistic experience as you get to see a fox prancing across the screen. This is to illustrate the popular Finnish folklore of an arctic fox running far in the north and touching the mountains with its fur, so that sparks fly off into the sky as the aurora borealis. Hence, the aurora borealis is also known as ‘fox fire’.