Before coronavirus saw the world come to a screeching halt and tough travel restrictions were implemented, I was joyfully immersed in planning a family trip to Finland.
Picturing a fairy-tale white Christmas in the heart of Lapland, I could see plentiful mugs of hot chocolate held tightly in gloved hands complete with reindeer sleigh rides, tobogganing, and a seat on the “real” Santa Claus’s knee to tell him just what we wanted most for Christmas this year…
iPads and fancy body products, be gone! All we want for Christmas now is to be able to travel again and have this virus wiped off the face of the planet.
The official home to Santa Claus and capital of Finnish Lapland, the city of Rovaniemi, situated in the Arctic Circle, features the Santa Claus Village, where you can meet the big, beardy man himself and partake in an array of other various wintry activities.
From chasing glimpses of the northern lights to rugging up on a husky sleigh ride, there’s much to do in this magical, snow-blanketed paradise. It’s also worth taking a trip to the Arktikum museum and science centre to get a better understanding of the life, culture and history of the region, including the native Sami people.
But until travel restrictions ease, I guess I’ll just be “dreaming of a white Christmas”…
For more info on travelling to Lapland, visit: https://www.lapland.fi/visit/
To find out more about Santa’s Lapland and tours on offer, visit: https://www.santaslapland.com/
For the perfect summer destination, check out spectacular Vietnam.