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Lapland – new for 2019

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Santa Claus Village Pic Credit: The Mamma Fairy Blog

Last year we went on what was supposed to be a once in lifetime trip to Rovaniemi, Lapland. It so magical and captivating that we have decided to go back again this year. In conversation with Visit Rovaniemi I asked them was there any new activities/ restaurants for 2019.  They very kindly sent me on all the new activities etc which I though might be helpful for return visitors like ourselves.

New Accommodation:

  • Happy Fox: Happy Fox Suites
  • Apukka Resort: 17 new Aurora Cabins, 3  Lappish Komsio Suites.
  • Forenom: Forenom Serviced Apartments Rovaniemi Valtakatu 35, 96200 Rovaniemi.
  • Sky Hotel Ounasvaara opening after renovation as a 4 star hotel.
  • Nova Skyland: New apartments
  • Santa Claus Holiday Village: 14 new Family Suites, each suite fits 2 adults + 3 children.
  • District Rovaniemi: Yurt accommodation.
  • Arctic Dreams House: Private Luxury Experience in Ranua. Wikkelä Villa all inclusive –stays.
  • Snowest Travels: Villa Snowest, Villa for 16 persons (420m2) https://www.snowesttravels.com/villa-snowest/

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Gothenburg with kids – A weekend visit

At the end of August we visited Gothenburg for 3 nights. It’s a city that wasn’t really on my radar up to that point but the lure of €9.99 flights from Ryanair made it very appealing! So with very little research I pressed book and we were heading to Gothenburg!  Gothenburg city is the largest non capital city in the Nordics and is located on the west coast of Sweden. It took just over 2 hours from Dublin which is perfect for a city break with kids.

Where we stayed

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How stunning is the reception of Gothia Towers Pic Credit: The Mamma Fairy

There are a myriad of hotel options available in Gothenburg and it was hard to narrow the selection down. With it being a short break, kids in tow we knew we needed a central location.  We fell for Gothia Towers. This hotel is the largest in the Nordic region with a staggering 1,200 rooms, 8 restaurants including  Heaven 23 located on floor 23 with impressive views over Gothenburg.  The hotel comprises of three interlinking towers covering a vast 180,000 square meters.  Its hard to miss the swimming pool literally overhanging the street! Be warned if travelling with kids its ages 16 up for admission.

I would not normally be a fan of these big hotels however between the location, the services and the Trip Advisor rating we decided it was hard to pass this one.

Breakfast views at Gothia Towers Pic Credit: The Mamma Fairy Blog

The location can’t be beaten it is located across from Liseburg which is a beautiful amusement park which has been open since 1923. Its also within walking distance of Avenyn which is the main street in Gothenburg. Both close by and within the hotel complex there are many options for food and drinks.

We had a family room with two double beds and 2 bathrooms which more than met our needs it was really big and spotlessly clean. Breakfast each morning was served on floor 29 which the kids really loved. Breakfast was so tasty and plentiful and really did fill us for the day. There was a great selection of breads, hot food and cold meats.  We tried two of the onsite restaurants and one of the bars:

  • Heaven 23 – located on the 23rd floor known for its cocktails and its world famous shrimp sandwich. We had a late lunch here and while we didn’t sample the cocktails we did opt for shrimp sandwich and it really was spectacular. Drooling just thinking about it again.
  • Ristoria – We had pizza here the night we arrived as the kids were starving and we thought best to get them feed before we head out exploring. Kids enjoyed it. Ours was just ok nothing overly exciting for the prices for example the kids was around €10 and adults mains were around €25 each.
  • Twentyfourseven – We had some very tasty cocktails the night we arrived at this lovely lobby bar while the kids played away at the kids play spaces at reception.  A great idea making it enjoyable for us and for them!

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Grand Opening of Christmas 2019 – Lapland

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When I was a child I dreamed of going to Lapland, as an adult I always assumed such a trip would be so far out of reach so I pushed it to the back of my head. Fast froward 2018 when my childhood dream came true, we visited the stunning city of Rovaniemi, Lapland  it was everything we hoped and more. I learned so much from our first visit and really only scratched the surface of this beautiful place that we have decided to go back for 2019. We are all super excited and going for longer this time to experience all that Rovaniemi has to offer.

I recently saw on Visit Rovaniemi that the Grand Opening and start of the Christmas season is scheduled for 10 November at 4pm.  Per their website,

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the Grand Opening of the Christmas Season is an annual and traditional event  that starts the Christmas season in Rovaniemi. The event begins at 4 pm at the central square of Santa Claus Village. The elves and local artists put on a festive concert that culminates in Santa Claus’ speech which officials opens the Christmas Season.

The event is free of charge. The celebration is organized by Visit Rovaniemi. Its also live streamed on their Facebook page so whether your going, planning a trip or even just a Christmas lover its well worth checking it out.

 

For anybody thinking of going ive pulled all my post below and im always happy to answer questions via comments below, DM or across social.

  • Lapland on a budget – our how to guide – here
  • Dressing for Lapland – here
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Planning a holiday? Here are some money saving tips and tricks I use

Tips and tricks when booking holdiays 

Since I published this post I have been asked lots of times for any money saving tips and tricks I have for taking the family to Lapland on a budget.  I thought I’d set out some of those which helped us  anyway!

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Money, Money, Money

I know this is old fashioned but what we tend to do when we book a holiday  is keep a jar of our loose change and convert it the week before we head away.  For example, we had 8 months of saving for Toronto and had a nice sum of coins saved which converted into CAD$225. Along the same vein and I know this sounds a bit crazy myself and my husband put aside a small amount each month and covert it that month to the currency of our destination this meant another CAD$470  to add to the pot.  While we try not to a couple there are short term loan options like cashlady.com

Deals, Deals Deals

I am the queen of the deal! I just love a good deal. I scour the internet for good deals in our chosen destination.  Groupon is your friend. For example we had pancakes for lunch one of the days at Krepesz, that was pancakes for 4 and drinks for CAD$50.  While in Niagara Falls I booked the Captain Jacks Fun Zone  tickets which the kids thoroughly enjoyed and I saved 70% off the normal price.  There are so many options in these places so by buying in advance (the kids and the adults) know what included and we have a set amount of tokens each. There are also lots of hotel options on Groupon too with great saving or added extras.  A couple we spoke to at breakfast had got a great deal at the Sheraton on the Falls via Groupon with a Falls view room.

Shop around especially for accommodation

There are a myriad of hotel booking options with varying rates of discounts.

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One of my personal favourites is booking.com.   Also check out Expedia or hotels.com or as mentioned above Groupon hotel deals. Sign up for alerts for these site to keep up to date on the latest deals and offerings.   It can also be a good option to call the hotel direct as I have found that some will match the rates found elsewhere.

Another great option is booking via Airbnb. One of the key things to remember about Airbnb is to read the reviews of the property and look for hosts with good feedback. Secondly good Airbnb etiquette will help ensure good feedback is left for you in return as that’s the cornerstone of the community.

Flights

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This one is bit more tricky and sometime can just be down to the fact that the stars align and sales and timing of your trip work out. But failing that some things you can do include:

  • Settting up Sky Scanner alerts – im a big fan of this. You get emails relating to prices changes for the flight you are considering.
  • Timing – some times of the year are simply cheaper than others so do your research and look for the off peak times in the destinations you plan on visiting
  • Avios, this is currency of a number of airlines and you can collect point by purchasing flights or with the airline or any of its partners. For example you can convert you SuperValu real rewards to Avios points.  I had a quick look and its around 8,000 points for a return European flight. Not too bad!

Has anybody any other good holiday saving tips they have feel free to add them in the comments.

 

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Planning a short hop to the British Isles? Here’s what to see

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Whether you’re planning a trip on Ryanair during the autumn school break or catching the ferry to Holyhead, making your way over to the British Isles has never been easier.  If you want a getaway that isn’t a major hassle to get back from, then travelling to England and Wales is just a short hop-skip and a jump away from Dublin airport or port. Below are a few places to visit that could be of interest; whether you’ll be on-foot or taking the car. 

Porth Darfarch Beach

If you are planning to drive into Britain through Holyhead, then Anglesey is a great place to visit. It’s not too far from Holyhead and offers some stunning beaches that are Blue Flagged. If you’re after a quiet day out with the kids, then Porth Darfarch Beach is just about as perfect as it gets. It’s surrounded by cliffs and has plenty of shallow waters. 

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort 

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The area of Windsor is perhaps one of the most quintessentially British areas you could visit. If you’re flying into London, there are plenty of easy transport links over to Windsor, as it’s situated just to the west of London. If you’re based in a central London hotel, this is an easy day trip to organise. 

This area is home to some brilliant pubs, historical monuments and Windsor Castle. Also in this part of Berkshire is LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, which is ideal if you have little kids who need to be actively entertained. Every child’s favourite multicoloured bricks create some magical spectacles at this impressive funfair park and resort. You’ll find replica cities, a waterpark and events throughout the year. Thanks to its location, there are also plenty of places to visit for dinner afterwards. If you don’t fancy eating at the resort then you can enjoy some seasonal pub grub at the nearby tap houses in the Windsor area. The Corner House is one such establishment that offers a carefully thought-through menu and warm atmosphere. 

Liverpool’s endless culture 

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You may opt to travel a bit further up on the British coastline if you’re planning to jet across by ferry. Liverpool has so much culture to offer, it’s a rewarding destination for a quick British getaway. In fact, it’s home to the largest cathedral in Britain. This city comes complete with exhibits on The Beatles, the Tate gallery and a ferry tour of its coastline; if you’re ready to hop back on a boat that is! For those who enjoy a creative atmosphere, the Wirral Arts Festival is just around the corner, which hosts plenty of events not too far from Liverpool city centre. 

Whichever city you land in, you’ll find plenty to do during your short stay in the British Isles. Arriving in Wales could see you spending serene days walking on the beach, Liverpool could see you indulging in the arts and a weekend in London has endless amounts of nearby attractions for children of any age. 

 

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A Quick Irish Parent’s Guide To Skiing

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I honestly think there’s an unwritten rule that lets us know when it’s almost ski season in Ireland, and it has nothing to do with getting a ruler to measure non-existent snow: you see ski clothes suddenly pop up in the middle aisle of Lidl. And while you’re not going to get inches of it here anytime around Christmas, it’s hard to justify buying those bright, puffy jackets when the hopes that were going to get a snowy blizzard incoming around the colder months are beyond low.

I can tell you one good reason to buy the jackets and Google around though! 

What if you’re already in the midst of planning a big ski holiday for the family this year and it’s your first time taking everyone to the slopes. What do you need to know about booking a ski holiday, what things to buy, and how to make sure everyone stays safe while having fun on a family ski holiday?

Well before you start looking up how much it costs to add a pair of skis to your luggage (you never need to btw) let me fill you in on some of the pre-planning essentials every family needs to do.

Get used to skis on dry land

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Want to avoid bumps, falls and general cluelessness when using skis for the first time? You can prevent getting embarrassed on holiday if you’re lucky enough to be near a ski centre.

There are only two spots in the country I know of that have those outdoors dry slopes you can practice on: the Ski Club of Ireland just south of Dublin on the road to Bray, and the Craigavon Golf & Ski Centre up north (you take the M1 exit on the way to Belfast and its beside Lough Neagh). 

It’s not exactly the same as the alps, but they do have gentle slopes that help get anyone used to wearing skis for the first time. I think it helps take away some of the jitters everyone in the family (dad included) might get if they leave that first time using skis right up until they’re standing in the middle of the ski resort.

Get a holiday that has all the mod cons included

I love doing a bit of savvy research when booking our family holidays, but when it comes to skiing, it is something you can’t skimp on. It’s important to know that most ski resorts people travel to in Europe (around the Alps in France & Austria) are anywhere from an hour to 3 hours away from an airport.

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Unless you actively like the idea of getting a hire car and traversing up the side of mountain roads for hours, just look and see where you can get a family ski holiday with everything included. For example, Mark Warner ski holidays look after everything to help families have a seamless journey from the airport to the resort. You can do things like book in for lessons, get your ski passes and get equipment sorted before you travel to the resort.

And because you’re in the middle of nowhere for up to a week, I’d suggest treating yourself and going all-inclusive for once. You’ll never want to see yourself trudging through snow first thing in the morning to get a pint of milk at the Spar.

Make sure parents get freedom

Does the resort have a ski school? Grand. Then get the kids signed up and you’ll have freedom all day long (I liken it to leaving them off at regular school). When looking up resorts, see if they offer childcare in the afternoons and evening, so you both get to enjoy the après-ski. 

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Sunday Fun at Tayto Park

Sunday before the school started back we hit Tayto Park for a day of family fun. We had never been before and really didn’t know what to expect. The boys are 7 and 4 so a bit mixed in terms of what interests them. The older is the ultimate thrilled seeker and my youngest man is a bit like myself, pretty much afraid of everything. Having spoke to friends who had been the advice was get there early. We arrive about 15 mins after opening and I was glad to have taken their advice, the car park was busy but there was no queue to get in.

We were kindly gifted admission for our family to Tayto Park, we got our tickets, arm bands and off we went.  It was lovely and quiet inside so we took our time to get or bearings and decide what rides we wanted to do. The first ride in our eyeline was Viking Voyage. My little man was  under the height requirement so I stayed behind with him which to be honest I didn’t mind too much when i caught sight of the dryer machines!! I won’t ruin the rides for anybody going as part of this post however suffice to say this was a mega hit! so much so it was done 3 times…..(and none of those was me!).

Given the little man was under 1.1 which tended to be the height requirement for a lot of the rides in whats known as the Eagle Zone, the youngest and I decided to head for the Zoo part to see the animals. I knew this would be a hit with my animal loving wee man.  I was really surprised with the eclectic collection of animals on show here from vultures, to lions to pygmy goats. It was still nice and quiet so we took our time and observed the animals free from the crowds.  My little man was really enthralled with the owls and the alpacas although he kept telling everybody who would listen that alpacas spit to stand back!!!

We regrouped at the Eagle’s Nest Adventure Zone which was more suited to my younger mans age and height.  It was heading towards the afternoon now and it was getting visibly busier but we didn’t queue long for any of the rides. Staff were efficient loading and reloading the rides each time. We pretty much sampled all the rides here from the honey pots, to the steam train, the rocking tug, pony rail, the Ferris wheel, the climbing wall, the shot tower and my favourite the carousel. There is something of an old school magic about a carousel. Also in this zone is the vortex tunnel, a playground and the Nissan Driving School which my oldest really loved. The height requirement for this one 1.1 which was meant a very disappointed 4 year old here. This was a busy activity which is probably the only place we queued for any length of time.

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Summer 2020 long haul planning!

Its funny as the evenings start to get cooler and dark my mind always starts drifting to our long haul choice for 2020. We did Niagara Falls  last year and it was everything we had hoped and more. We like to do one long haul and a number of shorter breaks each year when we can. Almost ten years ago honeymooned in Australia which incorporated a 2 night Bangkok stop over.  The other tourists we spoke to we all headed out to the Islands with Phuket seeming be the most popular.  We decided back then we would return and this time to do the Island and see the stunning beaches we hear so much about.

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Travelling with kids is different, there is more to consider and I find when travelling with kids especially long haul that we tend to favour self catering holidays. It just makes it easier to cook the things they like and to have some more space to get over the jet lag!!!

Perhaps with the kids being a little older Phuket could be a good option for this year.  Phuket is over 17 hours from Dublin with a stop. The fastest I can see is via Doha with Qatar.  Its a long flight so we would need a decent length of time to be able to recover from the flight and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Accommodation

Having a nosey at accommodation I came across  Phuket Villa Finder and oh my god those pools! The dream.  My mind is wandering to waking up to those views and a pre breakfast swim just wow. There are over 250 really impressive properties in Phuket to choose, picking just one will be the hard part. I had a look at a good few villas and the quality looks exceptional. It seems they also can offer airport pick up and organise things like a chef etc during your stay. That’s great peace of mind to know that support is available should you need it especially as I say when travelling with young kids.

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What I like about this site its is sustainable credentials. For each villa booked and confirmed, Villa Finder will plant a tree in Sumatra, Indonesia. To date I believe they have planted over 6,000 trees creating valuable employment, habitats and health benefits to these regions.

Having a look at things to do in Phuket aside for chilling and admiring the incredible views there is also the beautiful old town to visit. While Phuket might be known for its beaches and nightlife there is so much more to do and any families I know who have been really love it and comment on its family friendliness.

If you have been do comment below with any must see sights. For now im dreaming of pink sunsets while chilling in the pool of a rental villa overlooking the sea.  Phuket is definitely a strong contender for The Mamma Fairy long haul trip for 2020.

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The gastronomy of the Canary Islands: where Europe, Africa and America meet

To know the gastronomy of the Canary Islands is to savour their essence. Are you ready for a culinary journey?

Having spent many a happy summer as a child in the Canary Island and happily continuing the trend with my own kids one of the lesser mentioned highlights I find is the food which hand on heart I can tell us exceptional. Part of a holiday for me is trying new foods, new wines, new flavours. Its about experiencing a destination and its offerings. When the below food guide popped into my inbox I couldn’t wait to share it with kind permission from Travel Media.    It’s often said that the Canary Islands are a continent in miniature. This is not only because of the sheer variety of landscapes you find here – from pristine beaches to majestic volcanoes – but also the rich cuisine that each of the islands has to offer. From the north, with its freshly caught seafood, to the south, where the best modern fusion restaurants are located, the Canary Islands offers a sensorial gastronomic journey.

A world of flavours

Tradition and modernity collide in Canarian gastronomy. It even boasts some outstanding emerging young chefs, like Juan Santiago, World’s Best Young Chef 2015 Finalist. He is known for his experimentation based on tradition, the fruit of which are the liquid croquette or the croquette foam among others. As Santiago puts it, with 15 million tourists visiting the Canary Islands every year, it’s inevitable that new tastes and concepts keep emerging. Flavours of Spain, Latin America and Africa cross paths in this archipelago, shaping a very unique identity.

Tenerife for example, the largest of the Canary Islands, is home of the famous papas negras (‘black’ potatoes) and known for guachinches; humble, family-run restaurants where you experience local dishes at affordable prices. Haute cuisine and destination dining also has its place on the island. Five of the six Michelin star restaurants of the Canary Islands are situated on Tenerife. In modern Canarian cuisine, foams and other methods associated with molecular cookery coexist with traditional fish dishes, the ubiquitous mojo sauces, award -winning cheeses and bananas and pineapples famed throughout Europe.

From the net to table

The Atlantic Ocean wraps the Canary Islands, and traditional fishing, regulated by legislation that preserves stocks and marine ecosystems, is a way of life. The waters around the islands are home to an astonishing variety of fish, such as cherne, Atlantic croaker, salema, and sea bream. Whether grilled, baked, marinated or fried, they give a true taste of the Atlantic. Sancocho is a popular, dish of South American origins that consists of salted fish served with potatoes, sweet potatoes, and mojo – the famous sauce of the islands made with olive oil, peppers and assorted spices.

On the island of Gran Canaria, make your way over to the neighbourhood of San Cristóbal and Bar Zurita, a local institution where you can enjoy fresh-off-the-boat octopus and calamari overlooking the sea. Also recommended is La Bahía del Pajar at Arguineguín, or any of the eateries at El Medáno, without doubt the most beautiful beach on Tenerife. If you find yourself on Lanzarote or La Graciosa – the smallest of the Canary Islands – tuck into a plate of tiny, tasty ‘La Santa’ prawns accompanied with nothing but a slice of lemon and a cold beer.

 

 KM Cuisine

Santiago is a strong advocate of the principles of 0 KM; that is to say, “Buying and eating what is local, shortening distances between land or sea and the kitchen and importing as little as possible.” This philosophy has yielded formidable results; for the environment, for producers and most of all our taste buds.

The philosophy of 0 KM has always influenced eating habits on the Canary Islands. The most popular meat is not beef, but pork, rabbit and goat. Goat meat has a strong flavour, and is eaten with your hands. Accompanied with papas arrugadas (small potatoes with a salty crust), it’s perfection.

 

No meal on the Canary Islands is complete without local bread (essential for mopping up any mojo sauce left on the plate); a good wine, such as dry white from La Gomera, one of the world’s most unique wine regions and above all, cheese.

Canarian cheeses, especially those of the islands of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, are among the best in the world. In the 2018 edition of the World Cheese Awards, no less than 35 cheeses made on the Canary Islands received awards. Standout farmhouse cheeses include Maxorata; a semi cured goat’s cheese spice with smoky paprika, and Majorero, a firm goat’s milk cheese similar to Manchego. Perhaps the most original cheese is Flor de Guía; a creamy, slightly salty cheese made with an exact combination of cow’s and goat’s milk and liquid extracted from thistle flowers (flors de guía) for the curdling process.

 

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Santa Claus Village -a view from the inside

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Ever since our visit to Lapland in November/ December 2018 we have quite literally been obsessed about returning. We have been fortunate to have travelled to many countries all over the world but none capturing our hearts in the way Lapland did. If you asked me exactly what it is about Lapland, honestly id struggle to put it into words. There is a magic about it, being in the home town of Santa Claus. Perhaps its seeing the magic of Christmas through my kids eyes.  Last year we stayed at Santa Claus Village and despite my intention of it being a “once in a lifetime” trip we have booked to go back this year later in December.

Since our return, I have shared my trip report and some tips and advice on dressing for lapland  and I have got tonnes of emails and DM’s with questions. I am always happy to chat about my favourite place and happy to answer any questions or queries people planning to visit this wonderful destination have.  The concluding comment of one email I received via my trip report really resonated with me. The query itself was about Santa Claus Village and the email concluded with “can you just imagine working there? How amazing would that be?”.

Santa Claus Holiday Village is run by Marko and Inga and they very kindly took the time to answer some of the questions that I (and many other!) have about running and working in what is probably one of the best known, most magical places in the world.

Our Q & A

Tell us about a typical day at Santa Claus Village

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Pic Credit: Marko @ Santa Claus Holiday Village

Well, typical day at Santa Claus Village. I guess we must concentrate on the winter season because that`s our high season. Weather might be little bit chilly, very unusually too cold but plenty of snow. Everything is covered pure white snow, trees are like frosted piece of art statues.  Guests wake up in cosy n warm cottages and go hurried for breakfast, to Christmas House restaurant or Three Elves restaurant, depends on accommodation type which they have booked.  After they have enjoyed typical Scandinavian buffet breakfast, many of them will be waiting booked safaris in the lobby. Some goes for Reindeer Sleigh ride safari and some for Husky Sleigh ride safari or Snowmobiling or some other from our famous excursions.   During the day time we used to have quite a lot day visitors in the Village from other accommodations of Rovaniemi and from around Lapland. They come to meet Mr. Santa Claus and send Christmas greeting cards from Santa Claus Main Post Office and for sure making shopping of very special gifts and souvenirs which we have great selections in the shops of village.

In the afternoon, our guests start to return from safaris and excursions. Many of them go to enjoy in the private sauna in the own cottage and that`s really pleasure after spend chilly day in the winter activities.   In the evening we have delicious dinners available in our restaurants. For coming winter season we will have third restaurant. Restaurant Santa Claus Village, it has 140 seats and shape of teepee.

If the weather looks to be clear for coming night, lot of our guests will be going for different kind of Northern Lights search programs, like Aurora Reindeer safari, Northern Light search in private wilderness or Northern Light search and dinner.

Can you tell us a little about the history of Santa Claus Village

We can think about that story begins from 1950 when city of Rovaniemi built a cottage for Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt when she came to visit in the Arctic Circle.

All the way until 80th  century, tourism was here more or less only summer tourism. Guests from Europe come to visit in the Arctic Circle and was going to North cape, northern most point of Europe. At 80th century Mr. Santa Claus decided that he need a place to greet guests from all over the world and he chose Arctic Circle.

Does Santa ever get a holiday or does he meet guests all year round?

He meet guests here every day for the whole year. In the Christmas Eve he starts he`s journey around world to delivery gifts but he have his magic things in his office, he can stop time for a night and that`s how he have time to make a trip around whole world and Christmas Day morning he will be back in the village greeting his guests.

Where do most of your visitors come from? Europe? or further afield?

Our guests are definitely really from all over the world, I would say that there is not any continental in the earth that we wouldn’t have had guests. It happened some years ago the that we had in the same time in house, without knowing each other, 3 families from New Caledonia. Further than that you can`t come if someone does’t live in the moon. But a lot comes from Europe because it`s not so far away.

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