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Rovaniemi

  • Why Missing The Northern Lights Wasn’t A Bad Thing

    Why Missing The Northern Lights Wasn’t A Bad Thing

    Feb 16, 2015 Finland

    High on our family’s winter wish list was to witness the majestic Northern Lights. Even my kids knew we were heading to Lapland, Finland to chase this indescribable phenomenon. Our snowmobiling tour didn’t go exactly to plan, but that wasn’t a bad thing. …

  • Nili Restaurant: The 1 Place You Want To Eat In Rovaniemi

    Nili Restaurant: The 1 Place You Want To Eat In Rovaniemi

    Jan 31, 2015 Finland

    On the last day we decided to celebrate our trip to Lapland and visited the highly recommended Lappish restaurant, Nili. Join us as we break down a 3-course Christmas meal. I can tell you there’s a very good reason why Nili rated #1 on TripAdvisor.

  • The Terror Of Losing A Child At Santa Park

    The Terror Of Losing A Child At Santa Park

    Jan 28, 2015 Finland

    How many kids want to run off and join the circus? Or perhaps go live with Santa? Well my child almost did! And for nearly 15 minutes I was convinced he had been kidnapped by the big red jolly man himself. Fortunately this particular Christmas crisis had …

  • Lapland Holidays: Top 8 Things To Do In Rovaniemi, Finland

    Lapland Holidays: Top 8 Things To Do In Rovaniemi, Finland

    Jan 10, 2015 Finland

    Lapland is THE destination for the ultimate family Christmas holiday. We finally made it to the most northern point of our travels ever - Rovaniemi in Finland. And we knew the hometown of Santa Claus was all about the winter experiences. In fact, our expe…

  • Meeting the REAL Santa at Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi

    Meeting the REAL Santa at Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi

    Jan 10, 2015 Finland

    This has got to be a Christmas fantasy for any child, let alone for me. Leading up to our trip to Finland, I couldn’t tell who was more excited. Reindeers, huskies, and snow! But the most frequent question we heard was, “when do we see Santa?”. All questi…

  • Lapland Christmas: An Evening With The Elves

    Lapland Christmas: An Evening With The Elves

    Dec 27, 2014 Finland

    'Traditions Of Christmas' program at Joulukka in Rovaniemi was the perfect introduction to our ultimate family Christmas. A fun afternoon of cute elves, cookie decorating, ornament making and tree decoration plus much more. But something unexpected happen…

  • Husky Sledding In Lapland: My Favourite Safari In Rovaniemi

    Husky Sledding In Lapland: My Favourite Safari In Rovaniemi

    Dec 26, 2014 Finland

    I couldn’t feel the cold. The predominately white landscape whooshed by me in unadulterated purity and secluded frostiness. Paradoxically, I felt complete stillness and unrestrained speed at the same time. It was the ultimate family Christmas. A Lapland …

  • Rovaniemi: The Ultimate Family Christmas

    Rovaniemi: The Ultimate Family Christmas

    Dec 26, 2014 Finland

    We’ve celebrated Christmas in Australia, the South Pacific, New York and Bethlehem. What could possibly top any of those? Well I heard about one place. A very, very magical place. And like a dog gnawing on a juicy bone, I became fixated on a dreamy Christ…

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