Lapland, Finland | Wednesday Wandering

It is officially the first day of Winter, and I can’t think of a better way to get in the spirit than sharing my ultimate location to spend Christmas.

Have you ever dreamed of having a magical Christmas that feels like something out of a fairytale?  I know I have, and in my imagination there is no shortage of sparkling snow, cozy blankets, toasty drinks, adorable reindeer, precious babies snuggled up in their winter gear, and of course never ending snow covered forests set underneath the glow of the northern lights!  Now unless you are a scrooge, or you despise cold weather, I can’t imagine how this would not seem like the absolute perfect Christmas.  So assuming everyone is here onboard with living the magical winter wonderland dream with me, let’s take a virtual trip to Lapland, Finland, where this is more than just a dream, it is reality.

Rovaniemi is more than just the capital of Lapland, it is the official hometown of Santa Claus.  AKA THE NORTH POLE!  If you celebrate Christmas, and you are either currently a child or you once were a child,  this is the pinnacle of holiday magic.  There are endless activities that include steaming in country saunas, going on reindeer safaris, watching dog sled races, doing some cross country skiing, and the list goes on and on.  Quite possibly the best part, other than the jaw dropping scenery of course, would be the accommodations.  Yes you can stay in a traditional style hotel, it is sure to be wonderfully cozy and festive, but why would you  when you have the option to stay in; glass igloos, traditional snow igloos, kelo-glass igloos, luxury hotels made entirely of ice, and even Santa’s Home!  The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort offers all of these options and more, head to their site to see the endless possibilities.

While we were indeed living just across the Baltic Sea last year, we never had enough time to make it all the way up to Lapland.  I did make it to Helsinki quite a few times, you can get a recap of some of my solo trips in pursuit of my passport visa, to learn about the city and watch EJ hoop, and even venturing over with EJ and his parents just to explore.  Hopefully one year we will get time off around Christmas so we can take in all this winter wonder.  It feels as if the magic is endless when it comes to winter time in Lapland.  Their wonderful traditions and culture rooted in history help you to appreciate the beauty of the season.

I could go on and on about all the inspiring culture, but instead I will leave it up to you to research.  There are so many great things I don’t even know where I would begin.  Just know that if you manage to light your fireplace on the first try on New Year’s Eve they say you will be lucky in love the rest of the year 😉

Image Source | Pinterest

Images sourced from Pinterest, those that have a traceable origin belong to Laila Durán, Per Breiehagen, and Visit Finland.

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