What a tour – 3000 km in Finland in November

The four of us just returned from an extensive tour in Finland. Finland in November – hell no, say many. But we succeeded to have a great time. And all this in a pretty cost effective way…

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The journey by car from Helsinki to Lapland is long. With a one-year-old and a four-year-old it has to be done during a few days. We took breaks in Seinäjoki (visiting relatives) and Oulu. In Oulu we checked in Scandic hotel (as they had promotional prices). The kids enjoyed their play room and I enjoyed the darkness – just laid in the white sheets with my baby. We had a long and good night sleep.

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Meeting Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Arctic Circle

On Saturday we arrived in Rovaniemi. In November they had a good layer of snow and we all got excited. Our great hosts had organized a palju in their backyard, so we spend the night bathing outside and sipping whiskey (after the kids had gone to bed).

The highlight in Rovaniemi was of course the visit to the Arctic Circle and meeting with Santa. You can visit Santa for free, but you have to pay for the pictures taken with him. The kids were quite terrified, but the snow and Christmas lights somewhat compensated.

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To be continued…

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