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The Huts of Rovaniemi

Napapiirin Saari-Tuvat is the budget alternative when you need cozy accommodation on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi. Ms. Paula Kokkonen welcomes us to the camping 7 km from the center of Rovaniemi. It is along road 81 destined for Kuusamo.

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The Three Secrets of Santa Claus

It is early August 2014. It has been the hottest days in Rovaniemi for the last 50 years. Santa Claus, or Joulupukki in Finnish, has given us a rare opportunity to meet him before office hours.  30 degrees is hot

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The Three Nordic Origins of the Santa We Know Today

In this part of the world, Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ. Santa Claus, or Joulupukki in Finnish, has become an important part of the Holiday season. Currently, you will most likely find more Santa dolls than replicas

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Do You Collect Stamps? Visit Santa Claus Post Office!

On our Diamonds of the Arctic trip in 2014 we stumbled into the post office of Santa Claus in Rovaniemi. Elina, one of the elfs, greeted us with a big warm smile. She was sorting the mail Santa had received

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Roosevelt’s Cottage in War Torn Arctic

The first building on the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi was erected in 1950 for . The wife of former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt was coming to town. She had been instrumental in creating UNICEF, the first NGO of its

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Arctic War Heroes and Traitors

A few minutes from Santa Claus Village is the cemetery for German soldiers. At Norvajärvi there is also a monument of the 196 Norwegian volunteers who fell fighting for the Finns/Germans against the Soviets. Most died fighting to defend two

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The Utter Darkness near Santa Claus Village

During WWII some 50 000 German soldiers were lost on the Finnish front. Most of the soldiers fell in the Soviet Union. The situation through most of WWII was that Finland and Germany were allies. There are two cemeteries in

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Nine Ways to Survive in the Arctic

It wasn’t Arctic at all, the day our tracks fingered its way to Arktikum in the center of Rovaniemi. But as our guide Ms. Ami Kallo pretty quickly passed on, the Arctic is a demanding place. Animals adapt to the

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The Fables of Arctic Maps

I love maps. From the summer of 2014 until early 2015, Arktikum had a temporary exhibition of old maps: Mapped Beauty. A collection of maps made between the 16th and the 19th century. According to the rest of the world,

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The Five Arctic Circles

There are five different types of Arctic Circles. They are all important boundaries of life. They are of interest to curious people. And they are all changing. A globe at the Arktikum in Rovaniemi is showing these important lines of

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