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Bear Blood on the Arctic Circle

South of Jokkmokk you’ll cross the Arctic Circle. Jokkmokk has made the Arctic Circle very visible. Rocks form the line going from east to west. A stack of rock has been mounted to create a marker, a background for photographs.

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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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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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The Northern Gannet Trilogy. Part III – What Does Thomas Cook And Northern Gannets Have In Common?

When you live above the Arctic Circle and meet a traveler, possibly the most asked question is this: What do you do in the winter time? Kids very often will not only answer spot on, they will ask simple, obvious,

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The Northern Gannet Trilogy. Part I – The Secrets of the Regal White Bird

One of the greatest attractions along the coast of Arctic Norway is the numerous breeding hotspots for seabirds. The Northern gannet is one of the species: A rather big, beautiful, and again, bountiful seabird. Close to North Cape, it has

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