Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna,Rovaniemi
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... and we managed to find a spot, just off the E4 by the side of a lake (in fact on a floating pontoon) where we had our sandwiches, consisting largely of leftover chicken from last night. Once completed, we were off and soon checked in to our hotel and ready to do a bit of exploring.
Rovaniemi is an important tourist centre, being situated only 6 miles south of the Arctic Circle and the ‘home of Santa’. ...
... 2 and a half hours to fill in before the overnight train to Tampere. We needed to eat and hadn't spotted anything interesting from the bus, food wise - plus being a bit fed-up - so decided to eat at the restaurant at the station. I think we had pizza - and beers. But just when you're getting a bit bored - guess what? You meet someone and have a great conversation and the time just passes so quickly! And that's what happened to us - met a young ...
The 2nd day, we set off at 445am in the morning to catch the 530am bus from the Ivalo Bus Terminal for Rovaniemi. The 530am slot is only available exclusively on Saturdays, which is ideal for us because the ride is 4 hours long. We wanted to get to the Santa Claus Village as early as possible so that we can spend the entire day at the village.
But as it turned ...
... was fantastic.
We spent the next few hours wandering around the village, visiting some of Santa’s reindeer’s, watching people fly down a snow luge on tubes, looking for a snowglobe and of course having something to eat. It was very disappointing as most of the shops were full of rather tacky Christmas gifts so unfortunately I did not find a snowglobe or any other Christmas decoration to take home.
When we went to the bus stop we ...
... local gentleman to entertain us.
After this we finished off the excursion in a big log house, that belonged to the family for many years. The man speaking said it was actually where is parents lived. We enjoyed tea/coffee and Lapp pastry. Very enjoyable, while listening to some more Lapp history and tales.
Out for dinner for an unusual dining experience inside a "Kota Hut" restaurant (a ...