Don't throw stones in glass igloos

Trip Start Sep 18, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Finland  , Lapland,
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Up early to make the most of Rovaniemi before our afternoon bus to Kakslauttanen. Well pre-10am up here and it's a ghost town!! Can't say I blame them... Minus 9 degrees and I would probably prefer to stay in bed too. Lots and lots of walking plus a quick look at the Martiini knife factory (which is pretty cool by the way) then onto the bus to go and visit santa!!! My god I was excited. Well I should have saved myself.... The Santa Claus village was a massive money spinner and not much else. Granted, we have arrived too late in the season for summer activities and too early in the season for winter activities but still!!! There are pretty much only shops there and if you want to get a photo with Santa it's 25€!!!!!! That is certainly not the Christmas spirit!!!

Onto the bus and headed for the igloo village at Kakslauttanen. 300€ to stay in the glass igloo for one night and we are hoping beyond hope that its worth it! Trudge through the snow for about ten minutes, up and over a rickety old bridge that goes over an iced up river and then we are there!!! WOW!! Very impressive and you wouldn't believe it but we walked inside and had to take our jackets off. Reindeer for dinner and a glass of wine and then back to the igloo to look up into the sky from our remote control beds. Well we really struggled to keep our eyes opened... Each of us dozed and awoke... Desperately trying to stay awake just in case the northern lights decide to appear. At about 1am I nudged Adam awake and we watched as the faintest reflection of the northern lights grew and shrank across the sky. Nowhere near as impressive as I'd hoped it would be for our first viewing but I guess that's the nature of the lights. Plus our view of the stars was second to none!

Sank into sleep and thinking of heading to Saariselka tomorrow to see if we can do anything fun there yet! Please let it snow!!!!
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