Finland: Lapland – Enontekiö

A long, long time ago we went to find Santa Claus ... or in Finland: Joulupukki is the Finnish Christmas figure. The name joulupukki literally means "Christmas goat" or "Yule Goat" in Finnish; the word pukki comes from the Teutonic root bock, which is a cognate of the English "buck", and means "billy-goat". An old Scandinavian custom, the figure is now often conflated with Santa Claus. We were not disappointed and all believed in the Magic of Christmas all over again!

🙂 Father Christmas IS real! Magical.

We travelled to Enontekiö which is a municipality in the Finnish part of Lapland with approx. 1,800 inhabitants. It is situated in the outermost northwest of the country and occupies a large and very sparsely populated area of about 8,400 square kilometres between the Swedish and Norwegian border.

Our festive flight left at dawn and we all sang Christmas Carols to pass the time. On arrival it was -40C so the skidoo transfer to the location was cancelled as with wind chill it was -80C!!

Fortunately we were fully kitted out with multiple layers as well as wearing the snow suits provided. What a magical day – Reindeer sledding, husky sledding and then tracking Father Christmas to find his log cabin and the very gifts that the children had asked for. We definitely believe…

We then headed to the Ice Hotel to admire the ice sculpting and enjoyed hot berry drinks … very easy to clean a spill – simply pour some boiling water on the table… AMAZING

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