Regions across Finland including the home of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi received heavy snowfall, with depths of 21cm reported.
Santa Claus said: “I had no doubt that the snow would arrive. The elves and I are putting the final touches to the Christmas lists and we are confident that everyone, will feel the Christmas spirit this year.”
In Rovaniemi, families can visit Santa’s Office as he listens to children’s Christmas wishes and entertains by singing carols. Children can join the elves in the magical world of Santa Park, study at the charming Elf school, taste the delicious gingerbread cooking in Mrs Gingerbread’s Kitchen, and take an enchanting ride on the Magic Train.
Sanna Karkkainen, CEO of Visit Rovaniemi, said: “Recent dashing snowfalls this weekend in Lapland means the festive season is now in full swing and we welcome the world to the home of Santa Claus to enjoy a wonderful white Christmas.
While the weather can often be unpredictable we knew snow was on its way and it was only a matter of time before we’d start to experience Finland’s spectacular traditional winter landscape. We can now look forward to a long and snow filled few months here in Rovaniemi.”
Paavo Virkkunen, Executive Director from Visit Finland said: “We know that children across the world would have been in meltdown had Santa been grounded by a lack of snow. Thankfully we are confident that Santa, Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer will have a smooth journey this year.
“With the snow forecast to be at its deepest in mid-March and with much of Lapland blanketed until mid-April we will continue to welcome visitors to experience the magic of a Finnish winter in Lapland long into 2019.”
Visitors can enjoy a raft of snow activities, from alpine skiing to husky and reindeer safaris, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. More adventurous travellers can try their hand at climbing frozen waterfalls, diving under frozen lakes or even undertake an Arctic wilderness survival camp.
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