• The Best
    of Lapland
    to Santa

    In the autumn Santa Claus takes a breather in his hideaway, a small cabin in the wilderness. It’s a place where plans for the coming Christmas are made.

  • Animals play a major role in the life of Santa and other Lapland locals. Every visitor will encounter a reindeer at some point, and horses and sled dogs can be seen on many farms.

  • One of Santa’s most important jobs is reading letters, and the Arctic Circle Post Office receives more than half a million of them every year from all over the world.

  • Santa’s departure from his headquarters at Korvatunturi fell to hand out presents around the world is an equally exciting event every year. Although Santa himself is familiar with the route, maps need to be kept up to date just to be on the safe side.

  • The blue light of deep winter, the unbroken silence and the snow-covered trees on the fells is what real Christmas is made of.

  • Santa Claus enjoys the best Finnish nature has to offer, including lakes and rivers. Lake Inari is the third largest lake in Finland, and its water is drinkable.

  • Lapland’s nature is unique and the landscape changes constantly. In the autumn, people (including Santa) pick bilberries, lingonberries and cloudberries for the winter.

  • During the Polar Night in December and January, the still, grey and blue darkness is a manifestation of the power of winter. Drifts of snow cover everything as if to protect nature from the cold. It is magically peaceful.

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The Best of Lapland According to Santa

In an exclusive interview, the one and only Santa Claus reveals why Finnish Lapland is and will always be the best place for his headquarters.

The remote wilderness of Korvatunturi fell might not be the ideal place for running a worldwide gift delivery service, but for Santa, natural beauty is more important than logistics.

The Varying Wilderness

The natural world and its diversity make Lapland unique. Some argue there are up to eight seasons in Lapland, and the constantly changing landscape creates astonishing contrasts.

– It might be difficult for some to fathom, but the temperature difference between winter and summer can be as much as 80 °C here, Santa points out.

Two Different Winters

The Polar Night (“Kaamos” in Finnish), a period of no sunlight during December and January, is a time many consider even a little scary. Santa has a different view.

– Someone once perfectly described it as “the blue moment of twilight”. The light is a soft blue and you can feel the silence with all senses. Snow covers the still nature, and the whole world seems to come to a halt.

When spring replaces winter, the amount of sunlight increases rapidly.

– Everything comes back to life again. The springtime sun turns the snowy trees into works of art. It’s the perfect time for being on the fells with a pair of skis, says Santa.


Lapland has a steady flow of visitors. Locals, including Santa, welcome them with open arms. He reckons there’s one simple trait in Lapland that surpasses everything else.

– The most impressionable thing for most is the unbroken silence in nature. Although people know about it and expect it, it’s always an equally spellbinding surprise, he concludes.


In Lapland, swapping the hustle and bustle of ski resorts and cities to the peace and quiet of the wilderness takes mere minutes.