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.
Silence Makes IMPRESSIONS
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.