Tuesday 23 December 2014

Lapland - the home of Christmas

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Santa Claus reads letters coming in from the world in his "office" in Rovaniemi, on December 16, 2008. Rovaniemi's Christmas theme park is in full swing, teeming mainly with families with children eager to meet Santa and his elves. In 2007, almost one million tourists visited Finnish Lapland above the Arctic Circle, 360,000 of whom were foreigners, mainly from Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Russia, according to the regional council of Lapland. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Santa Claus listens to childrens' wish lists', in his "office" in Rovaniemi, on December 16, 2008. Rovaniemi's Christmas theme park is in full swing, teeming mainly with families with children eager to meet Santa and his elves. In 2007, almost one million tourists visited Finnish Lapland above the Arctic Circle, 360,000 of whom were foreigners, mainly from Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Russia, according to the regional council of Lapland. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Santa Claus rides his Reindeer and sled in Rovaniemi, on December 16, 2008. Rovaniemi's Christmas theme park is in full swing, teeming mainly with families with children eager to meet Santa and his elves. In 2007, almost one million tourists visited Finnish Lapland above the Arctic Circle, 360,000 of whom were foreigners, mainly from Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Russia, according to the regional council of Lapland. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Santa Claus walks with his Reindeer and sled in Rovaniemi, on December 16, 2008. Rovaniemi's Christmas theme park is in full swing, teeming mainly with families with children eager to meet Santa and his elves. In 2007, almost one million tourists visited Finnish Lapland above the Arctic Circle, 360,000 of whom were foreigners, mainly from Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Russia, according to the regional council of Lapland. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
ROVANIEMI, FINLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Staff dressed as elves sort through letters addressed to Santa Claus at the Santa Claus? Main Post Office in Santa Claus' Village on November 27, 2006 at the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Province of Lapland, Finland. Each year over 600,000 ? 700,000 letters are received from children in over 150 countries, particularly Great Britain, Poland and Japan. The staff speak many languages and endeavour to reply on Santa?s behalf to all those who provide a return address. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
Reindeers cross a snowy road near Torvinen on november 17, 2008, in Lapland, early in the morning. AFP PHOTO/ OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Satu Palosaari feeds one of her reindeers in their Lapland farm in Kuusamo on November 28, 2008. There are an estimated 200,000 reindeers in Finland. Breeding is a traditional activity in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A certain special reindeer is feeling the cold again!
A Christmas Elf displays letters from around the world in Santa's "office" in Rovaniemi, on December 16, 2008. Rovaniemi's Christmas theme park is in full swing, teeming mainly with families with children eager to meet Santa and his elves. In 2007, almost one million tourists visited Finnish Lapland above the Arctic Circle, 360,000 of whom were foreigners, mainly from Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Russia, according to the regional council of Lapland. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man in traditional Laplander costume walks with his children and Reindeer in Rovaniemi, on December 16, 2008. Rovaniemi's Christmas season is in full swing, teeming mainly with families with children eager to meet Santa and his elves. In 2007, almost one million tourists visited Finnish Lapland above the Arctic Circle, 360,000 of whom were foreigners, mainly from Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Russia, according to the regional council of Lapland. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
A couple in traditional Laplander costume are seen in Rovaniemi, on December 16, 2008. Rovaniemi's Christmas season is in full swing, teeming mainly with families with children eager to meet Santa and his elves. In 2007, almost one million tourists visited Finnish Lapland above the Arctic Circle, 360,000 of whom were foreigners, mainly from Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Russia, according to the regional council of Lapland. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
ROVANIEMI, FINLAND - NOVEMBER 27: Entrance of Santa Claus? Main Post Office in Santa Claus' Village on November 27, 2006 at the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi, Province of Lapland, Finland. Each year over 600,000 ? 700,000 letters are received from children in over 150 countries, particularly Great Britain, Poland and Japan. The staff speak many languages and endeavour to reply on Santa?s behalf to all those who provide a return address. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Lapland is a traditional Christmas travel destination for many families

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