To spread some extra holiday cheer this year, Finnair, Santa’s official airline, is using virtual reality to offer eight “flights” to Santa’s hometown of Rovaniemi, Finland. This will be Finnair’s first-ever virtual flight experience. Starting on December 25, Finnair’s virtual reality flights will be available for just €10 ($12) per person. All of the flights’ profits will go to a fund created by UNICEF, which will help children who have been negatively affected by COVID-19.
Just on the fringe of the Arctic Circle, the Finnish city of Rovaniemi is an idyllic setting for the “home” of one of the world’s most universally beloved figures: Santa Claus himself. Surrounded by rolling hillsides and crisp, clean air, Rovaniemi seems to have leaped straight off the cover of a postcard.
Some of the best kinds of travel experiences you can have with a family in tow are the ones that invoke a sense of adventure. While beach vacations may be perfect for some rest and recreation, sometimes a bit of adrenaline is needed to keep those kids busy (and worn out).
Santa Claus Village, located about 5 miles (8 km) northeast of Rovaniemi in Finland, is one of the world’s top Christmas destinations. Thousands of people flock to this glittering, snow-covered site each year to cross the Arctic Circle, meet with Santa Claus at his actual “office” and experience the magic of Lapland.
Are you still wondering where to spend your winter holidays? SnowHotel & Glass Igloos is a great accommodation option for anyone planning to visit Arctic North Europe this year. Located about 16 miles (26 kilometers) from the winter capital of North Finland, Rovaniemi, the charming hotel is lying on the shores of Lake Lehtojärvi in the village of Sinettä, just above the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland.
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