Here, far beyond the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Father
Christmas spends the year listening to the wishes of children from
all over the world and preparing to grant their wishes at Christmas
time - if they have been good.
For a few short weeks in December, when the sun barely rises
above the horizon, Father Christmas leaves his mountain because of
the mid-winter cold and spends time in some of the local villages.
This is the only time of year when it is possible for non-elves to
meet him, and adventurous children travel from far and wide to do
Once you have made the journey to the frozen north, you are
issued with special thermal clothing to keep you snug and warm.
Families have the chance to visit Father Christmas's residence,
where the great man himself receives visitors while elves serve hot
drinks and ginger biscuits. Near Father Christmas's house there is
a large reindeer pen, where you can see some of his reindeers and
even drive a reindeer-drawn sledge.
Aside from Father Christmas trips, and although the daylight
hours are short at these latitudes, there is still time for all
sorts of fun winter activities, such as husky or snowmobile safaris
through the snowbound forests. Other activities include
snow-shoeing or ice carving and you can also try your luck at
ice-fishing on the frozen rivers and lakes. The truly brave - or
foolhardy - can even try ice swimming.