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Finland

Melting in the Artic Circle

Spending the night on the train was a new experience if it hadn't been for what felt like constant stopping I would have slept well. We were lucky enough to check into our hotel when we arrived at like 8am.

Today was the day, we were going to met the big guy, the guy in red, Santa Claus! We boarded the bus, took one look around, there were no kids on the bus in fact I think I was the youngest! Here's me thinking it's going to be over run with kids no the bus was full of grandparents! Ok slight exaggeration 4 of the 6 other people on the bus were grandparents. We did pick up one excited little girl a few stops later and there were a few kids at the village.

Santas office, Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi
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We met the big guy in person, such a nice guy (Doh! Of course his nice his Santa!) but like his elves really took the time to chat us think been from Australia was a big draw card "that's so far away" one elf said
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We were also allowed to pat & feed a reindeer, loved these guys. Think one was going to make a run for it and come home with us
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We crossed the Article Circle, have stamps in our passports to prove it
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We finished our day with a ride on a road train (a train that goes on the road) we toured the city before taking the time to sit over looking the river watching the world go by.

I'm not sure what it is with the heat (the lady at Santa's Post Office said it was 30 degrees, hottest place in Finland today) it makes the men strip off there shirts now just to be clear I'm not talking Channing Tatum in Magic Mike I'm talking Jack Nicholson, it's a bit scary at times,

Posted by ChristieA 10:00 Archived in Finland Tagged finland Comments (2)

Cultural Eating in Helsinki

Just a little cultural eating in Helsinki....you've just got to try these experiences

Our day in Helsinki.....in pictures

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A visit to the Lutheran Cathedral in Senate Square

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Uspenski Cathedral

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Breakfast

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Helsinki Harbour

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A sightseeing canal cruise

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Some cultural eating yes that's reindeer properly why this guy at the zoo wouldn't talk to us

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But really the vendace was very salty & the reindeer well it's wrong to eat Rudolf

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A loo with a view ...... At Ateljee Bar

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And lastly were aboard the Santa Express for the night

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We get back to terra firma.....

We get back to terra firma and guess what we get straight back off it

So another bumpy flight not good when your hungry and the dinner service gets stopped twice but got there in the end. I wanted hot weather I got hot weather! We started in the market where we picked up some delicious berries (they didn't last long)
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We then had a ride on the Finair Sky Wheel
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Then jumped on a ferry and headed across to Suomenlinna
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We also found the time to take a tram ride round the city & a little shopping, anything to stay awake looking forward to an early night

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