We’ll say straight away – Rovaniemi is a veeery shitty place. Because it is made for tourists, not for travelers. This is a place where people come in order to make a tick in front of “visit Lapland” on their bucket lists or whatever. So be ready for ridiculous prices and this horrible atmosphere when tourists’ concentration is superior to the actual population of the town. If you want to experience Lapland, Rovaniemi is not the best place, I promise, even if it (almost) stands on the polar circle start. About the best place we’ll talk in the point below, but… Rovaniemi offers quite an interesting attraction, which is, as you might have guessed, Santa’s Village. We’ve rarely seen anything so clearly commercial and benefit-orientated, the souvenir shop – “made in china” paradise will make vomit even the strongest among us. We made a short stop in the Santa Village just on our way further to North to have a look what all this noise about. Even the long queue to see Santa did not frighten us, but what happened next was unpredictable. An “elf” invited us to the Santa’s office; we entered in…and got completely hypnotized. Santa was there, he spoke in low deep voice, asked us where we were from and greeted us in our languages. We sat on the bench and not really understanding what was going on, let the elf take the picture even not realizing that there were other people already approaching this Santa, REAL Santa. Even if it was a quite disgusting conveying system, I loved it. 10 kilometers later, we realized that we had payed 40 EUROS for the pictures with Santa! Anyway, it was a very touching moment. You simply can’t help feeling like a kid.
40€ – pictures with Santa Claus, though the visit itself is free.