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    8 Awesome Things To Do In Finland During Winter

    Finland is in Northern Europe where things are known to be much more expensive than the rest of Europe. However, it is also the magical place to be during Winter. Find yourself surrounded by snow and sceneries straight out of a winter postcard. Hometown of Santa, adorable huskies and reindeer, there are plenty of things to do in Finland during winter.   Travel HAnter  04 Nov 18 8 Awesome Things To Do In Finland During Winter In Singapore’s tourism scene, Finland is mainly advertised to be the place to catch the Northern Lights. When we visited Finland last year, we realised that there are so much more things to do in…

  • Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi
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    Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi – Hometown of Santa [Review]

    Santa Claus is everyone’s favourite childhood figure, until that fateful day when someone tells you that *Spoiler Alert* Santa is not real. Still, what is Christmas without the image of a bearded man in red giving out presents to happy children? Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi is a place where children and grown-ups get to relive their childhood dream of meeting Santa Claus.   Travel HANter 28 Oct 18 Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi – Hometown of Santa Finland is the official (tourism) hometown of Santa Claus. A trip to Finland is incomplete without a visit to Santa Claus Village. We got the chance to visit Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi last year when…

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    Santa’s Salmon Place At Santa Claus Village [Review]

    Santa’s Salmon Place is a small restaurant located in Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi. The place and menu are both simple but the salmon is heavenly.   Travel HANter 24 Oct 18 Santa’s Salmon Place At Santa Claus Village The Location When we were in Santa Claus Village last November, we chanced upon Santa’s Salmon Place. It was about 5 minutes walking distance from Santa Claus village. The Place Santa’s Salmon place serves food in the traditional Lappish teepee. There was an open fireplace in the middle of the teepee where salmons were baked. Hungry guests are often seen staring at the baking of the mouthwatering salmon. We were no different.…

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    Northern Lights Ice Floating [Review]

    It is snowing, you are feeling chilly even with that thick down jacket of yours. Now, imagine floating on water with ice around you, looking at northern lights dancing across the night sky. Sold? We were! When we saw the Northern Lights Ice Floating activity, we knew we had to join!   Travel HANter 14 Oct 18 Northern Lights Ice Floating When we were in Rovaniemi, we joined the Northern Lights Ice Floating tour with Safartica. The tour was about three hours and cost EUR92. For accommodations located within 10 km from Safartica’s office, return transfers were included  Since we were staying in the Arctic Light Hotel which was right…

  • Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi
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    Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi [Review]

    Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland, ranks highly on Tripadvisor. For our trip to Rovaniemi last November, we booked a night’s stay at the hotel and really fell in love with the hotel.   Travel HANter 07 Oct 18 Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi For those we had read our previous post, due to the hefty price of Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle, we only spent one night there. Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi, which was a 10 mins drive away, was where we spent our second night. Location of Arctic Light Hotel Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi’s city center is located near many tour agencies. During our stay in Arctic Light…

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    Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi – Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle [Review]

    Staying is a glass igloo has been on my bucket list since I’ve seen the pictures of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. However, after reading some reviews online and considering the prices, we eventually decided to stay in one of the glass igloos in Rovaniemi – Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle.   Travel Hanter 30 Sep 18 Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle houses 71 glass igloos in Rovaniemi, Finland. Located in Santa Claus Village, a standard glass igloo has a size of 19.4 square meters. A maximum of 3 people can stay in each glass igloo which comes with: Bathroom with shower 2 twin beds Availability for 1 extra bed The Location and Price…

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    Loyly Helsinki [Review]

    Finns love their saunas and there are over 3 million saunas for a population of about 5.5 million. A place for relaxation and bonding with friends and family, Loyly Helsinki is a popular sauna for both tourists and locals alike.   Travel HANter 16 Sep 18 Loyly Helsinki When we visited Helsinki last November, we knew we had to pay Loyly Helsinki a visit. So we booked a session once we touched down in Helsinki. There was also the option of an online reservation but a prepayment was needed. Since we only had one day in Helsinki, we decided it was better to make a booking when we were in Helsinki. How to get…

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    Northern Lights Hunting In Ivalo [Review]

    Northern Lights – the elusive but spectacular phenomenon that captivates so many. Come winter, when the night falls and coupled with lots of luck, watch the northern lights dance across the night sky. We were extremely lucky to catch them during our Northern Lights hunting in Ivalo.   Travel Hanter 09 Sep 18 Northern Lights Hunting In Ivalo Ivalo is a village in northern Finland, home to pine forests and reindeer. It is also the place where we succeeded in our Northern Lights hunting in Ivalo. After our failed attempt to catch the Northern Lights in Iceland, we were even more determined to catch those green lights. Traveling from Helsinki up North…

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    Santa Claus Express Night Train [Review]

    A trip to Finland is incomplete without visiting Rovaniemi, home to Santa Claus. Besides taking a domestic flight, the Santa Claus Express Night Train is also a hassle-free way to get from Helsinki to Rovaniemi.   Travel HANter 02 Sep 18 Santa Claus Express Night Train The Santa Claus Express Night Train runs daily from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. Spend your day in Helsinki and your night on the Santa Claus Express Night Train, then arrive in Rovaniemi the next morning. Simple. Helsinki Train Station We arrived in Helsinki early morning and spent the day shopping around the city center, which can be easily accessed by the train that connects the airport to…

  • Guesthouse Husky Safari
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    Guesthouse Husky Safari in Finland [Review]

    Mention Finland and many things come to mind – Santa Claus’s hometown, Northern light hunting, crossing the arctic circle, Reindeer Safari and of course, Husky Safari! We had the chance to join Guesthouse Husky Safari in Ivalo for a day with the adorable Huskies.   Travel HANter 19 Aug 18 Guesthouse Husky Safari Guesthouse Husky Safari is both a guesthouse and farm located in the Northern part of Finland. It houses 150 Huskies, who are all very enthusiastic for a run in the cold winter.  How to get there Located about 10 mins drive away from the village of Ivalo, Guesthouse Husky Safari doesn’t provide hotel pickup so we rented a…