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    Some nice weather here has helped me to get excited about our trip to northern Finland next summer.

    Have any of you been to any of these places? Comments welcome!

    Oulu:
    Hupisaaret (I’m particularly interested in the salmon ladder)
    Pikisaari (ever eat at SokeriJussin Kievari?)
    Rotuaari/ Market Square
    Tietomaa
    North Ostrobothnian Museum

    We also plan to go out to Hailuoto; Luotokeskus, Luototalo, lighthouse, maybe walk on the beach(?)

    I’d like to go to Liminka Bay for some bird watching.

    Also there is an outdoor equipment specialty store named “Shelby” in Oulu which is owned and run by a guy from Michigan. We might stop in there.

    Yli-Ii:
    Kierikki Stone Age Center

    Ranua Wildlife Park

    Rovaniemi:
    Arktikum
    Santa Claus Village / Arctic Circle
    Anybody ever eaten at either the Lordi Restaurant in Rovaniemi or at Santamus in Santa Claus Village?

    Syöte
    Visitor Center & hiking trails

    Suomussalmi:
    Winter War Memorial
    Raate Road (is it still there?)
    Silent People

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    Seriously now; not one comment from anyone about any of these locations??

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    OK, well in a couple months I'll be able to tell all of you about these places!

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    Sorry, I haven't been up north. One day.....

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    Hi Ravvy,
    Ok I have been to Santa Claus Village, and Oulu and several places but not as a tourist. But they are nice.
    Santa Claus Village is very comercial and its just that if you go to Lapland you have to see Santa, what ever time of year it is, Its always Christmas there even in July, you hear Jingel Bells and see the reindeers.
    So its just a thing, also Rauna Zoo is great , all year round.
    A tip you drive a lot of Km¨s in finland / lapland as everything is so far apart.

    Have a nice trip
    Shanaya

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    I've just booked our Rovaniemi visit at Christmas time. Sooo.... I will tell you about it Ravvy when I get back. I wont be seeing it in the summer though.

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    Hi Ravvy, I've been to Santa Claus Village but in the wintertime. It was really magical in the wintertime snow in December. Not sure how it is in the summertime. I'm sure it's still beautiful though

    When I met Santa Claus it was such an amazing experience. He is such a warm and welcoming person.

    Your trip sounds fabulous! Look forward to hearing about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravvy View Post
    Rovaniemi:
    Arktikum
    Santa Claus Village / Arctic Circle
    Anybody ever eaten at either the Lordi Restaurant in Rovaniemi or at Santamus in Santa Claus Village?
    I have been in the Arktikum Santa Claus Village and Lordi restaurant. The Santa Claus village is a bit of a tourist trap, lots of little shops selling Christmas trinkets, the usual stuff, but there is good quality souvenirs there too. Dont foregt to get letters sent by Santa to your kids, they will love it.

    The building itself is nice so you should get some nice photos. Crossing the arctic circle is not as exciting as its made out to be, basically its a red line in the ground with a plaque describing it, but you can get some nice photos there too. It is a good day out and if you plan ahead, you can get some nice christmas presents for your relatives. I cant remember Santamus, but I ate somewhere in the Santa centre, but tbh food is good everywhere in Finland.

    I was in the Lordi Restaurant in March, it was very cold outside but nice inside, however I was only in the Rock bar, there were 4 bars there in total. Its a strange place, I think that I have described it somewhere else in this forum.

    Even though it will be the summer when you arrive, I recommend going to the Reindeer farm, or perhaps taking a boat ride on the Ounasjoki river. Rovaniemi is a real outdoor paradise in the Summer, I like it there. A walk along the river in the evening when the sun is setting is very nice too. I was in Rovaniemi 2 years ago during the summer, it was not very warm at all, the year before, I was there too and it was very hot. So be prepared!

    Hyvaa matka!

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    I think winter is better than summer in finland

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