June 2, 2009
I am planning a nine-day trip to Lapland, Finland, during the Christmas period. What are your suggestions on the activities and sights to cover?
Located far north of Finland, towards the Arctic, Lapland gets very cold during that time. The temperature can plunge to as low as minus 50 deg C.
Since you are going over the yuletide season, what better way to spend it than with Father Christmas himself at the city of Rovaniemi, where Santa Claus has his own village.
Activities to consider are dog sledding, snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding. Levi is one of the largest winter resorts in Lapland for the latter two activities.
To hear the sound of crushing ice as a ship slices through the frozen Arctic sea, hop on the Icebreaker Sampo at the town of Kemi.
While in Finland, you can try a traditional meal of reindeer and mashed potatoes. Just don't tell Santa you ate his transportation.
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Try the hot springs up north. Apart from the Banjar Hot Springs where you can rest and relax, there is also the Gitgit Waterfalls.
Couples, please avoid the pools located about 10km south of the town of Singaraja: Local folklore believes that couples who swim in these pools will break up.
Instead, lovebirds should visit the Yeh Sanih freshwater springs, which offer clear natural swimming pools with a garden backdrop. No ill omens are attached to this place, so feel free to splash around with your partner.
Also, you could go diving and snorkelling off the island of Nusa Penida, where you will find big schools of fish and sea turtles.