Hey everyone! I’m currently sitting in the airport waiting for my flight back home! I can’t believe this day is finally here…my time in Europe feels like it went pretty fast, but at the same time I feel like I’ve been gone from America for a really LONG time.
My last weekend in Finland was spent in Levi, the biggest ski resort in Finland, which is located in Lapland. I feel super cool being able to say I’ve been to the Arctic Circle!!
After a 16 hour bus ride, we arrived at our cottages around 1:30pm on Thursday. I ended up getting lucky and having a room with a double bed to myself! Surprisingly it was not THAT cold or snowy up there…the temperature was around zero degrees Celcius (32 for all you farenheit-ers out there). The husky ride we were supposed to take got rescheduled and then all together canceled due to not enough snow. That was a bit of a bummer, but we still had a fun trip!
(view of the town from on top of the ski mountain)
One day we climbed to the top of the skiing mountain and walked around while watching the sunset. So. Pretty! I thought the sunset was early in Helsinki…but up in Levi it set at 1:30/2:00!! Insane…I would go crazy if I had to live in a place where the sun was setting at lunchtime!
Levi was a lot of fun, but fairly uneventful. We ate, played drinking games, took walks, and just hung out.
On the bus ride back to Helsinki, we stopped in Rovaniemi, which is where Santa Claus Village is located. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip! It felt SO Christmas-y there – it was dark and snowy, and there was Christmas music and trees with lights everywhere.
We went into Santa’s Main Post Office, which is actually really cool, because it’s where all of the letters that people write to Santa actually get sent! They had people who were sorting the letters by country, and there were 1000s of letters in bins and on shelves. So cool! I may have even sent out some mail from there, as you can see in my picture!
The other awesome part of Santa Claus Village? I got to pet a reindeer AND go on a reindeer sleigh ride!
Unfortunately, I lost my dear iPod touch on the last day in Lapland (wahhh) but besides that it was such an awesome trip, and a great way to spend my last weekend in Finland!