Anjali and Chirag, Finland
Imagine seeing the Northern Lights from your bedroom! That was one of the highlights of Anjali and Chirag’s honeymoon in Finland.
Born and raised in Dubai, Anjali and Chirag wanted to go somewhere that was festive with the Christmas spirit for their honeymoon. They opted to avoid the usual luxurious beach destinations and flew to the snow-capped environs of Finland. Take a peek at their adventures there.
“We wanted to go somewhere Christmassy and festive and somewhere we both had not been before. We couldn’t think of a better place than Santa’s hometown – Rovaniemi in Finland.”
“We stayed at the famous igloo hotel – Northern Lights Village in Saariselka and also at the Santa Claus hotel and Arctic Light hotel. We visited the Santa Claus village, Santa’s post office, Husky Park and Reindeer Park. We also took the Northern Lights tour in Helsinki, visited Ivalo and Rovaniemi and the Arctic Circle. The Husky Safari was the most beautiful thing. Half way into the safari we landed right in the middle of a frozen lake and were surrounded by a white sky, white trees, and snow all over.”
Best meal of the trip
“Our best meal throughout the trip was at the Kotahovi which is right in the heart of Santa Claus village and worth waiting for in an extremely long queue. We had the piping hot mushroom soup (perfect in the freezing temperature) and stir-fried tofu.”
Most romantic moment
“We saw the Northern Lights from our bed through our glass ceiling. We had just gotten back from our snowmobile tour, where we went deep into the forest looking for the Northern Lights in -30 temperatures. When we finally got home to our heated room tired from a day full of activities, we were extremely lucky to spot the Northern Lights from our bed – it was like magic in the sky on Christmas Eve.”
Advice for couples
“Around nine to ten days are probably too long to spend on a trip to Finland. You don’t need more than five days. Also, the tours are expensive but worth it.”
“The Husky Safari is a must-do activity as well as the Northern Lights tour on a snowmobile.”
“Don’t leave bookings to the last minute as a lot of the best hotels get sold out and are very expensive. Don’t carry too many heavy winter coats as none of it will be good enough, and you can rent out cold weather ski suits from shops there. An important tip which no blog ever mentions – you can’t capture the Northern Lights on your iPhone or GoPro as you need a professional camera. Also, because of freezing temperatures, your batteries will run out at lightning speed.”
Hotels We Stayed At
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort East Village
Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus
Arctic Light Hotel
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