THE ELVES’ SECRETS
Christmas Day finally arrives and the temperature has plummeted to - 28° C catching even the locals off-guard. The snow is powdery and deep and we do our best to keep warm at the Snowfun Park, tobogganing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in between sips of hot berry juice, soup and sausages fried over a campfire. Eventually some of us have to retreat to the heated bus.
For four days, the Northern Lights that regularly dance above these Arctic skies elude us. On our final day we get to experience the next best light show in the Arktikum Museum and Science Centre’s Northern Lights theatre. Everything you want to know about the local culture, nature, climate and people of the Arctic and Lapland is on show here.
While our itinerary also includes a visit to Santa Claus Village, home to Santa’s own post office, restaurants and a range of shops, we detour to Santa Park.
If you’ve ever wanted to know the secrets of Santa’s helpers this is the place to come.
Deep inside a heated cavern, Santa Park boasts a workshop, magic train, ice gallery (with frozen throne), an ice bar and an Angry Birds activity park. Winter (or summer) Santa himself often pops by his office to meet fans.
But the ultimate last-minute souvenir has to be a graduation certificate from Elf School.
At Elf School, eager students can gain a crash course in elf espionage. Sporting those now familiar pixie features, our Elf professors took turns demonstrating how they sneak a peek in your windows throughout the year, to check on who is being naughty or nice. Before we could say ‘presents’ they’d been and gone.
So they show us again, this time in S-L-O-W M-O-T-I-O-N.
“Ho! Ho! Ho!” the bemused audience chuckles with appropriate Christmas spirit.
Lessons include the art of creeping quietly and all the insider tips to get your name permanently in Santa’s good books. I just hope my girls listened.
Well, we’ll soon see, won’t we?