On our last day in Finland, back in January 2015, we visited Santa’s Cottage in Espoo, and it was exactly what the child inside us needed to see! But, some of you may ask yourself, how did you manage to visit Santa Claus in Espoo? Why was he in the south of Finland? Don’t worry; we are going to explain everything!
Everyone knows that Santa Claus works out from his home base in Korvatunturi, in the Finnish Lapland. But, after his work is done, he goes on holiday! After delivering gifts worldwide, he finds some time to relax and enjoy his free time.
Santa Claus spends his holidays close to the Korpilampi Spa in Espoo, the beautiful lakeside scenery of southern Finland. But he doesn’t go that far away from the Arctic Circle. This is where we visited him in the middle of January.
We were welcomed by Santa Claus and his impressive huge white beard when we arrived there. He showed us his hideaway cottage in Espoo and, by the fireplace, he shared some stories about all the summers he has to spend in Korpilampi. And there are at least 150 summers of fond memories in the cottage!
Since Santa Claus is in Finnish, he has a sauna ready for everybody that visits him. We didn’t have time to see it, but we heard many stories about this magical sauna heated with elf’s compassion. Since the sauna is one of the most sacred places in Finland, Santa Claus and his elves need one. Of course, they do! Also, we heard that it is traditional to go to the sauna before spending time with the family on Christmas.
If you are not around Espoo during the winter months, you can try to spot Santa Claus in the summer rowing on the small Korpilampi lake. According to him, rowing in the lake is one of his favourite summer activities, but we were not there on time to enjoy it with him! Maybe next time!
You can visit Santa’s Cottage in Espoo between 12:00 and 16:00 in January. Tickets cost EUR 30 for one adult and one child and EUR 60 for two adults and two children. You can learn more about it here.
Santa’s Cottage at Korpilampi is one of Espoo’s main tourist attractions, and people come there from all around the world. We were there during our days at NBE Finland, and it was great for the child inside all of us.
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