Likelihood is you received’t make all of it the best way to the North Pole this winter, however fortunately there’s a way more accessible location in Finnish Lapland the place it looks like Christmas each day of the 12 months. Straddling the Arctic Circle, the city of Rovaniemi has spent a long time cementing its standing because the official hometown of Joulupukki (“Yuletide Goat”), as Santa is thought regionally in Finnish. At the moment, that snowy stretch of Finland—about 440 miles north of Helsinki—is house to the Santa Claus Village, an amusement park the place you’ll be able to go on reindeer rides and drop into Santa Claus’s Publish Workplace, which receives some 30,000 letters every day.
At the moment, Airbnb introduced that it might be opening up the put up workplace and Santa’s cabin for a three-night immersive sleepover—at no cost. In fact, your loved ones must work on your keep: Chief Elf and Airbnb Host Katja will job you with sorting by way of letters to Santa, emptying mailboxes, and stamping envelopes with the official Arctic Circle postmark.
All work and no play makes a uninteresting elf, so the expertise provides loads of alternatives to discover the wintry environment, together with conventional Finnish meals, a snowmobile journey, an tour to see the northern lights, and a go to to a standard sauna. As soon as it’s time to settle in for a protracted winter’s nap, your loved ones will retire to Santa and the Missus’s cabin, which is decked out with conventional Lapland decor, bunk beds for the youngsters, and a wardrobe stuffed with elfwear.
Among the many cheeky visitor guidelines you’ll be requested to comply with: Ask Santa properly earlier than taking an “elfie” with him and take off your boots once you enter the cabin so that you don’t trample snow into the handwoven Lappish rugs. Roasting chestnuts over an open hearth? Positively permitted.
As a part of the promotion, Airbnb is making a donation to Particular Youngsters’s Omaiset ELO, a peer-support affiliation for Lappish youngsters with particular wants and their households.
The right way to keep the night time in Santa Claus’s Cabin
Households can request to e-book this free keep on Monday, December 11, at 12 p.m. EET (or Japanese European Time, Finland’s time zone) by visiting airbnb.com/santa. (That’s 5 a.m. ET or 2 a.m. PT—so set your alarms!)
The three-night expertise will happen December 18–21; it’s designed to accommodate two adults and two youngsters, with breakfasts and dinners included. Go to Finland is protecting round-trip flights on Finnair from London Heathrow Airport to Rovaniemi, so in the event you’re coming from the USA, you’ll have to e-book your individual airfare to London or all the best way to Finland.
In case you’re not a part of the one fortunate household to make it on to Santa’s invite checklist this 12 months, take a look at our latest lineup of cozy winter cabins on Airbnb, which features a fashionable ski chalet even farther north in Finnish Lapland. In any other case, you’ll be able to scroll by way of different winter wonderlands utilizing Airbnb’s new Arctic class filter, which makes it simpler to search out igloos, cabins, container homes, and extra north of the Arctic Circle.