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Rovaniemi - Lapland Province

Lapland is well known as the home of Santa Claus. The exact location is not known, but there is a Santa's office in the town of Rovaniemi, capital of Lapland, and Santa's villages all over Finland. For over 70 consecutive days in the summer, the sun stays above the horizon in this area. A good part of Lappi (Finnish for Lapland) is located above the polar circle, so many visitors have once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Aurora Borealis. During the summer, there are many opportunities for kayaking or rafting. Autumn season provides short time-frame to see beautiful ruska, colorful landscapes in red, orange or yellow shades. Winter season is very popular for visiting Lapland, because of many ski resorts, and an opportunity for sledding with huskies or reindeer. Lapland is a home to Sami people, often associated with myths and legends. Samis are residing in northern parts of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and north-eastern Russia. The population of Samis in Finland is approximately 6000 people, and their culture and language are listed as endangered.

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