Finland Travelogue – (Part 5): SantaPark, The Home Cavern of Santa Claus in Lapland

A visit to SantaPark offers an exciting glimpse into the secret going on of Santa’s elves at the Elf School. How about decorating ginger biscuits made using Mrs Claus’s recipe, romping around in the Angry Birds play area (did I say correctly?) and joining other activities in the cavern?

Entrance tickets can be purchased online in this website or/and also at SantaPark ticket booth. Take note that each ticket is valid for two consecutive days. So when planning your itinerary, make sure to include SantaPark before the last day of your trip to maximise your ticket mileage.

A creepy and spooky long tunnel leading to the main entrance greeted us when we stepped into SantaPark, heightening our anticipation of encountering the elves!

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What is SantaPark About?

SantaPark is a Christmas-themed amusement park that is located just 8km from Rovaniemi and 2km from Santa Claus Village. It is a portion of a 12,000m2 population shelter so it is all underground in a large cave with 40m of rock overhead as you enter. Good to hear that it is the only place in the world that you can undercross the Arctic Circle is at SantaPark.

The activities you can expect to discover here:

Santa’s Office

Elves’ Post Office

Toy Factory Shopping Area

Elf School

Elf School Diploma

Elf Trainee Hat

SantaPark Magic Show (3 times a day)

Magic Train

Elf Workshop

Angry Birds Activity Area

Visit to Ice Gallery, Ice Bar and meeting with the Ice Princess

Undercrossing of the Arctic Circle

Mrs. Gingerbread Bakery

… and, you can take as many photos and videos with Santa, Elves, Ice Princess & Mrs. Gingerbread as you like!

Santa’s Post Office was the first stop when we entered in the amusement park.

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This is also the place to shop for souvenirs and see how the letters were being sorted before mailing. The souvenirs were mainly Christmas themed which were attractive to browse.

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Visitors can purchase greeting cards and send it to their friends/loved ones overseas. As you can see, the Christmas concept is pretty much the same in SantaPark and Santa Claus Village which we blogged here. Since you have flew all the way here, it is still worth to give it a try.

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SantaPark Activities

This is the point where you undercrosss the Arctic Circle to be greeted by a beautiful Ice Princess outside the Ice Gallery.

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Exploring the ice sculptures.

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The making of Santa Claus figurines at the Elf Workshop. The popularity of Arctic Circle has certainly travelled far and wide. We met fellow Singaporeans over here too!

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This was the part where we re-visited the Elf Workshop again after the crowds were cleared.

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Let’s display our masterpiece here.

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Mrs Gingerbread Bakery is the sweet spot for kids to decorate gingerbread cookies.

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Trying out calligraphy.

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We visited Santa Claus in his office. SantaPark trip was really valued for money as we can take as many pictures we liked with Santa.

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Just with Big and Small M 🙂

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SantaPark Café offers lunch in winter and mouthwatering delicacies. A friendly elf volunteered to take pictures with us. Did you notice anything special about her nose?

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During our visit to SantaPark, we noticed that they had Chinese-speaking elves on duty. This is definitely a life-saver for those visitors who do not speak English.

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Spacious café with plenty of sitting areas.

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This slide leads you up to the Angry Birds activity area.

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We believed we are not the first to ask. Why is Angry Birds activity introduced in SantaPark? Seems to us that it is out-of-theme…

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This part of SantaPark is more suitable for younger children, especially toddlers. More relevant to Big and Small M is the slide.

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The Magic Sleigh Ride was the part where we enjoyed the most. It was unfortunate that the magic sleigh was down when we arrived and the staff had a hard time trying to fix the train. Just when SantaPark was nearing to closing time, we received a good news that the magic sleigh was up and running. You can imagine how excited we were, including the visitors there, rushing to queue up for the ride.

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The magic sleigh takes around six minutes to complete each circuit of the 150m-long track where excited passengers pass through winter scenes and vistas, meeting elves and reindeer along the way.

Special video credit due to Korean Broadcasting System(KBS). They did an excellent job capturing the spirit of SantaPark. Watch the clip of the magic sleigh.

Ticket is valid for two consecutive days.

17.50 €/adult, 15.00 €/child (3-12 yrs), free for children under 3 years old. A trip to SantaPark is definitely worth it!

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Winter Season 2017

Opening dates

18th November 2017 to 13th January 2018

Opening Hours

18.11.2017 – 30.11.2017

Daily from 10.00 to 17.00

01.12.2017 – 07.01.2018

Daily from 10.00 to 18.00
*Exception: 24.12.2017 from 10 to 16!

08.01.2018-13.01.2018

Daily from 10.00 to 17.00

Location & Distances

SantaPark, the Christmas theme park is located right on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi – Finland.

SantaPark – Rovaniemi city center: 8 km (approx. 15 min. journey with bus line number 8 – Santa’s Express)

SantaPark – Rovaniemi Airport: 2 km.

We offer free parking for all guests.

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ETL Learning: Total Development Program for Your Child

Make the most of your child’s early years by introducing the Total Development Program to develop a habit of reading and love of learning in your child.

ETL Learning’s signature product Total Development Program will fully fulfil the learning needs of toddlers and young children up to the age of 10 years old.

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Our first impression when being introduced to the Total Development Program package was like “WOW”. The wide array of books with various topics such as A Child’s First Library of Learning, A Child’s First Library of Values, English Time, Early Learning Program and Learning Math with Albert are enough to amaze us.

 Being a lover of nature, Big M was obviously intrigued by the books covering areas of Life, Nature, Science and Our World.

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Geography and Maps

How about this? Getting your toddler to fall in love with Math.

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More than just reading, your child will get to do hands on practise which includes:

– 10-level program graded by level of difficulty
– Over 200 excercises in the Activity Books
– Over 50 activities in the CD-ROMs

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Here’s the favourite part. What a way to stimulate the kids’ interest in reading by playing the audio CDs to read aloud to them!

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No lack of interesting stories to choose from. The benefits includes knowing the alphabets, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation and computer skills.

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We find the topics rather insightful. While kids may have different preferences, with Total Development Program it would be able to cater one or few topics that suit  to your child’s needs.

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Click here to find out more about this Total Development Program.

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How to Buy?

ETL Learning’s products are available through a network of sales consultants. They will offer you:

• Free presentation in the comfort of your home or office
• Tailor-made packages to suit your child’s needs and your budget
• Monthly payment plans to make it more affordable
• Free home delivery
• After-sales service
To request for a free presentation and prices, please fill this form with all the information.

Their consultant will call you at the earliest time to make an appointment with you. A free parenting book will also be delivered at the same time.

Office Address

McCoy Holdings Pte Ltd
No.3, Ang Mo Kio Street 62, #01-57 Link@AMK, Singapore 569139
Tel : 65152988
Fax : 65154515

 

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Zula.sg – A New Female Inspiration site for Gen Y Singaporeans

When it comes to a website dedicated to the female community that shares meaningful and valuable advice on lifestyle, beauty, fashion, relationship, perspective and inspiration, try exploring ZULA.

A new website created for Gen Y Singaporean females, ZULA is run by a team of more than 10 successful women who really dig into writing in-depth articles with practical and actionable advice to help you get what you want out of life – these women have a lot of insight into what a Gen Y needs (and wants) to know.

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Photo Credit: ZULA.sg

ZULA is in midst of building up its contents and I find some of the pictures resolution quite blurry. When it comes to reading contents, one of the sections which is particularly interests me is Inspiration. Under this section, it shares stories that push Singaporean females to find their own success.

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This blog title is catchy and definitely inspirational. Success is certainly within your reach inspite of your age – check it out.

Female Hawkers: How My Mum Opened Four Chicken Rice Outlets At Age 60 Even After Failing Twice

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The ZULA Code of Ethics

Giving honest reviews is what readers what to read. ZULA is pleased to said it does not accept monetary compensation in exchange for writing untrue positive reviews that will compromise their editorial integrity. With this in place, readers can enjoy the best of contents with what ZULA has to offer. Check out their site today!

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Get In Touch!

Email

chevonne@zula.sg

Phone
6514 0510
Address
219 Kallang Bahru, Chutex Building, #04-00, S339348
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Lost in Iceland Travelogue – (Part 5): Aurora Bubble Hotel in Iceland – The 5 Million Star Hotel

Our one and only accommodation in Iceland has been our campervan. Yup, no hotel accommodation booked. We did, however, tried to book a hotel before coming to Iceland. Iceland’s “Bubble Hotel” –  The 5 Million Star Hotel, is an unique lodging concept that has taken travel to another level.

Opened early this year, the Bubble Hotel is so popular that it is fully booked and many travelers who wanted to catch this experience have to be put on waiting list. Needless to say, we were not able to book it and experience sleeping in the nature. It was only by chance, at the eleventh hour, that a booking was opened that we managed to book it!

The Dream Bubble

An interesting part of booking The Bubble Hotel is that the exact location will only be given upon booking confirmation. A clue is that is located at The Golden Circle route, and of course, in a forest. The Bubble is a dome-like structure made from transparent plastic into which warm air is pumped at a steady rate, keeping it inflated, and warm.

For the adventurous travelers, you can get to experience sleeping under the stars or watching the aurora borealis dance when it appears to fulfill one of your lifelong dreams. There is no guarantee of seeing the lights but rest assured, you will have a magical night when they appear.

As there are not a lot of trees in Iceland, creating a “bubble” lodging in the forest, sheltered by the trees, is probably the best answer to satisfy a desire to sleep and relax safely in the woods.

Inside the Bubble

The bubble has a heating system with thermostat so the bubble stays warm all winter. It offers a no-frills lodging for us who just want to experience the most of the nature. We stayed in Bubble Asta which has double bed. There are four of us. After including the kids, we paid about ISK $44,350 and it was shown as SGD $587 in the credit card statement for one day stay.

After checking in, Big and Small M fell asleep almost immediately.

Just earlier on, we had a misadventure when our campervan fell onto a slope. All thanks to the kind samaritans, they managed to pull our campervan back to safety.

Rescue in operation. Thank you so much!

Views of our Bubble from the outside. The Bubble stays inflated with a noiseless ventilation system that continuously refreshes the air to prevent humidity and adjust the temperature based on thermostat settings.

On Site Facilities

Just a stone’s throw from our Bubble is a shared service house with two toilets and showers and a self-service kitchen. Free coffee is given 🙂

Live Your Childhood Dream

Coming to one of the most beautiful countries on earth, Iceland, is already a dream experience. To top it up with a stay at The Bubble Hotel makes the whole trip even more sweet. Come and experience a magical stay at The Bubble Hotel and hey, book early!

Click here to know more about The Bubble Hotel in the Facebook

Click here to book The Bubble Hotel in the website.

Click here to read blog post on Lost in Iceland Travelogue – (Part 4): Svinafellsjokull, Icelandic Horses and Strokkur Geysir

Click here to read blog post on Lost in Iceland Travelogue – (Part 3): Svartifoss, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls

Click here to read blog post on Lost in Iceland Travelogue – (Part 2): Hvannadalshnukur, Skeioararsandur Bridge Monument and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Click here to read blog post on Lost in Iceland Travelogue – (Part 1): Renting a Campervan and 8 Tips on Self Driving in Iceland

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Shaw Towers: Wild Market {Food and Bar}

A new mega-eatery by the name of Wild Market opens in Shaw Towers in December. It comes as no surprises to me but hearing that it offers food at foodcourt prices makes it worthwhile to check it out.

Shaw Towers is just located opposite Suntec City. If you are coming from Suntec City, you can cross from the overhead bridge to South Beach Hotel and just cross over a street to Shaw Towers. Parking facilities is available as well. Continue reading

Emicakes: Celebrating the True Spirit of Christmas with You {Log Cakes Giveaway!}

There are no excuses not to celebrate festive occasions especially when it comes to Christmas. What better way to celebrate Christmas than indulging in sweet bites on beautifully crafted log cakes?

This year, Emicakes has pulled out all the stops to bring you a range of delightful selections which include D24 Cheer, Double Chocolate Oreo Cheesecake, Mini Rainbow Log Cake Sampler, Rainbow Cheese (Eggless!), Rainbow Choc (Eggless!) and Truffle Sparkle. That leaves us clueless which flavors to choose! Continue reading

Mint Museum of Toys: Hello Robota! {Make + Play}

After our exploratory journey to the Mint Museum of Toys earlier this year, we knew in our hearts that we will definitely be coming back again. All year round, especially during school holidays, Mint Museum of Toys does work very hard to come up with a slew of interesting workshops for everyone.

The museum is located at the end of a street behind South Beach Hotel Singapore. Just follow the arrow to your left. Continue reading