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The Lonely Planet Blue List 2007 says that Finland is among "the Top Ten Nations in the World to Visit": "Cool zone of design in Helsinki, surrounded by remote wilderness areas – Finland is a breath of fresh air on a European adventure". The Kemi SnowCastle, or the Mammut Snow Hotel, situated in Lapland is listed as "the Most Eccentric Place to Stay in the World". Besides, Aurora borealis, or the northern lights, are described as "the World's Most Amazing Natural Phenomenon".

Lapland consists of the northernmost parts of Finland, Norway and Sweden. It is said that Finland is the home of Santa Claus, or "joulupukki" in Finnish. He lives on a fell (an arctic treeless mountain) named Ear Mountain, or "Korvatunturi", in the municipality of Savukoski. Santa's main office is situated at the Arctic Circle in the city of Rovaniemi. The Finnish Santa receives about 700,000 letters every year from about 200 countries. Through the years Finnish Santa has got totally eight million letters.

There is something to see in Lapland in every season: red and yellow fall colors (autumn tints) in September, snow plus Aurora borealis in the winter and the midnight sun (night less days) in the summer. During part of the summer the sun doesn't set at all. The midnight sun can be seen for 20 nights at the Arctic Circle and much longer in the most northern parts of Lapland.

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