Santa Claus Reindeer
Reindeer rides & safaris and northern lights excursions in Santa Claus Village. The wintertime reindeer sleigh ride in Santa’s backyard comes with a passport certifying that you have crossed the Arctic Circle.
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There’s quite a snowstorm outdoors, but there’s a very warm and cosy atmosphere by the open fire in the Kotahovi Restaurant of the reindeer village named Santa Claus Reindeer. The host of the family-run business Ari Körkkö throws some more logs on the fire.
– Take a cup of hot coffee, it’ll warm you up after the snowstorm!
Körkkö is a reindeer herder with many funny tales about these Lappish animals.
– The fur of the reindeer is usually mostly grey with white and brown parts, but about one in every hundred reindeer is snow-white coloured. The eyes of the reindeer are usually brown, but some white reindeer have blue eyes. These different coloured reindeer can also be spotted in our enclosure.
The reindeer’s favourite food is lichen that it can smell from beneath up to a metre of snow. This delicious lichen the reindeer digs up from under the snow.
When the reindeer eats well, there are certain effects. Do not be shocked when you see the reindeer making its droppings:
– This is the reindeer’s own way of shedding any excess weight, laughs Körkkö.