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Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa

Visit Finland welcomed Gordon, Gino and Fred to Lapland to film their Christmas special: Desperately Seeking Santa.

Last night’s episode of ITV’s Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa saw Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo and Fred Sirieix bring the magic of Finnish winter to TVs across the UK.

On their Christmas adventure, the boys travelled in their RV on an adventure across Finnish Lapland visiting Levi, Luosto and Rovaniemi – the Official Hometown of Santa Claus®.

In addition to sampling traditional Finnish, the boys tried their hands at the best of Finnish winter activities from ice swimming at the Arctic Sauna World to tree hugging at HaliPuu Forest, and reindeer herding at Jaakkola Reindeer Farm. In Rovaniemi they helped the Elves sort through letters to Santa from children across the world and of course meeting Santa himself at the Santa Claus Office.

ordon, Gino and Fred at Santa Claus Office in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland

Paavo Virkkunen, Executive Director, Visit Finland, said: “In a year when leisure travel has been restricted we are delighted that Gordon, Gino and Fred have been able to bring a touch festive cheer from Finnish Lapland to UK viewers. We were pleased to see them enjoy delicious locally sourced food, beautiful winter landscapes and of course the Finnish specialty – a sauna!”

“We look forward to welcoming back travelers from the UK in 2021 so they too can visit Santa in his home in Finland.”

Visit Finland worked closely with Visit Rovaniemi and Visit Levi to support the Studio Ramsay production.

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The beginning of the kayaking season on the Artic Circle 🤩💙

We are halfway through May, daily temperatures varie between +1 and +17 Celcius, and the local water sports companies are getting ready for the season. 

Images by @sampulainen & @roiskeelle

#KesätekemisenkeskusRoiske
#roiskeelle

#Rovaniemi #VisitRovaniemi #arctic #arcticcircle
#LaplandFinland #finnishlapland #napapiiri 
#kayaking #paddling #watersports #activelifestyle #roiskeelle #kajakkimelonta #melonta #Ounasjoki #lapland #melonta
The beginning of the kayaking season on the Artic Circle 🤩💙

We are halfway through May, daily temperatures varie between +1 and +17 Celcius, and the local water sports companies are getting ready for the season. 

Images by @sampulainen & @roiskeelle

#KesätekemisenkeskusRoiske
#roiskeelle

#Rovaniemi #VisitRovaniemi #arctic #arcticcircle
#LaplandFinland #finnishlapland #napapiiri 
#kayaking #paddling #watersports #activelifestyle #roiskeelle #kajakkimelonta #melonta #Ounasjoki #lapland #melonta
The beginning of the kayaking season on the Artic Circle 🤩💙

We are halfway through May, daily temperatures varie between +1 and +17 Celcius, and the local water sports companies are getting ready for the season. 

Images by @sampulainen & @roiskeelle

#KesätekemisenkeskusRoiske
#roiskeelle

#Rovaniemi #VisitRovaniemi #arctic #arcticcircle
#LaplandFinland #finnishlapland #napapiiri 
#kayaking #paddling #watersports #activelifestyle #roiskeelle #kajakkimelonta #melonta #Ounasjoki #lapland #melonta
The beginning of the kayaking season on the Artic Circle 🤩💙 We are halfway through May, daily temperatures varie between +1 and +17 Celcius, and the local water sports companies are getting ready for the season. Images by @sampulainen & @roiskeelle #KesätekemisenkeskusRoiske #roiskeelle #Rovaniemi #VisitRovaniemi #arctic #arcticcircle #LaplandFinland #finnishlapland #napapiiri #kayaking #paddling #watersports #activelifestyle #roiskeelle #kajakkimelonta #melonta #Ounasjoki #lapland #melonta
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Ounasjoki river deltas, bathing in the light of the Midnight Sun. 🥰🌞

The Midnight Sun shines in Rovaniemi through the summer, creating a magical light phenomena for all waterfronts. Have a look at ways to enjoy the Arctic waters of Rovaniemi summer, link in story!

Image with @laplandsafaris 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #arcticcircle #arctic #river #ounasjokiriver #ounasjokiriverdeltas #riverdelta #midnightsun #nightlessnight #lappi #keskiyönaurinko #rivercruise #watersports #napapiiri #jokiristeily
Ounasjoki river deltas, bathing in the light of the Midnight Sun. 🥰🌞 The Midnight Sun shines in Rovaniemi through the summer, creating a magical light phenomena for all waterfronts. Have a look at ways to enjoy the Arctic waters of Rovaniemi summer, link in story! Image with @laplandsafaris #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #arcticcircle #arctic #river #ounasjokiriver #ounasjokiriverdeltas #riverdelta #midnightsun #nightlessnight #lappi #keskiyönaurinko #rivercruise #watersports #napapiiri #jokiristeily
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Dear Friends of Santa Claus. ❤ It is May in Lapland Rovaniemi and the snow has gradually disappeared. The ice on lakes is melting, and big chunks of ice is seen flowing downstream in rivers.

The Artic nature is ready to blossom once again after a snowy winter. As we reach the end of May, we can once again say hello to the Midnight Sun. 🌲🌞

Have you experienced the Midnight Sun?

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #arcticcircle #arctic #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #spring #may #midnightsun #santa #santaclaus #theofficialhometownofsantaclaus
Dear Friends of Santa Claus. ❤ It is May in Lapland Rovaniemi and the snow has gradually disappeared. The ice on lakes is melting, and big chunks of ice is seen flowing downstream in rivers. The Artic nature is ready to blossom once again after a snowy winter. As we reach the end of May, we can once again say hello to the Midnight Sun. 🌲🌞 Have you experienced the Midnight Sun? #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #rovaniemi #arcticcircle #arctic #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #spring #may #midnightsun #santa #santaclaus #theofficialhometownofsantaclaus
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In Finland Rovaniemi, we celebrate Mothersday today 8th of May ❤️

Through these images filled with motherly reindeer love we wish all mothers a wonderful day 🌹

Here in Lapland Finland during May the reindeer begin calving. The reindeer herders stay close by to provide safety to the herd but also to ensure the peace for the calf and its mother to create a bond, a very delicate but vital phase.

Images:  @reindeerjourney @santaclausreindeer @konttaniemenporotila 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #arcticcircle #arctic #lappi #napapiiri #suomi #poronvasa #reindeer #reindeercalves #spring #may #kevät #äitienpäivä #mothersday #reindeerbaby #onlyinlapland
In Finland Rovaniemi, we celebrate Mothersday today 8th of May ❤️

Through these images filled with motherly reindeer love we wish all mothers a wonderful day 🌹

Here in Lapland Finland during May the reindeer begin calving. The reindeer herders stay close by to provide safety to the herd but also to ensure the peace for the calf and its mother to create a bond, a very delicate but vital phase.

Images:  @reindeerjourney @santaclausreindeer @konttaniemenporotila 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #arcticcircle #arctic #lappi #napapiiri #suomi #poronvasa #reindeer #reindeercalves #spring #may #kevät #äitienpäivä #mothersday #reindeerbaby #onlyinlapland
In Finland Rovaniemi, we celebrate Mothersday today 8th of May ❤️

Through these images filled with motherly reindeer love we wish all mothers a wonderful day 🌹

Here in Lapland Finland during May the reindeer begin calving. The reindeer herders stay close by to provide safety to the herd but also to ensure the peace for the calf and its mother to create a bond, a very delicate but vital phase.

Images:  @reindeerjourney @santaclausreindeer @konttaniemenporotila 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #arcticcircle #arctic #lappi #napapiiri #suomi #poronvasa #reindeer #reindeercalves #spring #may #kevät #äitienpäivä #mothersday #reindeerbaby #onlyinlapland
In Finland Rovaniemi, we celebrate Mothersday today 8th of May ❤️ Through these images filled with motherly reindeer love we wish all mothers a wonderful day 🌹 Here in Lapland Finland during May the reindeer begin calving. The reindeer herders stay close by to provide safety to the herd but also to ensure the peace for the calf and its mother to create a bond, a very delicate but vital phase. Images: @reindeerjourney @santaclausreindeer @konttaniemenporotila #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #finland #arcticcircle #arctic #lappi #napapiiri #suomi #poronvasa #reindeer #reindeercalves #spring #may #kevät #äitienpäivä #mothersday #reindeerbaby #onlyinlapland
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Locate the hottest Rovaniemi Summer terraces! 😎☀🍹 We dare to say Rovaniemi is the most surprising restaurant city especially during the summer:

@amarillorovaniemi 
@cafebar21 
@barzoomit 
@franscherierovaniemi 
@gustav_rovaniemi 
@barhattrick 
@kesaraflasauna (Lapland Hotel Ounasvaara Chalets)
@lapinpanimo 
@loftrovaniemi 
@hostelcafekoti @mokkiterassi
@oliverscorner_rovaniemi 
@oluthuonerovaniemi 
@rokawinebar 
@rosso_rovaniemi 
@sugar_rovaniemi 
@valdemariofficial 

Find the updated list from: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/eat-and-drink/2022-summer-terraces/

Images: @cafebar21 @rokawinebar @valdemariofficial @gustav_rovaniemi 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #onlyinlapland #terrace #restaurant #lappi #kesäterde #terde #summer #arcticcircle #napapiiri #finland #kesä #ravintola #kippis #skål #cheers
Locate the hottest Rovaniemi Summer terraces! 😎☀🍹 We dare to say Rovaniemi is the most surprising restaurant city especially during the summer:

@amarillorovaniemi 
@cafebar21 
@barzoomit 
@franscherierovaniemi 
@gustav_rovaniemi 
@barhattrick 
@kesaraflasauna (Lapland Hotel Ounasvaara Chalets)
@lapinpanimo 
@loftrovaniemi 
@hostelcafekoti @mokkiterassi
@oliverscorner_rovaniemi 
@oluthuonerovaniemi 
@rokawinebar 
@rosso_rovaniemi 
@sugar_rovaniemi 
@valdemariofficial 

Find the updated list from: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/eat-and-drink/2022-summer-terraces/

Images: @cafebar21 @rokawinebar @valdemariofficial @gustav_rovaniemi 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #onlyinlapland #terrace #restaurant #lappi #kesäterde #terde #summer #arcticcircle #napapiiri #finland #kesä #ravintola #kippis #skål #cheers
Locate the hottest Rovaniemi Summer terraces! 😎☀🍹 We dare to say Rovaniemi is the most surprising restaurant city especially during the summer:

@amarillorovaniemi 
@cafebar21 
@barzoomit 
@franscherierovaniemi 
@gustav_rovaniemi 
@barhattrick 
@kesaraflasauna (Lapland Hotel Ounasvaara Chalets)
@lapinpanimo 
@loftrovaniemi 
@hostelcafekoti @mokkiterassi
@oliverscorner_rovaniemi 
@oluthuonerovaniemi 
@rokawinebar 
@rosso_rovaniemi 
@sugar_rovaniemi 
@valdemariofficial 

Find the updated list from: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/eat-and-drink/2022-summer-terraces/

Images: @cafebar21 @rokawinebar @valdemariofficial @gustav_rovaniemi 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #onlyinlapland #terrace #restaurant #lappi #kesäterde #terde #summer #arcticcircle #napapiiri #finland #kesä #ravintola #kippis #skål #cheers
Locate the hottest Rovaniemi Summer terraces! 😎☀🍹 We dare to say Rovaniemi is the most surprising restaurant city especially during the summer:

@amarillorovaniemi 
@cafebar21 
@barzoomit 
@franscherierovaniemi 
@gustav_rovaniemi 
@barhattrick 
@kesaraflasauna (Lapland Hotel Ounasvaara Chalets)
@lapinpanimo 
@loftrovaniemi 
@hostelcafekoti @mokkiterassi
@oliverscorner_rovaniemi 
@oluthuonerovaniemi 
@rokawinebar 
@rosso_rovaniemi 
@sugar_rovaniemi 
@valdemariofficial 

Find the updated list from: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/eat-and-drink/2022-summer-terraces/

Images: @cafebar21 @rokawinebar @valdemariofficial @gustav_rovaniemi 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #onlyinlapland #terrace #restaurant #lappi #kesäterde #terde #summer #arcticcircle #napapiiri #finland #kesä #ravintola #kippis #skål #cheers
Locate the hottest Rovaniemi Summer terraces! 😎☀🍹 We dare to say Rovaniemi is the most surprising restaurant city especially during the summer: @amarillorovaniemi @cafebar21 @barzoomit @franscherierovaniemi @gustav_rovaniemi @barhattrick @kesaraflasauna (Lapland Hotel Ounasvaara Chalets) @lapinpanimo @loftrovaniemi @hostelcafekoti @mokkiterassi @oliverscorner_rovaniemi @oluthuonerovaniemi @rokawinebar @rosso_rovaniemi @sugar_rovaniemi @valdemariofficial Find the updated list from: https://www.visitrovaniemi.fi/eat-and-drink/2022-summer-terraces/ Images: @cafebar21 @rokawinebar @valdemariofficial @gustav_rovaniemi #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #laplandfinland #onlyinlapland #terrace #restaurant #lappi #kesäterde #terde #summer #arcticcircle #napapiiri #finland #kesä #ravintola #kippis #skål #cheers
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Looking for the perfect Lapland Summer Activities? 😍🌞 We got them!

How about golf under the Midnight Sun of Lapland, a sneak peek into life of a reindeer herder, or an adventure hiking with huskies? Or what would you say about cruising on Arctic rivers, and ending up on the most instagrammable island in Finland?

Fun fact: The summer golf course in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland was opened on the 5th of May 2022, and breaking records again – this is the earliest opening ever. All the fairways are opened straight to the summer greens. 

Sharing experiences by: @huskyparkarcticcircle @santaclausgolf @sieriporosafaris @laplandsafaris 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #laplandfinland #arcticcircle #huskysafari #reindeer #rivercruise #golf #summer #midnightsun #arcticsummer #laplandactivities #arcticactivities #lappi #kesä #napapiiri
Looking for the perfect Lapland Summer Activities? 😍🌞 We got them!

How about golf under the Midnight Sun of Lapland, a sneak peek into life of a reindeer herder, or an adventure hiking with huskies? Or what would you say about cruising on Arctic rivers, and ending up on the most instagrammable island in Finland?

Fun fact: The summer golf course in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland was opened on the 5th of May 2022, and breaking records again – this is the earliest opening ever. All the fairways are opened straight to the summer greens. 

Sharing experiences by: @huskyparkarcticcircle @santaclausgolf @sieriporosafaris @laplandsafaris 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #laplandfinland #arcticcircle #huskysafari #reindeer #rivercruise #golf #summer #midnightsun #arcticsummer #laplandactivities #arcticactivities #lappi #kesä #napapiiri
Looking for the perfect Lapland Summer Activities? 😍🌞 We got them!

How about golf under the Midnight Sun of Lapland, a sneak peek into life of a reindeer herder, or an adventure hiking with huskies? Or what would you say about cruising on Arctic rivers, and ending up on the most instagrammable island in Finland?

Fun fact: The summer golf course in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland was opened on the 5th of May 2022, and breaking records again – this is the earliest opening ever. All the fairways are opened straight to the summer greens. 

Sharing experiences by: @huskyparkarcticcircle @santaclausgolf @sieriporosafaris @laplandsafaris 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #laplandfinland #arcticcircle #huskysafari #reindeer #rivercruise #golf #summer #midnightsun #arcticsummer #laplandactivities #arcticactivities #lappi #kesä #napapiiri
Looking for the perfect Lapland Summer Activities? 😍🌞 We got them!

How about golf under the Midnight Sun of Lapland, a sneak peek into life of a reindeer herder, or an adventure hiking with huskies? Or what would you say about cruising on Arctic rivers, and ending up on the most instagrammable island in Finland?

Fun fact: The summer golf course in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland was opened on the 5th of May 2022, and breaking records again – this is the earliest opening ever. All the fairways are opened straight to the summer greens. 

Sharing experiences by: @huskyparkarcticcircle @santaclausgolf @sieriporosafaris @laplandsafaris 

#rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #laplandfinland #arcticcircle #huskysafari #reindeer #rivercruise #golf #summer #midnightsun #arcticsummer #laplandactivities #arcticactivities #lappi #kesä #napapiiri
Looking for the perfect Lapland Summer Activities? 😍🌞 We got them! How about golf under the Midnight Sun of Lapland, a sneak peek into life of a reindeer herder, or an adventure hiking with huskies? Or what would you say about cruising on Arctic rivers, and ending up on the most instagrammable island in Finland? Fun fact: The summer golf course in Rovaniemi Lapland Finland was opened on the 5th of May 2022, and breaking records again – this is the earliest opening ever. All the fairways are opened straight to the summer greens. Sharing experiences by: @huskyparkarcticcircle @santaclausgolf @sieriporosafaris @laplandsafaris #rovaniemi #visitrovaniemi #lapland #finland #laplandfinland #arcticcircle #huskysafari #reindeer #rivercruise #golf #summer #midnightsun #arcticsummer #laplandactivities #arcticactivities #lappi #kesä #napapiiri
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