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In Finland's snowy far north, international visitors normally flood the Santa Claus Village amusement park in search of reindeer rides, snow castles and a meeting with the jolly, red figure himself. However, under the pandemic travel restrictions, Christmas crowds in the Lapland town of Rovaniemi have dwindled to just a trickle and the joyful winter wonderland feels ghostly and abandoned.

The Arctic Snow Hotel in Rovaniemi in Finland's snowy far north. AFP
The Arctic Snow Hotel in Rovaniemi in Finland's snowy far north. AFP
Glass igloos for viewing the Northern Lights owned by Arctic Snow Hotel proprietor Ville Haavikkoare in Rovaniemi in Finland's snowy far north. AFP
Glass igloos for viewing the Northern Lights owned by Arctic Snow Hotel proprietor Ville Haavikkoare in Rovaniemi in Finland's snowy far north. AFP
A worker puts the finishing touches to a room at the Arctic Snow Hotel built entirely out of snow and ice, preparing it for opening. AFP
A worker puts the finishing touches to a room at the Arctic Snow Hotel built entirely out of snow and ice, preparing it for opening. AFP
A worker puts the finishing touches to a room at the Arctic Snow Hotel built entirely out of snow and ice in Finland's snowy far north. AFP
A worker puts the finishing touches to a room at the Arctic Snow Hotel built entirely out of snow and ice in Finland's snowy far north. AFP
A bubble-themed room at the Arctic Snow Hotel built entirely out of snow and ice in Rovaniemi in Finland's snowy far north. AFP
A bubble-themed room at the Arctic Snow Hotel built entirely out of snow and ice in Rovaniemi in Finland's snowy far north. AFP



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