Korvatunturi seen from a distance; the "ears" are seen on the horizon.
|Elevation||486 m (1,594 ft)|
|Prominence||210 m (689 ft)|
|Location||Savukoski, Lapland, Finland|
Characterised by its thick pine forest, its frozen lakes and the hundreds of thousands of reindeers that roam the land, Korvatunturi stands 486 metres above sea level. It has three peaks, with the middle one in-between Finland and Russia's borders. Since Korvatunturi is located within the boundaries of the country, all visitors are required to secure written permissions from the Finnish Border Guard. There are also no roads that directly lead to the fell, but there are hike trails that provide access, such as the one found in the Savukoski area.
Korvatunturi is best known as the home of Father Christmas (or Joulupukki in Finnish). According to Finnish Folklore, this land is the location of Father Christmas’ secret workshop, where toys, trinkets and gifts are made and eventually wrapped by gnomes. Known for their good natured demeanor and their role as guardians of homes, these gnomes are also responsible for analysing weather patterns for the yearly gift-giving trip around the world. People have also said that the ear-shaped structure of the fell allows Father Christmas to hear the wishes of every child on Earth.
In popular media, this legend has been adapted into a film entitled Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Directed by Jalmari Helander, this Christmas fantasy revolves around several American scientists who are in Korvatunturi to study the fell’s seismic activity. During the course of their research, they stumble upon Father Christmas’ lair in the mountains and embark on an adventure that could possibly change the meaning of Christmas.
- Butler, Sophie. "Father Christmas in Lapland". The Sophie Buter Report (Telegraph UK). Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- Robbins, Danny. "Meeting Father Christmas". Danny Robbins’ Indie Travel Guide (BBC). Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Hiking". Savukoski Wilderness Travel. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Finnish Christmas". Nordic Recipe Archive. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
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