Every year the castle is built on the harbour in the City of Kemi in Northern Finland. This year was its seventeenth year of being built, its roots beginning in 1996. It started as a gift from UNICEF to the children of the world – a beautiful concept. Each year there’s a different theme, and this year it was ‘Enchanted Forest’. The interiors were filled with fairytale characters, set alongside angry birds, a chapel and a small snow hotel.
It took only just over an hour to drive to Kemi from Oulu and it took us around two hours to check out the castle. Although pictures don’t do it justice all you (you really must visit!) here are some snaps from the day:
We were lucky enough to be there at sunset, when the bright sunshine began to subside, and the whole place looked lovely under the colours of the setting sun. After we’d frozen ourselves silly playing on the snow slide outside we stepped into the big cosy cottage for a cup of hot chocolate and some souvenir shopping.
While you can get the train to Kemi we went by coach because the university had organised a trip for us – it cost only 20€, bargain! Keep an eye out for a trip like this is you want to go because it’s a little cheaper than getting the train. I’d also recommend going in the spring where there are a lot more hours of sunlight to enjoy the castle in!