Social Engagement: High
What’s What: Would you like to work as a Christmas Elf for one of the biggest event organizers in Finland? Or just visit Santa Claus in his official home?
Amava Take: A Christmas Elf is an entertainer, a guide, and a tour facilitator. This is a great chance to work with the public in Finland, primarily speaking English, but immersed in Finnish and world culture. This is a short term seasonal job which includes training in ‘elfing’ and communications. It probably won’t be like the classic Christmas movie, but would be a unique way to experience Christmas in a country that takes it very seriously. You can also visit, join the Elf Club, meet Santa Claus and some friendly reindeer, go snowmobiling and more.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates make good elves?
A good Elf is energetic, outgoing, and positive with good social skills. Good verbal English skills are necessary, knowledge of other languages (French, Spanish, German) can be helpful.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Read up on Christmas traditions in Finland to get a sense of the culture. Take a look at the map and study Saariselka, Levi, Rovaniemi, Hetta, Olos, Ylas to pick a town you’d like to work in or visit. Email to get more information and set your expectations up front.
Even if the job title “Elf” doesn’t appeal to you, this company hires tour guides, activity instructors, cooks and clothing team members to help outfit tourists on snowmobile tours. Look through their offerings and consider what might feel best to you.
What’s a typical day like?
The days get dark early in Finland in the Winter, but hearts will be warm.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the experience?
Getting a fully immersive Christmas in Finland with people from all over the world.
What are the hard parts of the experience?
Keeping a smile on my face through any conditions or social experience. The volume of customers can be daunting, and the physical nature of the work- standing much of the day – can be difficult.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about taking a seasonal job in Finland as a Christmas Elf?
If you want to spend a few months deep in Nordic culture this is a great way to experience it.
Special Requirements: Lapland Safaris will train you, so you’ll just need to bring the raw talents of extroversion, positive attitude, and good English language communications skills. Check out other requirements if you want to work. If you just want to visit, you’ll just need a passport.
Finding a Position: Visit the Lapland Safaris to learn more and sign up. There are opportunities in several different locations in Finland.