The best holiday destinations to spot a reindeer or two!
Catch Dancer, Prancer, Vixen and Blixen - and maybe even Rudolf - at one of these reindeer-friendly holiday destinations (Snow optional, but not necessary!)
Santa Claus Village, Lapland
Amazingly, the number of reindeer in Lapland is roughly equivalent to the number of people, meaning there’s no shortage of opportunities to spot one of our antlered friends! Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland, and the official home of Santa Claus. Get your tourist hat on and make sure you visit the shops, cafes and igloo hotel in Santa Claus village, where you can also see reindeer up close at the Raitola Husky and Reindeer Farm. Take a magical sleigh ride through Lapland’s woods to the Arctic Circle, where you can even stay overnight in a cosy cabin or go ice-fishing.
Strictly speaking, what you’ll find in Alaska are actually Caribou (not reindeer!) - a North American elk-sized deer, slightly bigger than reindeer, but with equally majestic antlers! Spotting Caribou yourself can be difficult in Alaska’s breathtaking wilderness (it’s the largest state in the US, with the smallest population), so you’d need to trek deep into the Talkeetna Mountains, or take a plane ride over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Experience life with the traditional Sami reindeer herders in the Arctic Circle, just 30 minutes outside of Tromso city centre. As well as feeding the 200 reindeer, you can get cosy around a fire inside a ‘lavvu’ (traditional Sami tent) as you hear all about the lives of the native reindeer herders!
See reindeer in the wild in Iceland! Brought over from Norway in the 18th century, reindeer are only found in the east of the country. See them grazing on the slopes in the summer months, or down towards the coast during the long winter months. For some extra nature spotting look out for arctic foxes and the hundreds of seals that inhabit the glacial rivers of Herao!
If the expense of an Icelandic expedition is holding you back from searching for reindeer, then fear not! The Cairgorn Mountains in Scotland are home to the only free-ranging herd of reindeer in the UK, with daily guided tours departing from Reindeer House each morning.
Taking a break from writing to post some more headcanons for you all. What even are priorities?
Post-Ultra Space Guzma Headcanons (Nightmares)
- For a short while after Ultra Space it wasn’t just the nightmares of Nihilego that were getting to him, but certain imagery, too. The worst was when he mistook a tourist’s hat for one. He wouldn’t even have made such a dumb mistake if she hadn’t been walking too close behind him, but… he happened to glance back, saw white sparkly-iridescence inches away from his face, and… well… you can probably guess what happened. Nanu was able to save him from facing assault charges, but that was a close one.
Even though he managed to get over the visual triggers fairly quick, the nightmares haunted him for literal years afterward. The more time passed the fewer nightmares he had, but he’d still occasionally wake up in a cold sweat from time to time.
- When he wakes up from a nightmare there are a number of things that calm him down. Being close to Plumeria, holding her, and importantly being held back. Talking to her, or being quiet. Either way works just as well.
Or if she’s not around he’ll let all his pokemon out. Golisopod is usually out anyway, but he’ll have all of them. Liepard especially (nod to his battle tree team) likes nestling up by his head, which he finds super comforting.
OR, If he doesn’t want to stay in his room, and if waking up scared didn’t ruin his appetite (it’s one of the few things that can, but it doesn’t always) he’ll go find or make something to eat. If Guzma’s in the kitchen cooking something at 3am in his PJs you can pretty much guarantee the reason why.
Now that the commission is published, I suppose I can show these sketches here too. Here are some doodles I did of older Cloud (Whinter’s little sister) and what her turf war gear would be when she turns 14.
I went with many ideas, including her using Whinter’s old shirt (the one I drew him using before part time pirate) but in the end I decided to go with “crazy tourist” look. Bamboo hat, blue aloha shirt and pink trainers.
It’s a huge problem, especially as he doesn’t care for the night much either. Confronting this impasse in his life, he has taken a liking to hats, but as you can see in this portrait, none of his limbs are particularly useful for habberdashery.
What these nubs are capable of is smacking hats off the top of some slack-jawed tourist. Fortunately for Shumpernickel, they’re usually absorbed in the view of some breathtaking snow-capped spire atop a castle or an “interesting” shaped rock. After his horns do their best work on the hat, the tourists don’t often want them back, which is a good thing for the otherwise unfortunate Shumpernickel.
sometimes I forget Dipper’s hat is just a dinky little souvenir from the mystery shack. it’s not this special one of a kind thing he’s had forever. he doesn’t live in Gravity falls. he’s just a tourist. he wears a cheap tourist hat that other tourists wear. he’s a walking advertisement for the mystery shack like a bunch of other people are. you see him on the street you know he’s a tourist. wtf