Searching for Santa at the Arctic Circle was a wonderful experience. When I was a Segment Producer for ABC-TV's Home Show in the early nineties, I was given an assignment to produce a video shoot with Peter Greenberg in Finland for one of our holiday programs.
The theme for the segment was a "Search for Santa" and Peter would take all sorts of transport to find him at the Arctic Circle starting with a snowmobile, hiring a dog sled (from "Honest Peski's Used Dog Sleds") and then, finally, a reindeer sleigh, naturally.
All of these photos were taken with my old 35mm Ricoh camera and I scanned them so have tried to correct as many photo flaws as possible. We were also still using 3/4" broadcast videotape "back then" -- feels like the Stone Ages now with all the digital advancements
I hope you enjoy this photo essay of one of the coldest video shoots of my career.
Beautiful dogs from the dog sled team pose for a photo.
Peter Greenberg on stand by for "action" with the dog sled team.
Arriving at Santa's reindeer farm at the Arctic Circle. Shhhh. I can't tell you exactly where it is because it's sort of a "secret." (BTW - The large white spots are actually snow flakes falling.)
Santa loading up a smaller sleigh for getting around "Santa Town" with a local Laplander to assist (I guess the elves were too busy making toys in the workshop.)
Finding Santa's Post Office was easier than finding Santa. I still have a postcard I sent to myself from Santa's Post Office.
We made up some fun signs that we placed strategically throughout Peter Greenberg's search for Santa in Finland. This is one of them.
I do hope you've enjoyed this cold (and vintage) journey to Finland and the Arctic Circle.
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