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The land where Santa lives

Santa with his reindeer in his home town of Rovaniemi, Lapland Credit: ©Visit Rovaniemi

Deiv Salutskij ’71 has spent all but 21 of his 76 winters in his native Finland. Though winter days are short—with just under 2 hours and 45 minutes of daylight on January 1—Deiv says that the snow lights up the landscape, along with the northern lights. Deiv, a graduate of the Cornell Nolan School of Hotel Administration, has spent the bulk of his career helping to establish Lapland as a tourist destination.

Read more about Deiv's favorite winter pastime—ice swimming under the northern lights, plus winter stories from Cornellians around the world.