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Lapland was the best present I ever got from anyone! My husband is truly the best! This destination was on my bucket list since I was little. Which child or adult don’t want to visit Father Christmas at his very own house?! Despite the fact it was quite a few years ago, I still remember like it was yesterday. The whole experience from start to finish was just truly magical.
Chris booked our mini breakthrough Thomson Holidays (TUI) as in our opinion they offered the best value for money and their package plan was full of fun activities included in the price. The overall cost might look a bit steep for 3 days break, but trust me, it is 100% worth every penny. Plus, there is nothing better to kick off the festive season like a trip to Lapland.
Arriving at Lapland
The minute we stepped off the plane the magic began. We were greeted by a group of very happy elves that took us into a huge warehouse where we got kitted out in preparation for the freezing temperatures and snow. They honestly provide you with everything. From a snow Jacket to hat and gloves. All of this is part of your holiday package so you don’t need to spend any money. As we had all our winter gear with us, we didn’t need to borrow anything. From the warehouses, we all got our bus transfer to our hotels. During that time we learned about what we were going to be doing for the next 3 days. I was excited about our trip before but hearing what the elf had planned for us made me feel even more enthusiastic.
We stayed in Christmas Cottages in Rovaniemi. They were so cute and cosy. Inside, we had our very own sauna – best thing ever in this weather, a little living room area with a telly, dining table, kitchen, bed and step-ladder leading to another bedroom perfect if you have kids with you. Every night before bed, we put our clothes in the sauna so they are nice and toasty in the morning 😉 The cottages were located right at the bottom of the ski slope. As a part of our package, we had breakfast and dinner included in the on-site restaurant. The food was amazing, we even tried a reindeer meat one night. I know what you are going to say, but I had to. I would recommend that you book the half board package as food in the restaurant is quite expensive and there are not many other places to choose in the area.
The Lapland Activity’s
Our few days in Lapland were full up from the morning till late afternoon. Actually, I should say from evening to evening as in December you only get around 2-3 hours of sun during the day so it basically feels like an evening all the time.
Day 1 was the arrival day but as we had our afternoon to ourselves, we made our way to the nearby town to visit one of the most magical places on the planet. The most Northern McDonald’s in the world haha!
On day 2 we tried snowmobiling, did few laps in the sledges pulled by husky, and a Reindeer sleigh ride. All these activities were only taster sessions to try to encourage you to book a full session for the evening, but to be honest, that was enough fun for us. We then spent our afternoon with elf’s, drinking hot berry juice listening to their stories. We also went sledging and made some snow angels.
Day 3 was even more exciting as we made our way to Santa Park. We spent the entire day in an underground grotto making Christmas decorations, attending elf lessons and visiting the ice bar for a drink. There is also a post office if you want to send a postcard back home, shops and workshops. In the evening we were invited to Santa’s house for Christmas dinner. We waited for him outside, together with his elf’s. Of course, he arrived in style on his sledge pulled by Rudolph and rest of the reindeer gang. After the gala dinner, we all had a few minutes with Santa on a one to one basis. I even got a little gift from him.
Things I wish I knew before our visit to Lapland
This place is truly amazing but be prepared that everything is super expensive. I mean, everything
It’s almost impossible to buy alcohol so if you like to have a couple of glasses of wine in your cottage before bed, you better buy a bottle at the airport in the UK. In Finland alcohol is sold only during daylight hours, but during that time you will be doing your activities. of course you can buy some wine in the restaurant but it comes with a price tag.
Do not wear Ugg boots. I did that by mistake, thinking they will be nice and warm but you will be like a Bambi on ice. I must have fallen over 100 times in a space of an hour. At the beginning it was funny, but after a few times, Chris stopped picking me up off the ground.
The Christmas cottages are lovely and located in such a beautiful setting but are prepared that if you want to go to town you will need to walk good 40 minutes or get a taxi. We had fun walking (minus the falling over) as this gave us the opportunity to see a little bit more of the area.
Honesty, Lapland was one of the best short breaks we ever had. This place truly helps you relax and forget that you’re an adult, even if it’s only for a few days. No matter if you have kids or not Lapland should be very, very high on your bucket list. it’s like visiting Disneyland in the winter. Plus, nothing helps you get into a festive spirit than singing Christmas songs with elf’s and chatting to Santa Clause.