Head north for seasonal delights
There is no easy way to say this, but Christmas is coming! For Jane Walsh, nowhere better to get into the right frame of mind than Finnish Lapland there is
THIS really is the ultimate destination to get you and your children ready and excited for Christmas. From the beginning to the end of December, there is a selection of trips available for breaks of two to five nights.
It’s not just about seeing ‘the big man’ himself, there are so many other activities that you can enjoy.
How about a reindeer sleigh ride, or husky dog sledding?
Prancer, Donner and Blitzen will take you into the forest and help find Santa’s cabin, riding through the white landscape in this amazing remote area of stunning beauty and natural tranquillity.
You will pass warm and welcoming communities perched on the edge of a vast wilderness. The silence is perhaps broken by the sound of a nearby snowmobile, for those who would like something with a bit more adrenaline. This and tobogganing are certainly something to experience.
There are many elves in the area and they will assist with posting Santa’s list at Santa’s post office. They might even let you make gingerbread or decorate cookies in the elf bakery.
Depending on the length of your stay, there is time to enjoy an afternoon playing in the snow. Alternatively, if you are in one of the bigger hotels – for example, the Levitunturi Spa – you can have a splash around in one of their swimming pools or whoosh down the water slide.
Hotels offer a range of options, from bed and breakfast to full board. There are even some authentic self-catering apartments and log cabins – definitely something to suit everyone, depending on your preference. And if you wish to increase your appetite by singing for your supper, some tours even include carol singing at the local church.
All Lapland tour operators provide a list of what clothing you need to take, and what is provided (usually thermal Arctic suits and snow boots, thick socks and mittens).
It is definitely advisable to take thermal underwear, balaclavas or hats with ear flaps, and waterproof gloves thin enough to go underneath the mittens. It’s all about layers!
It is important to get kitted out properly on arrival. Crucially, the boots need to be at least one size bigger than your usual shoe size – the extra air inside them will serve as much-needed additional insulation.
Temperatures can drop to minus 30C in Lapland in December and there is regular snowfall. On the colder nights especially, there could be a chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
If you would like any more information on Santa breaks, contact Jane Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org. uk. All trips are ATOL protected.
What bigger thrill is there for little ones than to meet Santa Claus?