Our third day in Saariskella with Esprit was our designated activity day.
After breakfast we trekked back to our rooms, and togged up for a day in the outdoors. We waited outside the hotel for our designated bus, Dancer. All the buses were named after one of Santa’s reindeer and have signs hanging in the front window.
It was still snowing lightly and a little colder than the previous day, so we were a bit nervous about being dropped off in the middle of nowhere for hours, but we needn’t have worried.
The Activity Centre was on the edge of a forest, on a slope down to a frozen stream. There were at least 4 bus loads of people there, but it didn’t seem crowded. On the coach we were given a time to go for lunch, and a time to meet for the husky ride, but otherwise we were free to do whatever we wanted to, in what ever order we preferred. read more
Our second day in Lapland was a free day; we had to organise our own activities.
We were in Saariselka on Santa’s Spectacular Break, as opposed to Santa’s Magic Break, and I’d recommend the extra day if you can stretch to it.
Even if you don’t do any of the paid-for activities (Northern Lights chasing, Snow Mobile Safari, Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Reindeer Safari and Husky Safari are all offered), you will easily be able to spend a day playing in the snow, tobogganing, and if you are staying at the Holiday Club Hotel, swimming in the pool. read more
If you are reading this at any time of the morning of the 20th December, 2011, we will be on our way to see Santa.
But not just any department-store Santa, no no no! We are going to see the Real Santa and will travel 1500 miles for the privilege of doing so.
That’s right, we are taking the kids to Lapland. read more