Last Day In Lapland: Part 4.

We had to get up at 10 past 6 on our last day in Lapland, as we’d booked in for a Husky Heaven Safari. The coach left at 20 past 7, and was supposed to deliver us back to the hotel at 9:15, which would leave us just over an hour to pack before we were taken to the airport. Because, of course, we hadn’t bothered packing the night before…

DS was not impressed about having to get out of bed at such an ungodly time;  he’s a 12 hours a night kind of boy. He consequently refused to go to the toilet and of course we didn’t dare put him in his snowsuit until he’d been, but in the end we bribed him with our last remaining Tesco’s chocolate pancake. We wore all our kit down to breakfast, which was interesting and hopped straight on the bus after eating. read more

We Went To Lapland With Esprit: Part 2

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

We Went To Lapland With Esprit: Part I

3 months ago we bit the bullet and booked 4 days/ 3 nights with Esprit in Santa’s Lapland. Our eldest was going to be 10 2 days before our planned departure date, and although I’m not convinced she still really believes in the Big Man, she’s still happy to play along. Our youngest is almost 4, the youngest age that you’d really want to drag a child outside in the sort of temperatures they have in Lapland at this time of the year.We did see a couple of under threes but they were usually crying miserably, even with all the protective gear on.

The first day was probably the longest, so the most exhausting.

We left the house at 4:30 am on the first day to get down to Gatwick for our 8am flight to Ivalo. The flight was chartered with Easy Jet which hardly thrilled us, but it wasn’t too bad at all. The worst bit was queuing for an hour to check in, then realising, just as we reached the front of the line, that there was a special, much shorter, check in on the other side of the hall especially for our flight. read more