In between the crisp white landscape we spotted a wooden cabin all lit up, with smoke coming out of the chimney, could this be him? Slowly opening the wooden cabin door there sitting in front of the roaring fire was the big man himself, looking exactly as he should plump, white beard, glasses (it was like Santa had come alive from a Christmas Card!) “Hello Lilly-Mai” was his first words as he reached into his pocket, pulled out and proceeded to read the letter she had ‘posted’ to him before we left England! (secretly brought along and handed to Santa’s little helpers before we met him!) My granddaughter is seldom lost for words but the whole experience of talking to Santa seemed to have her speechless, with odd nods and shakes of the head being the only offering she could manage – only uttering “Thank You” when he reached into his pile of colorfully wrapped presents to give her one!
This experience was truly unforgettable, but it isn’t only meeting Santa that’s magical on this 4-day trip to Finland it’s everything else that’s included as well.
Warm berry juice for children and Baileys or Vodka for a grown up treat were waiting in the ice bar for us along with pancakes which we happily consumed whilst sitting on real ice block benches surrounded by ice sculptures making for an amazing sight as we deliberated what to do next – there was so much on offer including a reindeer-drawn sleigh ride through the forest with playful elves popping up to throw the odd snow ball or two at you, a show from the elves in the Snow-Dome – a giant igloo where those elves were up to their tricks again!
Followed by snow fishing, tobogganing, skidoo-riding and snow hockey, (if you still had the energy) all fuelled with lunch, tea and coffee whenever you felt the need to warm up (temperatures were as low as -11C), good job Santa’s Lapland made sure you were wrapped up warm as part of their package they supply you with Arctic-proof snowsuits, thermal socks, boots and mittens, during the duration of your stay.
Those elves even met us at the airport knocking children’s hats off stealing their suitcases and even jumping on and off the luggage belt – you could be mistaken for thinking we were watching a Tom and Jerry cartoon, but no it this is where the festive fun begins when you book with Santa’s Lapland. They include so much in their magical breaks – including half board at one of their hotels in Saariselkä 250km north of the Arctic Circle, with only two or three hours of actual daylight here it is actually eerily beautiful.
Finding the perfect spot to build a snowman is easy with crisp, fresh white snow everywhere and who knows as is the magic of this place he may just come to life when we are all asleep in our beds at night!
This enthralling experience made Christmas so unforgettable for my granddaughter, who clutched her “Huskie Dog” (her present from Santa) from the minute she unwrapped it until Christmas Eve when she left him out with her cookies and milk for Santa so he could say Hello in case he missed him!
Christmas is all about making dreams come true and creating memories that will be remembered for years to come – Santa’s Lapland allows you to do this.
Prices for a family of 3, staying at the Holiday Club in a Type A Family Room, on a Half Board basis, departing from Stansted airport on 4th December 2016 is £2219, based on 2 adults and 1 child 2-5 years.
Visit SantasLapland.comor call 01483 791 915for more details.