Julie is also offering a discount to My Tunbridge Wells readers – a £50 voucher for Snow Wear on Camden Road if you book any Lapland 2016/2017 or Ski holiday with her. Just mention My Tunbridge Wells when you speak to her. If you find your own Lapland visit or Ski Trip elsewhere, Julie will match your quote and you’ll still receive the voucher too. It just needs to be with an ATOL tour operator such as Crystal, Inghams and Club Med. A win-win all round?!
If you want to enjoy the real magic of Christmas, there’s no better place to visit than Santa’s Lapland. Imagine actually dashing through the snow on a sleigh in search of Santa Claus and his elves! All good children get to meet Father Christmas in Lapland and, in Santa’s Post Office, they can even post their Christmas present list. The Santa season is from 29th November to 23rd December, when Santa departs for his mission by sleigh pulled by his faithful reindeer. Mysterious elves play tricks on each other so watch out for snowball fights and there’s ice fishing on frozen lakes.
Lapland is a stunning destination in winter with only a few hours of daylight per day as the sun barely shows its face over the horizon, but a twinkling glow fills the deep blue skies and reflects off the snow. It’s a vast swathe of land just inside the Arctic Circle – much of it extremely inhospitable – stretching from Norway in the west, through Sweden and Finland and into Russia in the east. It’s much more magical to think of Lapland as an enchanted kingdom, with Santa’s Grotto sparkling away in the centre of a forest.
If you want to take the kids to visit Santa on a typical Christmas trip, you’ll find a range of three or four day holidays to Swedish or Finnish Lapland departing from all regional airports. Trips usually include a reindeer sleigh ride into the forest to meet the man himself, a snowmobile expedition, a husky-drawn sled trip, a gift for the children, a two course lunch and some snow activities such as tobogganing and snowman making.
For another option, there are also plenty of day trips available, for example, a day trip to Finnish Lapland from £399 will include a snowmobile expedition, sleigh ride and meeting with Santa. It is an activity-packed day with flights departing around 6am and return flights landing at around 10pm. The children love the excitement of the day trip and I recommend staying the night before at a departure airport hotel.
Santa’s Lapland is usually recommended for children aged four and up. Obviously the younger ones will be desperate to meet the man in the red suit, but older ones will also enjoy the outdoor activities.
The best time to see Santa is during the run-up to Christmas, but it’s worth remembering that Lapland isn’t just a celebratory theme park. You don’t need Christmas-crazed children to experience the full wintery wonders of Lapland. Any time between November and April is still magical – January onwards could be a good time to take advantage of discounted rates. You’ll also stand a better chance of seeing the Northern Lights between November and February. You can take a trip to the Swedish Ice Hotel or take a cruise along the rugged Norwegian coastline.
For more details contact your Lapland Specialist today by emailing Julie on email@example.com or calling her on 01892 516929 or check out the Lapland Experiences website for more inspiration.
Top Tips from Julie:
#1 Temperatures range from 0°C to -25°C, all in one suits and boots are provided on arrival
#2 Take your own gloves, hats, ski socks, balaclava or snood and hand warmers; take 2 pairs of gloves for the kids as they get wet during the day
#3 Wrap your camera in a scarf or hat to stop the batteries running down, take a spare battery and do not rely on your phone to take pictures as the battery life is short and it is dark at 2pm
#4 Wear plenty of layers as it can be very warm in the log cabins and freezing outside
#5 Take a warm blanket and a hot water bottle if you have one, for the husky rides and reindeer sledge rides
#6 Take plenty of snacks with you on the day trip to keep your energy levels up, lunch and hot drinks are provided