Falling snow is enough to bring you warm smiles, but if you’re thinking of visiting Lapland, you’ll be filled with giddy Christmas excitement, so don’t even give it a second thought. We sent Bev out there with her family last year to experience it all, and recently sat down with her and took a trip down memory lane. So, let’s whisk you away on the ultimate trip to Lapland!
We arrived at Manchester airport in full holiday mode to find separate check-in desks waiting for us. It already felt like we were in Lapland. With Christmas trees and decorations sending us on our way, and other people on our flight wearing Christmas jumpers. There was just an exciting feeling in the air!
We then boarded the plane to be given Santa hats, activity packs, socks and lots of other fun bits. There were two reps on board, but for Lapland holidays, they’re called ‘elves’. As we were taking off, we were singing Christmas songs… I’ve never been on a flight like it! It was an amazing flight as everyone was going for the same reason: a magical winter break.
As we landed into Kittilä, we were delighted to see a thick layer of snow on the ground from our window. We were then all assigned our own elf (rep), who got on the bus with us and went to fetch all of our equipment. We then stopped off at a station to get suited and booted. After a quick try on, we then headed to our hotel, Levi Panorama. It was at the top of a ski lift, right on the slope, so the views were a magnificent way to kick off our 3-day trip. We spent the rest of our first day having fun just playing in the snow!
Awaking with a smile on our faces, we looked out of our window and got ready for the big day ahead of us. We headed to reception to meet our elf and get on our bus, which took us to the Snow Village. We rode in the reindeer sleigh to watch the sunrise, and followed it up with a ride on a snowmobile, before a husky ride. They were just taster activities, you can also pay to do full activities. There’s also a hut with berry juice and biscuits to keep your energy up!
After a brief stop back at our hotel, we went to town to get some lunch. We had the afternoon available to do excursions, but we chose to hit the ski slopes on toboggans instead. That night, we went to the Crazy Reindeer Hotel for party night. Lollo & Bernie were there, and reps played party games. It was a fantastic way to end the day.
We began the day the same as before, meeting the reps in reception, and then hopped on a bus to Santa’s Village. It was magical, nothing less. Everyone was wearing traditional Finnish costumes. An Arctic Circle crossing is available, as well as visiting Mrs Christmas’ house, making Christmas cards, decorating gingerbread, and you can even go to see Father Christmas himself. One of the reps introduced us to the big bearded man, he’s as warm and charming as you’ve dreamed. We suddenly all felt like children again, full of Christmas wonder as we chatted to Santa and had a photo taken with him. Santa rounded off our chat by giving us a little present and sweet.
Once everyone was finished, Lollo & Bernie and Father and Mrs Christmas came and waved us goodbye. In the afternoon we built an igloo, so much fun! Finally, on the last night, there was a big Christmas party at our hotel. Everyone was in high spirits and we enjoyed a wonderful evening with a buffet-style dinner, singing Christmas songs together with Lollo & Bernie. The next day, it was sadly time to head home. But we’ll never forget the truly magical time we had in Lapland, memories we’ll cherish forever.
To finish this blog, Bev wanted to tell you her favourite things about her family trip:
- Just seeing kids play in the snow and spending this time together was so magical. You just don’t get snow like this at home, and it was like we’d fallen into the picture-perfect Christmas land that we’d always dreamt of.
- The scenery of snow-capped trees, frozen lakes, and cosy lodge-style houses…it’s the most adorable and pretty place I’ve ever seen.
- I can’t say it enough, the elves (reps) absolutely made it!
- We met Father Christmas. The look on our kids’ faces was unforgettable.
We hope you enjoyed reading about Bev’s Lapland adventure! Have you been before? Let us know in the comments what your favourite part was!