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“Thomas Cook Day Trip to Lapland”

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Reviewed December 9, 2007

We travelled to Rovaniemi on a day trip yesterday, 9th December out of Newcastle. We checked in nice and early at Newcastle (4am) and were greeted by the Lapland team and got our santa hats.

The plane ride was goood, they got everyone singing Christmas songs at 37,000 feet and the children get to enter a drawing competition that is judged by the Captain and prizes given out on the way home.

Anyway, we landed and went to the coaches, passing a very tall snowman. The coaches took up to Rovaniemi to get suited and booted. I would advise you to wear warm clothes, but you don't need to take loads of outer warm gear, like thick coats as you get a very warm snow suit and mittens if you need them. You need to get boots a size smaller than your normal size, but they tell you all this anyway.

So we got on back on a coach, this is the one you stay on for the rest of the day, so you can leave all your belongings on there, we were on the "fairy bus!!!".

So the adventure starts. After a 10 minute journey we were there. The five activities that we did were
Husky Ride - once round track
Reindeer Sleigh Ride - once round
Visit to see Santa and hot berry juice / biscuit
Sledging down hills
Visit + story from traditional lappish person.

After this we walked back to the bus and went for some lunch about 10 minutes away.

Then we went to Santa's village where we got to spend 2 hrs browsing the shops, there were also reindeers there and a playpark for the children.

Back on the bus and got our certificates for "crossing the arctic circle"

Back on the plane and home, very tired but very happy.

It is a very long and busy day but well well worth it. We loved it, so much fun. There were lots of adults without children as well as plenty with.

I nearly forgot, there was absolutly loads of snow, not in the city centre where you get your suits, but up in the hills therre is. It snowed when we were there as well, the flakes seem bigger over there than at home!!!

If you have any questions just let me know and I will do my best to answer them.

Have fun if you have booked, we want to go back but for longer this time......

67  Thank Lizy1
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Reviewed December 5, 2007

We are two adults who went to Lapland for our 22nd wedding annivarsarie 4.12.07. The kids will love it. You wont need to book this trip up and will save yourself lots of money. You can catch a number 8 bus in Rovaniemi and it costs 8 euros return, the buses are every hour . The entry is free and you dont have to pay to see father christmas, however be warned one photo is 23 euros or five small picture postcards are around 30 euros.
The restaurants there are expensive and the one we went into was awful. Why not go to subway and get yourself a fresh sandwich made and take a packed lunch.

The money you save by not booking this trip with a company will allow you to do a longer trip, another day to see reindeer and husky dogs for a few hours. If i had a preference it would be husky dogs.

By going independently you can go and depart at your leisure. Ok you get a certificate to say you crossed the arctic circle with the tours, but you can buy one there anyway , you can also take your own photos of the arctic cirlce and thats the proof.

Enjoy and i hope this helps

27  Thank pompey1001
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Reviewed December 20, 2006

Do not bother with a trip to Santas Grotto in Rovaniemi, it is the most disappointing trip you will ever take with young children.

Tacky, moneygrabbing, unsafe, boring with the most disinterested Santa I have seen. He didnt even ask the children what they wanted for Christmas or even bother to ask their names.

One skidoo to cater for the hundreds of children, long long queuse for everything including the disgusting food. I could go on ,,,,,,,,,

13  Thank vtina
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Reviewed December 10, 2006

My Nephew Jack was nominated through Radio Lincolnshire Station to go on there trip to Lapland. He has just turned 4 & as his Mummy died in June he really deserved this treat.

We departed from East Midlands at roughly 7am on Saturday Morning.
We were entertained on the flight by the fabulous Jeremy Spake. He really was perfect celebrity & all the Children loved him. His rendition of Jingle Bells made the Children laugh. He had us all singing & some Children were brave enough to do a Solo.

After arrival at Rovaniemi Airport we were taken by Coach to the Magical Forest. There was still a fair bit of snow there.
We had the opportunity to experience activities such as- Skidoos, Snow mobiles, reindeer rides, Husky ride, Toasting Marshmallows, Rudolph Baptism ceremony.
It was fantastic. I was asked by Veronica to speak live to Radio Lincolnshire whilst there after i had sent a text saying what a Fab time we were having.
Jack was filmed by look North singing Rudolph Red Nosed Reindeer.

We then went to a Restuarant for Lunch & tried Reindeer meat & a selection of other gorgeous food. Santa & Rudolph arrived to a Chorus of Rudolph red nose Reindeer from the excited Children where they all received a gift of a Husky Dog.
When it was Jacks turn to see Santa his face was just beaming & after receiving his gift he sang rudolph to Santa. I was so proud of him.

We then went to Arctic Circle & had oppurtunity to browse the Shops for unique gifts. I was disappointed because the Post Office was closed which a lot of the Children were looking forward to.
The Snow had almost gone there & it was very icy.
Then it was back on the coach to the Airport, Homeward bound.

As we were sat waiting for take off, Jack was looking at the Stars & he said - I knew you was with me Mummy. I had a tear in my eye.
On the flight home all the Children were given a £10 gift Voucher, a Reindeer licence & a bag of oodies courtesy of Radio Lincolnshire.
We had quite a lot of turbulence on the way home & i felt unwell so was pleased when we landed at East Midlands.

A very special day but a very long one & there were lots of Happy but very tired children.
Everyone of them was a local hero & it was a truly magical day for them.
Its a day Jack & I will never forget. I know my Sister would have been really proud of her little Boy.
Watch out on Look North & you may see Jack on there Tonight.
Many thanks to Georgina Fox for nominating my liitle Hero.
Thank you Radio Lincolnshire

25  Thank Tamara_lincs
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