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......
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