After umming and aaahhhing for an age, we finally took the plunge and decided to take the kids to Lapland to see Santa in his natural environment.
We had saved for a few years, expecting it to be expensive, but by booking at the last minute, (week before) we managed to get a very reasonable deal.
We travelled to Saariselka with Esprit Holidays and stayed at the Holiday Club accommodation.
I would thoroughly recommend Esprit Holidays, from start to finish we were very well looked after.
I won't go into too much detail, suffice to say that the primary reason for the trip was to see Santa at his home in "The North Pole", and my kids aged eight and six were totally mesmerised by the whole trip...they were entertained by Santa's cheeky elves in an igloo, went on a reindeer sleigh ride, drove a skidoo, went on a husky sled ride and then got too see the big man himself who even had their letters which they had written and posted weeks before the trip...(magical)!
The clothing supplied, including the suits, boots, and gloves were very good quality and kept us warm in the -20 temperatures, both during the Santa adventure day and the spare afternoon/morning we had tobogganing in the village.
There are plenty of reviews on this forum complaining about the hotel, about the food, about the fact that they didn't see the Northern Lights, etc...fact is,
If you want five star luxury, fine dining and amazing spa facilities, this hotel and resort are not for you, however, if you want a fantastic fun filled family trip to Lapland to see the man in red, and amazing memories which will last a lifetime, you won't go far wrong with this hotel, resort or with Esprit.
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Club Saariselka Hotel Saariselka
- Holiday Hotel Saariselka
- Saariselka Holiday Hotel
- Holiday Club Saariselka Finland