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THE LAPLAND SERIES, DAY 8, 9 & 10

ROVANIEMI

Christmas Day in Lapland. It’s common for Finnish to celebrate Christmas on the 24th but we kept our tradition and waited out (to the kids’ frustration) another day.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM LAPLAND

Christmas is peak time for Santa Claus Village and you still get the choice of all the usual activities and excursions. However, we made the option to go hard on Xmas eve and chill out a little on Christmas Day.

WHERE IS SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE?

Santa Claus Village

SANTA’S HIDEAWAY

Santa’s hideaway couldn’t have been more similar to yesterday’s Santa Safari if it tried. Different location and characters but the same damn stories about the four winds hat and another reindeer ride. In hindsight we might have been better chilling this morning but still, the kids loved it and that’s why we are here.

Christmas Day in Lapland

DAILY INFO….

  • HOTEL – GLASS RESORT 8.5/10
  • ATTRACTIONS –
    Santa’s Hideaway,
    Snowmobile,
    Snowman World,
    Husky Safari,
    Igloo Dinner
  • STEPS – 15,300, 7,000, 9,300

NORTHERN LIGHTS SNOWMOBILE

After taking an afternoon off we had another go at seeing the northern lights tonight. I was reasonably optimistic since the days have been super clear and it turned out to be the best day of the season so far.

Christmas Day in Lapland

25/12/2022, CHRISTMAS DAY, DAY 9

Finally, the day we have been waiting for in Lapland, Christmas Day. It was nice to wake up and see the kids open their presents in what seemed a competition in who could open theirs the fastest. However the Tamagotchi they all got proved to be the big winner.

Christmas Day in Lapland

SNOWMAN WORLD

Believe it or not I was easy on the rest of them and had only had a trip to Snowman World arranged. Snowman World is a small events space made entirely from ice, where we could jump on a few rubber rings, check out an ice bar and eat at an ice restaurant.

There isn’t much else going on here but we needed one of those days where there was no obligations and no rush to do anything.

As normal in our household, we ended Christmas day with some daft party games. One that involved lifting cardboard cut outs with a long inflatable banana tied to your back.

Christmas Day in Lapland

26/12/22, 10KM HUSKY SAFARI, DAY 10

One of the nieces, Alba, does not shut up about dogs and how much she loves them. The same girl would approach a rottweiler foaming at the mouth to give it a hug. So it would be unfair not to do another husky safari. She really was in her element!

IGLOO DINNER

It was really a shame not to eat at the hotel’s restaurant more often but when there are experiences like an Igloo Dinner to be had we knew we couldn’t miss out on it. I don’t mean to state the obvious but its cold, so cold that when your dinner arrives you need to mow it down as quickly as possible. Luckily none of us take our time, because in our family if you don’t eat fast you don’t eat!

SUMMED UP….

  • HIGHLIGHT – Northern lights, Seeing the kids open their Xmas presents and time to chill on Christmas Day

FINAL THOUGHTS

So that was it, over in a flash, Christmas in Lapland. Seriously what a special place this is.

NEXT UP

A day on the Polar Explorer, an icebreaker ship!! Click to read.

SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
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This post was part of The Lapland Series. To view my Instagram highlights click here.
If you would rather read the rest of the series from the blog just click here.

Question Time

  • Do you like to spend Christmas at home or away?
  • Where have you spent Christmas that you enjoyed the most?
  • Do you like the sound of any of these activities?

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