Meeting the man himself!!

Julie Oliver on 28 November 2018
Every child's dream (and adult if the truth be told) is to visit Father Christmas in his homeland! I made that dream a reality for myself, my husband and my daughter (age 6) to do just that! Our adventure started off with a flight to Helsinki with what looked like fireworks out of the plane window but in reality was the Northern Lights!

We had booked a 5 day trip and on arrival were taken straight away to collect our thermal suits (a must in the Arctic conditions) and then transferred to our log cabin in the resort of Yllas which is north of the Arctic Circle. A beautiful location and stunning scenery.

During our stay we went husky riding, skiing, sledging and ice fishing to name but a few of the many activities on offer in this amazing location. If you book to stay in log cabins I would recommend booking a meal plan as food is very costly and this then entitles you to eat in one of the hotels. We had our meals in the Akas Hotel in Yllas which was buffet style and very good.

The highlight of the trip has to be the visit to Father Christmas and his elves. We were taken to his home where we were invited to bake cookies with Mrs Christmas before our private family visit to see Father Christmas. The sheer magic and look of joy on my daughters face was indescribable and one I will never ever forget.

Venturing into the forest to see the reindeer's in their natural habitat was breathtaking and there are many beautiful souvenirs to bring home from a trip like this. The main one being memories.

Lapland is definitely a must do on a bucket list regardless of age!