What an amazing time you’ll have in Santa’s Lapland
! When you get into resort you will be provided with a thermal onesie, thermal outdoor boots, a pair of woollen socks and thermal mittens. But for the ulitmate Lapland look, you’ll need…
Thermal Base Layers – Long Sleeved tops and trousers
. The key to keeping warm in the colder climate in Saariselkä is being able to layer up appropriately. It is easier to control your body temperature by adding or removing a layer. The layers also help to trap the air to keep you warmer, so think about packing more thin layers rather than one bulky jumper. Although it is cold outside, inside there is heating the same as any hotel around the world!
– especially for children, these are great for keeping the wind chill off your face when going on the Huskies etc!
– A lot of heat is lost through your head so a nice warm hat is a definite. The crazier the design the better! With everyone wearing the same thermal suit, crazy hat designs are a great way to make sure you get on the coach with your own children!
(including liners) – These almost go without saying, cold hands are no good at taking pictures! One of the first things to go cold on your body are your extremities (hands and feet) so keeping these layered up are vital.
– As with gloves, these are going to be really important to bring with you. You will need to wear these under the provided woollen socks to make sure that you go home with the same number of toes that you arrived with!
Swim Stuff (For Sauna!) – It is most likely that your accommodation will have a sauna and it would be terrible for you to miss out on this Finnish Tradition! True Finns wouldn’t bother with the swim suits and some saunas in resort are clothing optional!
– With Saariselkä being completely iced over throughout December the stilettos can probably stay at home! The walk from the plane to the terminal is over the snow so have some sensible shoes on.
– Not necessarily a clothing item but one you should remember to ‘wear’. Ensure you have spare batteries and plenty of memory! You may only be in resort for a couple of days but there is plenty of opportunity to get pictures to take away as memories of your excellent holiday!
Finally make sure you bring plenty of smiles and festive cheer to make your stay even more magical!
Arriving in Lapland and seeing the most beautiful frozen landscapes, picturesque log cabins and tucking into Finnish cuisine appeared to be the most magical experience of my life. Little did I know, it could only get better!
After a day of hard work, the staff team here in Saariselka were treated to a team building event of experiencing the Northern Lights Adventure. We all kitted up, wearing our own body weight in thermals and woolly layers and waded our way through mounds and mounds of crisp snow to find an entourage of snowmobiles, lined up and raring to go. We partnered up, hopped on and off we went, into the untouched winter wonderland of Lapland’s back garden.
Passing weeping pine trees that were laced with sparkling snow, feeling the cold wind turn our blushing cheeks crimson, and screaming and laughing whilst we whooshed through the beautiful scenery was just the beginning of our Northern Lights Adventure. After what felt like a lifetime of magic, we pulled in to a small nook in the woods to be greeted with a cup of hot berry juice and ginger cookies around a blazing fire. Once we were refreshed, we continued on our journey to find the Northern lights.
By this point we had been having so much fun we forgot what we were looking for! About 5 minutes into our return journey, everyone began to silence, and all the passengers heads turned to fixate on the wonders above us. Low and behold, there they were in all their glory – The Northern Lights. For a moment I felt as though I had been transported to Oz, the Emerald City, as the sky danced and glistened with the most beautiful lime green lights. It was hard to believe it was real. At that moment I realised, that in fact THIS was the most incredible moment of my life to date. Never in my life have I been so breath taken by something so natural and magical. The lights began to dance, and tease their way further and further away from us. As a convoy of snowmobiles, it became a race – us versus the Aurora Borealis!
The term “Once in a Lifetime” is a common cliché, thrown around for mediocre experiences, however seeing the Northern Lights is truly the REAL meaning behind this phrase. However, we have been so fortunate here in Saariselka that we have in fact seen the Northern Lights 4 times, each time brighter and brighter.
Words cannot describe the feeling that comes with seeing something so amazing and awe-inspiring, and to be able to share this experience with a great group of people – what more can I ask for!?
Words – Jessica Bartley
Having spent two weeks in the beautiful resort of Saariselka
, Lapland, I have been enticed by the sparkling fairy lights draped tastefully over snow covered pine trees, by the sheer sea of white covering every settlement, plant or animal around, by the Christmassy magic that overpowers the entire resort and by the lively yet peaceful atmosphere that surrounds you here. However, being a lover of culture, I wanted to delve deeper into the Lappish magic and find out a little more about the area behind the festivity and tourism.
Sami – (Sar – mee) –
Europe’s only indigenous people, the Sami, are very spiritual folk, who have fascinating traditions, rituals and folklores. They believe that everything has a soul – plants, animals and objects included. They have magical explanations for the Northern Lights
, using the wildlife and nature around them to explain this beautiful natural phenomenon, which is both feared and respected as they believe it is the awakening of the spirits sending messages to the living. They rely on nature a lot to survive and to explain the weird and wonderful happenings of Lapland, for example the Sami believe that the colour of the Autumn leaves – “Ruska” evokes feelings of peace and harmony before succumbing to the harsh cold of the glistening winter months. The return of sunlight in Spring awakens the beautiful landscape and fills all beings with the joy of life as a reward for surviving the winter.
The Sami also rely heavily on Reindeer herding, for food and for business, as these magical creatures outnumber people in Lapland. A local Sami told me that the way to differentiate between the sexes of the reindeer is by their antlers. Female reindeer shed their antlers in December ready for winter, whereas the male reindeer keep theirs through till spring, when they shed theirs. Reindeer are also a delicacy here in Lapland, you will most certainly find them on most menus, if you’re feeling adventurous enough to try it, do so as it is delicious! And there’s always Rudolph’s Reindeer Run
Kotas – Cott-ah –
A “Kota” is a Lappish Hut, similar to a tipi, which was originally used to heal. Lappish medicine men contacted spirits through the hole in the top of a Kota to heal the wounded. Here in Lapland now, you will usually find refreshing hot berry juice, ginger cookies and a warm fire – I guess this is a more conventional way of healing oneself from the crisp cold!
One of the most fascinating things about Lapland is the changing climate. In winter expect an average of 4.5 hours of daylight, sandwiched between hours of twilight or darkness. This only enhances the whole experience, as the colours of the sky range through a mixture of icy to midnight blues, hones of terracotta and crimson, pretty pinks and if you’re lucky enough – emerald greens! There’s nothing more satisfyingly festive than wrapping up warm in minus 10°c, and sledging home in the glistening twilight.
In the summer months, daylight suppresses the night and banishes darkness to a measly 4 hours a day, and even sometimes overpowers all darkness to allow for the midnight sun to loom over the melted evergreen forests.
Lapland is like a treasure chest of mythical magic, the deeper you dive, the more you discover. Dare to delve into the wonders behind the wonderland.
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Words – Jessica Bartley
Ever wondered why Christmas is better in Lapland
? Here’s 10 reasons for starters….
10 Northern Lights
– In the most magical place on Earth how could seeing the Northern Lights not be well… magical. And because they are not always out, seeing them becomes that much more spectacular.
– How many places can you claim this as a mode of transport? It’s no reindeer drawn carriage, but flying down the toboggan
run with no brakes is so much fun!
– Speaking of those reindeer, imagine getting to meet Rudolph
and his friends, feeding them and even being taken around in a sleigh by them. Now stop imagining it because here you can live it.
– there are quicker ways to get around, such as reaching up to 60km through fresh snowy landscapes and forests on one of the snowmobiles
. Definitely beats the traffic jams and British motorways.
– By far the cutest way to get around is with highly excitable huskies
. With one of the grown up’s driving, they will easily pull along your family and be waiting for cuddles afterwards. And they’ve got plenty for everyone.
5 The Elves
– Very cheeky and very fun, the elves always want to play. Popping up all over Lapland, they always bring the Christmas spirit and a smile to your face.
1 Once in a Lifetime
– A white Christmas. A winter wonderland. A snowy bliss. Going for a walk and losing yourself in a dream, and knowing whatever age you are, you must throw a snowball, maybe even build a snowman and make a snow angel.
– The man himself is waiting for you to find him. I walked into his cabin like a school girl meeting her favourite pop star. Beyond star struck and beyond words, it is an experience that will make you remember how special Christmas is!
2 Families and Children
– Children make Christmas, just seeing their eyes light up as they soak in everything around them. They bring the smiles and laughter and magic. Watching the families enjoying Lapland makes it feel like Christmas every day.
– This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip for so many people so we try to make it as amazing as possible so they will always have unforgettable memories. But it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime trip for many of the staff working here who want to make the guests’ holidays the best they can. Together, we can look back at Lapland and remember the magic too.
For more information and holidays check out magical Santa’s Lapland
Rudolph’s been on holiday! The cheeky little reindeer has left the hard work to everyone else while he’s been sunning himself abroad…I suppose he does deserve a break! Thanks for the postcard…
Leave your reply to Rudolph below!
An update from Santa –
After allowing myself a short rest at the end of last year, I’ve been busy designing amazing news toys with the help of Mrs. Claus and the elves. It’s one of my favourite things to do and now I’m already looking forward to next Christmas! I’ve also been checking we’re on track preparing this magical place for welcoming you all at the end of the year. We may have plenty of time, but I know how quickly Christmas creeps up on us all!
When they’re not being mischievous – my elves are actually very helpful. They’ve been trying out some of my new inventions and have been keeping the area spic and span. And I’ve been able to give Mrs. Claus a break by setting them to work – she’s the one who has to keep them in-line when I’m away! They are easily distracted though and are constantly giggling! Not that I mind – it’s great hearing so much laughter.
Like me, my reindeer needed a long rest after the enormous adventure of Christmas Eve night. Now they are almost back to pull strength and have been helping the elves with some of the more manual tasks around Lapland – like pulling the collected firewood to the house. However…Rudolph has been shirking his responsibilities…to see what I mean, click here!
The lovely Mrs Claus is my rock. Her support is unwavering and she’s really looked after me since I returned after Christmas. I have been very pleased to try the new recipes she’s been trying too. Cinnamon and apple pie quadruple-chocolate cookies!!
We can’t wait to welcome more guests here – it’s the best time of year! Meanwhile, we’re keeping busty to all visitors will have the time of their lives while they’re here.
See you soon,
Love, Santa x
We’ve discovered some brilliant games and activities to get you going, and they’re not just for Christmas!
Shake it up! Make a snow globe featuring your favourite character
Use strong glue to attach a plastic toy to the inside of a jar lid, then add baby oil and glitter for a homemade snow globe.
Photo by Kindra Clineff
Fab feeder! This one’s for the birds – make a feeder for your garden
Hollow out an orange and fill it with seeds to feed your feathered friends.
Photo by Heather Weston
Skittles! Decorate empty plastic bottles for your own bowling alley
Decorate plastic bottles and fill a quarter of each bottle with sand – this will ensure they stay standing, before you knock them down. Use a beach-ball or a football.
Photo courtesy of Goodtoknow.com
Treasure Hunt! Be the first to find a list of hidden objects
Fun for summer days in the garden – hide treats and small gifts and give the children clues so they can find them
Marshmallow grabber! How many can you pick up with chopsticks?
Put a pile of marshmallows in the middle of the table and give yourself a minute to pick up as many as you can – one by one. Make them mini-marshmallows to make it more of a challenge
Photo courtesy of ActivityBucket.com
Magic pictures! Draw with a white crayon…then reveal your creation
Such a simple idea, but so effective! Grab some white paper and draw your picture with a white crayon. Then paint over it with watercolour paint and your drawing will appear like magic!
Photo courtesy of FactoryDirectCraft.com
What are your favourite games or activities? Let us know if the comments section below…
Hello everyboody! Here we are in December already. We are certainly very busy up here in Lapland, – especially Santa, who has a whole list of jobs
(as well as, of course names)!
As Santa is so busy, I like to spend my time in the kitchen making him delicious treats that he can enjoy when he take his boots off after a hard day’s work.
I thought in the upcoming weeks I would share our favourite recipes with you. Not only can you cook along with the video that I have made, I have even included the recipe for you – click on the image on the right to download this!
This week, a great winter warmer, Mulled Wine, but this one can even be enjoyed by children… See if you can spot Santa!
Santa & I would love to see videos and pictures of you making and enjoying your Mulled Wine. Send us your’s on our Facebook
, or tweet us @SantasLapland
Ho, Ho, Ho!
Well hello everybody! I am sorry that I haven’t spoken to you in so long, I have been very very busy…after all, it is only…
I have some very important jobs here in Lapland which I am completing ready for the big night:
- Reading all of your letters to me and checking presents
- Re-checking my naughty and nice list!
- Feeding up Rudolph and all of my other Reindeer so they have lots of energy
- Checking that all of my Elves are working hard…
…although they are particularly quick workers, my elves do sometimes get distracted by michievous ideas – especially Nokki!
- Putting my sleigh through it’s MOT
- Making sure all of my Hotels are ready for you to visit me
- Helping Mrs Claus with our special Christmas cooking…
In the 4 weeks before Christmas, Mrs Claus and I will be giving you our favourite recipes along with instructions so that you can make them at home!
We are going to be steeping a fruity, spiced children friendly Mulled Wine, baking some deliciously unusual peppery Lebkuchen, rolling out the pastry for my favourite – Mince Pies, and finally serving up some scrumptious Brussel Sprouts. Even if you think you don’t like sprouts, Mrs Claus’s recipe will have you asking for seconds!
Psst, Nokki here again!
I am so excited about seeing everyone! We’ve got some great deals available – some of our flights now only have 5 spaces
Many of our offers have over £1000 savings!
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Hello everybody, it is so wonderful to finally have a chance to speak to you all, and only 34 sleeps until Christmas!
I have been so
busy with my baking. Although Santa certainly likes his cake, the trickiest cakes are for the Elves, like our friend Nokki, they are so fiddly when they are so small!
As you might imagine, although we are always busy here in Lapland, November is particularly busy for us.
All of the Elves are working even harder than usual to finish off all of your presents, Rudolph
and the other reindeer are completing their final test flights, and Santa has just finished his first check through of the ‘Naughty’ and ‘Nice’ list check, ready for the second check over the next month.
All of this flurry of activity means that everyone needs even more feeding! Nothing makes me happier than putting smiles on faces and filling hungry stomachs with my cooking!
In the coming weeks before Christmas I will even be sharing some of my magical recipies with you..so check back soon!
Oh no, I think I can smell burning, Santa will be upset! Must be off..speak soon!
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