About five years ago I put Santa Claus Village in Lapland on my bucket list. We could have not gone at the time because Reagan was still very young and I wanted both of them to remember the full experience. Last year I showed the kids everything about Lapland, Finland and the Santa Claus Village. At that point even the kids were counting down the days we could visit this magical winter wonderland. This year they received their traditional Christmas trip card and that’s how they found out we were heading to Rovaniemi, Finland.
And we are off to London
this is their first time on the new Virgin Upper Class
After dinner we put the kids to bed and relaxed at the lounge
We flew MIA -> LHR and then drove to Bristol and got an EasyJet flight from BRS to RVN. As soon as we landed it started snowing! Could have not been more magical than this…
Here’s what we learned:
Getting there: The airport code is RVN (Rovaniemi) and you can fly non stop flight out of London (LGW, STN & BRS), Spain (MAD and BCN), Dublin, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin and Vienna. Europe offers a few low-cost airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet, where you can fly up to Lapland for under $50/person.
Getting around Rovaniemi: No shortage of local taxis and Ubers.
Accommodations: Apukka Resort was our favorite but it’s not in the Santa Claus village, although they offer shuttles to and from. If you rather stay in the Village and want an Airbnb feel, the Santa Claus Holiday Village is the way to go.
Dining: We had a wonderful dinner at the Gallis Restaurant and highly recommend it. The village offers a lot of dining options but this was our favorite meal by far. If you never had caviar and would like to give it a try, they serve a small portion for under $20 for first timers, called Cavi-Art.
Lunch Experience: Buy hotdogs, buns and marshmallows at the convenience store inside of the Elf’s Farm Yard. They have fire-pit huts throughout the farm where you can sit, grill your hotdogs and enjoy a casual lunch, hot coffee and s’mores around the fire.
Experiences: Husky Sledding, Horse Sleigh Ride and Snowman World were our favorites. The Elf’s Farm has a lot of reindeers that you can freely pet and feed. This is a much more interactive and cheaper option than a reindeer sleigh ride. Snowmobiling was fun but nothing to write home about. The kids were disappointed of how slow we went, and found the snowmobile activity rather “boring”.
Husky Sledding: I highly recommend the Apukka Family Fun Safari. Each sleigh fits a family of four and it’s an hour long throughout a majestic winter wonderland.
Snowman World Dinner: This is an absolute must do!! They have a family disco where everyone can get a shot (non alcoholic for the kids), dance all night long and enjoy dinner at an ice restaurant. I was afraid it was going to be tacky but the kids LOVED it.
Clothing: Three layers are non negotiable. I wore fleece tights, fleece activated yoga leggings and waterproof snow pants over it. We all had snow boots and snow jackets in addition to our long johns undergarments, wool socks, waterproof gloves, scarves and beanies
Hand and toe warmers: Do not forget to buy these on Amazon before you go. During our husky ride we were freezing to death and the hand warmers were a lifesaver
️Convenience Store: Did you forget your toothbrush or want to buy snacks? Across the street from the Santa Claus Village there’s a large gas station where you can find everything you’d find at a Wawas
How long do you need? You only need 2-3 nights. You can see everything in one day and reserve the other one or two days for activities.
Age appropriate: This is a land for all ages. I was moved by many of the activities and mainly by seeing my kids so happy with their surroundings.
Finnish: The kindest and most polite people in the world. Everyone was beyond nice and they will bend over backwards to help you .
Overall it was one of our best trips and I know none of us will ever forget it . Please let me know if you have any questions about our trip or activities, I will be more than happy to help.
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Until next time, Lapland. We had the best time, ever!