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Lapland Dec 2020

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Pidgythe2nd · 26/12/2019 17:41

I’d love to go to Lapland next December but have no idea where to start!
Tui have just emailed me and they do the Santa trips and a quick google search brings up Canterbury and Inghams.
I’ll have a proper look and speak to each company as the latter 2 websites don’t seem to do online quotes, but any recommendations?
Seems very expensive so not 100% convinced, but I have the money from a share scheme at work so I wouldn’t be going into debt etc.

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croon979 · 29/12/2019 22:29

Have just come back. Went with Canterbury and it was absolutely amazing. Yes it was eye wateringly expensive but it was pure magic and I wouldn’t change a thing. Canterbury is pricey but in my opinion, the best. However, you could choose to go with anyone there and it is so stunning that you would have a fab time regardless. Happy to answer any questions....

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croon979 · 29/12/2019 22:32

Proper narnia

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purplepandas · 01/01/2020 15:35

We just came back again (went in 2017 also) via Sant Claus Trips (Transun). Cheaper than Inghams but I imagine prob not as nice. We loved where we went as so remote. Depends on what you want, we didn't want a touristy resort.

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Panicovereveryone · 05/01/2020 20:49

We booked a ski holiday in Ruka and booked it all ourselves. Do a search on Ruka and you’ll see a few of my previous posts.

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Hepsibar · 05/01/2020 20:59

We went to Rovanemi, Finland with our children for 4 days, wish could have been 5 ... it goes up significantly each week nearer Christmas.

The highlights were the reindeer sledging, the husky sledging, the traditional foods a stories and berry juice in a hut in the woods with lady in full lapland dress, the feast in a very old chalet in the windows and Father Christmas arriving on a reindeer drawn sledge and the gala feast and then meeting him (but v v v long queue). Also went somewhere sledging which was good fun.

Not so good and pretty tacky was Santa World and another place in a cave.

Wish we had go on a proper ride on the skidu's but we ran out of £ and time !!

We also went swimming a lot in a wonderful local pool followed by a stop in a lovely local cafe with patisserie and also loads of wooden vintage toys that were fab.

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Carrie76 · 05/01/2020 21:03

We went this year for 4 nights, I booked everything myself. We did husky sledding, reindeer ride, snow mobile and a day of skiing which was the kids highlight. We saw Santa at santa village and also went to Santa park. The kids really enjoyed both but I found them a bit too touristy. We had a great time and it wasn’t crazy expensive as booking yourself you’re able to manage the cost better.

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Pidgythe2nd · 06/01/2020 06:49

Thank you everyone.
Going to get a quote from Canterbury today, then have a look at some of the others.
Wish I was brave enough to book everything separately but wouldn’t know where to start!

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Panicovereveryone · 06/01/2020 07:37

@pidgythe2nd
I emailed the local tourist information office and asked them if they had information on:
Huskey rides (loved that)
Santa trips (we tobogganed in his back garden, mage ginger biscuits and buns with mother Xmas, made cards that Santa signed, daughter sang a song to him and we chatted to him no queues)
Ski lessons
They made other suggestions (but we skied), and then they booked the lot. Simples Grin

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Panicovereveryone · 06/01/2020 07:38

Just for context. Canterbury was about £6k for 4 days. We did a week including skiing and passes/lessons £3.5K.

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Panicovereveryone · 06/01/2020 07:40

The Ruka Santa BTW is in his house and it’s one group at a time with him.

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