Just before Christmas, my partner Frank and I took our son Harry to Lapland for three days to meet Santa. After a three hour flight to Kittlia we arrived in Lapland, and no sooner had we arrived at our little log cabin, I found myself getting all wrapped up in four layers of Arctic gear (nothing to make you feel as attractive as when wearing an insulated blue jacket and charcoal on your nose from the crossing the arctic circle ceremony!) and driving a team of huskies with Frank and Harry in minus 28c, hanging on for dear life for 5km. I have no idea how they can race them for 250km! The landscape is so stunningly beautiful but the cold is hard to bear – but delicious warm berry juice that evening was the perfect antidote for extreme temperatures.
The next day Harry met Father Christmas, which was a totally amazing experience, starting with a sledge ride pulled by Rudolph and a meeting with the big man himself. The beauty of the wilderness was a really soulful experience,and the Northern Lights took our breath away that evening over a glass of mulled wine.
On the last day, we tried our hand at a spot of ice fishing on a frozen lake in minus 30c! More warming berry juice was required before we began the journey home, ironically to a frozen London…
It was an awe-inspiring once-in-a-lifetime trip that I so recommend, especially if you have children! Santadays organised the whole thing for us and I highly recommend them.