Tigerlilly Quinn: Lapland part two

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Lapland part two


On our first full day in Lapland we set off early for some taster sessions, first up a sleigh ride pulled by huskies followed by ski mobiles! In December Lapland get's about four hours day light which meant even though we left at 9am it felt like the middle of the night.

Our elf led us to a fire in the woods where we were told a story about how Lapland was divided between the animals. It was very magical sitting around in the dark with Wilf, drinking hot better juice and hearing an old folk story told in a thick Finnish accent. Our noses were marked with charcoal from around the fire as part of the tale and I was reminded what a strange and amazing experience we were having.

Myself, Wilf and my sister were the first to try out the husky ride, as this was the taster session they ran round a track for roughly 5 minutes in a lap through the snow covered trees. These few minutes had us longing for more, it really was fantastic! Husky dogs are built for these conditions and absolutely love to run, in fact in the summer they don't run at all as they are too hot so come the freezing temperatures they are in their element.

After the husky rides we took to the snow mobiles, as neither my sister or I can drive we snuggled down into the blankets on the sleigh that the instructor pulled along with the other children (and couple of adults that weren't driving either). The children all yelled at the driver 'faster faster!' and shrieked in delight every time he sped up ever so slightly. After a quick taster session of this and a promise of the full version of each later we were left with a few hours to kill before lunch.

We took this time for a quick sledge into the village to check out the supermarket and tourist shops. My sister and I excitedly pointed out all the Moomin products to Wilf and we picked out a toy Reindeer as a 'present' for daddy.

A lot of the decor and feel of the hotel was quite seventies in a way. I'd not stayed in a lodge or been on a snow type holiday before so I had no idea what to expect. For a vegetarian there wasn't masses of choice on the food department but there was always at least one vegetarian option and always an option of pasta and chips for Wilf (who can be a bit fussy at times) which was totally fine for the amount of time we were staying. If I have one regret it would be that we didn't get to eat out at any of the cafe's or restaurants as we were so busy but then again with all there is to do it was nice to know all the meals were there and inclusive when you needed them. A friend told me about cloudberries which apparently are eaten a lot there, another reason to return and eat out at least once or twice I think.

After lunch we had a trip to the husky farm for a real husky ride. If there ever was a time I wished for a GoPro this would be it! There is no way I can describe the sensation of either ride unless you experience it for yourself but it was incredible! the guide showed us how to ride the sleighs and my little sister even surprised me by taken the reigns and driving us Wilf and I!


And I got to hug a husky puppy!

That evening after a few hours back at the hotel and dinner we headed for a snow mobile ride. My sister buddied up with a driver and Wilf and I snuggled down into the sleigh again. He was so exhausted by this point he slept pretty much the whole ride, through the forest and dark was setting in and the snow glistening from the trees. Another truly surreal moment that I wish I could be able to describe or share in some way doing it justice. I think this might have been my favourite activity if I had to rate them. We stopped at the top of a hill in the middle of thick thick snow to watch the sun set whilst warming ourself with hot berry juice and Wilf woke up and threw snowballs with our friendly Elf guide. I kept thinking 'this is literally a once in a lifetime thing to do' and pinching myself at how I lucky we were.


Whilst we did quite a few activities over a couple of days due to it being a press trip and wanting to fit in as much as we could, if you came here with your family you could definitely take the bits you wanted to try and have a slower pace. If I'm honest Wilf would have been just as happy playing around the hotel, sledging and building snowmen but I think if he had been a tiny bit older he would really have been able to take in some of the amazing things we did.

I have one last post on our time in Lapland to come..the day we visited Santa!

We were guests of Thomson in Lapland and all words and thoughts are my own

32 comments:

Sarah Ebner said...

Absolutely beautiful. What a really special thing to do - bet he'll remember it for ever (as will you!)

fritha strickland said...

Hey Phoebe! Thanks so much, you've made my day! I promise you it does get better (sleep wise!) although I'm glad I didn't know at the time just how long that would take, I felt like we came out of a sort of haze around 18m and I must admit having a now 3 year old is much easier than that first year. I'm so glad you like my blog, thanks for reading and speak soon! x

SlummySingleMummy said...

Lovely pics - the icicles made me smile :-)

Louisa said...

It looks amazing. We really hope to visit Lapland one day before the kids are much older.

MinaJoshi5409 said...

What fantastic pictures. This would a trip listed in my bucketlist as it looks amazing.

Wild & Grizzly said...

Ooh i am loving those boots! It's always nice to have a relaxed/dress down day although all the sugar doesn't sound too fun. x

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Wow! This looks so magical, but I now NEED a husky puppy xx

Thou Shalt Not Covet said...

Wow your photos are stunning! It looks amazing there! xxx

Twinsplustwo said...

Oh WOW! Looks fabulous - I've always wanted to take the children to Lapland, but they are getting a bit old now!

The 40 Year Old DG said...

WOW, i am completely and hopelessly jealous that you have been. Such great photos and so glad you had a lovely time xx

Georgia Coote said...

Ah Fritha you just made me buy those boots! They are so lovely, I wear these jeans all the time, I like the high waist - means that I can crawl around on the floor with the girls without getting a builders bum! Hehe!xx

mummyoftwo said...

What an amazing and magical experience. I am determined to take my children one year before they get too old!

Katie @mummydaddyme said...

Wow wow wow Fritha it looks amazing. It is my dream to go on a husky ride and I can't believe you got to cuddle a husky puppy- that's so cute. And I think I would love the 70's sort of decor. That sunset is beautiful too. I hope one day I can take my girls to Lapland- I can imagine it is magical. x

Sarah (@tamingtwins) said...

Oh I love those boots. Whimsy but sturdy, they'd look so pretty with a spring dress wouldn't they? Levis Curve ID jeans are good for small waists/bigger in other areas. (Not that yours do look big, but mine do! I hate the 'gap'.)

Globalmouse said...

Gorgeous photos and I totally agree about the huskies - they are such beautiful animals....I'm so jealous you got to cuddle one!!

Wild & Grizzly said...

the photos are beautiful and even if Wilf doesn't remember all of it at least he has these to look back on. It is crazy exhausting though ay. x

Beautyqueenuk said...

Those photos wow... I am not a fan of snow, but seeing and reading this post makes me want to be there right now x

You Baby Me Mummy said...

What a great idea, it looks really pretty x

Emma The Mini Mes and Me said...

How adorable is that puppy! This is certainly one place I would love to go to x

Stephs Two Girls said...

I always wanted a husky puppy! Sooo cute. Those icicles are a-mazing too! x

Emily Shepperson said...

Such an amazing place to visit. I love that you got to hug a husky puppy too!

Damaris / The cat, you and us said...

Love this laid back oufit! Everything fits you so nicely, and the necklace gives it the fun it needs. Oh!!! and I was about to fail mentioning it, those boots are love.

Clare Nicholas said...

Oh its just so beautiful, I want to build a snowman

Kara said...

i so want to take my kids to lapland before they get too old

Laura Rocksteady said...

Oh I do hope your feeling a bit better - I found I went totally overboard with sugar this festive seasons and still feel like I am paying the price, a healthy approach defo the right way forward. Really like this outfit btw - the Asos top is great and how cute is the necklace! I also struggle with buying jeans - short legs :)


Laura x

Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth said...

How utterly amazing! A proper winter wonderland. Would so love to go.

Zena's Suitcase said...

What a magical experience, I'd love to take the family here one day. Your pictures look amazing

Sylvia Fiolunka said...

O my! This place looks absolutely fantastic! I love snow and winter so it looks like my next winter holidays I should spend in Lapland, if I can ski there then even better :) Love the photos! x

Lizzie Woodman said...

Hi Fritha,

I've discovered your blog over the last few months and have really enjoyed reading all about your adventures! I have two boys aged 4 and nearly 6, and every day I'm amazed by the new things I can discover through being a parent. I'm looking forward to reading more in the future! I have just started a blog in attempt to capture some of the things we get up to - its at http://marmaladepie.co.uk/ - if you wanted to take a look that would be fab. Thank you, Lizzie x

fritha strickland said...

I totally forgot to reply to this! How are you finding the boots? The jeans are ace aren't they, I always getting a builders bum with others! x

fritha strickland said...

I've heard those are really good too, must try them! x

Georgia Coote said...

Ah they were oh so pretty, but the toes caved in and scuffed on my first day of wear :( but I think I just spend far too much time of the floor bending boots that I have to get pretty hardy ones! x

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