Growing up in Gateshead, Niall spent many a family weekend in the surrounding countryside of County Durham. This love of nature and keeping active is something that Niall has continued in adulthood, with lots of his weekends spent hiking trails in Northumberland and the Lake District.
Having never experienced a snowy, winter holiday before joining the Activities Abroad team in the summer of 2019, Niall was eager to experience the magic of Lapland for himself.
Since then, Niall has been lucky enough to have visited most of our family-friendly locations in Finnish Lapland including Muotka, Nellim, Menesjärvi & Saariselkä!
Highlights for him were a husky safari through the wilderness at Harriniva and meeting a group of reindeer at the Northern Lights Village in Saariselkä. He was also taken in by the fantastic family atmosphere at Nellim too, with their large hill for sledging down to the frozen lake proving to be a great place for children and adults to enjoy some fun in the snow!
As well as being fully converted to snow holidays, Niall has also had the chance to experience some of our summer destinations too. Croatia and Gozo are two of his favourites when it comes to stunning coastal scenery but he is hoping to be able to experience more activities in the sun, such as cycling through the countryside of Sicily and catching a glimpse of dolphins in the surrounding seas of Madeira!
- At sunrise, steering a pack of eager huskies across fresh snow at Harriniva
- Zooming down a snowy slope on a sledge at Nellim
- Feeding a group of hungry reindeers at Saariselkä Northern Lights Village
- Finland: Muotka, Nellim, Levi, Saariselkä, Harriniva, Jeris, Menesjärvi