I couldn't recommend this trip enoughA review of A Magical Search for Father Christmas by Rebecca Richards01 January 2014
After researching a few trips to Lapland and reading the reviews I decided to go with Activities Abroad because they had such positive feedback. I travelled as a single parent with my 7 year old daughter.This trip was billed as relaxed, unhurried and very traditional but I was worried that it might not be magical. My daughter is at the age where if meeting Santa was not handled carefully could…
Read more ruin many Christmases to come. I needn't have worried. The whole experience was put together beautifully, building up to the crescendo of spending the day with the man himself. Santa was very generous with his time given we met him on 22nd December. He assured us his elves were getting everything ready for the big day! He spent the entire time with us, chatting to the children, telling them stories and giving out facts of just how he manages to deliver presents to children around the world.Kids and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed the many snow related activities we could try, my personal favourite was the husky ride. This was an exhilarating trip through the spectacular Finnish scenery with a team of Huskies pulling you along. I even had the opportunity to drive the team myself, something I never imagined I would ever do!The group was made up of just four families including our own so we had chance to share our experience with just a few others. Never did we feel rushed and the schedule of morning activities followed by free time in the afternoon was the perfect balance. We used the pool three days in a row (the kids loved the slide!) and the new Angry Birds facility was enormous although a bit pricey to use. A spot of bowling on the last night finished the trip off beautifully. There were opportunities to try additional snow related activities in the afternoons at additional cost but the kids - who had all made friends with each other - just wanted to go in the pool.The elves, who were particularly playful, started a fun snow ball fight on the first day (and) were excellent. Santa has so many of them, there were rarely any with us two days in a row. Tanya elf was particularly helpful and engaged with the children well with stories of the work she does for Santa.The other guides were also brilliant with explaining the activities and being helpful - always happy to take photos or push the kids on the kick sledges - a real help to me being on my own.All in all, I couldn't recommend this trip enough and whilst I wouldn’t do the Santa trip again - it is meant to be a once in a lifetime experience after all - I would certainly consider going back to Activities Abroad for future trips. Thank-you you made it a very special experience for me and my little girl.