Customer Reviews

  • Activity guides were amazing

    A review of Nellim New Year Aurora Adventure by Helen Gelder
    22 January 2015

    The guides for the activities were amazing, very knowledgeable and helpful. This enabled us to notch up some new skills and experiences; from chopping firewood to various cross-country skiing techniques. Probably one of our best activity holidays to date. Mattais even helped me to use my camera to get pictures of the Northern lights without a tripod and without being able to manually focus the
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    lens (it does have a manual setting though). We even have a picture of us as a family in the foreground.
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  • This was a truly amazing holiday...

    A review of Menesjärvi Christmas Northern Lights Adventure. by Clare Sharp
    07 January 2015

    This was a truly amazing holiday that we all thoroughly enjoyed. The activities were brilliant as were the guides. We are already thinking about booking a summer holiday with activities abroad as everything was just taken care for us. Everything was brilliant but the husky ride was a once in a life time activity. Also seeing the Northern Lights dance.

  • It really was a first class holiday

    A review of A Magical Search for Father Christmas by Paul Plowman
    06 January 2015

    It really was a first class holiday that the whole family enjoyed from the youngest to the oldest. We found the Finns delightful people who couldn’t do enough for us and were constantly aware of any potential limitations to our comfort throughout. The activities were well judged for small children, they stayed warm at -25C and they were monitored throughout by the activity guides as well as
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    ourselves. There was always somewhere warm to go and something warm to eat and drink and we were frequently asked if we were warm enough on outdoor activities. We felt the lengths of these activities were judged just right. The coach drivers who transferred us about were excellent as were their spotless coaches. The hotel was excellent. The food provided was varied and highest quality and the service was very good in the restaurant. We stayed in cabins, which were 10-15 minute walk away from the hotel. They were excellently equipped, warm, and comfortable for our three families. It was a really good choice. Each was incredibly modern, clean and had wireless internet. We loved all the snow activities but the real highlight for us all was the half day with Father Christmas! We spent nearly an hour on the toboggan slopes at his house, which was in the most perfect setting overlooking a frozen lake and forests in the distance. We met Santa in his house mid-morning and the children were mesmerised as he put them at their ease, and explained his history and his work. There were lots of photo opportunities for each child and groups of children with him and Mrs Claus, and their patience was endless. They then rolled out gingerbread and shaped Christmas buns with help from Santa and Mrs Claus and their biscuits and cakes were cooked in a huge bread oven in the corner of the room, and they were able to take them home. There was card making and Santa wrote individual messages that the children wanted included. This was then followed by a wonderful buffet lunch all artistically made by Santa’s family from local produce. We chose this holiday mainly for this extensive Santa experience and it was just perfect. We thought the holiday was really well done. The afternoons were free to undertake other activities (free entry to the hotel pool and the Angry Birds play area) that went down well with the children, and we oldies could relax. We thought that this holiday would be a special Santa experience for our three families and it was absolutely brilliant. Thank you very much and thank you to your team who provided all the information and made the arrangements beforehand.
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  • The holiday was totally perfect in every way

    A review of A Magical Search for Father Christmas by Gavin Downie
    05 January 2015

    The holiday was totally perfect in every way. Thank you.

  • A magical end to a magical day

    A review of Christmas in a Jeris Winter Cottage by Neila Smith
    05 January 2015

    Our favourite day was Christmas Eve. A morning sledging, followed by lunch at the Reindeer Farm, ride on the Reindeer Sleighs and a really good talk about the life of reindeer herders from 'Scotty' the local guide. Just as we were leaving we saw the Aurora and 'Scotty' helped us take photos. On arrival at the hotel we had a lovely meal by the lake with a Santa visit. As we were leaving the Aurora
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    was out again. We stayed on the lake and watched for about an hour. A magical end to a magical day.
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  • We would like to thank the Activities Abroad reps...

    A review of Luosto - Snow and Ski Active Pick and Mix by Regina Loh
    02 January 2015

    We would like to thank the Activities Abroad reps, Karen and Graham who assisted us during our stay in Luosto. My niece celebrated her birthday there and Karen had, within short notice, made a cute gingerbread house which was to be her birthday cake. We really appreciated her kind gesture. They were kind enough to alert the hotel that we would be returning late from our activities on two
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    occasions. We were thankful for the warm meals that were waiting for us in the restaurant. So, once again, thanks Karen and Graham!
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  • The overall trip was excellent...

    A review of Father Christmas And Arctic Animal Encounters by Richard Abigail
    02 January 2015

    The overall trip was excellent, the accommodation was great and the staff very friendly. I choose the trip because it felt like a Lapland experience with a Santa trip (as opposed to other trips I saw which were all about the Santa visit) and it totally lived up to my expectations. I would highlight more the Lapland experience and the Exclusivity in your marketing as I don't think you are doing the
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    trip justice! All elements of the holiday were very good. The Santa visit was very well done and felt exclusive. A tip to pass onto future travellers is that there is only limited ability to buy snacks for the kids at the village so it would be a good idea to pack supplies. We had an absolutely fantastic time and I would recommend this trip to all my friends.
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  • All the activities were amazing

    A review of A Magical Search for Father Christmas by Julie Fishleigh
    02 January 2015

    All the activities were amazing, Father Christmas, tobogganing, evening safari, snow sculpting and of course the reindeer and huskies. We all enjoyed everything so much. Tanya and Jordan were fantastic and it was clear it mattered to them a great deal that we were enjoying ourselves and put so much effort into each day. Father Christmas was amazing, so giving of his time to talk and take photos.
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    What a fabulous house and setting and a great meal there too. Nothing could be described as least enjoyable because it was all fantastic. Keeping the group to a reasonable size is a really good thought as we all got to know each other and everyone was so nice and we all got on so well and helped each other. The children made friends and even swapped emails to contact each other. In a bigger group that wouldn’t happen. Thank you everyone at Activities Abroad for a truly memorable holiday organised so well.
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