Archive for December, 2011

Comments Off on Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 7 – Dinner with Santa

Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 7 – Dinner with Santa


2011
12.17

This is a one-in-a-million event, who could refuse dinner with Santa?


Santa coming to join us for dinner

Mother-in-law-dearest

Me and big man

Nicola and little man

Big man looking happy with himself

All of us with Santa

The boys in Santa’s chair

Santa is addicted to giving gifts, even if it’s not Christmas yet

Santa gave two reindeer, the boys love them

We enjoyed it too

Santa’s carriage arrives, he’s a bit busy just before Christmas

Comments Off on Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 7 – Tobogganing

Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 7 – Tobogganing


2011
12.17

I wish we’d worked this out earlier, we’d have done so much more, but it’s such a special experience with Nicola and the kids, it was wonderful.

The gang ready to go tobogganing

Me

Nicola

Little man

Big man

Nicola and big man

Nicola and I, we hated having all this fun

At the top of the run is a wonderful cafe

It was an amazing cafe

You’ve got to have cake and drinks before you go down the run…

…all of us

Little man at the bottom of the run

Comments Off on Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 6 – Visiting Santa’s House

Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 6 – Visiting Santa’s House


2011
12.16

This was the whole reason to go to Lapland, there are so many places that have snow, skiing, log cabins etc etc, but if you want to see the real Santa, then you have to go to Lapland, his real home.

And that’s what the boys deserve, and wow it was a treat for all of us.

Santa really knows how to live, all that giving of gifts has been good for him, several large house, a devoted workforce and complete obsession by near every child in the world. Not bad Ha?


All of us with Santa, what a nice guy, Santa’s amazing


Santa gave the boys a present, they will keep it forever. A reindeer, they were thrilled

Taking a moment outside Santa’s house

Mother-in-law-dearest outside Santa’s place

Santa’s front door, with Sam the Inghams rep

Nicola, Ann and the boys at Elf towers

Elf towers, not the straightest of buildings but fun

Santa’s bridge

Big man and Ann at the Gold Elf’s house

Looking down on the Gold Elf’s house, alongside the lake. Nice place
Now obviously Santa like to entertain, and he’s got a large workforce, so why not have a decent place to have a party to celebrate all the hard work on Boxing day. So here’s his hall, just for an Elf rave. I wish he was my boss.

Little man in Santa’s grand hall

Nicola enjoying a nice hot berry drink. Really good (surprisingly)

Ann on the berry drink, with the boys behind

That’s a fireplace

Santa employed a great architect, this is all made from local timber

The shop at the end

The best street lights I’ve ever seen

A beautiful feed shed

Reindeer pen, Rudolf wasn’t in, unfortunately

One large nativity set up, all carved from logs

The Smith Elf’s workshop
The Smith Elf has a neat trick. If Santa is struggling under the workload, she can magic a present to any child’s room or Christmas tree. She put the magic powder into the forge and the flame takes the gift direct to the child.

Wow, it’s a cleaver trick, better than UPS and 100% secure.

Comments Off on Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 5 – Skiing (trying)

Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 5 – Skiing (trying)


2011
12.15

I convinced Nicola this would be a good idea, it obviously wasn’t, but it started well.

The plan was to take our skis, which I purchased years ago with us to lapland and see if we could still do it, in principle a good idea.


All of us practicing

Having fun

Lots of fun

From the top

Comments Off on Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 5 – Swimming in the North Pole

Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 5 – Swimming in the North Pole


2011
12.15

This has to be one of the most north you can go and still swim in your beachwear.


Hot tubs and jacuzzi

Swimming pool

Comments Off on Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 4 – Reindeer sledge rides

Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 4 – Reindeer sledge rides


2011
12.14

If you go to Lapland, it would be criminal not to go on a Reindeer sledge ride. So, we did it.
It’s a strange concept, you need to wrap up warm and hope you’ve got plenty of blankets under your bum. But it’s a fun way to get around, especially if you have a singing local in the sledge in front.

Not really a cute creature, but they have their good points


After the trip over the frozen lake, the beasts get lined up

Comments Off on Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 4 – Around

Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 4 – Around


2011
12.14

Some shots from around the town, it’s just nice to walk around, not a big town but very nice in the snow of pre-Christmas.


All of us, having fun

Ann leaning with the post

Comments Off on Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 3 – Evening walk

Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 3 – Evening walk


2011
12.13

Saaraselka looks amazing in the evening.


Our cabin for the week, this was amazing

I guess this would be described “the driveway”

The porch from a different angle

The town has a magical glow by night

Local bar

One of the main roads

Its cold but very beautiful
The shops

Comments Off on Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 3 – Snowmobile driving

Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 3 – Snowmobile driving


2011
12.13

This is a first, Nicola was a little unsure of driving, but it ended up as a great experience for all of us. The boys had to go in a trailer behind the guides, dressed for the weather and under a big blanket to keep warm. This was the only time in the entire visit that Big Man felt the cold, and only in his feet.
We were lovely and warm in all those layers.


The boys ready for the ride to start

Me in all the get up

Ann all ready to go

Nicola and Ann at the half way mark

Boys at the half way mark

Comments Off on Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 2 – Around the town

Christmas Break to Lapland – Day 2 – Around the town


2011
12.12

Time for an adventure, yesterday was a tough trip, Home to Gatwick, Gatwick to Finland Airport, Airport to Village, about 16hrs of transport. Great sleep though, breakfast then out for a walk.

Very strange getting up so late and it’s still pitch black, 3hrs of light (even that’s not bright) is a strange sensation.


Walking along the empty roads covered in snow

The snow is quite deep and it only started a few week ago

When everything is so white, wow this is pretty

Nicola, caught by surprise, beautiful view

Me being a prat as usual

Big man looking at the shop

-9 degrees centigrade, and this was considered warm