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Lapland Holidays in Ylläs Finland – 17 Tips to a Unique Lapland Experience with Kids

Lapland Holidays in Ylläs Finland – 17 Tips to a Unique Lapland Experience with Kids

Are you looking for Lapland holidays with a wide variety or activities and unique experiences for the whole family? Prefer a place accessible by public transportation? Ylläs, located about 200 km/125 mi north from the Arctic Circle, is a fantastic base for Lapland family holidays […]

Things to do in Lagos: Caves Kayaking and more

Things to do in Lagos: Caves Kayaking and more

Portugal’s southwestern coastline offers amazing views to the Atlantic Ocean over scenic beaches and impressive sandstone rock formations. Seeing the beaches, caves and grottos from the sea is something you shouldn’t miss if the weather permits! Also the Lagos old town is a charming place […]

Hong Kong Disneyland memories

Hong Kong Disneyland memories

We visited Hong Kong Disneyland on a Friday afternoon in November. The weather was surprisingly warm and it was crowded with long lines to almost all rides. We ended up mostly just walking around and admiring the parades and enjoying the Disney atmosphere. I’ve visited Disneyland Park in California and Disneyland Paris a long time ago (it was actually my first summer job to work as a cast member in the restaurants on Main Street!) but it was the first time for my daughter to experience the Disney magic.

I wish I would have done a bit of research in advance and known about the Fastpass system to beat the lines! Here’s insights to Disney World Fastpass Secrets – I imagine it would have been a similar system in Hong Kong as well.

Disneyland Hong Kong parade

Hello Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto! Nice to meet you Winnie-the-Pooh! The Disney Princesses were my daughter’s favorite and we couldn’t exit the park without visiting the gift store and purchasing some Palace Pets figures.

Disneyland Hong Kong - Winnie

Disneyland Hong Kong

There were also some live music performances that we enjoyed very much.

Disneyland Hong Kong - Main Street parade

As it was November the park had lots of Christmas decorations, a huge Xmas tree and we could hear some Christmas carols. It was quite a different experience in the hot and humid weather from what we’re used to for Christmas in our home country Finland 🙂

Disneyland Hong Kong - Main street

Eventually the sun started to set and it was time to say good-bye to Mickey and friends. Looking forward to return one day!

Disneyland Hong Kong - Entrance

Are you a Disney fan and do you have any tips for visiting Disneyland with kids? Would love to hear your insights!

Top 5 Tips to Skiing with Kids in Pallas National Park, Lapland

Top 5 Tips to Skiing with Kids in Pallas National Park, Lapland

March to April is the best time to visit Lapland because the darkness and freezing temperatures of the deepest winter are over and the sun is often pampering the winter wonderland’s visitors. In April the days are long already – if you are lucky the […]

Top 5 tips to a Skiing holiday with kids in Salla, Finland Lapland

Top 5 tips to a Skiing holiday with kids in Salla, Finland Lapland

It was Easter holiday when we packed our skiing gear and set off for my daughter’s first skiing holiday. Last year I spent Easter in Finnish Lapland for the first time in my life and it was an amazing experience to be surrounded with snow, yet enjoy sunshine late till the evening and to top it all off, on our last night I could see the northern lights for the first time in my life! I was convinced that I should be back.

We were a bit worried if we’d find enough snow in Salla as Easter was quite late this year, after mid-April. Already at approaching our destination, our worries were gone: there was lots and lots of snow and more was falling down from the sky.

Salla is a less popular than many other places in Finnish Lapland, maybe because it’s not so easy to access it without a car. The closest airports are Kuusamo and Rovaniemi, from where it’s possible to take a bus. However, it is about 10 kilometers from Sallatunturi village to the nearest grocery store, and there’s only a few restaurants, so it would not be the most convenient solution to travel there without a car.

Top 5 tips to Salla

  1. Peacefulness and lots of space
  2. Cross-country skiing in pristine winter wilderness
  3. Seeing reindeer and husky dogs
  4. Downhill skiing slopes close to the cabins
  5. Ice swimming with the locals

1. Peacefulness and lots of space

We found the best part about Salla to be its peacefulness. It is about as far from crowds as you can get with still having some services around. Easter is probably the busiest time of the year yet when I went cross-country skiing in around 9am in the mornings I was the first person on the tracks and met only a few persons over a couple of hours.

Lapland Salla cross-country skiing

The quietness in the wide wilderness is amazing – you really feel close to nature and appreciate the opportunity to exchange a few words with people you do come across. People tend to be very friendly and helpful to share tips.

Lapland Salla skiing winterwonderland

2. Cross-country skiing in pristine winter wilderness

Salla has a good range of ski tracks that are well maintained. My favorite was the ~22km track across Ruuhitunturi. The climb is reasonable and at the top there’s a cafe to buy some refreshments and re-gain energy with hand-made fresh donuts.

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3. Seeing reindeer and husky dogs

The way down towards the Reindeerpark (Poropuisto) is really nice. The kids enjoyed the shorter tracks to the Reindeer park and meeting Rudolf and his friends as well as the close encounter with husky dogs. Next time we’ll need to go on a husky or reindeer ride.

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4. Downhill skiing slopes close to the cabins

The downhill skiing slopes were located right next to the Holiday Club cabins where we were staying which was very convenient. On the down side, the lifts are quite basic, mainly anchor lifts and some telescope lifts – no nice gondolas or chair lifts. The front slope is quite steep and the easier blue slopes are at the back on the east and north side, which makes it more challenging for beginners. However, my 7-year-old was skiing for the second time in her life and after practicing for a while in the kids slope we were ready to go to the bigger slopes on the east side.

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It was amazing to see the little one’s progress – soon I was barely keeping up with her speed! Just as important as the skiing are the breaks and the log restaurant ‘Keloravintola‘ by the front slopes was a nice cozy place to have lunch and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

5. Ice swimming with the locals

From my previous visit to Salla a couple of years back I still remember the unforgettable winter swimming experience with Sallan Latu arctic swimmers (Jäämeren uimarit). Highly recommend to try it if you’re up for an authentic wood sauna and dip in the icy lake experience with locals.

Top 5 tips to a Skiing holiday with kids in Salla

Top 5 things to do on an active family holiday in Corralejo, Fuerteventura

Top 5 things to do on an active family holiday in Corralejo, Fuerteventura

It was my second time to visit Corralejo, Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands. The weather was quite windy which seems to be typical, so  be sure to bring also warm clothes in addition to sunscreen if traveling there. However, I found the climate to be […]