I very nearly didn't take this trip having seen a number of very negative reviews. I was prepared to loose the money than shatter my daughter's dreams. But, after consulting a number of friends we went and I'm glad we did.
The hotel was warm and friendly with lots of christmas atmosphere. The staff knew the hazards and how to keep us all safe, particularly with the low temperatures there. The food was good and on time.
The location was simply awesome and the activities ran perfectly into one another leaving very little time other than to eat and sleep!
My advice to anyone thinking of this is to consider the following:
1) Are you prepared to live an hour from the nearest food retailer, where fresh produce is an extreme premium?
2) Do you realise you will be within the artic circle in a town of under 200 residents?
3) Do you understand the risks you will take if you do not take care to dress yourself and your children for a temperature that is 10 degrees colder than your deep freeze?
4) If you travel to another country with your own electrical equipment, will you need an adapter for the power connection?
If you understand that these are sensible things to consider then you'll enjoy yourself, but if you are expecting either a Hilton in the ice, or an all inclusive bucket holiday to Spain then you may not. And if you want your kids to say thank you rather than go sledging, or meet a husky, or take a snow-mobile ride, or meet Mrs Claus to make things....
I will never forget the look in my daughter's eyes when she met Santa, a jolly Lappish gentleman with a lovely beard. That joy and magic are, quite simply, priceless.
- Also Known As:
- Davvi Arctic Hotel Karesuvanto
- Davvi Hotel Karesuvanto