Our Day In Lapland
For the last number of years, our port of call, in Lapland, has been Rovaniemi, which is about 800 kilometres north of Helsinki and which was described, by Lonely Planet, no less, as the top Christmas destination IN THE WORLD!
Santa Park is a cavernous and truly magical winter wonderland, literally UNDER the Arctic Circle, with wide corridors, level floors and easily accessible toilet facilities, all extremely important for our group.
But the day is far from over when we leave the resort! The energy of the kids is amazing and the return leg of the journey incorporates a seat decorating competition (otherwise known as ‘total mayhem’), more food, more singing and more pressies.
It’s normally around 10.30 or 11pm when we finally arrive back at BIA, after a long, tiring, but magical day…and ‘magical’ not only for the children…but ‘magical’ too for their families, for our doctors and nurses, for our volunteers and, last but not least, for the cabin and flight crew, who throw themselves enthusiastically in to the spirit of the day.