Short Break in Search of the Northern Lights in Menesjarvi Finland
Fantastic Holiday despite no sight of the aurora due to snow filled skies. Quick stop in Helsinki and a spot of ice skating. On to Ivalo and Kakslauttanen Resort, the glass igloo was warm and comfortable and a novel experience. Food choice was limited but on asking alternatives were provided and all was very good. Would recommend taking a variety of snacks if travelling with children however. Highlight was the husky sledding an amazing experience not to be missed - you get to run your own team of dogs / sled in pairs taking turns to “drive” through scenery that’s good for the soul! Note children can be passengers only but the staff were amazing and very patient and understanding of our 10year old daughter with ASD and sensory processing issues.
Day 3 taxi transfer to Hotel Korpikartano on the shore of Lake Menesjarvi - never felt safer on icy roads. This was a school before being converted to a hotel. On arrival first impressions, after having visited Helsinki / Kakslauttanen, was that amenities were basic and we were a little unsure of the set mealtimes and limited choice of menu. But the saying “never judge a book by its cover” should be heeded. This is a great place to stay for families. The hotel was warm, clean and comfortable, the food good , wholesome, healthy and very tasty (with us replicating the dishes to eat at home since our return). The set meals worked well around planned excursions. The staff, all of them, could not have been more accommodating and friendly and we would like to say a big thank you. They were very kind and understanding of our daughter and went above and beyond including arranging a special meal for the 3 of us at short notice so we could experience “reindeer” and making pancakes over the open fire on Valentine’s Day (thanks Anne). Excursions included; snow shoeing on our first evening, where we made friends to last, Sampo and Veera were fantastic guides; snowmobiling on the frozen lake with Marti (probably still laughing at my sense of direction or lack of); and last but not least “ taste of the reindeer herder” trip with Petri. It was a privilege to be welcomed by him and his wife who gave us a great insight into the Sami culture. We hope to return again.
Just the right mix of activity and relaxation in beautiful surroundings and a holiday we won’t soon forget. Thank you MNT!