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    anybody been? looking at booking a short holiday over christmas, find a decent hotel on hotels.com and cheapo flights with ryanair but whats the place like? people? weather at that time of year? rather than looking it up i would like somebody to tell me in person, so to speak, cheers all who reply

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    Yes, I have! The people are lovely - very friendly! I went in Winter... if you can, get a flight to Lapland... you cross the Arctic circle, ride reindeers, build houses from ice etc! If you have kids, they have special trips where you go and sit in a teepee kind of thing and the locals tell stories and cook you dinner, then you visit "Santa"!! Be prepared for cold though... it was between -30 and -35C every day and there's very few sun hours!

    Why? Just why?

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    wow sounds cool Im a big kid anyway to lapland sounds amazing!!! - What are the prices like of local foods drink etc?

    deek72 - it looks an amazing place to go during christmas!!!

    usniff

    wow sounds cool Im a big kid anyway to lapland sounds amazing!!! - … wow sounds cool Im a big kid anyway to lapland sounds amazing!!! - What are the prices like of local foods drink etc?deek72 - it looks an amazing place to go during christmas!!!



    Each to their own I suppose but I could think of 100 places I'd rather be than Helsinki.
    -35 degrees! Why would you want to endure that?

    deek72

    Each to their own I suppose but I could think of 100 places I'd rather be … Each to their own I suppose but I could think of 100 places I'd rather be than Helsinki.-35 degrees! Why would you want to endure that?


    Helsinki isn't that cold - Lapland is.

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    something diff plus ive been skiing and snowboarding before so im used to it, cant say that for the OH though lol - you really wouldnt fancy it???

    usniff

    wow sounds cool Im a big kid anyway to lapland sounds amazing!!! - … wow sounds cool Im a big kid anyway to lapland sounds amazing!!! - What are the prices like of local foods drink etc?deek72 - it looks an amazing place to go during christmas!!!



    I went years and years ago so I can't remember about food and drink, but actually getting there and staying there isn't cheap! We went for 4 or 5 days and it was over £1,000 (including excursions) so maybe no good for you if you want cheap but definitely worth a visit in the future! Not sure about cost in Helsinki as we were only there for a day but it's a brilliant place - go go go!

    Did a lot of work in Finnland, over last 5 years mainly went to Helsinki and Turku, (Home of the Moomins!) to socialise with they are great to work with they are a bit odd.

    Try the Salmiakki drink whilst there and the reindeer steak in cloudberry sauce is to die for.

    usniff

    you really wouldnt fancy it???


    Well then, if that's an ivite and you're paying....

    I never look a gift horse in the mouth.

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    salmon - im getting the hotel for £123 for 3 nights 4star and the flights for £168 return 2 adults so its pretty cheap!!

    DKLS - ill remember that if i end up going cheers

    Deek - na not an offer lol dont think the OH wud be to happy with it....

    Helsinki is a great city.

    You are best to try and go during Pikku-Joulu (Little Christmas) which is in early December normally. They have their christmas early there so that the darkening nights have some bright feelings to them

    helsinki can be very cold in december - I was there on the 18th december and it was minus 25, but no it doesnt usually get so cold as the North / Lapland.

    I recommend Tampere (ryaniar fly there) which is where nokia is based - a very beautiful city, on the place where 2 lakes meet.

    Helsinki is best if you not visited finland before though as you can also take amazing overnight ferry to stockholm and visit there, and also to Tallinn in Estonia which is lovely.

    Porvoo is a lovely day trip away from Helsinki on the coast too. Finland is generally pretty safe and you wont get ripped off as in Britain so it is not as expensive as people think. Great supermarkets too.

    Little Christmas is a good time as everyone is excited by it and there are cool christmas markets. It is not qutie so dark either. May well not be snow then however - if you want to be sure of snow I would aim for mid-end January and february is great when it has got a bit lighter and snow will be everywhere.

    It is not far too from russia and many take a wee trip to St Petersburg, but thats a different place entirely and not for the faint hearted

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    Id love to go to russia but not with the OH lol

    many thanks for the time and input batterz mate

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    make sure you take a big wallet if you like eating / drinking

    prices have to be seen to be believed

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    that bad??

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    deek72

    Each to their own I suppose but I could think of 100 places I'd rather be … Each to their own I suppose but I could think of 100 places I'd rather be than Helsinki.-35 degrees! Why would you want to endure that?


    er, for starters; maybe the Northern lights......

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    usniff

    that bad??


    £8 a pint bad!

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    ill stick to water lol - not as bad as ireland though!!

    it's not 8 pound a pint, what rubbsih. A fiver yes.

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    battez

    it's not 8 pound a pint, what rubbsih. A fiver yes.


    been recently?

    bar was charging £8-£10 A PINT and £4 a measure!

    csiman

    been recently?bar was charging £8-£10 A PINT and £4 a measure!



    I know, thankfully, the client site paid for all my expenses whilst out there.
    Dont forget to pack your thermals, I encountered -16 chuck in a bit of wind factor and it was -22, but great fun, my colleague over there was mid fifties and female and she could powerslide her volvo around corners with skillz.

    She arranged a driving course for me where I learnt how to do Scandinavian flicks and took me to a frozen lake where I was introduced to a nutter, who fitted R1 bike engines to off road buggies with evil spiked tyres. Was an amazing night blasting buggies across the ice, was frozen silly but you couldnt wipe the smile of my face.

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    battez

    it's not 8 pound a pint, what rubbsih. A fiver yes.


    epic owned lolz
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