I got pregnant with my second baby when I was in Holland (Netherlands). V got a project there and that’s how we ended up in such a beautiful place. We had plans to explore maximum places in Europe as we had a Schengen Visa (who doesn’t have such plans, isn’t it?).
It was on September 14th, 2016 that we (N and I) reached Amsterdam, the Dutch capital. Very soon we visited Belgium, France and Germany. After the three visits we were planning for the next trip, and that’s when my sister told us they are planning a Finland trip and asked us to join them if possible. They are settled in Dubai and they are travel freaks. Finland was never in our thoughts as its one of the coldest countries and it’s pretty far from Holland. But as soon as they said about their plan, we also got interested. We booked the tickets, accommodation..everything was quick. But even then I was unaware of the fact that I am pregnant!!!
We had just one month for our Finland trip, and that’s when I realised that I am pregnant! Thoughts popped out in my mind. I had doubts if I could travel that long in the initial months of pregnancy. Very soon I visited the midwife, had the initial check-up, scanning and the first thing I told them was about our travel plans. She said I should definitely go and enjoy the time. I was super happy. I am sure if I were in India the doctors wouldn’t have allowed me to travel that long in the first trimester.
We were slightly worried about the temperature in Finland especially because it’s winter time and the temperature there fell to -25 degrees in the previous week of our travel. But luckily the temperature didn’t fall beyond -10 degrees, during the time we were there.
A friend of ours sent us this picture in WhatsApp after we planned the Finland trip for December!
I was feeling nauseous and tired for the past two weeks, but I was sure I will be perfectly fine once I reach the snow-covered beautiful land. That much is my love for snow!
Okay, so we were finally all set to travel and to meet my sister and family. Little N was so excited to meet her cousins, so were we. As I would be 8 weeks pregnant by the time we travel, I would like to call this trip a ‘babymoon’, and I was so sure I was not gonna get enough sleep or relaxation throughout the travel. Still, I was excited because I knew the trip is gonna make my soul and body happy and that’s all I wanted.
Direct flights to Finland was very expensive at that time (because it was peak season), and so we took the flight to Denmark first and then to Finland from there. We travelled on 15th of December, met my sister and family on 16th and headed over to Helsinki the same day. I was seriously unhappy seeing NO SNOW anywhere in the town! All I could see was some icicles hanging in very few places. I was disappointed. We did visit a few historical places, monuments, churches etc. and of course a couple of hotels too. The day passed somehow and the only thing I was happy about was the laughs and the happiness of the three kiddos (my lil N and my sister’s 2 kids). That really made my day. Umm, to an extend.
The next day we travelled towards Saariselka. The moment we got down at the Ivalo airport, the nearby airport, I was overwhelmed with joy. All I could see was the snow filled land. I then knew I was gonna enjoy the trip from that very moment. That was the most beautiful destination I have ever been to, seriously.
Our stay was arranged at Holiday Club, Saariselka. Their resort was indeed a heavenly spot, which provided us with all the facilities and amenities including a Sauna! There was a well-furnished kitchen too and as usual, my sister took over the cooking part, the first evening. I couldn’t take my eyes off the snowy region! I even got out of the cottage barefoot,😎 just for few seconds.😉 I simply couldn’t resist! Ok, my sister did it too.
We were there in Saariselka for 3 days and those were the best holiday we ever had. We visited many places there, experienced a lot of new things. One of the attractions was snowmobiling. Don’t get confused, myself, lil N and my sister’s youngest kid didn’t get into the snowmobile. Instead, the three of us got into a sledge which was attached to a snowmobile, and that was ridden by our guide, Mr Marks. That was indeed an experience, sledging through the snowy mountains, and having that special hot berry juice served by them in between. If I am not wrong, we were back in our cottage after 12 midnight!
Next on the list was Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. Though we explored the city a little much, our real destination was Santa’s Village and to meet the REAL Mr SANTA CLAUS. Santa said a ‘Namaste’ when he got to know that we are from India. Such a nice Santa he was!
I wasn’t feeling tired at all, throughout the journey. We even had hours of walk, I felt like I am a superwoman!
My sister and her family went back to Helsinki the next day to explore the city for a couple more days and we flew to our next destination, Denmark. Stay tuned to know our ‘Denmark Diaries’.