It’s daft really because Betwixmas is a great time to escape December’s dull torpor in favour of a place where the snow really does lie deep and crisp and even.
I’ve been thinking about the advantages of travelling between Christmas and New Year and I think they are pretty compelling. Personally, I’d strongly recommend heading for Northern Finland for Betwixmas.
- The roads and airports are quieter making travelling considerably less stressful
- You don’t have to use up much, if any, of your holiday entitlement
- You can go to Finnish Lapland knowing that the Santa frenzy is over for another year
- You can hunt for the Northern Lights or possibly even sleep under them at Saariselkä's Northern Lights Village
- You can go dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and much, much more amidst an environment that is more akin to Narnia than North Tyneside on a battleship-grey day
- You can return to work feeling refreshed and satisfied that you haven’t wasted that valuable holiday period
- What else are you going to do?
Oh well, back to slouching in front of the TV watching reruns of Del and Rodney in Only Fools and Horses.
Photography by Markku Inkila