I was worried that the freezing cold and the dark was going to be a problem. I have three kids, the youngest being 6 and I was dreading them complaining. To start with, it gets light at 9am and stays light until 3.30pm so not much different to the uk really! Constantly wrapping up was a problem or rather a bit of a chore - but hey! it was all part of the experience. Oulanka Basecamp is beautiful - dont expect loads of mod cons - there's no telly or radio - the rooms are very basic but you will not be in there much. There will not be loads of other people there either as the establishment only has 16 rooms (8 of which only had one double bed in). The result is you get a real friendly atmosphere and you get to know everyone staying there with you. They have their own chef there who made some fantastic dishes for us. If you have fussy kids - beware - you get what you are given at Basecamp, there are no buffets or choices. A different home cooked meal was prepared for us each night and there was plenty to go around. There's plenty of salad and bread and coffee and tea were available all day, but if you have a child that likes to snack or will only eat chips then this will be a problem. The staff are so lovely there that if you did find yourself in this situation, I am sure they would try to help you out but beware, there are no shops around and Basecamp only sell a few chocolate snacks. The nearest shop was 25km away and we were told if we needed to get a taxi it would cost about 80 euros!! We did manage to get to a shop on the day we went to the Reindeer farm. We asked our driver to take a detour and for 20 euros he obliged - but then it was New Years eve and we were in need of snacks!! If you are still wondering whether to book this holiday for your family, all I can say is it was well worth the money - we experienced everything and more - snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice climbing, finnish sauna, hot tubs, hiking, igloo building, sleeping in an igloo, husky safari (oh, my god! how fantastic was that), the reindeer farm, skiing, snowmobiling (it's not as expensive as the brochure makes out as there are different time options available) AND The Northern Lights!!!