Raynauds and Lapland !!

I have always wanted to go to Lapland and for my 50th birthday my husband has offered to take me .... however

I have Secondary Raynauds (+ANA and capilary test shows evidence of changes) I have had Raynauds for 30 years and 10 years ago I was told by my consultant to leave the UK and live in a warmer climate (I now live in the South of Spain ) - for the last two years I have not been allowed to take medication for the Raynauds as I have been diagnosed with Vasovagal Syncope and taking Raynauds medication will make the Syncopy worse.

The only thing is I would love to go to Lapland, has anyone else managed a trip there? Does anyone think it will be possible?

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  • I have Scleroderma with Raynaud's, and undoubtably suffer from the cold. I however meet challenges head on holidaying in both Scotland and Sweden. It is difficult, but millions of layers, hand warmers and spending just a small amt of time out doors and i love it. Remember your mind and worrying can make symptoms worse!!

  • I'm a believer in anything being possible with the right preparation. Live your dreams as you don't know what's round the corner. Be prepared and I'm sure you'll be fine.

    I'm constantly in gloves indoors and out (I have scleroderma and Raynauld's, need regular iloprost etc). I'm off in my campervan tonight for the weekend. I have got all the kit and will be toasty warm, even if it is forecast as -4! Can't wait to give my new goose down filled North Face boots an outing!

    If you decide to go have a fabulous time and tell us all about it when you get back :-)

  • Thanks for both of your comments, I have always tried to keep doing some of the fun things in life - just making sure I have the right equipment with me first - I went waterskiing when we lived in the UK and now I go snow skiing one day a year as a treat! I suppose I just wanted to get some feedback on whether I was completely mad thinking I could manage a week in Lapland !

    I am so excited, however my husband doesnt think I am mad for wanting to go to Lapland ..... but he does think a 50 year old wanting to visit Santa Claus is strange :) ...... I think it would be rude to go to Lapland and not to pop in and say hello to him!

  • Good for you!!! Go well prepared and make sure you can get to somewhere warm easily!

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