Finnish Wilderness Week

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Arriving by dog sleigh to a wonderland of snow clad trees, an absolutely stunning vista, the sun just above the horizon with lakes in the distance. A photographers paradise!! The snow mobile trip was excellent and extra clothing was provided, we had a full two hours so well worth experiencing, but don't forget your driving licence.

What did you think of your group leader?

Henri was very approachable from the start and had a fantastic knowledge of Finland, its winter sports and wildlife. Nothing was too much trouble, his English was impeccable and his stories kept us waiting for more.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Like all the other reviews you really do not need to bring many outdoor clothes but you would find it useful to bring a thermal buff and hand warmers especially for the evening outside meal where even our wine froze. A kettle for tea in the morning, although there was plenty at breakfast. A tripod is essential if you are lucky enough to see the northern lights like we were, there are also some aps which help predict an appearance. We found the lake an excellent vantage point, less light pollution away from the lodge.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The homemade food was excellent and plentiful along with tea, coffee and juices. Plenty of salad starters, bread and wholesome stews along with vegetarian options. The lunchtime soup was always welcome after a mornings activities in the cold. Fruit was a bit limited but there was always a desert of some sort, usually cake or ice cream with berries. Beers and wine are available albeit a bit pricey but you can put a bottle behind the bar ready for the next night, if you don't finish it! The main lodge would benefit from a few comfy chairs around the log fire but apparently this is on the cards.