A wonderful week far from the madding crowd at Base Camp OulankaY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

For me, the most awe inspiring moment was driving a team of huskies up through the snowy forest and reaching the highest point and seeing the sun glinting on the tree tops, it was magical.

What did you think of your group leader?

We were absolutely delighted with our team leader, Martti. He is extremely knowledgeable and such a caring person who always had a smile on his face and was more than willing to go that extra mile to ensure that everybody in our group had a great holiday. When my wife fell and hurt herself he went out of his way to visit us in our accommodation, later the same day to ensure that she was OK. All the base camp team were friendly and a credit to their organisation.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

No need to take too much with you as three layers of protective clothing was supplied together with three pairs of gloves/mittens, socks, belt, a beanie hat and a head torch. We stayed overnight in a hotel at Gatwick and used the Thomson day before check-in service, which closes at 2200 hrs. Glad we did as we found out that my wife and I were allocated separate seats, disappointingly, however, the Thomson team kindly changed our seats for us -something for Exodus to consider for the future as were unable to book in online due to the block booking.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I would recommend this trip to those who want something a little different. It is aimed at adults, however Exodus run a similar holiday aimed at families and we are seriously thinking about taking our children and grandchildren on that one later this, or next, year. All the Staff at Base Camp Oulanka were brilliant: so welcoming, cheerful and welcoming - and we even got to take some pictures of the Northern Lights