Finnish Wilderness Week
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I particularly loved New Years Eve dog sledging with the huskies, the sun was just coming up and shining onto the snowy trees, so beautiful and peaceful and I will never forget it! In fact I loved it so much that I then chose to do a full day with the huskies. You drive your own husky team and led by Lauri the lovely owner of the huskies we stopped half way for lunch and sat on reindeer skins by a fire in the middle of the wilderness and ate Elk casserole and Finnish pudding, both delicious, cooked by his lovely wife before heading off again. I also loved building the quinzee ( a hollowed out pile of snow) with the team and then sleeping in it all night in -15! I loved the snow shoeing through stunning snowy forests and by raging rivers and exploring the frozen lake on cross country skis with a sunset and a mist on the lake. Too many amazing memories to mention!
What did you think of your group leader?
Bjorn (Teddy) was a brilliant leader, so friendly and welcoming right from the beginning and really shared in our enthusiasm for the activities and the great outdoors. He has a true passion for nature and the national park and really looked after us in every way. He was also very good at looking after everyone whatever their level of ability. Marty did the survival skills with us and was equally as lovely. All the staff at Basecamp are just so friendly and lovely and I cannot praise them highly enough.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
My advice is to book this holiday! I have been on a lot of trips but this has for me surpassed them all. You get the opportunity to try lots of different activities and do more of those you enjoy. There is a fair bit of spare time when you can go off snow shoeing or cross country skiing and to use the sauna and outdoor hot tub (and roll in the snow Finnish style!) and its a good idea to take a book to read by the fire. It's a real chill out in the most wonderful scenery. You really don't need to take any winter clothes at all (apart from a base layer) as you get given them all and they are all clean and in good condition. Just take something warm to arrive and leave in and take casual evening wear with you. I really recommend you sleep all night in the quinzee, such a sense of achievement!