FINNISH WILDERNESS WEEK

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

I loved the husky sledding, it was a great experience.  The owners of the husky farm, Marika and Lauri without a doubt love their dogs and look after them so well.  The trip out through the wilderness was fantastic, all you could hear was the dogs panting and the "pad pad pad" of the dogs feet on the deep snow.  The scenery was beautiful, so much so that I had to pinch myself a couple of times to make sure I really was there - it felt like being in a David Attenborough programme! 

What did you think of your group leader?

Henri and Hanna were both superb - great leaders, always happy to help out with questions, extra clothing, advice on activities.  They both have a great sense of humour and did everything they could to make us all feel at home.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Take your own base layers (I used merino wool and didn't have to change them all week - it's miracle stuff!).  When you go out for the husky sled it might be a good idea to take a slightly warmer jacket as you will not be moving around as much as during the other activities. It is very quiet at Oulanka Basecamp - no TV, no music, no wireless, no internet, which I think is great as it is billed as a get-away holiday and that's exactly what it is - perfect! 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

It was just wonderful!  I loved it so much at Oulanka that I didn't want to come home.  Exodus, if there might be an option to extend by a few days to make a 10 day trip I think that might be even better than five stars!