FINNISH WILDERNESS WEEK
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
It was all good - even building quinzhees in a wind chill of -25C. Both times with the huskies were great, as was the ice climbing, the hot tub and the endless supply of rye bread at breakfast.
What did you think of your group leader?
Olli was a friendly, sociable and knowledgeable leader who looked after us well. As we were a big group we were also looked after at times by Teemu, Hanna, Sara and pretty much anyone else who was around at Basecamp - all keen on making sure we had as much fun as possible.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Another review I read recommended budgeting around £500 additional expenses which I'd say is about right, particularly if you're planning on doing the full day of husky driving. Booze from the bar wasn't bad value at €21 for a bottle of wine and €3.50 for a shot of whichever dodgy Finnish spirit takes your fancy. The cold weather kit provided at Basecamp is more than enough for what you need, good boots and endless layers of thermals and waterproofs, you don't need to take anything of your own.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I didn't go on the day out to Ruka as I wasn't ready for the 'bright lights and coffee bars', preferring to stay around camp and do my own bit of cross country. which was a good choice for me. Other than sitting around the table and chatting there is nothing to do in the evening - although we found the evenings quite short as we normally were too tired to stay up for long - but books and possibly games would be a good thing to take. A really excellent trip though, I'd thoroughly recommend it - and it was possible to do more or less if the level of activity didn't suit.