Finnish Wilderness Week

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The day long (optional) dog sledding was without a doubt the highlight of the trip for us although all the activities were excellent.  All the dog sledding is run by a small outfit (Kota Husky) that is a family firm.  The leader, Lauri clearly cares immensely for the dogs and his control of them is impressive to see.  The long trip takes in some wonderful sights and you really get a feel for the personalities of the dogs. Lunch is served outdoors, prepared for the boss of the outfit, and Lauri's wife Marijka.  Sitting on reindeers skins around a log fire, eating and drinking local fare is a great picnic, made all the better by the fact that you arrived driving your own team of husky!

What did you think of your group leader?

Eki, the group leader was outstanding. He has an excellent sense of humour and great communication skills both of which he puts to good use when instructing and guiding. As you would expect his local knowledge was excellent and he genuinely cares about the environment around him, something which rubs off on all those around him. Whilst Eki was an excellent group leader, a great team backs him up .  Nothing is too much trouble and they make excellent hosts in what feels a little like their home.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

My advice to potential travellers is 'go for it'.  Do not be put off by the thought of the cold or anything like that.  My wife was really enthusiastic about the trip but was also apprehensive as she suffers with the cold when all others are walking round in shorts however she loved the trip.  The equipment they issue you is top quality and is perfect for the weather conditions.   If you want to take along your own cold weather clothing but everything they issue is sufficient.