A week full of unashamed laughter!!

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

The full day with the huskies; such beautiful animals with fabulous personalities – I could easily have spent the whole week doing this activity! Secondly, I really enjoyed cross-country skiing, and loved afternoon laps of the frozen lake with new friends. Apart from a lone local chap doing a spot of ice fishing, the lake was deserted, tranquil and beautiful. Make full use of the equipment available to you, Staff at Basecamp are always available to assist with access to the store-room.

What did you think of your group leader?

We didn’t have an Exodus guide, Martti, who works at Basecamp, led the group for the week with assistance from several trainee leaders. Martti introduced us to snow shoeing and cross country skiing, and also led the ice-climbing and abseiling options. All staff at Basecamp are friendly, attentive and hardworking.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Once we’d done the snowmobiling, had a mooch around the shops and lunch on the day trip to Ruka, we got a taxi back to Basecamp rather than wait for the coach. However if you get yourself organised, there are things to do, for example, the hiring of fat bikes and cross country skis.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

As many reviewers have already stated, the clothing provided is excellent – I really liked that I didn’t have to think about what I was wearing every day, and that everyone in the group looked identical, especially when we went on the day trip to Ruka! I did wear my own long sleeved base layers and leggings, however you are provided with 2 pairs of fleece leggings, 2 fleece tops, waterproof jacket and trousers, hat, waterproof boots, belt, gloves, mittens, backpack and flask. It is highly unlikely that you will be cold, but additional items are available if required. Some reviewers have said there can be issues with the optional dog sledding day being oversubscribed, however on my trip only two members of the group wanted to do it – luckily one of the trainees at Basecamp was able to make up the numbers, which was greatly appreciated as going dog sledding was the main reason I booked this holiday!