What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
This has got to be the husky sledding. As part of the trip, a 2-3 hour husky sledding excursion is included, this was approximately 10km. There is an opportunity to do a 6-7 hour excursion of 30km as an optional extra. Don't hesitate! This was the most amazing day. This is the opportunity to see where the huskies live and chat to the husky guides who live there with the dogs. The dogs get so excited, they bark and howl at the tops of their voices, tails wagging and trying to keep the sled from moving before it was time to go was hard work and took all of my body weight! Mushing through the frozen forest was like going through the wardrobe into Narnia...so beautiful, so remote and so quiet...apart from when you stop and the dogs, who don't really want to stop, start howling and barking..ready to get on the move again!! You get full instruction as to how to operate the sled with safety again being a priority.
What did you think of your group leader?
Amazing! Henri was so knowledgeable, a great leader, organizer and extremely motivating plus he had a great sense of humour!
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The advice given by Henri is not to use skin care products with oil. I did some research before I left home and came up with Kiehl's products which are "torture tested" in Greenland. I'm happy to say my skin survived!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The staff are very particular about hygiene. I wore a beanie one day and without thinking went to put it back with the other clean beanies, Henri immediately asked me to put it in a separate basket for the laundry. When we had finished with all the layers and outdoor clothing at the end of the week, it was immediately apparent that everything was going straight to the laundry area and the new people for the week were issued with fresh, clean clothing. Just go and book up and see what an amazing place Finland is!