FINNISH WINTER ADVENTURE - FAMILY HOLIDAY

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Every day was packed full of great activities which we will never forget. Our first daylight experience of Finland was the Husky Sled experience. The scenery was breathtakingly beautiful, the dogs amazing and friendly and capped off with hot drinks in a Teepee. This activity blew us away right at the beginning of our holiday.

What did you think of your group leader?

All the leaders at Basecamp Oulanka were superb, accommodating, helpful and friendly. The family group leader Tessa was brilliant with all the children. She managed to support the whole group through new activities while educating us in Finnish traditions. Tessa was always smiling! Our boys loved making an Igloo with her.  

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

This trip was an excellent introduction to winter activities. This holiday was varied, fun-packed and energetic. Our boys (aged 6 and 8) really enjoyed trying new activities and are keen to have another winter holiday! The food was good, and although there were times when we were not keen on the main option - there was plenty of bread and salad, and the kitchen was keen to accommodate and no-one ever went hungry. Basecamp Oulanka was well stocked with equipment and clothing which was accessible throughout. With temperatures reaching minus 29C we were grateful of the quality clothing available. Take swimming costumes to make use of the sauna and the hot tub - a great way to relax before supper!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

We absolutely loved our time at Oulanka. The wonderful people, scenery, food and activities made for a superb collection of memories. Tessa showed us how to showshoe and cross country ski. Later in the holiday we used our free time to do both again as the equipment was freely available. We spent many hours sledging down the slopes around the camp! The huskies and reindeer were truely amazing experiences.