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  • 10

    SNOWSHOEING IN FINLAND

    The holiday was fantastic. We saw the Northern Lights at the end of our first full day. Husky sledding was great fun, as was ice climbing. Riisitunturi National Park with its trees bent into strange shapes under the weight of snow was amazing. The accommodation was comfortable and the food was delicious. All the Basecamp staff were friendly and helpful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Racing along being pulled by four huskies was exhilarating, as was getting to the top of the ice wall at Basecamp thanks to Henrik.  Quiet moments in the national park with no other sound than those of our snowshoes were pretty special too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Meiju was very knowledgeable about the plants and animals of the area and could identify all animal tracks (and poo!) we came across. She was responsive to the needs of the group and varied the itinerary to cope with the very cold conditions (-39C one night). She showed concern for the safety of the group without ever being overbearing. Meiju was an excellent leader who always had a smile on her face and time to chat to members of the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Look at the Basecamp Oulanka website www.basecampoulanka.fi  before you go – particularly the video of the equipment provided – if you have any concerns about what to take. As it was very cold the week we were there I found shakeable hand/foot warmers very useful. A pair of flip flops or crocs is also useful for going from the sauna to the hot tub as it is very cold on bare feet otherwise.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Budget for the optional activities - they’re well worth it. Have a great time.

  • 10

    Snowshoeing in Finland

    This was an excellent holiday at the cosy and warm Oulanka Basecamp. We were provided with clothing that kept us toasty and boots that were very comfortable. The food was locally sourced as much as possible, tasty and filling. Overall, I cannot fault this holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There are many - lunch at a camp fire, the peace out on the fjell, dog sledding, and meeting a friendly group of people. All wonderful!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tessa Kokkonen was a brilliant leader. She gave us info about Finland, it's history, and about the wildlife. Tessa was full of enthusiasm, helpful and had a great sense of humour. Nothing was too much trouble for her. Excellent!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The outdoor clothing provided is very good so save the space in your cases.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    First winter activity holiday I have been on and it has given me the bug to do another.

  • 10

    Snow Shoeing and Much More

    Finland is beautiful and Oulanka Basecamp a superb place to spend an active week. The facilities, equipment, food, activities and above all the staff - for whom nothing was too much trouble and who all clearly loved their work - were first-rate. The room accommodation was comfortable and the communal lounge, bar, sauna, hot tub and dining area in a separate building a few seconds walk away. We wanted and expected cold weather - which we got - but were never cold because everywhere was well heated and the winter clothing and boots provided were of the best quality (and all in with the price). The Basecamp is in the middle of nowhere - again, wanted and expected - in an area of forest, lakes, rivers (aka Finland!) but also unexpected hills and, at times, steep climbs. What I liked best? Pretty much everything and there were not enough hours in a day to do all I wanted. Also being wonderfully tired every evening after a hard day of snow shoe walking, cross-country skiing, snowmobile and/or dog sledding were a great aid to a good night/s sleep. Highlights major and minor - in no particular order - were: 1. The food. Loads of it and delicious, including the packed lunches and special energy bars. (We burned a lot of calories). 2. Eating lunch around camp fires at wilderness shelters in a gentle snowfall. 3. My first time on skis. (We haven't laughed so much in ages). 4. Falling a lot. (Yes, I'm serious. I fell off everything - snow shoes, skis - level and downhill - snowmobile and dog sled), and once nearly ended up in a river, but only hurt myself a bit a couple of times.) 5. Dog sled day. A marvellous experience and enough to turn this dog-phobe into a husky fan. 6.The company of like-minded strangers to add to wife and two good friends. Lowlights: Not a thing, other than we didn't get the Northern Lights, but that's beyond the Basecamp's control, and I couldn't do everything. We'll have to go back! The rooms are of two types. The upper rooms are a bit bigger, have a small mezzanine for storage or to sleep in and a balcony. All heating and hot water comes from a wood pellet-burning boiler and a wood-burning fire in the lounge. All clothing and gear is provided to reduce luggage weight - a small detail ,but a nice idea - and almost all food provided sustainable and locally sourced.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many. Probably the dog sled day, but sitting round a crackling fire outdoor in an light snowfall whilst toasting packed lunch sandwiches and drinking hot chocolate (laced with a shot of whisky) was hard to beat.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide, Tessa Kokkonen, led us with confident knowledge and expertise, breaking up the long walks with frequent halts to talk about Finland and its wildlife, forest, history and folklore. She included traditional stories and identified the animal tracks we found in the snow.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Save your luggage space by not taking outdoor clothing, skis, boots, etc that you think you will need as everything is provided. On the other hand, if you think you might need to replace something you run out of or break, require medicines, another book, etc. take these as there is not much in the way of shops outside the airports.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Base Camp Oulanka was a superb experience and one to repeat. I am now a fan of winter holidays.

  • 10

    snow shoeing in finland

    this was a great week in the finnish wilderness at a very comfortable lodge with great food, the clothing we got was great quality and kept us warm. there was a huge range of things to do dog sleding , night snow shoeing which was quite an experience and sauna yoga to mention a few.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    going to the fairy land like riisitunturin kansallispuisto national park with the most amazing snowy trees and great lake views

    What did you think of your group leader?

    one of the best i have had - effiencent , polite ,nothing was too much trouble and he was very enthusisatic

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    do go , it was a lovely trip

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Snowshoeing in Finland

    A fabulous week in a wonderful place. We were lucky enough to have sunshine and clear skies, so good views of the Northern Lights several nights running. The accommodation is warm and cosy and the food almost too good!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two things stick in my mind - the realisation on the first evening that we were actually going to get to see the Northern Lights. That had almost everyone jumping up and down with excitement. And the optional husky sledding on the last day - swooshing along through the beautiful landscape with a team of enthusiastic and friendly dogs. Wonderful!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Martti is a great guy with an endearing sense of humour. He spent 15 minutes on the first day earnestly describing how we should behave if we came across a hibernating bear in the forest, only then to confess that he had never actually seen one himself. He also managed to get the whole group hugging trees...! I also felt by the end of the week that I had learned a lot about Finland.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As previous reviewers have mentioned, the physical activity side of this holiday was a little less intensive than we have previously experienced on snowshoeing holidays, so go prepared either to strike out on your own or just chill at Base Camp. Having said that, the walks undertaken were varied and very scenic, so well worthwhile. There are also a number of optional activities (see above re Husky Sledding) that can really be recommended, even though they are on the expensive side!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't worry about changing too much money in advance - you can pay for pretty much everything on a credit card at the end of the holiday.

  • 10

    Snowshoeing in Finland

    A relaxing week spent in glorious Finland. If you like snow to feature in a holiday then you cannot beat Finland. The people are lovely, the venues calm and relaxing and the activities can be as full on as you want them to be. This trip can be very relaxing and had less guided walks than I had anticipated but you can participate in many optional extras or take as many unguided walks as you like. If that doesn't appeal then sit and relax by the fire and eat plentiful and delicious food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the northern lights four times in one week.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Martti was a charming host and a great advert for Finland. He clearly shares the ecological ethos of Basecamp Oulanka.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you want a very active week be prepared to take unguided walks or optional extras. Don't forget your driving licence if you want to snowmobile.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't stress about buying special cold weather kit. They will provide everything and it is well laundered. If you realy want to take your own stuff, base layers are all you need.

  • 10

    Fabulous Finland

    Where in the world can you snowshoe in a forest looking like it is peopled by snow trolls,eat by an open fire by a frozen lake or learn to distinguish otter tracks from elk.Our guide Marti showed us how to tell from strange indentations in the snow which direction an artic hare was hopping.We were in the most magical and remote wilderness I had ever seen.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The unexpected moments can be the best.Lunch stop on the little bear trail proved a treat.We had some leftover porridge bread from lunch and stood with our hands open as we heard some bird calls above us.Our guide said they were SIberian jays and a curious bird.They swooped down and took the food from our outstretched hands again and again,an unscripted moment and quite wonderful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Cheery,unflappable,knowledgable and full of stories.He was willing to flex and work with our questions and concerns.Unfortunatly he was unable to supply a view of the aurora borealis as parting the clouds was not covered in his Wilderness training so we did not see the skies light up!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My one piece of advice would be to budget well you may have more free time then you expect. I had expected to be outdoors for lunch as we were snowshoeing but that was not the case always and as a result the afternoons were free.There is lots to do from the reindeer farm visit to huskies to cross country sking but come expecting to pay extra and budget accordingly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you have the time and money I really recommend the full day with the huskies!To mush across 30 km with these dogs was fun so long as you used the break!

  • 10

    Snowshoeing in Finland

    Wonderful base in beautiful part of the world. Excellent facilities and equipment provided. Superb guides. Delicious locally sourced and home-cooked food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My wife nearly stepping on a huge male capercaillie sheltering in the deep snow - flew off with loud wing beats - not sure who was more startled!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent; wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and gentle encouragement

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you like the big outdoors, want a change from the standard ski-type winter holiday, why not try this.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Would be interested in a visit at other times of the year; such an idyllic place.

  • 10

    Finland, snowshoeing - superb

    This was my first holiday with Exodus, but I knew of the Company by reputation and word of mouth. I was not disappointed. From start to Finish (!) this was a well organised trip with people who knew what they were doing. The accommodation was excellent, the staff and leaders were very knowledgable and helpful and the other participants were great company. Food was wholesome, filling and tasty. The snowshoeing started with an easy and fun introduction and soon progressed to longer day outings in stunningly beautiful scenery. I've massive numbers of photos to show what a wonderful holiday this was.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think there were at least two particularly memorable ones, though every day was inspirational: The two that for me stand out the most were: in the middle of the night when one of the gang was yelling and shouting outside the huts - the Aurora Borealis was performing - absolutely wonderful; the other was looking down at a fierce fierce waterfall covered by a shelf of ice......and meeting some lovely people who enjoyed the outdoors and the sense of adventure....not to mention the introduction to hot chocolate laced with mint liqueur (bottle purchased at Helsinki on return trip and still being enjoyed!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    In a word, fantastic. Most of the leading was undertaken by Tessa, who was so very knowledgeable about the wildlife, tracking, and leading us through some dramatic scenery. Always cheerful, friendly and encouraging she was great to be with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it! You'll not regret it....and make sure you pack a spare battery/batteries for your camera plus charger

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Only to say a huge thank you to everyone for making this such a fabulous break. I'm now looking at this coming winter's options....

  • 10

    SNOWSHOEING IN FINLAND

    Another fantastic Exodus trip. 7 great days at a very special location with a lovely group of people. I was a bit concerned about how I would cope with the very low temperatures but need not have worried because the gear provided keeps you warm and cosy. Snowshoeing is great fun and I would recommend this trip to anybody who loves being out in spectacular scenery.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day was special but if I had to choose I would go for the visit to Riisitunturi National Park. We were blessed with blue skies and sunshine. It was like arriving in Narnia!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bjorn was a great leader, friendly and sociable around the Group and very knowledgeable and passionate about Finland and its traditions.  All the staff at Base Camp Oulanka were extremely helpful and friendly.  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it and have a wonderful experience

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    SNOWSHOEING IN FINLAND

    A good introduction to snow shoeing in a stunning location.  Accomodation, food, equipment and tuition all excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Never having been to this part of the world in winter, the whole experience was inspirational.  Highlights were the Little Bear trail (longest day walking) and Riisituntri with it's snow-laden trees.  Also the optional activities of cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Leader for our week was Meiju, who was truly excellent.  She looked after the group very well and kept everybody together without being overbearing.  She also has excellent knowledge knowledge of the flora and fauna around.  I must say that all of the staff we came into contact with (and there were several) seemed equally good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We found the snow shoeing very easy indeed, much more leisurely than moderate - the longest walk was only 4 hours or so and the stops were frequent.  The only time we felt we were working was when cross-country skiing, which we did our day off.  Returning to base for a hot lunch most days (packed lunches were avalable) was a bit of a surprise as we would have hoped to spend longer on the walks, but had it been much colder then maybe we would have thought differently. You need to buy your lunch every day - the only choice is buy it at basecamp or go without, as there is no choice of venue everybody we spoke to felt that this should be included in the price tag, even if that is then correspondingly higher. Boots - we took our own but didn't use them.  Don't bother, the ones supplied are much lighter and much warmer.  Clothes - apart from one occasion where we wore a basecamp outer jacket, we used our "winter walking in the UK" gear.  Yes, they supply everything (and it's all washed before handing to anyone else) but I'm usually a Medium size and had to take XXL to get the sleeves long enough.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Food at basecamp was universally excellent, and special dishes for special diets were no problem at all. The hideously late flight home meant taking 6 days off work for a one week holiday - I would look for alternative flights another time.  And Gatwick is just about the least convenient airport to use when you don't live in the London area.

  • 10

    SNOWSHOEING IN FINLAND

    superb holiday.  Fantastic scenery, lots of well organised, enjoyable activities, good accomodation, great leader, loads of good food :-)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Scenery was really fantastic but the enthusiasm of our leader was probably the most inspiring aspect of the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    she was really good.  Friendly, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, cheery and chatty.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try everything on offer.  We tried snow mobiling, husky sledging, x country skiing and ice climbing and would recommend them all.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Elk stew was delicious.

  • 10

    SNOWSHOEING IN FINLAND

    A fantastic trip, wonderful experiences, great food and great people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    At least three inspirational moments: 1)  Seeing a fantastic show of Northern Lights night after night. 2)  Spending a morning driving a husky sledge and then snowshoeing in the wonderful Riisitunturi National Park in the aftrenoon. 3)  Driving a skidoo through the Finnish wilderness.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Meiju was a wonderful leader; friendly, knowledgeable and always with a smile on her face.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Exodus provide all the cold weather gear you need, so you can pack light.   Make sure you do both the husky and skidoo "optionals".  They are both great.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The place we stayed was fantastic; I loved the big communal dining room / bar that we shared with the other group.  Food was great and overall atmosphere really welcoming.  Overall a superb trip.

  • 10

    SNOWSHOEING IN FINLAND

    a wonderful trip exploring the snowy landscape of 2 of the national parks.  A very warm welcome from our lead Eki and all the team at the basecamp.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Gently walking through the amazing snowy landscapes, especially in Riisitunturi National Park. Learning how to snowshoe, with expert tuition from Eki, so we were all upright and confident going uphill and downhill in just a few hours.  Then snoeshoeing (or sliding) down the powdery slopes.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    excellent, enthusiastic and very skilled in sharing his enjoyment of the landscape, wildlife and park.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Equipment provided is good - just bring thermals, socks and extra hat.  A neck or buff is useful as it's easy to take off when you warm up.  It was cold when we were there, minus 30s, but the layers really do work. There is more information on the basecamp webpage and facebook - some good videos.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a great introduction to snowshoeing and the lakes and rivers of the area. A great group and leader made this a fun trip. Very tasty food!

  • 8

    SNOWSHOEING IN FINLAND

    A wonderful trip which I loved from beginning to end. Amazing scenery in a beautiful country. I've finally discovered a winter activity I can really enjoy and if you like the great outdoors I can't recommend this trip enough. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Dog sledging was a real joy and snow shoeing through Riisitunturi National Park was quite literally out of this world.  Spending the night sleeping out in an igloo was a real challenge but certainly worth the effort. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eki (Erkki Ollila) was a real gem.  His enthusiasm for his local area was contagious - he found something "new" around every corner.  A great guide who really brought the day's excursions to life for us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Evenings are long in basecamp which as yet does not have a lounge area. Time is spent sitting on hard, wooden chairs - not very relaxing.  This was the only downside to this trip - don't let it put you off but be prepared.  Husky sledging trip is very expensive but I wouldn't have missed it. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just had one of the best weeks holidays of my life - give it a try and enjoy 

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