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Reisbegeleiding 9,0
Vervoer 7,9
Overnachtingen 8,2
Reisroute 8,4
9.4 7 beoordelingen
  • 8

    Höpö-höpö! Joo Joo!

    A great adventure skiing through the pristine winter wilderness.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Skiing through the pristine winter wilderness was amazing. In addition listening to Helena, the owner of the accommodation at Arola, was fascinating, especially her stories of the winter war.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Petri was very knowledgeable, however I felt we as a group took a couple of days to warm to him, and he to us. His waxing of our skis each morning was very much appreciated. Jani our snowmobile driver was excellent, with nothing being too much trouble for him, even if he did have to cut our ski tracks three times on the second day of skiing, and he always prepared a yummy lunch by the campfire for us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Carry your head torch and spare batteries with you at all times. On our second day of skiing our ski tracks got messed up by husky sleds in the morning, so we ended up skiing the last 1.5 hours of the 25km in the dark with no head torches, which was a bit more of an adventure than was planned! In addition take anti bac hand gel as there are compost toilets at all lunch stops and one night (Kovavaara) there is no running water, just a compost toilet (and of course sauna!). Take snacks with you from the UK. The only option to really buy any snacks is the airport on the way out. There also isn't really much opportunity to spend much money - the airports, and a couple of nights the places we stay have little souvenir shops. The tour leader provides beer and wine at supermarket prices (1.5Euro for a beer and 10Euro for a bottle of wine).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would strongly advise you have cross-country skied before embarking on this trip and are reasonably proficient in the basics as there are ups and downs, and it is a tour as opposed to day loops from one base. I personally think this trip should be reversed, so you have the longest, probably most challenging day nearer the end of the trip rather than on the second day of skiing. Skiing near Martinselkonen Wilderness Centre was much flatter and a better location to regain one's ski legs, than near Hossa.

  • 10

    Remote and beautiful

    Well organised trip. Leader/Guide Kimmo coped with any eventualities and had almost infinite patience. A change of ski type was organised to cope with the above 0 temperatures. The accommodation was all accessible by road. Meals were good and plentiful. Jero the skidoo driver providing the ski tracks had hot juice ready on our arrival and soup to follow. Saunas at all night stops to ease the muscles. Could probably have skipped the dinner on arrival as it was around 11pm.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The quiet and beauty of a remote area. Tracks of wolverine and other wildlife.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kimmo was excellent. Patient. His sense of humour worked with the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware that there is limited chance for tuition on this trip unlike many other cross country ski trips, although advice and tips were forthcoming

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Finnish Wilderness Cross country skiing

    A great week with some teething troubles (as this was the first time Exodus had run this course.) South to north would have worked better than north to south. Accommodation was basic in some places (as expected) but then unexpectedly excellent. Food was good to great everywhere. A real feeling of remoteness coupled with excellent campfire lunches. Some good long days skiing at our own pace. An injury with one of the team on the second day was unfortunate but despite being feeling remote, the injury was treated in hospital quickly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Skiing near the end of the week, when everything seemed to come together and realising that jumping into snow after a sauna is not a near-death experience after all!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petri was great - calm, full of stories and wanting to promote the Finnish way of life at a moment's notice. His dry sense of humor meant we were never sure when he was telling the truth or not. Did anyone else know about the sabretooth lemming?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be fit. The original trip notes indicated this was suitable for absolute beginners. There were no absolute beginners on our trip and we all struggled. 25km on day two is demanding. Bring a head torch: it will be dark after 16:30 in mid February so contrary to the trip notes, a headtorch is not optional. Navigation was never a real problem provide you stayed on the tracks.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our trip had its mishaps and could have been even better with hindsight, but we're really glad we went. We met some great people (in the team and in Finland), had an adventure, skiied further than we thought we could and have come home with some real stories. I recommend the trip; I'm sure the niggles will be sorted out and then it will be an outstanding trek.

  • 8

    Gliding through a Winter wonderland

    An exciting adventure in an unspoilt wilderness

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When all you've learnt comes together, the conditions are just right and you are making progress through the forests and across the frozen lakes, you've mastered the uphills, are controlling your descents and gliding gracefully along the flat - those are the perfect moments on this trip. Meeting Helena, our gracious hostess at Arola, was also a delight: her stories of the impact of the Winter War on the locals were fascinating and she is a wonderful cook.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petri seemed a little reserved to start with and even perhaps somewhat perturbed at the varying levels of skiing experience/ability within the group. However, within a couple of days, we saw his lighter side and appreciated his willingness to share his knowledge of the area, the terrain, Finnish life and some of the 200 Finnish words for snow!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Always carry your headtorch and spare batteries - and if you couldn't change those batteries in the dark, you'll need to carry another small light source too. Anti-bacterial hand gel is a good addition to your backpack - those compost loos in the forest don't come with washbasins! Waterproof outer wear is useful when it snows.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Finnish Cross-Country Skiing Adventure

    A fantastic 6 day ski tour through beautiful forests, gently rolling hills and frozen lakes. At the end of each day of skiing, a warm and welcoming hut, with friendly hosts, hot food, and compulsory sauna.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Skiing through remote woodland with heavily falling snow, and absolute silence. Or sitting around a lunchtime campfire, eating hot soup and sharing stories. Or skiing into the dark at the end of a long challenging day, knowing there was a warm hut and a hot sauna somewhere ahead.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petri, our guide, was fantastic: knowledgable, organised, friendly and entertaining. He provided a safe skiing experience whilst allowing us independence to explore and test ourselves. And he had many many stories to tell, advice to impart and Finnish traditions to explain! Yani, our snowmobile driver and support staff, was very efficient, friendly and supportive, organising logistics, and preparing a hot and much- needed campfire and feast everyday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have at least some experience of cross- country skiing (and a decent level of fitness) before you go as some of the days can be quite long and challenging.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just go and do it. You'll love it!

  • 10

    Silent white vistas

    Excellent trip. Fairly long days of easy ski-ing across frozen lakes and through beautiful snow-clad pinewoods. It's the travelling that makes it, not the destination (although the apres-ski saunas were very welcome). I have never eaten so many delicious cakes in a week, and yet I didn't put on any weight.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    When Kimmo took us off piste. It had felt remote when we were following the snowmobile track (we never met a single other person), but now the silent, white wilderness became even more exhilarating.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kimmo was great fun and a fount of knowledge on all matters of Finnish wildlife, history and geography. He was also keen to share his bushcraft skills and his wicked sense of humour. He also proved a master as a DJ.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure your boots are comfortable on the first day. You won't get a chance to change them once you're out on the trek. Do not expect any tuition on ski technique.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Jani, our skidoo driver was an excellent chef - lunchtime soups were delicious and a delight to eat around the blazing campfire. All the accommodation was extremely comfortable, and Helena, our hostess at Arola, was entertainment personified.

  • 10

    Wonderful wilderness

    Amazing trip, difficult to sum up, but the feeling of being away from it all was great, definitely in the wilderness. Lots of wildlife- tracks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was great to be away from it all, in a really beautiful area with a lot of history. The whole tour was inspirational every day something different to see, and the peace and quiet was great.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Amazing leader, full of knowledge of the area both the history, wildlife and geography of the area.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take extra layer and thin pair of gloves for the lunch stop, difficult to eat with thick gloves on.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The snow mobile driver was also very good, knowledgeable and skilled at making delicious soups and coffee on an open fire!

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