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  • 10

    ARCTIC CIRCLE DOGSLED EXPEDITION

    What a Fantastic Holiday I really enjoyed it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Dogs are Fantastic I fell of a few times but that did not matter. When the sled tipped over and I managed to hang on I shouted to the Dogs to wait they looked around at me as if to say OK.  Seeing the Northern Lights was very special as well. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Leader for the trip was Yan a German Man what a Great Man so nice and very helpfull as well. He knows his Dogs very well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My advice would be to make sure that you take Hand and feet warmers with you. Make sure that you pack plenty of warm clothes to take with you.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I will be going on another Holiday with Exodus soon.

  • 8

    ARCTIC CIRCLE DOGSLED EXPEDITION

    An incredible week spent in the Arctic with feet like ice blocks but a smile that spans the latitude representing the Arcticle circle itself. Great fun, incredible scenery and a real sense of working with the dogs and being somewhere unlike anywhere else.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many but surprisingly none involved the amazing Northern Lights we experienced.  For me it was the sense of pure joy and serenity spent each day sledding along behind the dogs through one of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever experienced. In particular the night mushing to the Sami lodge with chasing the setting sun as it sank below the tree line casting an orange hue over the otherwise white and green landscape, beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jan, a big burly German with great sense of humour, great patience and a genuine and obvious love of his dogs and the environment.  His passion for the region is infectious. His passion for his dogs laudable. He never molly-cuddled us but never left us to sort things out if we were clearly struggling, the right combination for a guide in my book.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Socks, socks and socks!!!! Hot damn my feet were cold on the days it was approximately -28 degrees and were exposed on the lakes and rivers. Foot warmers that go next to your sock base layer would be a good shout in taking the icey edge off. Also don't bother packing more than 2 changes of clothes for the 5 days you are out, you'll not use them - just swap layers around. Snacks are probably not needed as the amount of meat you eat and the soup at lunches will keep you going all day (the caveat there being unless you are a vegetarian - not much in the diet for you folks I'm afraid, although the guide and places you stay will try and accommodate where they can).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Smile, chill out, keep warm and don't be too concerned when that strange content smile covering your face freezes in place!

  • 8

    ARCTIC CIRCLE DOGSLED EXPEDITION

    A well thought out trip which was worth doing for anyone looking to get away from their hectic lifestyle to one of the most serene and idyllic landscapes in the world. It basically gives you 4 days of sledding throught the most calm and peaceful landscape in the world as well as the opportunity to see the Northern lights and the ice hotel on the same trip. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to see the Northern lights was my highlight, Incredible to see and lying own in the snow for 10 minutes as they just drift by was a once in a lifetime moment. Seeing the dogs getting hyper in the morning was also a lot of fun as they are just mad to get going. Seeing the Ice Hotel was also interesting.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was Jan, the owner of the local organisation white trail adventure. He went out of his way to make this an incredible trip and everything from the accomodation and fires to the food was brilliant. The food was always well cooked and there was plenty for everyone. He was very hands on with the group and helped anyone strugging and always stopped to let everyone catch up as well as randomly stopping to check that the dogs were okay. All in all he made the trip really enjoyable and would highly recommend the white trail adventure company to anyone.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you bring the headtorch and extra batteries, also something to read as it gets dark pretty early, there was power sockets in the suomi village on the 2nd night sleding so there is the opportunity to recharge electrical items. You also really do need to either like dogs or at least be willing to put up with them as they are pretty hyper in the mornigns once they are about to be harnessed.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip notes were a bit vague about clothing requirements for the freezing temperatures. All you really need is loads of baselayers and a good hat and balaclava to wear while sledding, You`ll only really get cold when your not sleding so the standing around before you sled is when you need to be warm. For people hoping to see the Northern lights, it does appear to be completely random when they appear, we saw them on our 2nd night but didnt see anything after that.

  • 8

    ARCTIC CIRCLE DOGSLED EXPEDITION

    A very unique holiday, very enjoyable indeed, just wish we had been able to leep to the itinerary as described in the brochure.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being able to cope with no electricity, and no running water and sleeping with a bunch of people I didn't know!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jan was very young, however I admired him for taking over the business.  He now just needs to tighten up ship a little.  He also needs to discuss the days activities more with the guests so that we know exactly what is happening.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just check out the itinerary - we didn't sleep under canvas or do the latter half of the trip - i would have liked to have known this.  Bring a balaclava and lots of layers they really are essential.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    ARCTIC CIRCLE DOGSLED EXPEDITION

    Stunningly pristine winter scenery  and a chance to experience some really Arctic temperatures in the company of your team of Husky mates.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The sheer excitement of the dogs when they sense that we're about to move off in the morning. At this point all conversation stops as there is no point. You can't hear yourself think. They really love their job. Seeing a spectacular display of the Northern Lights, which, although not the mystical, life-changing experience others have sometimes made it out to be, was pretty impressive.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jan. Bit of a star really. Unflappable, great sense of humour and a good cook.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was quite nippy. During the week it averaged about -35C during the day (mid-February) and certainly went to -40C, probably significantly below, during the night.  Our trip had to be re-routed because they were forecasting temperatures of –50c at one of the wilderness camps which is too cold for the dogs to sleep out in the open. However it didn’t spoil the fun. Probably helps to like dogs ... you'll have to help with feeding the dogs, cleaning the lines, harnessing and unharnessing the teams, breaking up fights, putting out extra straw when really cold etc. You will get all sorts of mess on your gloves (but it's OK because it just freezes and falls off). Personally I think I enjoyed working with the dogs just as much as the sledding. You cannot have too many socks ... or gloves .... or handwarmers! Goggles/sunglasses didn't work at those temperatures ......... fogged up and then froze As for spare/clean clothes and washing I suspect not too many people ventured out of their base layers during the week. I know I didn’t! … and the suggestion that anyone might want to take a sauna was generally greeted with incredulity! Sleeping bags provided were fine.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a really worthwhile trip. The scenery was stunning and I think we had wall-to-wall sunshine in a cloudless blue sky for five days. However, the real stars are the dogs.

  • 10

    ARCTIC CIRCLE DOGSLED EXPEDITION

    If you're looking for a break from reality then this is surely the right trip! It's an amazing journey of the senses that will keep you fascinated the whole way. Seeing the Northern Lights, meeting the Sami people and disappearing into the Arctic wilderness with a team of dogs all make for an experience not to be missed!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The fresh snow sparkled like a billion diamonds in the clear morning sun after it had been snowing the previous day. Gliding through this jaw-dropping scene on a dog sled, with the crisp air in my face and just the sound of the patter of my dog team's feet in the soft snow rates as one of those few moments that I'll remember forever. And the dogs - they are so amazing and wonderful. Their friendliness and ability went beyond my wildest imaginings. I loved every second with them. They found their way into my heart and I felt really sad when I finally had to say goodbye to them.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was Milo? (pronounced Milosh), an absolute dog sledding expert. He participates in dog sled races and completely understands the dogs and their needs  He has also spent a considerable amount of time with the Sami, is on good terms with them and knows a good deal about their customs. Most importantly he was great with our group, showing patience and offering to help whenever one of us had some difficulties. Our group was a diverse bunch and I believe he was instrumental in getting us to bond and have a huge amount of fun. One of the memorable moments was when we were in the sauna at the first camp and two of us expressed an interest in running to the creek for a dip. Well Milo? said that he would join us in support and so off the three of us went for a rather refreshing dash to the creek and back!!! In summary, I couldn't have wished for a better leader.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are a dog lover this trip is a must - if not, don't go! You will spend a lot of time with the dogs and will handle them and care for them. In the end you will probably pretty much smell of them! In terms of fitness and strength: you definitely don't need to be a super-athlete or stong, but a reasonable level of fitness will make the experience more enjoyable because you will be active most of the day. Be prepared for basic, shared, accommodation. The cabins are nice and warm but toilet trips require a visit to an outbuilding and if you want to wash you'll be doing it outside. The only exception is the night spent in the Sami town, Ovré Soppero, where you can have the amazing experience of having a good wash inside the sauna! This is very much also a group experience and you will need to pitch in and help with the cooking, washing up, feeding dogs, getting wood and other chores that need to be performed. Our group was great and I found the group experience very rewarding. Exodus provides excellent equipment but I would suggest you take thermal underwear (top and bottom), some form of mid-layer and a fleece tops and some comfortable trousers to wear under the overalls. Definitely take some polartec gloves to wear inside the mittens provided and to use when doing things that are not so easily done with mittens - such as harnessing the dogs. I also took 3 pairs of thick winter socks with 3 pairs of liner socks. Don't skimp on the quality of your socks. Your feet are likely to be the coldest part of you and most easily get damp. I come from a warm climate and I was very glad that I had a good down jacket, a balaclava and a thermal sleeping bad inner. I didn't need the running shoes that I took along and found the boots provided sufficient for the whole trip. You should definitely take a good head torch with spare batteries.  If you enjoy a drink in the evening then I would definitely suggest taking some vodka, or equivalent, along. The evenings in the cabins were great fun and some shared drinks definitely added to the experience.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't be put off by the cold. I travelled from temperatures 40 to 50 degrees warmer than we had during our trip and I was fine! If you have warm clothing you will be fine. Take a good digital camera with spare batteries and space to take lots of pictures! You will have lots of great picture moments. Don't be surprised if you start thinking about going back!! Lastly, I travelled all the way from Cape Town and I was really impressed with Exodus. Every little detail was taken care of and the whole experience was slick from the moment I decided to book right up to my return.

  • 10

    Dogsled the Arctic Circle

    This was an absolutely superb trip - a real adventure. The scenery is sensational, and a dog sled is by far and away the best way to enjoy it. The dogs were wonderful, the organisation of the whole trip excellent and the variety of experience exceptional. It is a challenging trip that rewards getting stuck in, and working with the dogs is enormous fun.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many - seeing the Northern Lights, staying a in Sami tipi, crossing a huge frozen lake, seeing the Ice Hotel. Above all, the sheer joy of travelling behind a team of dogs through beautiful landscapes.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Outstanding- the trip was thoroughly thought out, and Jan went to extraordinary lengths to make every day special. His constant good humour, obvious and contagious pride in his exceptional dogs, deep knowledge of the land and its people and wildlife, delicious and varied cooking and his determination to ensure that we got the most out of every experience meant that he added huge value to every aspect of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to be prepared to work hard: this can be physically demanding, and you need to be prepared for extreme weather. There is plenty of admin in looking after the dogs, but it is extremely rewarding. The dogs are very friendly, but they need to be handled with confidence. Get fully involved and you will have a fantastic time, but do not mistake this for a leisure cruise.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you want a real adventure that will stay with you, this is an unbeatable opportunity.

  • 8

    Dog sledding is great fun

    The dogs are the stars of the show. In 5 days you really get to know their characters and how to work with them. We were also really lucky with the Northern Lights getting a particularly good show when we were in a wilderness cabin with no light pollution.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The silence when the dogs start to pull, compared to the noise just before. They clearly love their job.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    This varies from leader to leader. I would just say if in doubt ask.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We were managing a relatively mild -5 to -15 degrees C. But this was still 2 pairs of woollen socks, and gratefully for your merino wool base layer. The cabins are off the grid so a head torch is essential. Definitely take a thermos not a water bottle (even if you want to fill it with cold water at least it doesn't freeze). The cabins were warm once the wood burners got going and you generally sleep in a sleeping bag on a bunk bed with a foam mattress. In the Sami tent you are sleeping on the snow with a mixture of thin roll mats and reindeer skins. Although I was in a sleeping bag I found wearing a hat and cold weather down tent booties to be a nice bonus for that night.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    You need to expect to do quite a bit to help each day including chopping frozen meat for the dogs, mixing in dry food and hot water and serving the dog food twice a day, harnessing and unharnessing dogs, lighting various wood burners for heating/hot water, getting water and some human cooking.

  • 8

    Dog Sled in the Arctic Circle

    Magnificent scenery. Great camaraderie with fellow travellers in relatively basic conditions. Great huskies. Reindeer. Northern Lights. This is a very unique and special trip, but be prepared for the cold.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Northern Lights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very very good

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Wrap up warm and be prepared to muck in.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Loved this Trip

    I absolutely loved this trip and would definitely do it again. I love dogs and it was a pleasure to be around such wonderful dogs as these - they are friendly and love their job. The trip was very well organised throughout and after the nervous tension before being handed our team of 5 dogs it was thrilling to travel with them in this pristine wilderness environment. I loved my 'Ernest Shackleton' morning of learning to drive the sled through gale force winds (challenging, but rewarding), followed by sunshine and picture postcard snow clad forests. A truly memorable trip. We only saw a faint glimpse of the Northern Lights, but in the context of such a great trip it was pretty irrelevant.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many - The beauty and tranquillity of the wilderness. Getting to know and working with the dogs - I really missed them when we had to say goodbye. Living a natural lifestyle away from life's usual stresses. The Swedish sauna - complete with rolling in the snow! The fast paced run home on the final day (once the leader trusted us to handle more speed!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Einar was a great leader - very experienced and cool as a cucumber in every circumstance. He taught us well, was helpful when we needed it, but didn't interfere unless we asked for help, was good company and interesting to talk to - his English was excellent. He even taught us how to do ice fishing and on the last day was kind enough to offer us a lift to the ice hotel (well beyond his duties!). He also provided excellent meals in the wilderness without any fuss.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're thinking about doing this trip - just do it! It obviously helps to like dogs, although one of our group was not too comfortable around dogs at the start of the trip, but loved them by the end! The food was really good - simple, but tasty and more than enough. I'm veggie and was more than happy with my meals, although there is plenty of meat if you like it. Before the trip I was really unsure what clothing to take - it has been a mild winter this year, so we were fine with layers of leggings, fleece and down gilet/jacket, but in colder conditions ski pants and ski jacket would fit under the Arctic overalls provided. Two pairs of thick ski socks were sufficient for us, but disposable hand/foot warmers would be needed in colder conditions. The hat provided blew off my head within 5 minutes (could just be me), but I'd recommend a fleece headband (to keep hat in place and keep ears warm) plus one or two hats on top. Head torch is essential. I appreciated my ski goggles in the high winds, but sunglasses would be sufficient in less windy conditions (but not great if not sunny!). Definitely try the sauna and rolling in the snow - actually much more fun than it sounds!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Currency - we took about £100 of SEK and used it for buying chocolate at the lodge, paying tips and other bits and pieces - not needed for taxis (all take credit cards). We really wanted to visit the ice hotel, which is about 10-15 mins drive from the Mushers Lodge, but not practical to visit whilst dog sledding. It costs about £35 each to go inside and takes about an hour to look round - it's not feasible to keep the dogs waiting to do this. The only option is after the trip - we arrived back about 4pm and it closes to visitors about 6pm - a taxi to the ice hotel costs about £45 one way. It is worth a visit. It would be helpful for Exodus to provide some advice re how much to tip the guide - always a knotty one!

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