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  • 10

    Amazing experience!

    This trip was amazing! The lodge was great, the activities a blast and the travel companions wonderful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The ice hotel was the best part. What a great experience!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Francesca was great but the dog sledding leader, Sabine seemed overwhelmed &amp; at times was pretty rude.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack things to wear to dinners! I had so many warm clothes that I was hot indoors!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Dog conversion course in Lapland

    The huskies are the stars of the show, friendly but very keen to pull. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being pulled in the absolute quiet of a Christmas card scene by a team of six huskies, is amazing.  I am not a dog person but they were relaxed and happy to be put into their harnesses even when you got it wrong and had to start again.  They all had individual characters and even in 2 days you started to know which would get up to what tricks.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    This trip uses several experts to lead different parts of the activities.  Sabine stood out and was excellent with both travellers and dogs. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The main lodge does accept credit cards (contrary to the trip notes) so you really don't need much Swedish Krona.  You do however need to budget of £60 per person for 2 courses at the Icehotel (excluding alcohol) and remember a bottle of average wine will be at least £40 in Sweden due to the high taxes. It is helpful to have a small daypack big enough for your camera and one layer of clothing in addition to your small holdall or rucksack that will be taken to the overnight stop for you. At the Icehotel all your stuff is left in a locker in the warm area, so you need to have a set of thermals or other warm nightwear to wear whilst you run to your room, shut the frozen curtain door and jump into your sleeping bag.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    At -2 to -5 degrees C during the day it was actually too warm.  The snow was heavy and sticker than usual (apparently) and the dogs found it harder work.  It did mean that you didn't worry about the cold and taking gloves off to take photos etc. The food was excellent throughout, local, varied and well prepared.  The chef always came out to explain what we were eating.  In my opinion the food at the Lodge was actually better than the very expensive meal at the Icehotel.   We were not lucky enough to see the Northern Lights as it was overcast all week.  They would just have been a bonus on a great week.

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    Wow!! What an experience! If you are sitting there debating whether to book this trip or not, I recommend you do, it's amazing. It's very difficult to pick a highlight, as everything was absolutely fantastic. We were fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights, and it was great fun skidooing across the frozen rivers and through the forest. Dog sledding was a real delight, as all the dogs have their own personalities, and are so friendly - when they say "Don't let go of the sled" they really do mean it - many spectacular falls throughout the 2 sledding days but definitely worth it. The wilderness lodge is great fun - it's not as basic as you might think, and the tranquility here just takes you away. The long drop toilets are actually really comfortable and shouldn't put you off. Sabine, our guide for the week, really made it special. She was part of the group from the beginning and made us all feel so welcome - she's a great cook too!! The food on this trip is absolutely amazing - It's like eating in a 5 star restaurant every day, and they even catered well for vegetarians and lactose intolerance!! If you are debating this trip, my advice is "Do it" - you will have the holiday of a lifetime ;-)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant!! She made my 40th birthday, one to definitely remember

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't pack too much. As long as you have some decent thermals, a few fleeces, and a balaclava you will be fine. They provide you with the snow suit and snow shoes which you will practically live in for most of the week. We didn't need a towel or an inner sleeping bag, but we did use the head torch at the wilderness camp quite a bit. If you want to catch the Northern Lights on camera, make sure you either have a decent camera or know where the "slow exposure" button is - they don't come out otherwise!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do it, you won't regret it!!

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    This was without a doubt one of the best holidays I have ever had.  It gave a great taster for some winter based activities that I had been reluctant to book for a whole week.  Dog sledding, even if, like me, you're not very good at it, is incredible.  I was not a great lover of dogs before I went but the Huskies are so friendly and their enthusiasm for sledding is infectious, I plan to do a whole week of this in the future.  Igloo building is also great fun.  I loved the snow shoeing and snow mobiling (an optional extra).  We saw the Northern Lights but frankly everything else was so great I would not have been devastated had we not seen them.  The Ice Hotel was a novel experience and an unusual way to end a holiday.  The accommodation was great, the wilderness camp is actually not that wild and is quite comfortable. The food was absolutely amazing, you will not lose weight on this holiday!!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Driving a dog-led sled through stunning scenery, snowshoeing through similar stunning scenery and seeing the Northern Lights

    What did you think of your group leader?

    No single Exodus groupo leader.  Bart from Lappis Lodge explained everything and was kind enough to 'phone us when he spotted the Northern Lights. Sabina who took us dog sledding, snowshoeing and snowmoibiling was excellent and very patient with my frankly poor dog-sled driving skills.  Cecilia who taught us to build our own igloo and ice fish was also excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't overpack.  My advice would be to take thermal long johns, a couple of thermal tops, thermal trousers, walking boots, thermal socks, down jacket and gloves. You just need a few other items of clothing to change into in the evenings.  You don't need to take lots of water bottles as lots of drinks provided, sleeping bag or liner as always provided.  Take lots of batteries as they will lose charge quicker in the cold and don't forget your sunglasses.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do not worry about how you will get from the Ice Hotel to the airport on the way home, a bus is organised for you and if, like us, you appear to have a very tight transit time at Stockholm Airport please do not panic, you (and your luggage) will make it, SAS are extremely organised.

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    The trip was like a dream come true - dog sledding, ice hotel, snow mobiling and eventually seeing the Northern lights as the lights were at its lowest.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the dog sledding, I fell in love with the dogs, it was wonderful to experience their excitement pulling the sleighs. The scenery is absolutely beautiful you dont see anyone else on route. Very exclusive. The other amazing moment was seeing the Northern lights on the last night of our trip at the Ice Hotel, what an experience they came up at 24h30 and we could see if with our naked eye. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I felt Barbara, who ran the lodge, was not very welcoming, social and did not communicate very well with the group. The Northern Lights came out the first evening but it looked like clouds, she never once mention to us to still take photo's as the camera on the right setting of ISO will pick up the Norther Lights. We have travelled from South AFrica to see the lights and you can imagine our disappointment to have found this out the next day and missed out on the photo's. They were also not very proactive in waking up the group when there were Northern lights to be seen, our group had to google the weather forcast to see when was the most likely time we would see them. I would have expected this info from Barbara.  Making up our own beds was another disappointment as you would have expected this for the price we paid.        

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Follow the trip notes and you wont go wrong but we purchased inner sheets for the sleeping bag and took a towel for the Wilderness night but you did not need them as they provided these for you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It has been one of my best holiday's ever, I made new friends with amazing people. We all got along so well which made the trip even better. All the activities were mind blowing and just as I would have imagined it would have been. I never expected the food to be great but it was better than great, the flavours and variety was very impressive. They accommodate food for everyones needs which was very impressive even when we were in the wilderness for an outside lunch.

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    Simply loved the whole experience

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved dealing with the dogs on the dog sled trip, and it was quite exciting in parts Seeing the Northern Lights for the first time Sipping vodka in an ice glass in the stunning Ice Hotel  Waking up in minus 5 degrees in the Ice Hotel and realising I'd slept well. I was dreading being cold, but wasn't. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lovely, friendly and approachable. Very laid back. Liked the fact she sat down with us and just chatted. Sometimes we could have done with a little more info, like what to take on the dog sled trip, but we managed. Overall extremely well organised.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good quality thermals and fleeces are essential. Outside it gets very cold. Take the advice of the tour leaders on how many layers to wear, based on each day's temperature and activity. Take a good quality camera and tripod if you want to take piccies of the Northern Lights. I don't eat meat and was concerned about food, but every meal had a fish or vegetarian equivalent. I ate very well. Alcohol is expensive. Buy in Britain and pack in your suitcase 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy this amazing experience.

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    A fantastic trip, with a great group that exceeded our expectations and will live in the memory for a long time. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was no one inspirational moment as every activity was as good as the other.  The two days with the huskies was great and the dogs are lovely and friendly and you could spend all day making a fuss of them (this is from someone who does not like dogs!).  The dogs were very excited at the start, however they soon listened to us and stopped and started when instructed. There was a bit of standing around during the igloo building, however again this was a great experience and a real sense of achievement once it was finished – one of our group even slept in it one night. Skidoos were good fun, although cold. The Ice Hotel was another highlight and this is the way to see it – you do not need too long there and Exodus seem to allow the right amount of time.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    There was no group leader – however Barbara and her team at the lodge looked after us very well and made sure that any needs were meet. The leaders for each activity were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book it is my only advice! Take good quality thermals and wear plenty of layers that are easily removed/added - outside it was minus 24C and you would then walk indoors to plus 21C and need to strip off quick.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We have been on a few Exodus trips and were not expecting too much from the lodge and we were pleasantly surprised – the rooms are clean, very warm and well laid out.  The food was exceptional. This is the best way to see Lapland and stay at the Ice Hotel – although the trip seems expensive it is good value for money.  If you stay at the Ice Hotel for 3 -4 days you will spend a fortune and miss out on the lodge and beauty of this area. The day trips from the Ice Hotel were an unbelievable price (Overnight Husky trip £600 per person)

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    Fabulous holiday!  Great snow!  Great to do things that are not possible in England: igloo building; snow skooter safari; husky safari with overnight wilderness stay, snow shoe safaris  and finally the ice hotel, also we saw the northern lights on several nights!  What a fantastic holiday, would do it all again!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me the husky safari was wonderful; what great creatures the dogs are, and so friendly!  Alothough it was a bit hair raising when all the dogs started howling!  The call of the wild!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    All the leaders we had were great, one for each activity.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go for it!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you like snow, you'll love Lapland :-)

  • 8

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    The holiday exceeded our expectations in all respects, and it's hard to believe we packed so much into just one week. From igloo-building to Ice Hotel every day brought new experiences and fresh challenges - and all in beautiful weather, wonderful scenery and convivial company. We've had some great holidays, but have any been as much fun as this one?

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Feeling like Masters of the Universe as we drove our dogsled through the silent, snow-covered wilderness - before falling off  into a snowdrift, and seeing the dogs, relieved of their load,  gallopping away into the distance! Midnight and  -23C of sparkling frost, a sky glittering with stars, and an arc of brilliant green light above our heads. Fingers of green stretching up from the horizon like searchlights, and fanning out in curtains: the Northern Lights at last - a dream come true!    

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Barbara, the Lappis Lodge owner, has an excellent and loyal team both at the Lodge and to help with the outdoor activities. Their local knowledge and expertise in wilderness skills  is impressive, and they were great company. Kalua, leader of our dogteam, also deserves special mention for the number of times she swerved to follow a reindeer track and pitched us into the snow - definitely a dog with a mind of her own! 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Others have said it before: join in everything and have fun! If something becomes too much for you (the dogsledding and snowmobiling can be quite hard work in heavy snow) the leader is quickly there to help, or even give you a lift. The accommodation is comfortable but simple: no 5* toiletries, so if you want them, bring your own! We had fine weather all week, and found the clothing and boots at Lappis Lodge and Ice Hotel very satisfactory. Those who slept in the igloos got rather cold, (see trip note tips)  but at the Ice Hotel we slept cosily on our icebed at -5C, having followed the "How to survive the night" advice and worn only thermals inside our sleeping bag. The mittens provided are rather clumsy, but definitely warmer than any of the ski/thermal gloves we  took. Knittted thermal inner gloves tend to get caught on the many velcro fastenings: a smooth texture eg silk might have been better. 2 pairs useful, as they get damp. Wear plenty of layers on the dogsledding days.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Never having been on a winter activity holiday of any sort before, we were quite apprehensive about this one, but the Exodus reviews looked reassuring. Our great ambition was to see the Northern Lights, and our first thought was to take a cruise up the Norwegian Coast - but then what if we didn't see them?? The Lapland Adventure offered so many additional new experiences, that the Lights - if they appeared - would be a bonus. And so it was! Our thanks to Exodus, our fellow travellers, and the wonderful team at Lappis Lodge for a memorable holiday.

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    This was the most amazing experience ever, there is nothing we can fault. Amazing snow, the Northern Lights (on 3 nights), fantastic food and accommodation and wonderful guides for all activities.  The 2 day dog sledging was the highlight and a full on adventure from beginning to end.We loved it and would love to go back for more. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Northern Lights is inspiring and can't be described. You just have to lie back in the snow and enjoy it for yourself. Skidooing at full speed over a frozen lake is exceptional, if you like that sort of thing, and the scenery is breathtaking. The snow shoe walking was a lovely way to get into the quiet wilderness and experience it's full beauty, but the best experience was the 2 days with the dogs.  It's a full on experience, with the dogs being the most important part. You care for them, feed them, bed them down for the night and want to take them all home at the end.  Sleeping in a hut in the middle of nowhere was great and there is even a sauna which was very sureal.  Walking back from the long drop at night, with only a head torch for light and 24 sets of dog eyes staring at you is also something we will never forget. Each guide we had for each experience was friendly, informative and spoke wonderful english and the food throughout was amazing.  Even in the middle of nowhere we eat wonderful moose stew while sat around our camp fire, on seats we'd made from snow and covered with skins. The Ice Hotel is almost an added bonus.  It's a real one off. We had great fun, got a little giddy on the most expensive vodka's ever and were amazed at it's construction and beauty.  Sleeping at -5 was ok, we got a good nights sleep (possibly helped by the vodka) and we awoke the next morning to find a perfect snow cone in our room from the air vent. It was all fantastic. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a different leader for each activity which worked well as they knew what they were talking about. Cecilia loved snow so was the perfect person to teach us how to build igloo's.  It's just a pity for her that the northeren lights came out as we sort of lost interest in our igloo and just stared at the sky. Ann-Sofia was the owner of the dogs so taught us well. We felt safe at all times and had full trust in our teams. Our skidoo guide said we all drove well and was happy for us to go at which ever speed we wanted over the lakes, which for us was full trottle.  He slowed us when necessary and guided us well through the forests and over the bumpy bits. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Invest in some good thermals (especially the type with thumb holes which come over your hand) the cold finds all your exposed bits! Layers, about 3 under your suit (which they provide as well as boots, hat, gloves and balaclavas) and good socks. Your feet do get cold when your not moving about. Ski gloves which have gloves inside mittens are a good idea. Take extra camera batteries and keep them and the camera inside your outfit.  The cold kills the battery life very quickly and you need to take photos, lots of them. Buy some duty free on the way out if you like a drink, it is very expensive 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Allow your inner child out.  Treat it as one big adventure and enjoy every second of it. We made snow angles, we pushed each over in the snow and threw it at each other, we even dived into the snow after our sauna. We made the most of every part of it and did not stop smiling. You may never experience it again so go for it. 

  • 6

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    The trip was very enjoyable overall with some great activities, spectacular scenery and a magical trip to the Ice Hotel.  However, there were some issues that prevented a higher rating, which primarily were around whether the trip represented value for money.  I suspect the trip could be booked independently at a much cheaper price and without much difficulty.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Ice Hotel truly is somewhere that can take the breath away (not just because it is so cold..) and an experience that you can find in many parts of the world.  Very much a worthwhile part of the trip, in a very scenic part of the world. The husky sledding was also a lot of fun and the dogs were wonderful, and we were also lucky enough to experience the Northern Lights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    One of the biggest disappointments leading to the view that the trip didn't represent value for money was that there wasn't an Exodus representative on the trip, which given the cost of the trip, was a surprise.  We were left to rely on the owner of the place where we stayed, who, possibly as the result of the accomodation being a late change, didn't appear to be very familiar with our itinerary.  As a result, some activities that were promised in the initial itinerary were never offered (e.g. the snowmobiling option, survival skills) without any explanation.  Without an Exodus rep present, it wasn't possible to get the full information around issues affecting the trip such as the change to the itinerary which meant we weren't able to spend the night away in the wilderness lodge as the result of the warmer than expected weather in the weeks before our trip.  This information was not shared in advance and the lack of an Exodus rep meant the information was not shared well.  Information around the trip to the Ice Hotel was also not well shared, and meant that we had to find out a lot of this information ourselves, which was also not expected.  Having been on a previous Exodus trip where the quality of rep was exemplary, I was disappointed about this aspect of the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I would recommend that people who are looking to book on this trip, book for a time in January or February as the date over Christmas appears to be early in the season to ensure there are not weather related impacts on the itinerary. Sweden is a beautiful part of the world and I would recommend that it is worth visiting, but it may be possible to book this sort of trip independently and therefore save on the costs of the trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    With the fact that elements of the trip were not delivered as anticipated, I am keen to find out the situation with regard to compensation.

  • 8

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    The huskies & the dog-sled was my favourite experience.  Just a shame that for such an expensive holiday the taxi meeting us at Kiruna Airport upon our arrival was very late in turning-up.  Not a good start, but things improved after this early nuisance.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Also loved the ski-doo's on the snow,  & the igloo building,  & we saw the Northern Lights twice on our six day stay.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring your own gloves &  mittens to fit over them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Old Homestead restaurant was expensive & boring at The Ice Hotel,  although the Ice Hotel was a fantastic experience.  One night's stay was  just enough for me though.

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    Excellent holiday, unique location away from commercial hustle and bustle - action packed, wide range of activities with modern equipment and facilities-  local cuisine included reindeer, elk and wild boar very tasty, seconds or 3rds every day!! It is all sorted for you so you can focus on having a fantastic holiday.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too many to recount, every day has something unique to recall but the igloo building and night in it will remain with me forever, as will the northern lights not once but twice, the dog sledding, the dogs antics and chasing after a run away sled! Oh and jumping in the snow after a swedish sauna! My personal favourite though has to be taking the skidoo through the forest, digging the machine out of the powder and then pushing it to its limit across the lakes- Thanks Barbara.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Staff at Lappeasuado make the trip what it is. Specialist staff depending on what activity your doing add to the experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take your own water proof ski gloves/mittens, 2 pairs of silk gloves, a snood, and hip flask! Get plenty of rest before you go, its non stop until thursday. Dont forget goggles for skidoo and the sun cream! And don't forget the camera charger, and extra memory card!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend this trip over a 3 day trip to the ice hotel any day, but be mindful with this trip you only get a snow room in the ice hotel, not a carved suite! But don't forget your asleep and you can see all the suites during the day! The weather in March and daylight hours make it one of the optimum times to go especially for you Northern light fans! In a nutsell, the holiday was worth every penny!

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    We had a really good time, loved the dog sledding and driving the SkiDoos.  Found the Snowshoeing hard.  Spent all day on the friday building an igloo and quinzee, great fun.  The Ice Hotel was amazing, planning to go back again in a couple of years.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We were very lucky to see the Northern Lights twice and very spectacular, even the locals said they were magnificent.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Communication could have been better but all of the staff and instructors where very nice.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We had exceptional weather, -40c everyday, even the locals had problems, this was exceptional but prevented us starting our day at 0930 as it was too cold for the dogs and skidoos.  Be prepared for extremes, although this did have an effect on the trip we felt we had really seen Lapland in its full glory, the scenery was beautiful and the extreme cold added to the beauty in its own way.  Dont worry if you feel you cant do everything, we mixed and matched our partners to help out or just stayed in the lodge, but we do recommend you have a go at everything if you can.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We where provided with hats, mittens, boots and a "romper suit" which really did the job, great kit, kept us lovely and warm.

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    Great holiday, well planned, great company, lovely fresh prepared food, even in wilderness lodge and when out for the day either on a campfire or in a nearby lodge.Scenary fantastic, activities amazing - especially dogsledding - the huskies were great, very friendy and eager to run. Activities not too challenging - basic level of fitness onlyStaff in Lappis Lodge made you very welcome, all very friendly and helpful and all made the effort to talk. Acoomdation at lodge first class - Wifi Internet access throughout - great for free SKYPE calls home!  Great holiday and experience with Exodus who booked bespoke flights for me from Manchester to enable me to meet the group in StockholmWould highly recommend!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Dog Sledding with the Hiuskies by far, followed by Snowmobiling and the nioght in the Amazing Ice Hotel

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Different group leaders for each activity - all very friendly,,knowledgable and helpful - made you feel welcome and ensured that you were safe and looked after.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You currently dont need all the equipment on the list - especially the sleeping bag liner. Head Torch is a good idea As are layers of clothing - but the supplied suits and boots are great in keeping you warm - didnt feel cold once even in temps of minus 38! Take some Alcholol - ist very expensive, but the lodge is licensed as is the widerness camp so you can buy as you go..

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Would highly recommend - well done Exodus and well done to the wonderful Lappis Lodge for an excellant break.

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    Absolutely fantastic, I loved it. Great group leaders, lodges were top grade with good food & friendly staff. AND amazing scenery. Loved the snow. I learnt to mush dogs, ride a snowmobile, walk in snow (I had never seen snow before) and build an igloo.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Driving the sled dogs. My dogs were just the best, fast & very strong.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    All leaders were excellent. Very professional & their love & pride in their country shone through. And I will forever remember our arrival at Lappeasuando lodge (after a 36 hour flight for me) and being so warmly welcomed with soup a wonderful drink made from cloudberry.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ensure you have thermals for layers. I also took finger gloves with liners plus my own balaclava & winter hat & I was never cold even though the temperature was in the minus 20s & colder. Good thermals are especially needed for the overnight stay at the amazing Ice Hotel. Make an effort to get to know your group members. We all came from very different backgrounds but became good friends & helped each other. Dont miss any of the activities. They are all excellent. Unfortunately I had to have one day enforced rest after injuring my shoulder (later found it was disclocated) and unfortunately missed the Sami & reindeer trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Coming from the desert in Australia this was a total "climate shock" for me but I loved it. A stunning holiday. I want to do it again.

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    I have always dreamed of visiting the Ice Hotel and seeing Lapland in all its winter glory.  My wife and I approached this adventure with an open mind and we ended up enjoying every minute of it.  I can truly say that the experience was outstanding in all respects: it was professionally organised, the scenery was stunning, the activities were well run, and the staff were ever helpful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole experience was inspirational.  The climate is harsh in Lapland and for us to see how the people live in this environment was truly humbling.  I suppose for me the highlight was to have been allowed to harness and then drive a team of huskies to pull our sled for the best part of 2 days, but that is not to belittle the other activities and they were all as good.  A night spent in an igloo, that we had just been shown how to build, when the temperature inside fell to minus 16 degrees and outside to minus 30 degrees, was an experience not to forget!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We did not have a specific group leader, since each activity had its own leader.  This worked well since all the individuals were expert in their own fields and were always patient and helpful.  I was particularly impressed with the relaxed atmosphere that pervaded the whole adventure; if you wanted to do a little extra cross country skiing, or take the huskies for an evening walk, then it was encouraged.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A major benefit of this adventure was the way the whole group got on well.  My advice would be to muck in and make an effort to get to know your fellow travellers since you will enjoy the whole experience even more. Enter into the spirit of all that there is to offer, even the sauna at the wilderness lodge followed by a roll in the snow had its attractions (maybe it was the whisky afterwords - excuse the pun!) and you will have the time of your life.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was a truly stunning holiday and a once in a lifetime experience for my wife and I.  My thanks to all those involved including the staff at Exodus, Barbara and her team at Lapeasuando, and my fellow adventurers - you made a dream come true. Mike and Stephanie Goddard

  • 10

    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    Simply amazing, we had the best time ever. The whole experience has left me inspired and a total bore at work.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think I had several 'moments'  Silliest was falling face first off an ice bed at the Ice Hotel, scariest was overturning our snowmobile, most fun was dog sledding and most inspirational was digging out our quinzee by the light of a red headtorch,

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had several leaders, all very capable and confident.  All were friendly and happy to tell you about their lives in Sweden. They seemed to have a huge love and respect for the region.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't forget your thermals, extra gloves, thin and thick socks, head light, water bottle and balaclava.  Everything else is provided.  If you are taking a 16 year old, as I did, they will love it, they don't have to wash (not advisable nor are water based skin creams) nor do they have to change very often!I would also advise taking Lithium batteries for your camera, I did and 1 set lasted the whole week.Also, if you are not sure about cross country skiing, ask to have snow shoes instead.Pack playing cards, DS, books etc. Mobile phone etc. reception is good, so take your charger.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We had a great time, especially as it was Christmas. There were 4 hours of daylight, and we crammed everything into that time slot.  The accommodation was excellent, the newly opened cabins at the main lodge are warm and well designed ( apart from our 'curtains' that kept falling down).  We had the strange experience of returning to our cabins each day to find an extra piece of furniture had been installed - we were holding out for a plasma TV, maybe the next guests will get one...  The food was filling and tasty - always plentiful, we even had turkey on Christmas day, and a preset from Santa.The Ice Hotel is cold, -5 inside, and the beds are not very comfortable, but the sleeping bags are perfect. Two words of caution, go to the loo before you retire and don't wriggle once on the bed, the reindeer skins are surprisingly slippery.Best laugh was dog sledding, the only thing I didn't fall off.Thought I was an old and knackered 50 year old but I managed to do everything. Please go on this trip - it is awesome!

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    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    Enjoyed all the activities.  Lovely accommodation.  Excellent food.  Staff couldn't have been more helpful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Dog sledding and the Ice Hotel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    This trip doesn't have a Group Leader.  Experts lead each day's activities.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take warm mittens (for liners to the Arctic Mittens provided) as well as fingered gloves .

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great holiday.

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    LAPLAND ADVENTURE & THE ICEHOTEL

    A great trip made even better in the 2009/10 season by a new lodge and management. Excellent range of activities and although it was extremely cold (-30 to -15) this was actually quite enjoyable and we rarely felt cold. The food was excellent, much better then previous descriptions because of the new lodge (we were the first guests), new management and new cook. Accommodation at new lodge was also very good. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting the dogs ready for sledding. Getting 30 dogs ready in the cold who are all hyper excited was an amazing experience. We took lots of pictures but the sound of the dogs was even more amazing. Although we had no direct view of sun it was actually very light during the day period because of the reflected light. 1st full day - built 1 1/2 igloo's. It was really good as we built two different types but ran out of time to finish one. 2nd day - dog sledding, overnight in winter camp which has limited electricity but is warm and comfy. 3rd day -  dogsledding then overnight at Ice hotel - make sure reception know that you are supposed to get a tour 4th day - cross country ski-ing - we had some initial issues with the size of boots versus bindings so the lodge are going to work on the problem 5th day - snowmobiling - we saw reindeer, moose and birds on the trip thanks to the tour guide. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We did not have a single leader. The lodge staff and management we saw every day and they were all very friendly with excellent English. The lodge staff were very responsive so just talk to them if you want to know anything. Each activity had a different leader and we met an interesting variety of people. The advantage of this is that we got to meet and talk to some very interesting guides including a woman who owns her own sledge dog team but works part time as a truck driver, another guide used to work as an archaeologist, the third was a Sami reindeer herder who taught us how to use snow mobiles and he had an amazing eye for spotting wildlife.   

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Clothing tips – the lodge supplied boots, overalls, hat, outer mittens and balaclava were all great. The overalls were quite bulky so it was good to have one cold weather outfit that you could wear to the main lodge restaurant or in the ice hotel ( I would not take the lodge overalls to the ice hotel as you are rarely outside and restaurants are quite smart).  I would recommend taking the following clothing: several pairs of thick socks, two sets of leggings, one thermal and maybe one thinner pair for when it is warmer or you are ski-ing. Several t-shirts including one thermal, some with long sleeves, some short sleeved so you can adjust for level of cold and activity. Two levels of fleece, one light micro jacket and then a thicker outer fleece layer. Scarf, balaclava and woollen/fleece hat. This plus the lodge supplied boots and overalls were enough to keep us warm. In fact sometimes we were too hot in our outfits.  Gloves were the main issue mainly because it was so cold. I would bring a waterproof glove with fingers for when you need to use your fingers, unless it is too bulky, it will then fit into your lodge-supplied mitten. The combination of the two for me was enough. If you are worried about the cold you could bring a thin pair of inner silk gloves as well. The dog sled instructor recommended bringing woollen mittens to wear inside the lodge supplied outer mitten.  The lodge supply balaclavas but I would recommend bringing your own.  In the lodge area you only need casual clothes as you only have to travel short distances from the rooms to the restaurant and sauna. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Northern lights - they appeared for a short period on one night at 11pm but we missed it because we were in the ice hotel. If they appear it should be between 7 & 11pm, we then organised a regular watch but never saw them again.   Do not bring any extra food like I did, as you will end up not eating it, as the lodge-supplied food is so good. Except for breakfast every meal was different, good selection, very tasty and interesting. The Swedish biscuits were also a revelation. Camera batteries perform poorly when it is really cold so take spares or a re-charger (your room has power sockets).  The Ice Hotel was disappointing at the very beginning, Exodus had arranged a tour for us but the hotel management missed the instruction so were sent from pillar to post for the first hour, so make sure when you check in that the receptionist knows that you are supposed to have a tour. You do not need to bring a Thermarest or sleeping bag unless you really want to use your own or maybe want to sleep in your own igloo. The evenings can get quite long as you finish relatively early (in December) so take something to do in the evenings like books, cards or games. The lodge has Wi-Fi and you have mobile phone reception throughout the area. Also consider spending a few days in Stockholm before or after the trip. You can see a lot of the city in 1-2 days. 

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