Finnish Winter Adventure

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4.9 / 5 from 15 reviews >
Trip code: 
FVB
Ways to Travel:
Family Group, Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Family Holidays
Min age:
5
Group size:
4–18

Winter activities in a stunning wilderness location

Oulanka is always a popular family destination, this is definitely a winter trip with a difference. The whole family can enjoy lots of exciting activities and wholesome home-cooked food rustled up by our small team of expert staff. Discover the beautiful wilderness of Finnish Lapland on snowshoes, cross-country skis, dogsled and snowmobiles. Our wilderness base is located at the edge of Oulanka National Park in a truly spectacular setting, perfect for this fun-filled winter holiday and with the very best conditions for seeing the Northern Lights, nature’s most spectacular light show!

Highlights

• Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dogsledding
• Beautifully remote wilderness location
• Chance to see the Northern Lights

Key information

  • 7 nights at Basecamp Oulanka in comfortable and cosy accommodation in a stunning location
  • Flights from Heathrow to Kuusamo via Helsinki with Finnair
  • Transport 45 mins by minibus/taxi

What's included

  • All breakfasts, all dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Basecamp Oulanka.

    Start Basecamp Oulanka.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Dogsledding instruction and tour of approx 10km (approx.). Adults drive with children sitting in sleds.

    After sorting out all of your equipment needed for a week in arctic conditions there is then a free morning to try sledding around the areas of Basecamp, or enjoy a game of football or hockey in the deep snow. All games equipment are available free of charge from the front desk. After lunch, we head off for the husky safari in the neighbouring Riisitunturi National Park. We start with tuition on how to ride on the sled and the importance of caring for the huskies correctly. We then continue into the woods where our teams of dogs eagerly await our arrival, ready to take us on our 10km mushing adventure. Our route takes us deep into the national park and up onto the surrounding fjell where we are rewarded with fantastic views. With the adults driving and the children sitting in the sled, you are able to really appreciate the serenity of this beautiful snow-laden landscape.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Gentle half day snowshoe walk, exploring the park; free use of snowshoes in the afternoon.

    Today we explore the Oulanka National Park with a gentle half day snowshoe walk past frozen waterfalls and following the Kitkajoki River. There is a free afternoon for further snowshoeing, sauna or hot-tub.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Morning cross-country ski lesson. Free use of skis after lesson.

    Experience the Scandinavian-born sport of cross-country skiing. Heading down to the nearby Juuma lake, our instructor will walk us through the basics of how to cross-country ski. There may be a few tumbles to start with, but in the soft snow this is half the fun. After becoming more confident on the skis we then head out onto the lake, gliding through the virgin powder. In the afternoon, keep hold of your skis as there is the option of further unguided skiing in the area.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Morning free in Ruka for optional activities; afternoon visit reindeer farm and museum with a ride on a reindeer sleigh.

    We spend the day at the popular ski resort of Ruka. Your guide will organise transfers (included) and can book activities for you. Downhill skiing and snowmobile safaris are available. See the 'Optional excursions' section below. In the late afternoon we visit the reindeer farm and museum where everyone will have the chance to ride on a reindeer sleigh, and try lasso throwing. The evening then draws to a close with some hot drinks and some reindeer sausages round an open fire.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Free morning; afternoon children's snow games: sledging, building snow forts and snowmen.

    The morning is left free for relaxation. After lunch the afternoon is spent in the children's snow park, which is supervised by the Basecamp guides. Amongst other activities, here children have the opportunity to learn how to build an igloo and follow the 'snow trail', which leads to a teepee where hot drinks and pancakes are served. Families can also have a go at making a snow sculpture.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Free day. Optional activities include ice-climbing, dogsledding or snowmobile tours.

    Options include unguided cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; downhill skiing at nearby Ruka (transport and skiing not included); or further dogsledding and snowmobile safaris. There is also a possibility to take on the the challenge and exhilaration of ice climbing, suitable for all ages.

    For the farewell celebration, we have the option of eating dinner around a campfire, or in a tepee (Kota) on the edge of the national park.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Basecamp Oulanka.

    End Basecamp Oulanka.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Finland

No visa required for UK passport holders visiting Finland.

Vaccinations

Finland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 7 evening meals are included.

Packed lunches are readily available at Basecamp and cost approx 11EUR. The food at Basecamp is a delicious range of local produce that is prepared on site by the in house chef.
Starters consist of a salad buffet with 4-6 different choices. The main courses consist of wild game such as elk, chicken, salmon and vendace fish. There is also the option of vegetarian food. Dessert consists of lingon berries, blueberries and cloud berries that have often been picked by the chef herself. It is refreshing to know that what is viewed as superfoods in our supermarkets grows locally to Basecamp. These berries are served with a selection of quark curd, cream, ice cream, cakes and pan cakes. Lunch normally consists of hot soup with elk, salmon or a vegetarian option.

Weather

In the regions close to the Arctic Circle temperatures during the season range from -30ºC to +5ºC. Christmas will normally be the coldest (usually below -20ºC), but the temperatures rise as the days lengthen, and early April can see temperatures around -10ºC to +5ºC. Recent years have seen massive fluctuations in the space of a few weeks with lows of -40ºC and highs of +7ºC just a few days apart. If the thought of such temperatures scares you, then think again. When dressed in the Arctic clothing provided, with insulated boots, woolly hat and large mittens, -20ºC can actually feel very pleasant. The Arctic cold is a dry cold, there is usually no wind, and remember we will keep you active.
Daylight hours
Remember that at extreme latitudes the days shorten and lengthen much faster. So while in mid-winter (December/January) the sun remains just below the horizon, by April there are more daylight hours than in the UK, and the midnight sun is only a matter of weeks away. Even in midwinter it is not dark, as the sun is just above the horizon and there is plenty of light reflected off the snow.
Northern Lights
The breathtaking Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are visible from September to late April on most clear nights at latitudes close to, and above the Arctic Circle. They can be seen further south, but will be less spectacular and less frequent. Solar activity is greater around the equinoxes (September and April), and at lower latitudes this can be the best time to see them. Inside the Arctic Circle, they tend to be just as good in any winter month, and on a seven-night trip you would be unlucky not to see the Northern Lights at all.

Is this trip for you?

A mixed activity week for families, with a good selection of guided activities and free time for independent activities or relaxation. None of the activities require previous experience.
This trip is graded leisurely/moderate, which means that no previous experience required.
All active winter holidays involve some element of risk; from something as normal as slipping on icy pavements, to the possibility of injuries sustained as a result of the activities themselves. While we do all we can to minimize any dangers, participants must be prepared to accept some risk as part of the holiday.

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Accommodation

Basecamp

You will spend 7 nights at Basecamp Oulanka, this wilderness camp is a lovely complex of wooden buildings offering cosy accommodation overlooking a pristine lake and bordered by the Oulanka National Park. All rooms are moderately sized family rooms with a bathroom, twin beds for adults and a mezzanine floor for 2 children.

Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into either one or twin room. You will have to pay a supplement for twin occupancy of £110 per room.
Family of three or four - Unless you request otherwise we will reserve a twin room (with a mezzanine - 4 beds in total).
Family of five or more - For larger families, we will provide 2 twin rooms.
Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can't guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this. The supplement for single occupancy is £145 per person and subject to availability

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  • Reviewed April 2017
    Sylvia Butler-Jones

    Brilliant

    I am a grandmother of 56 who went on this trip with my 7 year old grandson. It was brilliant, my grandson played in the snow all day when not on other activities. He build his own igloo, sledged and generally messed about in the snow. It is a really safe environment for children and he was never bored. Any optional excursions that he was a bit young for (snowmobiling) they catered for him by coming up with a safe alternative without us having to miss the activity i.e. The main man pulled a sledge behind his snowmobile which was safe for my grandson and also fun for him and this allowed me to take part in the snowmobiling (which was great).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The area is beautiful

    What did you think of your group leader?

    She was lovely and so helpful

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a scarf, it does not say to but you will need one

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just that I would highly recommend this trip to people with families, especially with little boys of about 7
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Christopher Gale

    Excellent introductory week to winter activities for a family.

    Overall this is an excellent introductory week to winter activities in the beautiful frozen forests, lakes, and rivers of northern Finland.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Most of the activities.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Before: very good communication from Exodus. Queries answered promptly. I did need to prompt them to send my final joining instructions. Detailed trip information on their website, which gives an accurate idea of what to expect, though actual day to day programme is out of date and now in the wrong order (according to Basecamp Oulanka, Exodus has failed to update this for some time now). If you are nearer Manchester Airport (option not listed as standard; flies from terminal 2), it is worth knowing that this is a direct flight to Kuusamo, which gets you to the basecamp just after lunch on the Sunday (meaning an early start) and leaves 10.30 am at the end- whereas London flights were via Helsinki and got to the basecamp at around 10pm and they left 7.30 am- we ended up being charged no more for this (initially there was £75 extra for each taxi transfer). Also there was another adult Exodus group there at the same time. Night before: we booked a room in the nice Manchester Airport Marriott Hotel via Holiday Extras (large, comfortable room) with a lovely swimming pool; food expensive though; and left our car there. Taxi’s arrived on time for our departure (5-10 mins) and came quickly when called on our return (pick up at Departures in Airport). No issues with car on our return. Flight/ transfer: everything went very smoothly for us. Flight was a charter with Thomsons Airways (3hrs 20mins flight; nb- seats not bookable in advance, no actual tickets). Pick up taxi there waiting in arrivals- one family who had booked within previous week were not picked up at Kuusamo by the transfer as they should have been. Takes around 3/4 to 1hr. Basecamp Oulanka: warm welcome from Miriam, our leader for the week, who was excellent all week, very helpful and approachable, good with the kids. All staff were friendly/ helpful. Nice main block for meals and socialising- log fire and board games (only had time/ energy to play on our first night), and wi-fi (worked fast enough for me). Equipment store below, hot tub (temperature ok but quickly drops when in use- I enjoyed this every evening), and sauna/ changing room (sauna also ok for my 11 year old). We had use of plastic sledges for self-directed fun on the slopes around the basecamp on the day of our arrival. Accommodation: We stayed in a wooden chalet near the main building- terraces of 4-5 at same height and below (2 storeys on a slope). Comfortable, met all our needs. Temperature is adjustable. We were always warm, despite the nights being - 10 to -25; it was nice having warm floors. 2 beds downstairs and wooden steep steps to another bed upstairs with low ceiling/ internal balcony/ no window. Nice view of the frozen woodland outside to the frozen lake near/ below the basecamp. External balcony. Desk, enough cupboards for us, bathroom/ shower room. Some had a problem with their locks- ours was fine. Nb- no wi-fi in rooms (not a problem for us). Food: Lunches are not included for some reason, no viable alternative- they do also sell snacks and drinks- lunch was self-service pots of soup and bread (cost 11euros per person)- they assume you want it the first day if arriving around lunchtime- there is a list to tell them if not wanted. Tea/ coffee/ hot water out throughout the day in the main communal room- no extra cost for this. All breakfasts and dinner are included. 2 of us liked all the food; most dinners (usually 6pm) featured fish or elk; 1 of us doesn’t like fish (they will offer alternative/ vegetarian if you ask); breakfasts (usually 9 am) include a local version of porridge and cereals, bread, cheese/ meat/ jam/ honey, yougart. Equipment: they do provide everything you will need to stay warm and we found everything we needed in comfortable sizes (nb- we all needed much larger sizing than we have in UK; bring own thermal underwear, we used Helly hensen lifa ones which were very comfortable)- to keep with you, they give 2 baselayers top and bottom, waterproof layer on top, merino wool socks, boots (also you can borrow ski boots for the skiing), hat, 3 types of glove, small rucksack, headtorch (ok, not very bright), flask for juice or hot water (leave at reception the night before to refill). When the kids became damp, they were allowed to get dry extra ones. The only issue is that they need this all back the night before you leave- so if you want to go down to the lake to watch the northern lights on the last night or have final goes on the Kick sleds on your morning of leaving or one last look in your Quinzee, you will need your own warm clothing, waterproof layer, waterproof footwear, and torch. I suggest bringing waterproof walking socks as well and a Go-pro type camera/ harness. Day 1: meeting and Kick sleds- fun, use on the road coming into basecamp, kept on rack outside main building, varying heights (the larger ones even usable by myself at 6ft4)- can use throughout week after that, which we did every day at some point. Snowshoeing in the afternoon (2-3hrs; you get to keep snowshoes and walking/ skiing poles for the rest of the week after this and use for self-directed trips)- guided walk around the locality from the large frozen lake just below basecamp to the Old Mill (beautiful location). Suitable for all ages there- from 6 to 14 on our trip- though the smaller ones did become tired. We really enjoyed all of the included activities. We also enjoyed a self-directed wonderful winter wonderland woodland/ river walk on our free day (day 6)- around the Little Bear Trail- highly recommended, easy to follow/ marks on the trees, Basecamp gives an overview map and their are display boards around the trail and shelters/ firepits- took us 4-5hrs/ 7-8miles- frozen waterfall, rope bridges, one short very steep icy climb up to a viewpoint/ rocky bluffs and a series of frozen tarns. Day 2: Free morning. We went snowing shoeing on the local trails. Cross country skiing in the afternoon (2-3hrs)- on lake and through local woods to a short slope. After which you could borrow the ski’s and boots in your free time, which we did most days after. Optional: local woods nighttime story/ information hike (approx 2hrs- much colder, it was the one time that I felt I was at risk of getting cold- I had put 2 extra layers on (5 in total on my top), but really should have put more on). Day 3: Husky Sledding. 3/4hr drive away. Adult driving with 1 child sitting in front in warm blankets- I had 2 children with me, therefore the older child was driven by one of the guides. Lots of fun, my favourite activity, though too short (around 1 hr- you can pay extra for a full day on the free day- the kids decided they would get too cold sitting for so long). Kids loved petting husky’s after, which were well behaved/ friendly, after howling on our arrival. Day 4: Ruka Day. Transport included. Reindeer Farm in the morning- short Reindeer round a circuit track; feed the Reindeer in a pen; Sausage, biscuit, and hot drink in a shelter with central firepit while being told about life as Reindeer Herder; old house gift shop- this would probably have been better later in the afternoon. It meant we were too late in Ruka for the earlier free ski bus to our optional activity- Downhill ski lessons (we had been told lessons would be on the other side of the hill- 15mins away)- we had to get the equipment, then take the bus (we could have got this the other side if we were on time- nb it took 1/2- 3/4hr to get all our equipment sorted out)- not ideal wearing heavy ski boots and having ski’s/ poles with us and our children’s ones. It was too much of a rush and we therefore didn’t get as much time on the slopes to learn very much (around 1 3/4hrs), and didn’t get lunch. Kids and adults are in separate groups near each other- kids learnt faster than us adults did; they both really enjoyed it, probably my kids favourite activity of the week. Day 5: Free morning. More cross country skiing for us. Quinzee building in the afternoon (hallowed out frozen snow pile)- enjoyable team activity; looked great once done- there are lots on the lake from previous weeks. After dinner story on the ice. Day 6: Free day. Snowshoeing and skiing for us. Evening (5pm) outdoor dinner and walk to the old mill. Don't expect Northern Lights- our nights were mostly cloudy, only the last night had stars for long enough and we did get a short display of white pillars/ shapes (hardly any colours)- I had been down by the lake luckily to look at the stars anyway. You can tick a box to be woken if staff see them starting and there are apps which try to predict likelihood (didn't predict the one we did see). We could have easily done with another week there.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Tracy Mosley

    Family Finnish Winter Adventure

    Fantastic week in a wonderful setting. Accommodation is warm and comfortable, food is great, and the setting is just spectacular. Great mix of activity, and you can choose to do as much or little as you want, although it would be a shame to miss out... Great fun sledging, kick sledging, learning about huskies and reindeer and much more. I wish we could have spent longer there.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The week is a wonderful mix - you get to try so many different things. Cross country skiiing across the frozen lake was a special memory, but so was the husky trip and everything else! We tried downhill skiiing on the free day in Ruka and all loved it - Miriam organised a lesson for the adults (one group) and the kids (a separate group). Everyone loved it, although the transfers to get there and back were stressful and could have been done differently.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Miriam was great - helpful, well organised, fun and very friendly. All the kids (and adults) loved her. She showed us the basics of cross country skiing, snow shoeing, Quinzee building and much more.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    All the kit is supplied - clothing and equipment. Some of it is quite old, but the quality is fine and it does the job. Take a good base layer (thermal top and bottoms). We didn't think the beanie hats that were supplied were particularly good, so used our own, but everyone else seemed happy with them. We also used our own scarves. With enough layers you will be warm enough. Pack light - you will need very few things - just a change of clothes for the evenings. One pair of jeans, one pair of shoes and a couple of t-shirts/jumpers was fine for the week.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you're based in the North ask about flights from Manchester - we flew direct, whereas everyone who flew from Heathrow had to change at Helsinki.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Lee Harris

    Finnish Winter Adventure

    This was a very special family holiday, which we hope to repeat. We had an amazing time together with our girls age 7 and 11. We loved the excitement of each day, learning new winter activities and enjoyed being in a beautiful and peaceful place. Our group leader, and our other staff were brilliant - friendly, fun, flexible and great with children. . At Basecamp Oulanka absolutely nothing was too much trouble. We had an amazing week making friends, learning new skills and we left with very happy memories!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Husky Dog Sledding was voted most inspirational by our family. Our 7 year old got really attached to one of the beautiful huskies called Hamara! It was wonderful morning, so very peaceful sledding through the forest. Our 11 year old daughter voted for downhill skiing in Ruka, which she had not done before. After just one lesson in Ruka, she was ready to go! Cross country skiing was thoroughly enjoyed by all of us, especially as it is so accessible from Basecamp. You just pop on the shoes, grab the skis and poles and off you go, across the lake or through the forest for a challenge! Last but not least, we thoroughly enjoyed the fun of snow-shoeing and did a little hike through the National Park on a free afternoon. It was incredibly serene.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hanna was an exceptional group leader. She is very genuine person, kind, friendly, fun, really great with the children. She was also extremely hardworking, taking care to meet the different requests of the group. She made the holiday very special indeed. We loved her interaction with the children and our girls especially loved the afternoon of Kids activities while parents were free to roam! Their favourite activity was the sledge train, which Hanna led! she introduced us to some great games, including Dobble!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We enjoyed going later in the season at Easter time. The weather was good - it varied between about -4 and +4 degrees C and it was light from the morning through till 8pm ish, which meant our days were longer and the children never complained of being cold. All the kit provided is perfect, in good condition and there really is no need to take your own! Do take sunglasses though, the sun is bright against the snow! Basecamp Oulanka is happily in the middle of nowhere, it is very unspoiled.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We enjoyed the use of the sauna and hot tub, which was well organised so the families use didn't clash with the other adult group. The accommodation was clean, warm and very comfortable, perfect for our family of 4. The food was consistently good and we were pleased that the staff were able to accommodate our dietary requirements. One evening even bringing our our own special version of the pudding! The final evening meal outdoors was absolutely fantastic and the atmosphere perfect for our final night there. This was a truly fantastic family holiday!
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Susan Head

    Finnish Winter Adventure

    An incredible trip, a real winter wonderland for adults & children alike!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Basecamp Oulanka in the sunshine, seeing the Northern Lights, being surrounded by magical trees on the slopes in Ruka or out on the sleds with the Huskies.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Jukka our group leader was encouraging, informative, friendly & had a great sense of humour. He put us all at ease & had us attempting all the activities in a relaxed manner which meant we got the most out of everything we attempted!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't hesitate-book it! This is a trip for everyone of any age. If I went again I would take skis/snowboard as the nearby slopes at Ruka were quiet & scenic. The clothing provided at basecamp is of excellent quality & you really do not need to pack anything yourself.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We booked this trip in a family group; the youngest was 14 years old & the oldest 77. Everybody was able to participate in all the activities in the itinerary & even some of the optional extras on top!
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Fiona Murphy

    Fun, Fun, Fun in Finnish Wilderness!

    Arriving in Oulanka to a meal of Elk and quark We slept in cosy lodges, peaceful in the dark We snowshoed through the forest, skied across a lake And tired to build a quiincee - really quite a lark! The food was simply splendid, the huskie drive a treat, Attempts to scale the ice wall, really quite a feat Basecamp staff were brilliant, the wilderness sublime This trip is one I'd be very happy to repeat!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Snow shoeing through magnificent snowy wilderness

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Superb!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The clothing and equipment supplied is more than adequate no need to take any snow gear unless you have enormous feet!
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Amy Cooke

    Finnish Winter Adenture

    It was great fun and interesting and I had a fabulous time. My guide was really nice and fun and I liked all of the activities. The days were packed with just the right amount of activities to do, and also with some free time to do what you like; most of the free time I got I spent with my mum and my friends.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment on my trip was learning downhill skiing which I had never done before. It is now one of my favourite sports and I hope to do it again!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Annika was very nice and got involved with the group. She was really easy to get on with and made everyone laugh and have a good time.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes don't over pack, its all provided!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No
  • Reviewed February 2015
    Penny Dimond

    A wonderful winter family adventure

    An action packed snowy adventure enjoyed by mum, dad and 2 boys (11 and 8) in the stunning Finish countryside. This holiday gave us the opportunity to try shoe shoeing, cross country skiing, ice climbing, sledging, building snow homes, downhill skiing, exploring the countryside with huskies, learning about reindeer farming and sledging, in a wonderful environment with home cooked tasty food, new friends and a sauna and hot tub to relax in. Seeing the Northern Lights twice was a real bonus too.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Driving the husky sleigh into the magical national park. We felt like we were in Narnia

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tessa and the whole team at Basecamp were inspirational. Tessa was an excellent leader, passionate about conserving the environment she lives and works in and her enthusiasm, experience, clarity and humour helped create a really positive experience for the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take snacks or food if you don't want to have lunch or buy extra food at base camp - there isn't an easy local alternative. also - make sure you budget for optional activities - the cost of these can add up quite quickly, but when you are there you will want to do them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Relax and enjoy every moment
  • Reviewed February 2015
    Mike Collins

    Exceeded all expectations

    Surreal Scenery ... Snow encrusted trees, frozen waterfalls, wide vistas over lakes Amazing Activities ... Dog sledding between frozen statues made by trees, Riding a Snow mobile cross country at speed on deep snow, Vertical ice climbing, Building a quinzee on a frozen lake, Hiking at night and being photographed with the northern lights in the background Excellent Equipment .... Every type of kit appropriate to each activity provided, you will get used to wearing lots and lots of layers Stimulating Staff ... Henri and his team inspire and guide you through any concerns Fantastic Food ... Lots of soups and stews, exactly what you need, delicious!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery brings out rare emotions ... Whilst standing alone in a clearing in the pine and birch forest on a bridge over an almost completely snow covered stream watching the water flow over ice crystals, the water making the only noise audible, the mind clears and emotions flow. By way of contrast the biggest impediment to getting up once you fell into the snow was ... uncontrollable laughter!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Henri was fantastic ... nothing was too much trouble, instructions and guidance was clear, with a very wry sense of humour. All the staff were great especially the cooks who produced such tasty food.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A buff or neck warmer will be very useful There is no tea/coffee facility in the room so bring you own if you like a cuppa before donning several layers to start the day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a very special holiday ... had a great time
  • Reviewed February 2014
    Anonymous

    FINNISH WINTER ADVENTURE - FAMILY HOLIDAY

    This was action packed but relaxing too.  It was a great mix of organised activities and independence.  We learnt some new skills and then had time to practice and explore.  Being active in the dark was a particular novelty with the help of head torches.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The setting of Oulanka National Park is breathtaking.  The landscape is monocrome - our bright coloured clothes the only colour in the black and while wilderness.  The sound of the husky dogs barking - so eager to be off is unforgettable.  Then whooosh we were off - very fast.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The staff were relaxed and friendly.  They couldn't do enough for us.  We really appreciated how relaxed they were about us changing our equipment for dry or additional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You lucky things.  Don't worry about warm clothes - just base layers for adults will be all you need as everything is provided.  Although I was pleased to have brought my welly bobs for walking between our room and the dining hall.  I bought the blueberry syrup from reception and it is delicous and a lovely souvenir.  Don't be too disappointed if you don't see the Northern lights - we were pleased not to have such cold weather which usually comes with clear skies.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food is great and plenty of games provided in the dining hall although good to bring some of your own too.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: sales@exodus.co.uk

Call us on 020 420 22 20