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We would like to say a huge thank you to Exodus for a fantastic trip to Artic Sweden and an Amazing Honeymoon.
Our dreams really did come true. 4 years ago this week we set off for Kilimanjaro and started not only an incredible journey to reach the summit but a journey of life. Exodus have played a big part in this.
I proposed to my wife Teresa at Uhuru Peak and we married last year in August. We wanted to have a honeymoon with a difference and the trip to Artic Sweden was just perfect.
The location at Lappeasuando Lodge was beautiful. A white wilderness of snow and ice but with superb accommodation, excellent and delicious cuisine (all much better than the trip notes describe) and very very friendly and helpful staff. We were also fortunate the group of us (11 in total) completely "gelled" and consequently we all had so much fun and adventure.
After Kilimanjaro we had no hesitation in booking Exodus again and as for our previous trip they have delivered beyond our expectations.
Dog Sleds - Our guide for the dog sleds was Sabine. She had 30 dogs and 11 tourists to look after and she did it brilliantly. Sabine knew all her dogs by name, character and which dogs would fit the individual dog sled teams. She was so passionate about what she did. We had so much fun. The dog sleds were the highlight of the trip. It was an awesome experience to travel over frozen lakes and through forests whilst handling the dog sleds. The dogs can go quite fast. There is also the opportunity to feed the dogs and be very much involved in the ultimate winter adventure.
Franzisk Kohler, our main group guide was excellent and she has a team of staff to match, Thierry, (full of fun, so calm and relaxed) Gunte (who served us a delicious breakfast was always smiling) and of course the other staff behind the scenes to include the chef, housekeeper and waitress could not do enough for us.
Be prepared to get stuck in and enjoy every moment of it. Ignore the cold, it really is ok at minus 25.
The Northern Lights are incredible but there is no guarantee of seeing them. After a week in the wilderness we experienced the most amazing display from a frozen lake next to The Ice Hotel.
Our last night at the Ice Hotel will be an experience to treasure forever. It is quite incredible. The rooms, the staff and the restaurant were fantastic. It is actually not bad sleeping at -5
We also witnessed the most awe inspiring event ever, the Northern Lights. Although we had glimpses of them during the week, what we saw on our last night was unreal. Standing on a frozen lake near to the Ice Hotel we saw an incredible light show of natural phenomenon and we have some amazing photographs to show for it.
Overall the trip was well organised and very enjoyable. Seeing the Northern Lights and the Ice Hotel were the two highlights for me. The dog sledding was amazing, with such a knowledgeable and great leader. The wilderness camp was also wonderful, especially as that was where we saw the Northern Lights for the second time.
The night in the Ice Hotel was so much fun, and not really cold. The sleeping bags were excellent.
We did not have one, we had a number. All were good, the only problem was swapping from one to the next. The coordination could have been a little better.
Do ask about the clothing. Luckily I had taken my own snow suit, but on the day we arrived at the Ice Hotel, then went off to visit the reindeers before checking into the hotel, some of the group found themselves without adequate clothing. We had been told that Arctic clothing would be supplied throughout. Maybe we could have got it from the hotel - I don't know and this was one time when the leader cross over failed.
Otherwise the trip was great fun!
This trip was amazing! The lodge was great, the activities a blast and the travel companions wonderful.
The ice hotel was the best part. What a great experience!
Francesca was great but the dog sledding leader, Sabine seemed overwhelmed & at times was pretty rude.
Pack things to wear to dinners! I had so many warm clothes that I was hot indoors!
Winter Equipment/Clothing Provided: Full Arctic outer clothing is provided: Insulated overalls, insulated boots, mittens and a fur-lined hat. Balaclavas are also available, but you may prefer to bring your own. Sleeping bags are provided for night in the wilderness lodge.
What you need to bring: Bearing in mind that temperatures vary from month to month, but are not always predictable, you need to pack for a wide range of temperatures from very cold, to mild. In colder temperatures you should wear full winter clothing under your overalls: thermal underwear; thin gloves (to wear under provided mittens); jogging bottoms or thermal underwear; at least two warm fleeces and a jacket or ski jacket. Balaclava (for December to February only). In warmer temperatures you can wear less underneath the overalls.
Katarzyna Crompton - Customer Operations
Contact lenses can freeze, especially when snowmobiling - ski goggles may help. Water-based creams / moisturisers may freeze in very low temperatures. Camera batteries usually stop working in low temperatures, so take spares.
Katarzyna Crompton - Customer Operations
The breathtaking Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are one of natures most awe-inspiring shows, but to see the Northern Lights is not an easy thing. Here are a few hints on when and where to see them. An Exodus adventure holiday isn't a bad place to start.
They can be seen as far south as Scotland, but the best locations for sightings lie in a wide ring that more or less follows the Arctic Circle. Think Iceland, Greenland, North Norway, Sweden, Finland, Canada and Alaska.
The ‘season’ runs from October to March. Within this window the slightly better months for activity are October, February and March. During periods of high solar activity (not forecastable) they can often be seen every night, but the sky has to be clear of cloud cover of course, and you need to be away from other light sources.
Katarzyna Crompton - Iceland Operations
It is very difficult to make your own way and we strongly recommend that you make arrangements to meet the Exodus group transfer. If you are unsure, or would like to arrange to be added to this, please contact Exodus for more information.
Rachel George - Customer Operations
All of the activities arranged are designed as beginner level and full instruction will be given before you undertake any of them. Previous experience isn't essential (although it always helps!) but a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Ian Langford - Sales
You should take waterproof walking boots or insulated boots with good ankle support. Snow shoes can be adjusted to fit any size boot, so you shouldn't have any problems.
Rachel George - Customer Operations
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