3 independent reviews for Winter adventure in Finland

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review 12 Jan 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Scenery, experiencing the Arctic, husky safari

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you are fit.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent

review 24 Jan 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

All of it. The husky tour is probably my favourite but I enjoyed the Northern Lights, the snowmobile, the snowshoeing, the cross country skiing, the ice hotel, the reindeer!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring lots of loose layers and thermal base layer to keep you warm if you travel in December/January - temperatures go as low as -44c!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, I think so!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent

review 4 Jan 2012

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Every day was an adventure, so difficult to single one experience out really, but I'll go for the husky sledding. We expected someone else to be driving - controlling the dogs yourself (though I use the word "control" in the loosest sense) was utterly exhilarating. The accommodation and surroundings were fabulous too.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

I found using my own ski gear rather than the provided warm weather gear was better, so if you have ski gear, bring it.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes, absolutely. All activities involved local businesses. It was interesting that the training of reindeers to pull sleds is an art that would die out without tourism and also provided the reindeer farm with a subsidy to what came across as an incredibly eco-friendly industry.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was a magical experience that as well as providing exhilarating adventures also taught us a lot about the local culture. We came away with many questions and thoughts about how we could adapt our own lives to introduce some of the quality of living that the Lappish Finns seem to have. I do though have a few minor complaints: 1. I specified when booking I was a vegetarian and although this was recorded on my vacation voucher, it seems the information was not passed to the airline when booking the flight. Finnair had no food for vegetarians without a special order, so on a fairly long journey (4.5 hours of flying in total on each leg), this was noticeable. 2. We were able to sit together on only one of the four flights. On the way back, we checked in online the maximum 36 hours before (and around 18 hours before on the way out) and already almost all the seating had gone. This may be something to do with the way Finnair allocates seating - perhaps it is done at the time of booking? In which case I wonder whether something else could have been done at the time of booking to link the two of us? Perhaps the flight bookings were made separately? 3. The bathroom light in our accommodation was not working. We reported this to our rep on the second day but it was never fixed. This meant we had to use the bathroom in almost complete darkness, with only some light filtering from the sauna. We will definitely return to this area of Finland again, though will explore the option of independent travel next time.

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