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.