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4 Reviews

  • Reviewed September 2019
    Sandra Davies
    Trip:

    Do it!

    This was my first solo trip ..... ever! I needn’t have worried, despite a very tight connection flight, 1 passenger and some luggage (including mine) didn’t make it, everything else was spot on. I understand that this was due to the usual airport being temporarily closed, not a lot Exodus could do about that. Finland is beautiful, the activities on offer were varied, Basecamp comfortable, the food was good and everyone we met was very friendly.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the bears, we were so lucky with the amount of activity. Mums with cubs, cubs up trees, big bears, little bears .... so many bears. It’s a close run thing between that and the day on the river Kitka.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elina was an absolute delight, she wasted no time reuniting myself and a fellow passenger with our luggage. She also located our missing passenger. I was in a small group of 5, Elina joined in with our silly conversations, got our British ‘humour’, took us out on some amazing walks and felt more like one of the group, than the ‘formal guide’.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t be afraid to do the optional whitewater experience. I had never done any rafting before and absolutely loved it. We were well looked after and the hike up to the viewpoint half way along the river was well worth the puff. I took far too much with me, all you need is some decent walking shoes, the usual walking trousers and tops etc. Dinner is very informal, don’t waste luggage space on smarter stuff for the evening, instead of packing the ‘just in case skirt’ put some Deet in instead, you will need it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go along and throw yourself into everything, bears, dogs and rafting, what could possibly go wrong!!
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Samantha Cook
    Trip:

    Wilderness Escape

    If you want to be immersed in the beautiful Finnish wilderness and escape the frenetic pace of modern life, this is the trip for you. 5 days filled with easy hiking, rafting, husky walks and bear watching. There is also plenty of down time just to soak up the tranquility, take a sauna or take a dip in the lake. Basecamp Oulanka is the prefect place to recharge your batteries.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Bear watching was undoubtedly the highlight for me. I visited the bear hide on 3 evenings (including the optional visit on the last night) and each time the beat activity/behaviour was different. The hide is very comfortable and the photographic opportunities are amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elina was an absolute delight - just a genuinely lovely person & so full of energy and enthusiasm. She worked hard to make sure the group was happy throughout.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring some light, quick drying trousers to go under the ‘fisherman trousers’ provided for the rafting trip. Book the wild rafting option - it’s not as wild as it sounds, grade 3 max although one section is officially classed as grade 4. Mosquito repellent and a hat are a must!
  • Reviewed July 2019
    Beth Neill
    Trip:

    Great mix of outdoor activities

    Although the bear hide was the lure for us on this trip, the other activities of walking with huskies, rideing the river and walking the forests all made this a brilliant short break. Long days meant we had good evenings watching the bears and time to do things during the day as well. Oulanka base camp was a great venue.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the mother bear with 4 cubs emerge from the woods.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Elina was a wonderful leader - she always made sure we were all happy and knew what was going on each day, spending time telling us about local culture.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of mosquito repellant!
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Chris Adams
    Trip:

    Amazing trip in Beautiful Finland

    Brilliant and well organised trip - seeing bears & cubs was a real highlight, and the accommodation was great. you can do as much (or little) as you like during the free time - go for a swim in the lake, go trekking, canoeing, or just relax and enjoy the scenery. Food was nice and all locally sourced.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Bears and their cubs playing and eating in the late evening sun was brilliant and something I will never forget.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Anna and all the staff at the Basecamp Oulanka were brilliant. Very knowledgeable about wildlife, birds, flowers and anything else that was thrown at them. Always smiling and always happy to help.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take extra batteries for your camera. When you're in the bear hide, you can end up using a lot of battery power while you wait for the bears, as they can come out at any moment. I would also recommend taking an eye-mask as the sun will be up for something like 22 hours per day, so it never really gets dark. Mosquito repellent also a must.