Stayed in Basecamp for a week at the end of March as part of a group on an Exodus 'Winter Wilderness' week.
Cannot say enough about the staff at Basecamp, especially Meiju who never failed to have a smile on her face throughout the week as she moved seamlessly between teaching all outdoor activities and then enacting multiple roles both front and rear of house in the Basecamp. Thanks also to Eki, Noora and Hanna who all played their part in making this a memorable week.
I took part in many winter activities for the first time including, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice climbing, dogsledding and snowmobiling. Oops, almost forgot the Quinzee building (team building gone mad), but lots of fun if you like cold confined spaces :) The equipment, tuition and setting for each was excellent.
The accommodation is perhaps a little basic, but was exactly as described and anticipated. Each room has twin beds, underfloor heating, adequate storage and an ensuite wet room. The room was spotless and modern.
The food was prepared by the Basecamp team and was locally sourced. We had Elk cooked in every way possible as well as trout and salmon. Members of our party who were vegetarian and celiac were also well looked after. Testament to our outdoor activities and the quality of the food was that many opted for second helpings on a regular basis.
All in all, an excellent week spent in good company in a fantastic location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome into the Arms of Mother Nature! Wellbeing and ecotourism within the realm of the Oulanka National Park. Accommodation in our cosy wilderness hotel. No TV sets, radios or newspapers, only nature and its sounds. Comfortable accommodation in double, twin or single rooms. Twin rooms with balcony are perfect for family of 4. In addition to this there are smaller rooms with double beds. Activities all year round. Our programs are true ecotourism, bringing together conservation, local communities and sustainable use of wilderness. ... more less
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