How many days is the expedition? 8 Days for the Expedition. The first day will be spent travelling to Northern Finland, 150km north of the Arctic Circle. We then have 6 days on the snow in Finland. The last day is spent travelling back to home. Arctic Circle Expedition FAQs.
Do I need experience? It would certainly help but we don’t expect everyone to have experience. Cross-country skiing is different than downhill. The skis are much narrower and you wear lighter boots. It’s more about technique and efficiency than speed. Full tuition will be provided over the first 4 days on the Expedition.
What kit do I need? Included in your expedition fees is the hire of specialist cold weather clothing and sleeping bags. You’ll need to bring thermal clothing, warm fleeces, hat and gloves, boots etc. More details will be provided on our training sessions, however, we are endeavouring to cover as much costs as possible in the expedition fees so you won’t have to invest in specialist equipment. Arctic Circle Expedition FAQs.
How many participants will there be? We have space for 10 to 12 participants.
What are the costs? Flights are extra. You can arrange your own flights but it’s important to note that unless you do so through a travel agent you will have very little support if there are problems with flights. You can fly from Ireland, UK or anywhere in the world but we ask that you are on the flight into Kittila on day of arrival.
What is not included in the price? Insurance (see below), warm clothing, outdoor boots, this is all kit you probably have already, if not we can advise on how to best purchase, any extra tours etc. Arctic Circle Expedition FAQs
Do I need additional insurance It is essential that all participants take out additional insurance for the expedition. This should cover repatriation to your home country and rescue fees. Let us know if you need details on insurance companies. We also advise that you apply for your EHIC (formally E11). As this is serious undertaking participants must be aware that the risk of cold injuries and ski-related injuries is higher.
Who are the guides? Lead Guide is Ronan Mullen who has worked in the outdoors professionally for over 20 years. Ronan is an extreme weather expert and has explored many areas in Scandinavia, Morocco, the Alps and beyond. Renowned Outdoor Chef and Guide Kieran Creevy will also be joining us. Both Ronan and Kieran and International Mountain Leaders, highly qualified to lead groups all over the world. Arctic Circle Expedition FAQs.
What is the accommodation like? The expedition will be based in an old woodcutters lodge. It’s off-grid, no electicity, no running water. The accommodation can be best described as hostel style, there is one large communal bunk room, heating is by log fire and lighting by solar power (when available!). Toilets are in another building outside. There are no showers but there is a traditional style sauna which also provides hot water for washing. Arctic Circle Expedition FAQs.
How full on is this trip? This expedition is no walk in the park, you will need to be fit but you have time to build your fitness and we will provide you with a personalised fitness program to get you ready.
This expedition is provided by our expedition company: Sustainable Adventure Experiences WHR UG.