Well, barring government/pandemic interference, the trip is now definitely on. Tickets have been booked and preparations are now gaining a pace.
We are Flying via Helsinki on 11th February and most of us will return on the 22nd, giving us nine days in the snow. Final numbers have not been decided yet but the party currently stands at seven, which seems a nice size.
The plan as it stands at the moment will be to depart the airport with the gear loaded on toboggans and head to the nearest supermarket for supplies. From there we head west into state owned forestry land for our first camp where we can settle in and acclimatise for a day or so.
This will also give us a chance to bring the less experienced members of the team up to speed and set up a few things for our return journey.
From there, we break camp and move a few miles further from the town and the airport. Our second camp puts us in an area with a wider range of terrain, perfect for some skills training.
On the return leg, we drop back into our first camp area where there should be a cache of firewood already collected on the outbound trip and some areas of compacted snow set up for some snow building projects.
From that camp, it is just a short trip back to the airport where we can repack for the flights home.
Of course, these things very often change on the ground but plans like this are at least a good starting point.