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As promised long time ago... :blush: (sorry, divorce slowed me a bit down this winter)

In view of maybe organising more of these trips next year, I want to try with one group this year.

The idea is to go for 4 days to the North of Finland (i.e. Lapland) and get a 2 day advanced driving course from people like Marko Ippati (2000 British Rally Champion gr.N) and Risto Mannisenmaki (ex co of Tommi Makinen).

The other two days would be enjoying the joys of Finnish Lapland, near to the Russian border. (organised by Jokke Kamerainen of Rukapalvelu).

You would stay in typical logwood cottages for 3 nights and one night at a hotel.

Programme:
Proposed dates (flexible) 30 March til 4 April (It's still cold then overthere !)

Sunday 30-3:
- Flight to Oulu from London
- Transfer to the North East (Ruka, near Kuusamo)
- Evening there with different Sauna's, spa, dinner, etc
- Stay in Ruka in logwood cottages

Monday 1-4:
- Day 1 of driving school:
-> Theory
-> Driving in the dark
- Evening meal
- Stay at local hotel

Tuesday 2-4:
- Day 2 of driving school
-> full day of advanced car control on ice lakes
- Transfer back to Ruka and evening meal
- Stay in Ruka in logwood cottages

Wednesday 3-4:
- Free for people to Ski or enjoy other activities such as doing a snowmobile safari, go husky sledge riding, ice-fishing, etc.
- Evening meal at a known restaurant serving Lappish game
- Stay in Ruka in logwood cottages

Thursday 4-4:
- Transfer back to Oulu
- Flight back to London

If I get approx 15 people, I can get this organised for us for approx 1380-1400 GBP per person, all accomodation, flights, food, transfers and courses included.
The only thing you'd pay is your drinks and e.g. the skiing on the wednesday.

Having been to Ruka etc, I can only recommend this. It's one of the most beautiful places on the planet, especially at the end of the winter when it's still snowed under, but days are very long already.

Personally, I think this is a bargain, considering a 2 day driving course in Sweden, without the 2 days of relaxation etc with e.g. Don Palmer Driving School is 2500,-GBP !

Please note though that I am only organising this to share the fun of driving and going on holiday up in the Artics. It's not my profession and I am not getting any profit whatsoever out of this (hence the low cost).
Pricing might hence vary a bit still if numbers/programme changes as I pass everything through 'at cost'.

For pics :
- http://www.rukapalvelu.fi/en/entry_page/index2.php
- driving course: www.ajohalla.com
 

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Any way to make this sticky ?
 

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I sure met some very nice ladies when I was over in Ruka. And since it's a few miles of the Russian border, you might be able to do best of both worlds... ;)


Actually, the Rukapalvelu team will probably take the group over into Russia. They have a certain area just between the border and a lake in Russia where they can take their visitors within control of the Russians. :)
 

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OK, Let's start registering

1. The Swede
2. Marketa
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Considering the late notice, I will look into organising this for the end of 2008. Hope that suits people better.

Some pics from upthere ;)







 
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