Without wishing to hijack the thread - where exactly in Finland are you referring to, KFF?
And yeah we did have maps beforehand although some of the guys had also been to the same area before.
Top report Matt ... I hope this helps ,when looking on a map look for areas that are a bit higher out of bogs and cold laying areres. The reason is in summer the trees will be soaking up all the wet and in winter frezze so if you can go higher and dry wood will be more easy to find. When you find a tree with no bark on and you are not sure if its dry or its just frozzen rot, cut a bit out put it on your tongue and lick it, if it sticks like paper then its dry but if it goes sogey its rottin and wet. All ways get local knowledge if you can and allways travell in twos or more if you can. Get as much practice at home doing bushcraft like wood prep, fire lighting, first aid, map and compass and work extra hard sawing wood and building up your fitness. If you are doing this for a week in the cold you will need to be fit. Hot tents are a good back up but a cabin is beter. Cold camping is fun and good, but always have a back up plan. Before a trip have lots of meet ups and training camps work out who is good at what and what can be their job in the arctic. Team work is the way to go if you are planning a week long trip. There is a lot of ideas about how to camp in the arctic but i think team work is best but this will only work if every one puts the work in so choose your team wisely. Next trip we think maybe in sweeden jokkmok for the sami market, cabins are the main plan with the odd night camping, the cabins will give more time for the market and activities which is a good plan. I think i will camp as i wish to wake up in the forest this will be hard, as time is never on your side when you like to go to the market. I like a challenge and with the right kit and mind set it can be done. I am working towards making kit esspecialy for this trip, kit like a light weight tent tarp that can have a fire under it saving weight having no need for a stove, pulk instead of tobogon saving time moving about on trains and bus etc. I will not go on to much on Matts thread so i will leave it at that. Matt top job mate i look forward to seeing more arctic pictures.
I asked, as I've only been able to find scale maps of 1:100,000 any further north than Boden.
Especially around Muddus National Park.
Wondered if local shops sell 1:25,000, or 1:50,000?