Finland

Cross Country Trails

Highlights

The greatest range of cross-country ski tracks in Finland - Stunning Pallas-Ylläs National Park - Finnish hospitality from a family run hotel - Aprés–ski in Humina Pub

Introduction

High above the Arctic Circle, at the foot of Ylläs fell, one of the highest in Lapland, is the small village and ski resort of Äkäslompolo. This area is a paradise for cross country skiers with 330km of very well prepared tracks, 38km of which are illuminated. Here you will find that this popular sport is more a way of life than a pastime.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Finland and transfer to hotel
Day 2. Optional cross country ski lesson and explore the trails
Day 3. Cross country skiing
Day 4. Cross country skiing
Day 5. Cross country skiing
Day 6. Cross country skiing
Day 7. Cross country skiing
Day 8. Transfer to Kittilä airport for your international flight home

Cost

From £1135 per person

Departure Dates

Daily departures between November and April

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Description

Whether you are new to Cross Country Skiing or more experienced and looking for a new challenge or adventure, the versatile prepared tracks and variable terrain of Ylläs meet the needs of both beginners and more advanced skiers alike.

You will stay at Hotel Ylläshumina, owned by one time Finnish Cross Country Ski Team athlete Toivo Qvist. This family operated hotel prides itself on its extensive Ski Shop, experienced staff and fantastic ski care facilities so all of your holiday needs will be catered for from hiring the right equipment to staying in comfortable Lappish accommodation and dining on delicious buffets that showcase the very best of Finland's region cuisine.

Cross Country Ski Lessons
If you are a beginner we highly recommend you book some lessons which are available directly from the hotel and more advanced lessons are available for the more experienced skier who may just wish to improve their technique.

Daily Trails
Once you have mastered the art you can venture out each day choosing your own pace and distance and the available routes are seemingly endless. There are tracks that leave directly from the hotel and many of the well groomed trails take you inside Pallas-Ylläs National Park where pure untouched nature is carefully preserved. If you wish to explore further afield you can transfer a short distance by bus or car before making your back to the hotel stopping along the way in some of the many trackside cafes for hot buns and coffee. Cross country skiing doesn't get any better!

Aprés–Ski
After each exhilarating day out on the trails reward your efforts with aprés–ski at the hotel pub where live music and a vibrant atmosphere create a warm welcome and a chance to meet fellow travellers. Sooth any aching muscles in the sauna and hot tub and as the sun goes down you may wish to keep one eye on the night sky in case Mother Nature decides to put on a light show unlike any other, courtesy of the spectacular northern lights.

SPECIAL OFFER Stay for a minimum of 7 nights on a half board basis and receive a complimentary classic ski set for 6 days with waxing service every 2nd day (x3). Valid for stays between 19 November to 17 December 2016 and 1-28 January 2017.

If you are looking for further advice then contact our resident cross country ski addict, Steve.

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