Scandinavia is the home of cross-country skiing, so it’s no surprise that Finnish Lapland is one of the best places in Europe for cross-country skiing holidays. Cross-country skiing is the winter sport of choice for many Scandinavians, who enjoy a chance to get outdoors at all times of the year. It really is a sport for everyone, and you’ll find extensive kilometres of well-maintained trails in every resort that are being used by cross-country skiers of all ages and ability, from toddlers to grandparents and beginners to athletes.
Cross-country skiing holidays in Finnish Lapland
All of our resorts offer an extensive selection of cross-country skiing trails that are suitable for the full range of abilities. Beginners to the sport will find lessons widely available to get them started, whilst lessons and guides are also available for more advanced cross-country skiers. A lot of areas also have unmarked trails that experienced skiers can explore.
Bespoke cross-country skiing holidays
If you’re after something specific we suggest you get in touch and one of our experts will be happy to recommend the best destination for your holiday. We can offer exclusive cross-country skiing holidays or we can combine cross-country skiing with the other fantastic activities available in Lapland, from Northern Lights hunting to snow shoe walking and of course, alpine skiing.
The cross country novice
Levi has a “modest” 200km of cross-country skiing trails, meaning you’ll have plenty to explore regardless of how quickly you pick up this elegant sport. Levi is one of the most popular winter sports destinations in Finnish Lapland, which means lessons and guiding are widely available and the vibrant village offers plenty to do both on and off yours skis.
The cross country enthusiast
Yllas has over 330km of marked cross-country trails that wind through the serene forests and rolling fells at the heart of Finnish Lapland. In Yllas you can choose to stay in one of the picturesque resort villages that also give access to Lapland’s largest linked ski area. Alternatively, Ruka is the home of the annual opening of the Cross-country World Cup, and with nearly 200km of cross country tracks in resort and the surrounding area, Ruka is fantastic base for a cross country skiing holiday.
Combine cross-country skiing with other activities
Saariselka is a serene village in the far north of Finnish Lapland and is an excellent choice if you want to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the wilderness. As well as an impressive 220km of cross-country trails winding around rolling fells and through snow-capped forests, the resort is also a vibrant activity centre and is perfect for watching the Northern Lights, trying snowshoeing, husky sledding and more, making it a great choice if you’re after a multi-faceted holiday. Direct flights are available from the UK for select departures, making this even more convenient for a cross-country skiing holiday.
Lessons & Equipment
It is possible to hire cross-country equipment as part of your skiLapland holiday. All our equipment suppliers operate to a high standard and will provide professional fitting and assistance in resort. We can also arrange ski carriage if you have your own equipment
Cross-country skiing is a widely practiced sport across Scandinavia and lessons are available in all resorts. We can help you book cross-country lessons in advance and answer any questions you might have.