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Nordic Countries: Finland, Sweden, Norway

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Enjoy professional cross country ski tuition and guiding whether you are a beginner or just wanting to improve. Our Nordic holidays are either track skiing or touring holidays. Choose from either hotel based or hut to hut touring where you experience a journey through vast open landscapes. Join a group of people with a similar sense of adventure and let us look after you this winter.

Trips are listed from Introductory level to Advanced 'track' skiing and then 'off track' skiing. Please contact us is you need help with what you are looking for.

New Year in Norway

A fabulous way to start 2019! A week of cross country skiing in the wonderful landscape that surrounds the mountain community of Gålå. The terrain surrounding Gålå. is home to a vast network of groomed ski trails making it popular with both cross country ski racers, and recreational skiers. With access to 230 km of ski trails there is more than enough to keep you occupied! And if skiing by day is not enough there is also an illuminated trail where you can enjoy some evening skiing.

Our hotel sits at the top of the mountain overlooking the lake of Gålåvatnet where the Peer Gynt spectacular theatre performances take place each summer. From the lounge you can enjoy a drink while taking in views of the alpine summits of the stunning mountains of the Jotunheimen and Rondane National Parks.

  • Improve your technique with top instructors
  • Small groups ensuring maximum progress
  • Ski from the hotel doorstep
  • Ideal terrain with stunning mountain views
  • Cosy mountain top hotel with sauna and pool
  • Excellent and plentiful Norwegian style meals
  • New Year's Eve celebration and fireworks!


Lapland Luxury: Cross Country Skiing

Lapland is a land of myth and legend and when you ski with us across the frozen landscape, where the reindeer roam freely, you will appreciate what we mean. Here in Finland beyond the Arctic Circle the snowy mountains are bathed in a wonderful light which gives the landscape an ethereal quality. We are based in the world famous cross country ski village of Äkäslompolo, where a total of 330 km of prepared trails are available. Äkäslompolo, which is often referred to as Ylläs, is Finland’s most comprehensive network of tracks offering endless alternatives for a day out with many of the trails taking us inside the Pallas-Ylläs National Park into pristine nature.

Last winter we saw the Northern Lights every night for seven nights! Our own magic show against a backdrop of snowy mountains.

  • The Northern Lights: see the Aurora Borealis!
  • Luxury 3 star historic hotel with easy access to the ski tracks
  • Over 300 km of groomed cross country ski trails
  • Visit the fabulous Snow and Ice Village at Lainio
  • Take lunch in a Kota in the woods, a traditional Sami hut
  • Take an optional day off and go dog sledding or ice fishing
  • Simply enjoy the magic of Lapland!

Ski the Finnish Russian Frontier

A unique ski journey through the wilderness of the frontier between Finland and Russia. This guided hut to hut tour follows the Eastern Border winter trail taking you through pristine areas. If you have a sense of adventure and would like to experience the joy of skiing through a beautiful winter landscape where few others go then this is the trip for you. If you are fortunate you may even witness the Northern Lights dancing across the night sky! On the 14 March, we had an amazing show just like the photo on the right!

  • Epic journey on a remote frontier
  • Ski tracks prepared just for you
  • Cosy log cabins in the wilderness
  • Saunas in the woods
  • Local expert Wilderness Guides
  • Learn about reindeer herding and the local bears
  • Chance to see The Northern Lights


The Trolls Trail

The Trolls Trail or 'Troll-løypa' is a point-to-point cross country ski trip across the Rondane mountains of Norway. This 165 km journey takes us through a beautiful landscape of frozen lakes, plateaux, and forests which gives the perfect environment for a multi-day adventure on cross country skis. We begin in the north at Høvringen in the Rondane National Park, and ski south to the Olympic town of Lillehammer. The terrain is not steep, but offers views of the bigger peaks in the area.

  • Famous point-to-point tour in Norway
  • From the Rondane mountains to the Olympic town of Lillehammer
  • 165 km through mountain terrain with some remote Arctic days
  • Baggage transferred each day to next hotel
  • Qualified Nordic Ski guide/instructor

Nordic in Norway: Venabu

An excellent week of cross country skiing in Norway, the true homeland of Nordic skiing. This trip to Venabu, an ideal cross country ski area, is for those are new to Nordic skiing, or who have done a few days on skis and who would like to consolidate their skills, and develop their technique. The trip offers top quality instruction which will get you gliding in good style through this stunning winter landscape. WARNING: be prepared to adopt the Norwegian way of doing things and 'relax'. This is without doubt a great week for unwinding, whilst playing in the 'white stuff'.

Our accommodation lies in the middle of the Venabygdsfjell plateau, south of the Rondane National park. It’s a snow sure area with fantastic nature, stable climate & great skiing trails. It offers 140 kms of marked and prepared trails in varied mountain terrain with summits up to 1400m.

  • Learn or Improve your technique with top instructors
  • Small groups ensuring maximum progress
  • One of the best cross country ski areas in Norway
  • Ski from the hotel doorstep
  • Ideal terrain with stunning backdrop of the Rondane mountains
  • Comfortable and hospitable base to return to each day
  • Excellent and plentiful Norwegian style meals
  • Optional yoga sessions for easing muscles
  • Sauna

NEW YEAR 2019! 

Our New Year at Venabu is now so popular that we have already put the dates on line for 2019.

This is a perfect opportunity to start the year with a healthy glow to your cheeks, and fresh mountain air in your lungs. The trip includes celebrations and entertainment at your hotel, with a special meal and champagne to welcome in the year. For 2019 we are grading this trip 'Intro Plus', ideal for those of you who have done our Italian Ski Breaks, or just done a few days cross country and would like spend a week skiing through the stunning landscape of Venabu.

Trip Grade - Beginner to Intermediate 

The Venabu region offers something for every level of skier and due to it's popularity for 2018 we are offering two different levels of trip.

Venabu is one of the most idyllic locations where a beginner can take their first Nordic strides. It also suits our guests who been on our Italian Ski Break and feel they would like further tuition to consolidate their technique.

For intermediate skiers looking for more mileage in this respect Venabu is ideal, offering many kilometres of tracked ski tours over a variety of terrain.

The Peer Gynt Trail

A stunning introduction to Nordic ski touring with views to some of Norway's most famous mountain ranges, excellent hotel accommodation with spas, and your luggage transferred each day.

The Peer Gynt Løype, loipe or trail is named after a local Norwegian hero, who was characterised into fiction by author Henrik Ibsen. Our 120 km tour, which beings north west of the Winter Olympic town of Lillehammer, skis the entire route in what is known as 'Peer Gynt Country'.

Skiing on prepared trails we make our way from the lakeside at Dalseter through a landscape of birch forests, distant mountains, frozen lakes and rivers, and isolated farms. If this is your first cross country ski trip in Norway be prepared to be blown away.

  • 6 Days skiing
  • Excellent historic hotels with spa facilities
  • Luggage transferred while you ski
  • Qualified Nordic Ski Instructor
  • All meals included
  • Single rooms available

The mountains in the 'World of Peer Gynt' offer ideal cross country skiing terrain. The stable inland climate ensures good snow conditions throughout the winter. Most of the route sits at around 1000m running through beautiful varied terrain. The ski style used is 'classic' cross-country ski technique entirely on prepared tracks which can be skied on 'waxable' or 'fish scale' skis.

Sweden’s Vasaloppet Tour

Join us in the Swedish mountains at Sälen. Home to 250km of prepared ski tracks and start of the 90km ‘Vasaloppet’ - considered to be the oldest, longest, and the largest of the cross-country ski races in the world.

Skiing entirely on prepared ski trails the charming Dalarna region has something for everyone. Two warm up days around Sälen, exploring both the tracks and wilder mountain trails then progressing onto a four-day point-to-point tour along the route of the historic Vasaloppet. All whilst travelling at a comfortable pace.

  • 4 nights in an historic hotel near Sälen with spa facilities
  • 120km of reliable track skiing
  • Perfect introduction to track touring
  • Ski the Vasaloppet trail at a leisurely pace - 20kms per day
  • Luggage transferred while you ski
  • Qualified Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Single rooms available
  • Optional nights in Stockholm

The Story of the Vasaloppet 

In 1521 Gustav Vasa escaped the Danish king Kristian. He stopped in Sälen and turned back and skied to Mora in order to lead an uprising against the occupying power. Gustav eventually became king and 400 years later skiers race the same trail to honour his memory. The Vasaloppet is considered the oldest, longest and biggest cross-country ski race in the world. Held annually the 80th race in 2004 had some 15500 skiers competing in the main event. The first competition was held in 1922 with 116 participants. The Vasaloppet trail is now recognised as a protected nature conservation area. Click here for the full history about the race.

Photo: Vasaloppet

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