We have scheduled a few trips for winter and spring that are popular with our guests in the hope that we can inspire you. We are aware that during these uncertain times of Covid-19 that it is difficult for you to plan a trip, and indeed for ourselves! However, the trips below are attracting considerable interest and are more likely to fill up and be viable. Indeed, some are almost fully booked already.
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Exploring the stunning Ice Village
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 (206 miles) 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.
Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region, a sparsely populated area bordering Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic Sea. It’s known for its vast subarctic wilderness, ski resorts and natural phenomena including the midnight sun and the Northern Lights. We point out there is no guarantee you will witness the Lights, but you are in a very good place if the forecast is good for the Aurore Borealis.
Cross-country skiing is very much a national sport in Finland and part of the culture. Nearly every Finn learns to cross-country soon after taking their first steps. Decades ago, it was an important means of transport in the winter, and skiing across forests and lakes on the way to work or school was commonplace. In smaller communities, the children still ski to school when there’s snow on the ground.
Perfect terrain for day tours
A wonderful opportunity to experience the famous Trolls Trail, in Norway without having to cope with the 'full deal'. Many of our guests have expressed a desire to ski this challenging route, but are reluctant to commit to what is a tough trip. We believe we have come up with the perfect solution. This is a week spent skiing on prepared tracks with professional tuition designed to improve your skills and increase your enjoyment on 'classic' style cross-country skis.
We enjoy skiing in the landscape of the Rondane mountains at three different hotel locations, linking them on skis along the easier sections of the Trolls Trail route. Experience the wide open mountain landscape, the birch woodlands, and hear stories of the wild reindeer herd that has made the area its home.
If you have already done a few days of cross country skiing, or completed our Italian Ski Weekend, then you will find this is the perfect progression in the homeland of ski journeys. The trip is a mix of centre based days when you could opt out and relax in the spa if you feel like it, combined with a short ski journey along the Trolls Trail to our next mountain hotel where a warm welcome awaits us.
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Make your own tracks in the wilderness
This is now a 'must do' winter journey over the mountains between the French village of Megevette in the valley of the Arve in the west, through to the shores of Lake Geneva in the east. The Chablais area is renowned for its marvellous snowshoeing country and many of the high points give views to the Mont Blanc range.
Since we pioneered this route in 2009 it has become a 'classic' for snowshoe enthusiasts. We will walk a total of 84.5 km (53 miles) through the mountains over six days. We stay in quaint local hotels and auberges, a chance to experience the real village mountain life of the French Alps.
As we travel on our snowshoes from village to village we pass through remote valleys, under towering limestone cliffs and over high plateaus. Each day our luggage is taken by taxi to our next hotel - no heavy loads to carry! If you love a mountain journey then this trip is a great one for you.
You will most likely arrive into Geneva airport, Switzerland which during the current situation has continued to operate regular flights to and from the UK.
Wild open spaces to enjoy in Norway
This winter our new off-track tours are attracting great interest. These are for you if you are already a competent 'track skier' and now wish to now explore off-track. We are offering four Norwegian Off-Track Ski tours suitable for intermediate 'cross-country' skiers or above, we have a programme ranging from taking your first steps 'off track' through to more advanced hut-to-hut journeys.
Whereas our 'cross-country' ski trips stay on pressed and groomed ski trails, our new range of trips explore areas away from prepared tracks. Our Geilo and Finse Introductory trip has two parts, it starts in Geilo, the gateway to the famous Hardangervidda National Park where we have three days of skills training in nordic 'off-track' skiing techniques. We then move north to the remote town of Finse which is located at 1222m (4008ft) above sea level and has excellent snow conditions.
Our programme will also feature; Skarvheimen, north of Finse, with a perfect first 6-day 'off-track tour', the Hardangervidda plateau made famous by the heroes of Telemark, and Jotunheim known as the “Home of the Giants” with more than 250 peaks above 1900m (6232ft), including Northern Europe's two highest peaks: Galdhøpiggen at 2469m (8098ft), and Glittertind at 2465m (8085ft). For winter 2021 we are featuring our Hardangervidda and Jotunheim trips. To help you plan ahead all off-track dates for winter 2022 are now online.