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The best cross-country skiing in Europe

Cross-country skiing holidays in Norway, Sweden and Finland

Scandinavia is the home of cross-country skiing, so it’s no surprise that it is also the place to head for the best cross-country skiing holidays in Europe. Cross-country skiing is a winter staple for most Scandinavians, and you will find extensive kilometres of well-maintained trails in every resort, as well as quite a few towns and cities. Here’s the lowdown on where to head for your perfect cross-country skiing holiday.

A cross-country skiing dream in Lillehammer, Norway

Lillehammer is just a couple of hours north of Oslo, and offers a whopping 450km+ of marked and maintained cross country trails, making it a cross-country skier’s haven. Lillehammer is a past Olympic town so it’s got a fantastic selection of high-quality hotels, restaurants and bars to provide complete convenience and flexibility. Direct flights to Oslo from the UK and transfers by train in 2 hours or less make this beautiful resort an ever-popular choice for cross-country skiing holidays. Find out more about Lillehammer here.

Go cross-country skiing for miles in Yllas, Finnish Lapland

Yllas is another ‘big’ favourite with 330km of trails through the stunning landscape of Finnish Lapland. Here you can choose to stay in one of the picturesque resort villages that also give access to Lapland’s largest linked ski area – perfect if you fancy trying some alpine skiing while you’re away. Regular flights from the UK are via Helsinki, so if you fancy a bit of culture alongside your cross-country skiing you can add on a city stopover at the start or end of your holiday. Find out more about Yllas here.

Combine cross-country skiing with other activities in Saariselka, Finnish Lapland

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 skiing trails that wind 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. So Saariselka is  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. Stay in Saariselka for 7 nights from £698pp, more information here.

Only got a few days? Enjoy a cross-country skiing holiday in Oslo, Norway

The capital city of Norway might sound like an unusual choice for a winter sports holiday, but with over 2,000km of cross-country ski trails winding through the forests around the vibrant capital city, Oslo is the perfect place to head for a short or weekend cross-country skiing holiday. Direct flights leave London multiple times a day (and other regional UK airports daily), and you won’t find a shorter transfer in Norway than between Oslo airport and the city centre. The accommodation is world-standard and you’ll be hard pressed to find a bigger choice of bars, eateries and activities to enjoy after you hang up your ski poles for the day. Find out more about holidays to Oslo here.

Want a short break without the bustle of the city? Go cross country skiing in Swedish Lapland

Another fabulous option if you’re after a short winter break or weekend cross-country skiing holiday is heading to Swedish Lapland. While that may sound like a long way to go, direct flights from London and super short transfer times to the beautiful Camp Ripan hotel makes this perfect for a quick cross-country getaway. Heading to Lapland guarantees you fantastic snow conditions and Lapland the ideal cross-country skiing holiday destination if you really want to escape the crowds for a completely relaxing experience. You can spend 3 nights in Camp Ripan, including half board, a cross-country lesson, husky sledding and spa access from £1,498pp, see more information and full details of what’s included over at skiSweden.

For more information and a personalised proposal for your cross-country skiing holiday in Scandinavia please get in touch. You can email us at enquries@ski-scandinavia.co.uk or give us a call on 0207 199 6015 to speak with one of our expert team, who will be happy to offer advice and suggestions to suit your needs.

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