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Choosing a Ski Touring or Cross Country Skiing Holiday

Compare our range of ski touring and cross country skiing experiences

Compare tours at a glance:

Guided or Self-guided Accommodation Season Duration Landscape Experience Needed
Backcountry Skiing and Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland (Finland) Guided Wilderness cabins along the route Dec-Apr 8 days/7 nights days Fell/mountain forest Ski experience (touring experience not required). Good level of fitness.
Backcountry Skiing and Winter Camping in Abisko (Sweden) Guided Winter camping (5 nights), Mountain Station (2 nights) Dec-May 8 days/7 nights days Remote fells Ski experience (touring experience not required). High level of fitness.
Cross Country Skiing in Eastern Finland (Finland) Guided Guest houses along the route Feb-Mar 8 days/7 nights Lowland forest/tracks Previous cross country skiing experience
Cross Country Skiing in Hossa and Kalevala National Parks (Finland) Guided Guest houses and cabins along the route Feb-Mar 7 days/6 nights Forest, frozen lakes and marshland/tracks Previous cross country skiing experience. Good level of fitness.
Private Alpine Ski Touring in Lyngen (Norway) Guided (private groups) Comfortable apartment Feb-May 8 days/7 nights (other durations possible) Mountains, fjords Tour adapted to suit group's fitness and experience.

Ski Touring in Sweden, Finland and Norway - peaks, mountain passes, rolling fjells or quiet forests

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Ski touring and cross country
  • 1. Private Alpine Ski Touring in Lyngen
  • 2. Backcountry Skiing and Winter Camping in Abisko
  • 3. Cross Country Skiing in Eastern Finland
  • 4. Backcountry Skiing and Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland
  • 5. Cross Country Skiing in Hossa and Kalevala National Parks

Cross country skiing and ski touring have become increasingly popular in recent years, as travellers become more aware of the negative environmental impact of downhill resorts and discover the enormous potential of this quieter, less intrusive way to enjoy the beauty of the winter landscape.

Ski Touring Across the Finnmark Plateau

Ski Touring Across the Finnmark Plateau. Photo: GE.

The Nordic countries are some of the world's top destinations for cross country skiing and ski touring, with thousands of kilometres of well-prepared tracks and waymarked trails as well as endless possibilities for off-track adventures:

  • Sweden's fjäll landscape in the north offers tremendous hut-to-hut touring and winter camping possibilities, bringing you deep into the mountain wilderness surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.
  • Finland's quiet forests and tranquil wilderness areas are perfect, both for our cross country tours travelling between local guest houses steeped in tradition and with a warm welcome, sauna and excellent food awaiting at the end of the day, or for our challenging expeditions into the wilderness of Finnish Lapland.
  • Norway's stunning landscapes are a wonderful backdrop to your adventure as you head to the far north for a classic traverse of the Finnmark Plateau or the dramatic peaks of Lyngen.
Cross Country Skiing in Hossa and Kalevala National Parks

Cross Country Skiing in Hossa and Kalevala National Parks. Photo: UT.

Nature Travels offers a range of cross county and ski touring holidays, from introductory-level tours to challenging ski touring expeditions.

Take the plunge for a cross country or ski touring adventure - you'll discover it's one of the most rewarding ways to enjoy the winter!

If you have children, have not skied before or would just like to ombine cross country skiing with other winter activities, you may like to consider oose one of our winter log cabin experiences such as Winter Log Cabin Getaway in Päijänne Tavastia. Equipment is available to hire from your hosts and the surrounding forests offer opportunities for cross country skiing right from the door.

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Our option ski touring in Sweden is located in the far north of Swedish Lapland.

Backcountry Skiing and Winter Camping in Abisko (8 days/7 nights)

A wilderness expedition with a high level of physical challenge, this tour uses pulks to transport the equipment and takes you deep into the wilderness of Swedish Lapland for a week of backcountry skiing off the trails, camping wild for five nights of the tour. The tour begins and ends with night in comfortable accommodation at Abisko Turiststation.

Ski equipment and camping equipment are all included, and tours are possible throughout the winter season, from the deep midwinter of December to the lovely, light early spring days of mid-May.

Suitable for those used to the outdoors and looking for a challenge and who have a very good level of fitness and some ski experience, this tour nevertheless does not require previous backcountry ski touring experience.

Backcountry Skiing in Abisko

Backcountry Skiing and Winter Camping in Abisko. Photo: WH.

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Private Alpine Ski Touring in Lyngen (8 days/7 nights)

Unlike our other options for ski touring, which use backcountry or cross country skis, Private Alpine Ski Touring in Lyngen is a peak-touring experience using randonee skis available for small groups on flexible dates between February and May.

Located in the Lyngen region at the very top of Norway, this is a challenging and adventurous experience which can nevertheless be adapted to suit a very wide range of levels from novice to expert.

Set in some of the most dramatic scenery in the world, and with accommodation in comfortable apartment and meals prepared for you in the evening, this is a bucket-list ski trip of the highest order!

Private Alpine Ski Touring in Lyngen

Private Alpine Ski Touring in Lyngen. Photo: LOC.

Compare All Ski Tours in Finland

In Finland, we offer tours using cross country skis (Cross Country Skiing in Eastern Finland and Cross Country Skiing in the Hossa & Kalevala National Parks) with luggage and tours using backcountry skis carrying full pack and/or using pulks (Finnish Lapland).

Cross Country Skiing in Eastern Finland (8 days/7 nights)

This is a guided guest house to guest house tour suitable for adults or older children (min. age 15) with some previous cross country skiing experience and comfortable skiing distances of 15-30km with light daypack. There are two levels of challenge available - Discover tours for participants with limited experience and Standard tours requiring greater previous experience.

This experience has luggage transfer is included, meaning you will be skiing with only a daypack during the day, and that accommodation each night is in local guest houses rather than wilderness cabins as for many of our other ski tours. Your local hosts offer a warm welcome and insight into the culture and cuisine of the area and of course, being Finland, sauna is an important feature of each evening! Ski equipment is available to hire as an optional extra.

Cross Country Skiing in Eastern Finland

Cross Country Skiing in Eastern Finland. Photo: AKA.

Cross Country Skiing in Hossa and Kalevala National Parks (7 days/6 nights)

A little further north, in north-east Finland, this tour also offers an option for "classic" cross country ski tours between guest houses and cabins and also with luggage transfer included. The two 7-day itineraries offered here both require previous cross country skiing experience but are at two different challenge levels - one covering around 100km during 5 days of skiing, the other around 150km. As with the Eastern Finland tour, there is also a focus on local cuisine and culture (including visit to reindeer farm) as well as plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Finnish tradition of sauna at the end of the day!

Backcountry Skiing and Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland (8 days/7 nights)

In the far north of Finland, we offer two itineraries for hut-to-hut exploring the Lemmenjoki and Halti regions.

Backcountry Skiing and Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

Backcountry Skiing and Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland. Photo: WH.

These tours are physically challenging and take place in very remote areas, with accommodation in simple wilderness cabins, but do not require previous ski touring experience, so can be a good option for participants with good level of fitness seeking to participate in a real winter expedition but without the requirement for technique necessary for other options such as the King's Trail in Sweden.

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