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Choosing a Ski Tour

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.
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 the Finnish-Russian Borderland (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.
Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland (Sweden) Guided Mountain station and mountain cabin Mar-Apr 7 days/6 nights Rolling mountains Previous cross country and/or downhill. No touring experience required.
Introduction to Backcountry Skiing in Langsua National Park (Norway) Guided Mountain lodge and wilderness cabins Feb 8 days/7 nights Rolling mountains, forest Previous cross country and/or downhill skiing experience recommended but not essential.
Ski Touring Across The Finnmark Plateau Guided Mountain cabins along the route Mar-May 4 days/3 nights (arrive day before to overnight locally) Rolling mountains plateau and mountain birch forest. Previous cross country/ski touring experience required. Good level of fitness.
Ski Touring on the King's Trail from Abisko to Kebnekaise (Sweden) Guided Mountain stations at start/end, mountain cabins along the route Mar-Apr 8 days/7 nights Rolling mountains/mountain pass Previous ski touring experience required. Good level of fitness.

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

Where are they?...

Ski touring and cross country
  • 1. Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland
  • 2. Ski Touring on the King's Trail from Abisko to Kebnekaise
  • 3. Cross Country Skiing in Eastern Finland
  • 4. Backcountry Skiing and Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland
  • 5. Introduction to Ski Touring in Langsua National Park
  • 6. Cross Country Skiing in the Finnish-Russian Borderland
  • 7. Ski Touring Across The Finnmark Plateau

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 possibilities, bringing you deep into the mountain wilderness, often using the routes that are also popular as hiking tours in summer.
  • 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 mountain landscapes offer a majestic backdrop as you explore a world of rolling fjells and forests in Jotunheimen, or head to the far north for a classic traverse of the Finnmark Plateau.
Cross Country Skiing in the Finnish-Russian Borderland

Cross Country Skiing in the Finnish-Russian Borderland. 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.

Compare All Ski Tours in Sweden

We offer two options for hut to hut ski touring in Sweden, both located in the far north of Swedish Lapland.

Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland

If you have some experience of cross country skiing but are yet to discover the challenge and adventure of mountain ski touring, you will find this tour an ideal introduction to this marvellous sport.

A 7-day experience running on the central section of the King's Trail in the far north of Sweden, Discover Mountain Ski Touring combines guided day training tours from mountain station with a cabin-cabin expedition component. Discover Mountain Ski Touring will give you the opportunity to improve your technique and build your confidence for future extended tours under the tuition of your local guide.

Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland

Discover Mountain Ski Touring in Lapland. Photo: Maurice Strubel.

Ski Touring on the King's Trail from Abisko to Kebnekaise

For those with previous experience of mountain ski touring (and an ideal "next step" if you have already done the Discover tour in Sweden or Introduction tour in Norway), this is a challenging tour requiring an intermediate-advanced level of ski touring proficiency.

The Abisko-Kebnekaise tour takes you through the dramatic mountain landscape of Lapland into the shadow of Sweden's highest mountain, Mt. Kebnekaise, following the Kungsleden trail, one of Sweden's best-known hiking routes in summer. Accommodation is in mountain cabins and mountain stations along the trail. One of the world's classic ski touring experiences and an adventure not to be missed!

This tour is considerably more challenging than Discover Mountain Ski Touring, as you will be skiing each day with pack weight 10-14kg. It is important if considering this tour that you have previous experience of ski touring and are comfortable with the itinerary.

Compare All Ski Tours in Norway

From the dramatic mountains of Jotunheimen to the wide horizons of Finnmark, wherever you go in Norway, the scenery is always amazing!

Introduction to Ski Touring in Langsua National Park

An alternative option for those getting into touring, like the Discover tour in Sweden, this begins with tours from fixed base and then progresses to include an expedition component. There is a strong learning element for the tour both in terms of developing your ski technique and in learning general winter hillcraft.

Introduction to Ski Touring in Langsua National Park

Introduction to Ski Touring in Langsua National. Photo: NF.

Ski Touring Across The Finnmark Plateau

An option for a remote wilderness point-to-point tour but with a slightly lower level of challenge compared to some of our other options, this a 4-day tour covering 80km and one of the world's "classic" ski routes. While the terrain can be exposed and distance on the longest day is almost 30km, the tour is assisted by huskies pulling the pulks, which allows you to ski with a lighter pack during the day.

Compare All Ski Tours in Finland

In Finland, we offer tours using cross country skis (Eastern Finland and Finnish-Russian Borderland) with luggage and tours using backcountry skis carrying full pack and/or using pulks (Finnish Lapland).

Cross Country Skiing in Eastern Finland

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 the Finnish-Russian Borderland

A little further north, in the border region with Russia, 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

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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