Ski touring on ski tracks

Hiking in Finland - Day Trips and Backpacking Expeditions
Jouni Laaksonen 11.3.2019

Last week I told about my big passion: hiking in large wilderness, outside any trails or tracks. This week let’s see another great way to enjoy winter landscapes: skiing along maintained ski tracks.

This is by far the easiest way to enjoy skiing. You rent a cabin with modern comforts for a week, or take a hotel room, from a ski resort in Northern Finland, and ski on different ski tracks every day. The scenery is fantastic, the ski tracks are well maintained, and there are plenty of campfire sites, lean-tos and huts along the ski tracks.

Here’s a selection of pics where our family is spending various skiing holidays in different ski resorts in Lapland.

Hiking in Finland - Day Trips and Backpacking Expeditions

Pallastunturi is one of the great skiing areas in Lapland. This beautiful collection of fells is situated in Pallas-Yllästunturi NP.
On left another pic showing Pallastunturit fells from a new angle. This ski track takes you to Särkitunturi fell. On right a pic from ski tracks in Ylläs area, which is situated in the same NP, but more to south than Pallas.

Hiking in Finland - Day Trips and Backpacking Expeditions

The ski track network, as well as the wilderness café network in Ylläs is phenomenal. This pic is from Kukastunturi fell.

Hiking in Finland - Day Trips and Backpacking Expeditions

Kiilopää–Saariselkä area is another great destination for a cross-country skier. This ski track takes you from Kiilopää fell centre to Urho Kekkonen NP and Luulampi wildernes café.
On left my daughters are skiing along a ski track near Kiilopää. On right a ski track in Pyhä-Luosto NP.

Hiking in Finland - Day Trips and Backpacking Expeditions

Sallatunturi is a smaller ski resort, but the ski tracks and sceneries were a positive surprise to me. This view is from Ruuhitunturi ski track.

Hiking in Finland - Day Trips and Backpacking Expeditions

There are lean-tos, Lapp huts, wilderness huts and day huts along the ski tracks, and it’s wonderful to stop for a lenghty lunch break prepared on a fire, or on a wood oven. Here we have already eaten our lunch and now it’s dessert time: marshmallows!

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I’m afraid I won’t have time to write a post for next week, but I’ll be back the next week at the latest.

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