Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Ylläs

The magical landscapes of Lapland 
Learn cross-country skiing in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Between lessons, enjoy an unrivalled range of winter activities, and make the most of your wonderfully welcoming hotel, complete with sauna and Arctic spa.
Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Ylläs. 7 nights
Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Ylläs. 7 nights

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A cross-country beginners’ skiing week

in Ylläs, Lapland
Experience the pleasures of cross-country skiing on this specially designed ‘try-it-out’ break – ideal for those who are completely new to the sport. Across the week, you will discover why cross-country skiing is such an enjoyable activity: there’s a real sense of being close to nature; your fellow skiers are unfailingly friendly; and – by navigating the trails at your own pace – you have time to fully appreciate your beautiful, snowy surroundings.

Cross-country skiing is also easy to learn – with some initial tuition, it doesn’t normally take long to master the basic gliding stride and build up the confidence to take to the trails independently – and it is suitable for almost anyone, regardless of age.
Ylläs is an excellent place to get to grips with this new sport. A good choice of easy trails lead directly from the hotel, undulating gently across the frozen lake and through the surrounding trees. The hotel also has its own ski instructors, meaning you are very well looked after. Outside your lessons, there is an impressive selection of wonderful winter activities to try, so you can experience this Arctic wonderland to the full.

Our expert says

“This is an ideal place for beginners because everything is ‘in-house’ – the hotel has its own instructor, its own ski room where you get fitted with your skis, and the practice area is right outside. What’s more, the hotel staff will be happy to offer advice when you’re ready to explore independently.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert


Winter activities

You are free to take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you – other than the lessons, there’s no fixed schedule. Below we’ve detailed our suggested itinerary for the week.
  • Arrival in Ylläs
    Depending on your time of arrival, you may like to take a stroll into the village or just settle into the hotel ahead of your first lesson the following morning.
  • Getting started
    The first of your two included lessons takes place on Monday morning. The hotel has its own ski hire cabin so you will be fitted with your equipment (hire of classic cross-country skis and shoes is included for the week), before being introduced to your instructor. During this 90-minute lesson, you will be taught the basics of how to glide effectively, as well as essential techniques for mastering the up- and downhill sections of the trails.

    The afternoon is free to practise what you’ve learnt or to enjoy one of the many other activities available.
    The hotel's own ski-hire cabin
    Learn the art of waxing your skis
  • Honing your technique
    With a further 90-minute lesson, you will become more proficient and gain in confidence, ready to tackle those trails that lead across the lake and into the forest.

    A longer ski tour with your instructor is also included, where they will take you out into the surrounding fells. You can expect to be out for 2 hours and the instructor will advise at the end of your second lesson on which day of the week this will take place.
    Honing your technique
  • Dog-sledding, snowshoeing & more
    You may like to spend the next few days putting your new-found skills to the test by exploring the local area on skis, however, there are many other ways to enjoy the snow – a host of winter activities are available and can be organised through the hotel’s own activity company.

    Experience the thrills of dog-sledding on a half or full-day expedition. You begin by visiting a nearby husky farm where you are introduced to these wonderful animals and get to learn about what makes a good sled dog, how they are trained and how to handle them. You then settle into your sleigh (option to drive your own sled or share the driving of a 2-person sled) and are soon whizzing through the Narnia-like scenery – it’s an unforgettable experience hearing only the sled runners swooshing over the snow and the eager panting of the dogs. Warming drinks and a snack (or on the full-day tour, a picnic) are also included.

    Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to appreciate the surrounding fells – the beauty of the snow-laden trees and the silence around you is truly breathtaking. Guided tours are available during both the daytime and evening – as night falls, you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights – and you also have the option of hiring snowshoes and poles independently.

    Winter walking
    In addition to its many cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, Ylläs also offers 106 kilometres of winter walking paths. There is a good choice of routes for all levels, with paths leading through the forests and along the top of the fells.

    Snowmobiling is a popular form of transport in northern Finland, and offers visitors the chance to discover landscapes that would usually be beyond their reach. There are many excursions available – from short taster sessions to half-day expeditions across the fells and over frozen wetlands, and it is also possible to book an evening tour, ideal for Northern Lights seekers.
    NOTE: To drive a snowmobile you must be 18yrs or over and hold a full driving licence.

    With their oversized tyres and excellent traction, fatbikes are perfect for use on soft, uneven terrain, and as such are becoming an increasingly popular means of exploring in the snow. They also offer a quieter alternative to the snowmobile – with no engine noise to distract, fatbike riders are able to pedal in peace. Guided tours lead past Ylläs’ frozen lakes and into the National Park, and include hot drinks and snacks.

    Reindeer safaris
    Reindeer herding is an important aspect of Lappish culture, and on a visit to a nearby reindeer herder you can learn all about their livelihood before undertaking a short sleigh ride into the nearby forest.

Where you stay

Set on the northern side of the Ylläs Fell, on the banks of a frozen lake, Äkäslompolo (altitude: 400m) is a traditional village where the focus is mainly on the myriad winter activities available in the surrounding wilderness. Although small, the village offers a good number of facilities, including a shopping centre with sports and souvenir shops, cafés and a well-stocked supermarket. The hotel is an easy, 20-minute walk from the centre of the village, on the opposite side of the lake.
Ylläshumina Hotel



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  • 7 nights: 05 January 2025 - 26 January 2025

    Start Sunday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    07 Jan - 07 Jan 2024 £2100
    14 Jan - 14 Jan 2024 £2100
    21 Jan - 21 Jan 2024 £2265
    05 Jan - 05 Jan 2025 £1915
    12 Jan - 12 Jan 2025 £1915
    19 Jan - 19 Jan 2025 £1950

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually from London) and onward travel as described.

    Included travel: 7-21 Jan 2024; 5-19 Jan 2025; Inghams charter Gatwick or Manchester-Kittilä (times vary; hold luggage included) & connecting transfer (0h50)

    A supplement is payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement in £ per room per night)

    Ylläshumina Hotel, Ylläs
    Single room: 07 Jan - 17 Jan 2024 £46
    Single room: 18 Jan - 28 Jan 2024 £64
    Single room: 05 Jan - 15 Jan 2025 £40
    Single room: 16 Jan - 26 Jan 2025 £45
    Suite: 07 Jan - 28 Jan 2024 £200
    Suite: 05 Jan - 26 Jan 2025 £200
    Superior deluxe: 07 Jan - 28 Jan 2024 £172
    Superior deluxe: 05 Jan - 26 Jan 2025 £172
    Kittilä (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Kittilä Charter (contact us) 
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    Edinburgh - Kittilä (via Helsinki) Finnair 
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    Gatwick - Kittilä British Airways,  Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Gatwick - Kittilä (via Helsinki) Norwegian 
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    Heathrow - Kittilä (via Helsinki) Finnair 
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    Manchester - Kittilä Charter (contact us),  easyJet 
    Manchester - Kittilä (via Helsinki) Finnair 
    Manchester - Kittilä (via Paris) Air France 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • 6 days’ classic ski hire
    2 x 90-minute lessons
    guided ski tour
  • use of cross-country trails
  • detailed information about the area
  • flights from London
  • transfers from/to Kittilä Airport

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