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Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Ylläs

The magical landscapes of Lapland 
The Ylläshumina offers direct access to Finland’s largest cross-country domain, which includes plenty of easy trails, making it the ideal place to learn in the company of like-minded Inntravel guests. In your free time, enjoy the unrivalled range of other activities, and the hotel’s sauna.
Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Ylläs. 7 nights
Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Ylläs. 7 nights

Holiday information


A cross-country beginners’ skiing week

in Ylläs, Lapland

The friendliness of fellow skiers, the feeling of being close to nature, and the chance to fully take in your surroundings make cross-country skiing a very enjoyable activity. What’s more, it’s suitable for almost anyone, regardless of age! It doesn’t normally take long to master the gliding stride, and steering is easy as you ski in ‘tramlines’ cut daily by a special machine.
Our Try It Out Weeks for complete beginners are a perfect introduction to cross-country skiing. Lessons and equipment hire are included, and you learn in the company of like-minded Inntravel guests during the quietest weeks of the season, ensuring the atmosphere is very relaxed and informal. After learning the basic techniques, you will be gently tutored to improve your skills.
Snow-sure Ylläs (pronounced ‘Oo-las’) boasts Finland’s largest and best cross-country network, with plenty of easy trails for beginners. Here, you can learn amid spellbinding scenery, and try your hand at a wide range of other winter activities between lessons if you so wish – downhill skiing, snowshoeing, ice-fishing, reindeer safaris, dog-sledding, torchlit walks...the list is almost endless! 

You stay at the justifiably popular Ylläshumina Hotel, owned and run by the Qvist family, of which Toivo Qvist is a former member of the Finnish cross-country skiing team. He will give you a thorough briefing before you head out with your instructor.

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

Other than the lessons, there’s no fixed itinerary, so during your free time you can take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • Hone your technique over two lessons
    Monday morning starts with a visit to the hotel’s first-rate ski room, where Toivo will be waiting for you, ready to help you to get fitted with your skis (classic ski hire is included for the week) and to provide a thorough briefing about cross-country skiing. After that, you make your way outside to the practice area with your expert, English-speaking instructor for a relaxed and informal 90-minute lesson with fellow Inntravel guests.

    We then include another lesson on Tuesday – cross-country skiing is relatively easy to pick up, so the two lessons should be sufficient time for you to master the gliding stride. 

    Later in the week, once your confidence has improved, you head out on a guided ski tour which lasts between three and four hours.
    Hopefully by the end of the week you'll be hooked!
  • Dog-sledding, snowshoeing & more
    You will probably want to spend much of your remaining holiday practising what you have learned and honing your technique – there are plenty of easy beginners’ trails, use of which is free. As your confidence grows, you will be able to head further out into the wilderness, perhaps stopping en route at one of the many cafés for a warming drink.

    To ring the changes, you could have a go at downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice-fishing, reindeer-sledding, dog-sledding or even kick-sledding on a wide, push-along scooter with runners instead of wheels! Be sure, though, to save some energy for the evening, so that you can venture out in search of the Northern Lights.

    Cross-country: 330km to 540m (both classic and skating; includes 38km of illuminated trails), with a drop-off service to different start points available for a small charge.
    Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & advanced

    Downhill: 53km to 718m (comprises 61 pistes, of which 29 are illuminated, served by 29 lifts), accessed by ski bus (pay locally).
    Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & families

Where you stay

Located 150km north of the Arctic Circle, Ylläs (pronounced Oo-las) is the name given to the seven fells which surround the two Lappish villages of Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi, which are connected by a scenic road on opposing sides of the Ylläs Fjell. The whole region lies within the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. Your hotel, and the Kellokas visitor centre, are to be found in Äkäslompolo (altitude: 400m) on the northern side of the fjell above a frozen lake. Facilities in the village include a number of shops and cafés.
Ylläshumina Hotel



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  • 7 nights: 08 December 2019 - 15 December 2019, 05 January 2020 - 12 January 2020 & 19 January 2020 - 26 January 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    08 Dec - 08 Dec 2019 £1395
    05 Jan - 05 Jan 2020 £1535
    19 Jan - 19 Jan 2020 £1575

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Included travel: Inghams charter Gatwick-Kittilä (out dep 0825, home arr 1655; hold luggage included) & connecting transfer (0h50)

    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 per room per night)

    Ylläshumina Hotel, Ylläs
    Family apartment (sleeps 3-5): 08 Dec - 25 Jan 2020 £60
    Single room: 08 Dec - 15 Dec 2019 £38
    Single room: 05 Jan - 11 Jan 2020 £38
    Single room: 19 Jan - 25 Jan 2020 £38
    Suite: 08 Dec - 25 Jan 2020 £185
    Superior deluxe: 08 Dec - 25 Jan 2020 £155
    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 below. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

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

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed below. 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 documentation
  • flights from Gatwick or Manchester
  • transfers from/to Kittilä Airport

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  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least six months’ validity to travel to Finland, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

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  • The official languages are Finnish, Swedish and, in Lapland, Sami. The currency is the Euro. Finnish time is GMT/UTC + 2. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 2.
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