About HHS

SKIING ACROSS FINLAND (in Finnish – “HIIHTÄEN HALKI SUOMEN” HHS) is the world’s longest guided skiing trek. It lasts 34 days and is about 1,800 km long.  Daily journeys are about 57 km on average, varying from 40 to 80 km.

The trek is skied in classic cross-country style. The tracks go mostly along snow mobile routes but in some places municipal skiing tracks can be used. New tracks will also be opened for the trekkers when need be.

The route goes mostly through peaceful forests but also through inhabited areas and even town centres. It also crosses uninhabited wildnesses quite close to the Russian border, wide frozen lakes, and in the very north, the treeless mountains of Lapland.

Varying weather conditions from snow storms to glaring sunshine, from freezing temperatures to the warmth of the springtime sun; these are the extra flavourings of the trek.

PARTICIPATION

You can participate in the trek by doing the whole journey in one go or by skiing the stretch that suits you best (see the table menu HHS Info and Timetable and stakes).

TRANSPORT AND SERVICE

A service van follows the skiers during the whole trek carrying all the equipment from one overnight place to the next.

If you do only a part of the trek the organisers will arrange transport from Joensuu airport to Ilomantsi or Kuusamo airport to Kuusamo.

Every participant carries his daily lunch box in a small rucksack.

ACCOMODATION

Accomodation varies: hotels, holiday camps, log cabins in the wilderness, or schools.

Services at overnight places include: sauna, a place to wax skis, a solid meal, an evening snack, a solid breakfast, provisions for lunch in a rucksack.

THE TREK WILL BE REALIZED

THE TREK WILL BE REALIZED if there are at least 20 participants. More than 30 cannot be admitted.

PARTICIPATION FEE

Participation fee inquiries by email.

Participation fee includes:

  • guiding during the whole journey
  • accomodation
  • services at overnight places (as described earlier)
  • service during skiing
  • ski track opened up by snow mobile
  • service snow mobile following skiers
  • transport of equipment in service van
  • guidance in waxing skis
  • diploma and souvenir for participants who have skied at least one week
  • transport from Helsinki airport to Virolahti and from the Arctic Ocean via Nuorgam to Ivalo airport
  • transport from Joensuu or Kuusamo airport for those who need it

WAXING

The organisers provide waxing equipment and know-how in various weather conditions, waxes can be purchased at a reasonable price.

INSURANCE

We recommend that the participants take out an insurance policy. The organisers are not liable for any accidents during the trek.

 ENTRY

Entry to the trek by email or by phone.

There is room for limited number of skiers.

HHS-info

Registrations and inquiries by email info(a)hhs-ski.net. Replace (a) with @.

Timetable

Virolahti – Arctic Ocean 1800 km (Full journey)

km

Sat

2.3.2019

Gathering to Virolahti

1.

Sun

3.3.2019

Virolahti

Raippo

61

x

2.

Mon

4.3.2019

Raippo

Joutseno

49

x

3.

Tue

5.3.2019

Joutseno

Ruokolahti

44

4.

Wed

6.3.2019

Ruokolahti

Simpele

43

x

5.

Thu

7.3.2019

Simpele

Mikkolanniemi

46

x

6.

Fri

8.3.2019

Mikkolanniemi

Kitee

65

x

7.

Sat

9.3.2019

Kitee

Kiihtelysvaara

56

x

8.

Sun

10.3.2019

Kiihtelysvaara

Ilomantsi

57

x

Partial trip option, part I

ca. 420 km

9.

Sat

11.3.2019

Ilomantsi

Naarva

64

x

10.

Tue

12.3.2019

Naarva

Kitsi

49

x

11.

Wed

13.3.2019

Kitsi

Nurmijärvi

65

x

12.

Thu

14.3.2019

Nurmijärvi

Saunajärvi

61

x

13.

Fri

15.3.2019

Saunajärvi

Kuhmo

49

14.

Sat

16.3.2019

Kuhmo

Lentiira

64

x

15.

Sun

17.3.2019

Lentiira

Kuivajärvi

41

x

16.

Mon

18.3.2019

Kuivajärvi

Raate

40

17.

Tue

19.3.2019

Raate

Arola

62

18.

Wed

20.3.2019

Arola

Hossa

45

19.

Thu

21.3.2019

Hossa

Soivio

54

x

20.

Fri

22.3.2019

Soivio

Kuusamo

54

x

Partial trip option, part II

ca. 650 km

21.

Sat

23.3.2019

Kuusamo

Käylä

57

x

22.

Sun

24.3.2019

Käylä

Salla

64

x

23.

Mon

25.3.2019

Salla

Saija

49

x

24.

Tue

26.3.2019

Saija

Savukoski

47

25.

Wed

27.3.2019

Savukoski

Tanhua

45

26.

Thu

28.3.2019

Tanhua

Lokka

50

27.

Fri

19.3.2019

Lokka

Tankavaara

58

x

28.

Sat

30.3.2019

Tankavaara

Kaunispää

40

x

29.

Sun

31.3.2019

Kaunispää

Ukonjärvi

53

x

30.

Mon

1.4.2019

Ukonjärvi

Partakko

58

31.

Thu

2.4.2019

Partakko

Sevettijärvi

50

x

32.

Wed

3.4.2019

Sevettijärvi

Nuorgam

83

x

33.

Thu

4.4.2019

Nuorgam

Jäämeri

63 + 6

x

Partial trip option, part III

ca. 720 km

Fri

5.4.2019

return from Nuorgam to Ivalo

34 days altogether

ca. 1800 km

x = chance to do a shorter daily journey

Trek route