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.
--HIITOPAIVA 33 +2 - APRIL 6, 2019 - REIJO VAPA'S HOUSE
ACCOMODATIONS: REIJO'S HOUSE
SAUNA RATING: 15/10
SUANA BEER: SANDELS
START TIME: 10:45
FINISH TIME: 12:45
After finishing HHS there is nothing better I like doing than relaxing at Reijo and Sanna Vapa's house in Ii for the weekend. Reijo and I have skied RR and HHS together and it's great to be able to spend time with him, Sanna, and their 8 year old son, Saku.
It's +8C, sunny, and beautiful here so we were able to get a little skiing in at the local track in Ii. And, best of all, have a last makara or two!
Many thanks to Reijo and Sanna for their hospitality.
Jeff ... See MoreSee Less
Hiihtäen Halki Suomen / Skiing Through Finland / HHS Hiihtäen Halki Suomen / Skiing Through Finland / HHS on käyttäjän Jeff Loss seurassa.
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--HIIHTOPAIVA 33 - THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019
ROUTE: NUROGAM TO ARCTIC OCEAN
LATITUDE: NUORGAM 70.4N
ACCOMODATIONS: NUIRGAMIN LOMAKESKUS
WINDS: NORTH 5M/S
SECTION 3 - 717K
TOTAL SECTIONS 1,2,3 - 1740K
SKIS: WAX. IRONED IN KLISTER, VR40, MULTIGRADE COVERED WITH VR40
MY STARTING TIME: 7:35AM
FINISHING TIME: 3:45PM
After a long and arduous Day 32 skiing 82K to Nurogam on Wednesday, the HHS skiers faced one more early start for the 70K Day 33 down the Tana River to the sea on Thursday. Puavo's plan was for everyone to meet at the 58K where we get off the river so we could ski as a group the last 7K climb to the ridge overlooking the Barents Sea. The first skier group started at 6AM and I was last to start at 7:35AM. Nurogam lies on the Finland side of the Tana River, a famous fishing area for Atlantic salmon. Our guesthouse provides guiding services in the summer to these fisherman. In the winter tourists come for snowmobile safaris, northern lights watching, and skiing.
Whereas the previous few days gave us tailwinds, Thursday's weather did a 180 and we had 5m/s headwinds the entire day. Though not exactly strong the winds were a constant impediment and surely slowed down our progress. The snow in much of track was also slower than I anticipated. Temperatures though remained moderate as they have most of the 33 days of skiing and hovered around a little over 0C.
As we approached the 58K mark to get of the river ice the Norwegian scenery became spectacular with sunlit snow covered mountains on both sides of the river.
Those that wanted to swim in the sea picked up their dry clothes and towel and proceeded on the 7K climb to the ridge. After around 1800K it is an awesome feeling to climb the last couple of meters and view the Arctic Sea when you reach the top!
Once there we had congratulations and toasts all around and everyone shook hands and thanked Puavo for getting us there safely. Then, most skied down to the shore and either swam or watched (I'm a watcher) skiers strip down and wade into the sea.
Some jumped in and some were less adventuresome. I dipped my finger in and assured myself it was too cold to swim (and anyway, who knows what's lurking underneath the surface ready to consume unsuspecting skiers like me!)
At the sea we can ski no further and the official ski trek and kilometer countingwas over and we were all given the opportunity to be towed by the snowmobile back to the top of the ridge. I considered this "free ride" but then saw most of the group ski back. So, I did too!
During the evening, we had a farewell dinner and the awards banquet. Everyone received a personalized wooden plaque. There were very nice tributes to Paavo's efforts and thanks to all who assisted this year. Puavo, Jussi, and Masa can be proud of their efforts in helping us all complete a safe and successful journey. It was a very nice way to end HHS. Jeff
PS. Jussi told me that he will take a break before starting to plan the tenth anniversary HHS in 2021. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks Jani. I really enjoyed our time together. You are King of the HHS Double Pole Club. I've got two years to work on my technique!. And, as you have noted, we have videos from Arola. We'll keep in touch. Maybe even more videos to compare "double pole notes".
Thanks Jane and Chris. Will share memories when I return.
Congratulation , beatiful photos and impressive reports.Thanks Jeff, I've got a deep memory while followed daily on the HHS website👍👍👍
Congrats on a great accomplishment Jeff. I am in awe.
Congrats Jeff. It was nice To see again after 2012. We make a bag of skiing memories We all can remember at home. I share one... You are very interested in everything related skiing but especially double poling was a topic during few days. We discussed about it many hours, watched YouTube video made by Aukland brothers, did some practical exercises on the certain shape of terrain. And Best of all, Jussi videorecorded us, Tor-Erik, you and me doing double poling in the cottage in Arola.🍻
Congratulations on completing your journey across Finland, and thank you for providing these wonderful daily reports. Safe travels home.
Kuvat henkilön Hiihtäen Halki Suomen / Skiing Through Finland / HHS julkaisusta ... See MoreSee Less
--HIITOPAIVA 31 - TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2019
ROUTE: PARTAKKO TO SEVETTIIJARVI
ACCOMMODATIONS: GUESTHOUSE AT SEVETTIJARVI
LATITUDE 69.30N, LONGITUDE 28.35E. ELEVATION 340FT
TEMPERATURE: 0C ALL DAY
WINDS: SOUTH 2M/S
MY START TIME: 9:35
FINISH TIME: 2:00PM
SKIS: WAX - THIN ICE KLISTER BASE COVERED WITH VR40 AND RODE MULTIGRADE.
The schedule for Day 31 was to be onboard the bus at 8AM for the 90K ride back to Partakko where we ended yesterday after the ski across Inarijarvi. By the time we started at 9:35AM I think it was -2C or so. It was to be relatively free skiing today and all the skiers took off as soon as the groomer took of. The faster skiers pretty much skied behind Toni and Puavo's groomer and the rest followed close behind to our sausage cookout at the 25K mark. With light winds from the south and an icy corn snow track the day was really a "rest" day and an easy double pole 50K ski.
I really look forward to the sausage cookouts as it gives everyone a chance to sit around the fire together, relax, and enjoy the day and everyone's company.
Ben, Diane, Upe, Tor Erik, and I arrived here around 2PM and immediately had a welcoming beer, coffee, and sandwich followed by the sauna. Incidentally, typically we are served lunch meats at breakfasts and also use those to make sandwiches for the trail. My sandwiches are typically ham, cheese, margerine, tomato, and hard boiled egg. On a 50K day I'll make two and usually eat one. For tomorrow's 82K day I'll make four and eat three on the trail. I'll also bring 1.5 liters of juice and a large chocolate bar. On today's apre'ski meat tray we also had smoked horse. It tasted just like sandwich meat! I haven't seen horse at our local deli. Maybe I have to ask for it! Maybe not.
Below is an excerpt from "Lonely Planet" about the town or area we are currently in:
The road east from Kaamanen heads along the shore of spectacularly beautiful Inarijärvi to the village of Sevettijärvi (Skolt Sámi: Ce’vetjäu’rr), in the far northeast of Finland. It’s a remote area that merits exploration.
Sevettijärvi is a major village of the Skolt Sámi, who resettled here when Finland was forced to cede the Petsamo area to the USSR in 1944. About 300 Skolt live in and around Sevettijärvi, which has a church (Orthodox, as the Skolt were evangelised by the Russians back in the 15th century), a shop and bar (Sevetin Baari), and a school, whose dozen-odd pupils are taught in the Skolt language. There’s also Kolttien Perinnetalo, a delightful little museum with photos, crafts and explanations of the poignant Skolt history.
Sevettijärvi’s namesake lake offers good fishing, as does the Näätämöjoki and, of course, Inarijärvi. Sevettijärvi also has some excellent, remote, long-distance hiking trails.
Tomorrow is the BIG day as far as everyone is concerned. We ski 82K or 50 miles to Nurogam on the border of Norway. It's sort of 40K up to a barren plateau and then 20K down to a lake that we will cross. Then it's 7K up over a ridge to Nurogam to ski our last day down the Tanna River to the sea. 82K is 10hours of skiing. Weather will be around 0 with winds will be from the south/southwest all day at more than 2-3m/s. Day 32 will be a long and memorable day.
Jeff ... See MoreSee Less
4 months ago
Ui tai ainakin kahlaa ja kuulemma hel kylmää ... See MoreSee Less
Day 30 on Inarijarvi ... See MoreSee Less
Day 31- perfect conditions. Weather on the plateau tomorrow looks promising
Diana and I 🤩
1.4.2019 Ukonjärvi - Partakko
Heti aamusta aurinko. Upea Inarijärven ylitys. ... See MoreSee Less
Enjoying Day 29 ... See MoreSee Less
Kyllä on kova porukka!💪🏻🇫🇮💪🏻
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