True connoisseurs of ski holidays know that skiing in Finland is better and more interesting than in the Leningrad region. After all, there are high-quality, high and interesting slopes, cozy and comfortable houses, delicious food! Asneg drops out much earlier than ours!
And also the cleanest air, cozy nature, and a great company from us! You will remember this vacation for a very long time, looking at and showing vivid photos to your friends.
In addition, we will have a professional Russian trainer who will teach each participant personally, regardless of their level. So even if you see skis for the first time in your life, you will confidently stand on the slope in a week.
Snowboarders can also join our group and just ride for their own pleasure without our coach, or take a coach on the spot. Because one instructor is technically impossible to train skiers and snowboarders at the same time. At the same time, bordists will receive a very pleasant discount.
We will be actively training, having fun with our noisy company in the evening, drinking mulled wine. We also have a huge selection of entertainment at the resort: restaurants, bars, saunas and other activities.
And most importantly, a slope sparkling in the sun, freedom, extreme and the delight of flying!
Instructors licensed by the Federation of Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding of Russia will work with the group, who will teach you to stand confidently on the slope or improve your skills in a fun and interesting way.
There are two options for the route to our resort.
First: go with our instructor and a group from St. Petersburg by direct transfer.
Second: get to the resort yourself.
Early this morning we meet in St. Petersburg, load onto the bus along with all the equipment and begin the journey!
In controversial Finland, each season is strikingly different from each other: the polar night of winter gives way to the summer midnight sun.
Rural provincial idyll and vibrant cities. East and West. The cold peaks of the ski resorts and the tropical warmth of the baths.
Thousands of tourists flock to this small but unique country every year, attracted by unique museums, architectural monuments, ancient castles, ski resorts. Finland is especially attracted by natural attractions, almost untouched by human progress.
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Finland is not a mountainous country, but skiers around the world know it very well. More than a hundred ski resorts will delight vacationers with a wide range of various services and offers, the main of which is well-organized ski slopes. Particular attention is paid to the safety of vacationers, since rest of this nature is associated with great risks to human health and life. Bright lighting at night is the main component of the safety of a Finnish resort. All slopes are equipped with comfortable lifts, which greatly facilitates the rest of the tourist.
In addition to well-equipped slopes, Finnish resorts offer vacationers to visit restaurants and coffee shops, numerous shops, gyms and swimming pools. Even the baths in the tropical oasis are no stranger to Finnish recreation areas. Hotels or small comfortable houses located next to the slopes will reduce the cost of money and time spent on the way to them.
Finland belongs to the countries where the skiing sector is just developing. The list of resorts is constantly growing. For example, the largest ski resort, Levi, has recently begun to receive visitors. This place is renowned for its excellent new generation service and good slopes. The resort was awarded international status. Numerous entertainment, cottages and hotels are concentrated in one place. Reindeer safaris, snowshoeing, a snowboard park, children's slopes, fishing and much more are offered by the Levi Center.
Himos is another large ski resort on the slopes of the picturesque mountains. This resort is the closest to the Russian border. Himos is especially popular with fans of extreme sports because of the height differences, which reach 140 m, and the length of some tracks, stretching for almost a kilometer. All slopes have a different level of difficulty and are equipped with lifts. Therefore, this resort center will be interesting for both children and novice skiers and experienced athletes.
Laavuori belongs to the resort old-timers with their own history and traditions. Here Finland annually hosts international competitions in ski jumping and cross-country skiing. The ski slopes are equipped no worse than at the newfangled resorts. For cross-country skiers, there is a ski run 60 km away. A special freestyle slope, elevation changes of up to 100 meters and equipping the slopes with lifts will surely interest lovers of established traditions and high quality service.
Finland is famous for its resorts. All at once it is impossible to list them. For example, Ruka is a ski center with the longest slope, stretching for 1 km 300 m and altitude differences of 201 m. The resort of Takho has similar characteristics of slopes as Ruka, and periodically organizes European championships in snowboarding and alpine skiing. The Finnish center Katinkulta offers not only ski holidays, but also paradise baths located in a tropical oasis. The contrast of frosty mountain peaks and warm-enveloping tropics will definitely keep vacationers in the right tone.
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Finland is a northern country that is rich in snowy and cold winters. It is known for its ski resorts. Guests and travelers alike enjoy a lot of attention in Finnish resorts. There are excellent conditions that meet the requirements of the most discerning visitors. See below for information on where the ski resorts are in Finland and what you can see there?
These resorts are suitable for tourists of all ages and skill levels. Almost all Finnish resorts have slopes of varying difficulty, as well as special children's and mountain tracks, ski tracks, etc.
The resorts have a variety of fun activities for snowboarders such as Street, Superpipe, Hypepipe, Quarterpipe and Border Crossing.
There are various lift options. For the comfort of guests and tourists, a so-called "ski bus" moves between the slopes and hotels in various ski resorts.
Every visitor to the resort will be able to rent winter sports equipment. First-class instructors and dedicated ski schools are available for both group and individual instruction. There is a system of discounts at any resort.
In hotels, villas and private homes, guests and tourists will find a professional and first-class level of service.
In addition to alpine skiing and just skiing, you can do snowmobile or snowmobile safaris, dog, reindeer or horse riding and Finnish sleigh rides. As well as snowshoeing and ice skating. You can take part in ice or snow skiing, ice fishing or diving, etc.
Levi is one of the most popular resorts in Finland as it has the largest ski area.
Yulla has stunning scenery and is just a few kilometers from Levi. You can combine two elevator passes for more runs on trails. There are many excursions to visit, such as snowmobile safaris, snowshoeing trips or a Northern Lights hike.
Saariselkä has a smaller ski area (12 km) than the other main Finnish resorts, however safaris and excursions are available to choose from.
Cross country skiers will be in their element with 230 km of prepared runs.
The number of traditional Suomi cuisine establishments is growing rapidly, and the younger generation of Finnish chefs are snapped up in prestigious world restaurants. Gastronomic excursions in Finland - how to get there and what to see, you can briefly find out in this article.
Gastronomic excursions are a fascinating and delicious opportunity to get to know Finland through the example of classic cuisine. During it, tourists will get acquainted with the history of the people and how the harsh northern nature influenced the culinary traditions.
The guide's story reveals the secret of the people, their worldview, refectory foundations. He tells entertaining stories about "dry law", hospitality and everyday life of the indigenous population.
In fact, delicious Finland is not only salmon soup and vodka. She is amazing and full of variety. In order to understand this, tourists will pass through the most fascinating restaurants, pastry shops and bars of the capital.
They will not be told about traditional cuisine, they will take a route through the extraordinary sights of the city. Participants will learn the secrets of making old recipes and drinks, and will also be able to taste them.
In Helsinki today, the national cuisine remains the most popular cuisine. Finns take good care of their health. The country has a National Nutrition Council that controls the consumer quality of manufactured food products.
It examines the impact of the offered products on the health of citizens. Foods should not cause an increase in blood cholesterol levels.
Tough government policies have paid off, Finns have amazing statistics over the past 25 years:
In Suomi - the self-name of Finland, seasonal cuisine is famous. Travelers visiting the country at different times of the year will be interested in trying a variety of seasonal dishes.
In May 2015, my wife and I went on a bike trip in Finland. The event fully and completely served the purpose of introducing the faithful to this, of course, the best kind of travel available to humans. The first bike trip is always difficult, unknown, responsible. Therefore, it is very important in this matter not to take on too much load, otherwise in the future any desire to continue will disappear.
The travel season was not chosen by chance. The month of May is very good for cycling trips. There is still no heat and insects, both stinging and simply annoying. For several years in a row, since the fall, I have been gladly planning some cycling trip for the spring, and I am looking forward to the onset of this blessed time. Besides the fact that my wife had this first bike trip in her tourist "career", the matter was aggravated by the fact that literally a year ago she ... did not know how to ride a bike at all! However, during the summer-fall of 2014, and the beginning of spring 2015, a huge amount of work was done to teach riding techniques and develop physical fitness, sufficient to complete a simple cycling trip. we did it! Not without adventures and difficulties, and even troubles, but the main goal was achieved - the wife went through this cycling trip, learned what cycling tourism is, and, most importantly, retained the desire to go cycling in the future.
Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes. But, it is also a country of a thousand roads! The road network in Finland is very well developed. There is something that cyclists in Russia lack so much - a lot of secondary highways of excellent quality, with minimal traffic, and, of course, bike paths. There are tracks in all cities, both large and small. At the entrances to a large city, as well as on the outskirts of the city, you will still be guided by a bike path for another 10-15 kilometers. There are also bike paths between cities. So, for example, between the cities of Kotka and Hamina, the distance is about 18 kilometers, and you travel all the way along the bike path. Moreover, this is not just like a bike path chopped off from the roadway or sidewalk, but a specially built one, quite wide and even. In Finland, this is the order - they build a road, and next to it a cycle path; repairing the road, laying fresh asphalt - doing the same with the next cycle path.
Bicycle path in the Hamina area
One of the bike paths in Helsinki
For the convenience of cyclists, cycle tunnels have been made, as a rule, under major highways, so that you can cross the carriageway and at the same time no one interferes with each other and emergency situations. In Helsinki, they even saw traffic lights - they were placed at the intersection of bike paths - this, of course, caused some shock and a natural desire not to break, to stop at red. They say that in the area of the city of Lappeenranta there is even a bicycle ferry across the canal, while they themselves have not been there yet. )) In general, the cycling infrastructure is developed! And many, naturally, use it. They ride, go about their business. Or exercising - we've seen amateur athletes riding steep road bikes. but even if the bike path is over - it doesn't matter - there is an excellent road further on, along which you will also go and enjoy your journey. Most roads are paved with excellent asphalt, but even if you come across an unpaved road, a dirt road or a grader, it will still be a great road, practically free of puddles, mud and bumps.
One of Finland's dirt roads after rain
An important factor that greatly influences the impression is auto traffic. In Finland, it is either low or practically absent. This is easily explained - the population of the entire country is approximately equal to the population of St. Petersburg alone, and is 5. million inhabitants. We divide this into a rather large area of the country, an extremely developed network of roads, and project it onto the local northern character (Finns are mostly couch potatoes), and as a result we get almost ideal conditions for cycling. The courtesy of Finnish drivers should be noted separately. Nobody flies "a sneaker to the floor", they overtake cyclists neatly, almost completely rearranging themselves into the oncoming lane. If someone is driving towards, then the car driving behind will slow down and let oncoming people pass. So, we had a case when we slowly climbed up a small rise, and a bus pulled up from behind, and it trudged along like this for about two minutes, until the oncoming one was free and there was an opportunity to safely overtake us. article, about the ups. Many people probably think that Scandinavia in general, and Finland in particular, is a flat plain. This is not true. The relief is not very pronounced, but it is present. Basically, these are hills, the formation of which was helped by "cover glaciation, which led to the predominance of surface moraine deposits and the widespread occurrence of hilly landforms" (a quote from a geography textbook). But there are practically no lingering ascents, basically these are such swings up and down 20-50 meters (vertical). and roads on which cycling is prohibited. These are federal highways that have several lanes, a dividing strip, and transport interchanges. But, as a rule, such highways have a "duplicate" secondary road running parallel or several kilometers away, so it makes no sense to use federal highways for cycling.
Route 7 (E18) - cycling is prohibited here
Since there are few roads in Russia, they all either have a name (both federal and local), or are named after the names of the starting and ending points. In Finland, if you name a road in this way, it will be completely incomprehensible which road we are talking about. Because there are always several options to get there. Therefore, a fairly convenient road numbering system has been adopted. There are one, two, three, four and five digit roads. One- and two-digit, as a rule, federal major highways. Three- and four-digit - minor and mostly asphalt. The five-digit one may well turn out to be both unpaved and asphalt, here fifty-fifty, as they say, and you don't know in advance how it will turn out. As a rule, the number of digits also means an increase in the vertical component along the way - if the two- and three-digit ones are mainly laid with minimal differences and inclines, then on four-five-digit roads in some cases one should expect a "roller coaster".
Typical minor road in Finland
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