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21-28/2 Club cross country ski trip to Levi, Finland

Cross country skiing in Levi

Levi in Lapland is the largest ski resort in Finland with 230 Km of cross country ski trails, 18 Km of winter walking, maintained snow mobile routes as well as 43 downhill pistes.  It offers snow-sure, uncrowded skiing in an area of exceptional natural beauty.

Every day we will ski in small groups, depending on preference and final numbers, with routes being worked out the evening before.  There will be an opportunity to skate or classic.  Skiers must be a member of LRNSC and have a reasonable skiing ability as no instruction will be given, apart from tips and encouragement. If you are not a member of the club you will be asked to join before booking

Cost, travel and accommodation

This trip is arranged through Inghams and the group will stay in the popular The Crazy Reindeer Hotel – in the Flying Reindeer or Crazy Reindeer Rooms.

The price is £652.60 per person, based on two sharing a room on half board, return flights from Gatwick on Easyjet with full luggage allowance.  Ski carriage is £35 extra and should be made with the booking as once the allocation is taken up no more will be put on the flight. Rooms are also available to hold larger parties, please enquire when booking.

The flight departs from Gatwick at 14.00 to Kitilla and returns back at 21.55. The transfer from Kitilla to Levi is approximately 20 minutes.  Other airports are also available for departure. Please contact me for details of how to obtain this price from Inghams which includes our club discount.

This hotel represents excellent value and is known locally for its great cuisine and friendly service. Beautifully decorated guest rooms are located in 3 adjacent buildings/ Guests can pamper themselves in the hotel's spa department or relax in the popular après ski bar. The hotel enjoys a quiet wooded location 4 minutes' walk (400m) to the ski lifts and village centre.

All bedrooms have: Shower, WC, Bath & Balcony (Flying Reindeer only), Telephone, Fridge, Drying closet (except Flying Reindeer), hairdryer, TV, Kettle or Coffee-maker, Wi-Fi or cable internet access

Extensive buffet breakfast, good 3 course dinner, 10 Euro credit towards eating at one of seven à la carte restaurants if guests inform reception the night before they will not be eating the normal half board dinner. Dress code for restaurants: casual.

Optional extra - overnight hut trip 24-25/2/16

There's also a great opportunity to try a mini hut to hut tour - on Wednesday we'll to ski to a cabin,  Aakenuspirtti, which is 18km from Levi [22km from Akaslompolo], stay overnight and ski back to our hotel [and hot showers!] for the rest of the week.  There also lots of ski tracks to explore around the cabin.  On this map it's just off the 9403 in the middle two thirds down.

The cabin sleeps 20 so depending on numbers the cost will be around 20 euros, bedding costs 15 euros [or you can take your own sleeping bag] and blankets are available.  Arrive after 2pm – leave before midday.  Wood will be available for a fire.  It has a sauna and you heat water there for washing, plus there's an outside ”arctic toilet”.

It's self-catering so we'll need to take provisions and carry them between us for dinner and breakfast.

In winter it is possible to drink the water from the river. The “avanto” (hole in the ice where you collect the water from) may be slightly icy, but tools are at hand to re-open it: ice pick, drill, saw.

Join us for this true Finnish experience.

As at 16/10/15 there are 14 people booked on the trip, with 8-10 staying overnight in the hut on Wednesday night. The Crazy Reindeer Hotel still has rooms and there are also a number of nearby hotels and cabins in the area to book either independently or through Inghams.

There is also a small party of skiers staying in Akaslompolo the same week who you could arrange to ski with and still be able to do the overnight hut trip.

Please contact Pauline Styles the organiser for more information.