LAHTI - HOLLOLA - LAHTI
FINLANDIA-HIIHTO
February 27.-28th 2021

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We are aware that many of you are still travelling to Lahti after our announcement to cancel the event.

  • Updated 20.2. 12:00 - Currently Lahti Ski Stadium is open for public and will be open during the weekend but on Monday 24.2. they will be closed because of the World Cup. There should be a small area open after Sunday as well, see instructions. There's around 5 km of artificial snow tracks currently available. We will inform you here if there's any change of the situation at the stadium.
  • Local weather reports can be found at en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/weather/lahti
  • Closest artificial skiing track can also be found at Vierumäki (Finnish version, google translated).
  • Other points of interest: Sibelius Hall, Hockey Arena (local Pelicans games 18.2 18:30. and 22.2. 17:00) tickets from door,

 


 

VisitLahti gathered some activities/highlights from Lahti that might be useful for you.

GUIDED FATBIKE TRIPS AND FATBIKE RENTAL
Enjoy the forest nature with your friends or the whole family - either independently or with a professional guide. Childrens' bikes available in sizes 20" and 24". Minimum group size 2 persons. The guided tour can start for example from your hotel or from Lahti Sports Centre.
PRICE from 25 €/bike
Book here: https://bit.ly/31JS2kb

COMBI-TICKET TO SKI MUSEUM AND RADIO & TV MUSEUM
Check them both! The legendary Ski Museum and its Ski Jump Simulator. The family favourite Radio and TV Museum Mastola. A combi ticket now available for a special price. Both museums are located in a walking distance from Lahti city centre hotels.
PRICE 15 €/adults, children under 18 y free admission
Book here: https://bit.ly/38lATzI

MESSILÄ SKI CENTRE
Messilä Ski Centre is located only 10 minutes from Lahti city centre. Local bus number 11B goes from the Market Square to Messilä every week day and 1M on weekends. Messilä is the largest ski centre in the southern Finland and offers 10 slopes, ski rental and various restaurant services. You can load your KeyCard at VisitLahti Online Shop and head to the slopes without queueing. If you need a new KeyCard, you'll grab it here, too.
PRICE from 26 €/person
Book here: https://bit.ly/2Hh1MsQ

Ski rental at Skimac Messilä

GUIDED NATURE EXCURSIONS
There are plenty of different guided excursions available, for example the City Nature Trail excursion, which you can easily access by local bus nr 21 from the Market Square. Minimum group size 2 persons.
PRICE from 39 €/person
Book here: https://bit.ly/2SCgKij

If you are an experienced nature explorer and do not need guinace, you can find all nature trails here: https://visitlahti.fi/en/activities/nature

For more tips, please don’t hesitate to contact VisitLahti at info@lahtiregion.fi

 


 

We also recommend to visit Helsinki, our capital as it's only around 100 kilometers South from Lahti and easily accessed by public transports. You can find more info from here. Also train route map can be found here (Z-train).

2020 Finlandia ski marathon cancelled

10th Feb 2020

Winter 2020 has not been kind to skiers around the Globe. In Europe the lack of snow has resulted in cancellation of several large skiing events. Unfortunately this time also Finlandia-hiihto has been cancelled - for the first time since 1973.

The Executive Committee of Finlandia-hiihto made the decision to cancel the event at Monday evening, February 10, 2020, after considering that the current weather conditions which make it impossible to organize the event. The combination of heavy rainfall and high wind speeds have thawed the tracks into a very poor condition. The weather forecast for the next 10 days shows there is no hope of improvement.

In the coming days we will notify each participant by email that the event has been cancelled. We will also tell you how the compensation can be redeemed when the registration to 20.-21.2.2021 event begins.

 

Chairman of the Board

Raiko Pousi

Finlandia ski marathon preparations are proceeding as planned.

30th Jan 2020

In recent days, snow has fallen on Salpausselkä and preparation for the tracks is under way. The weather forecast for the next few days promises more snow and light frost.

The start and finish areas of the Lahti sports center are already in good shape! In spite of the challenging conditions, the preparation of the tracks in the terrain are proceeding as planned.

We will announce the final course and lengths on February 14th




Merry Christmas

Finlandia-hiihto wishes you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020!

Please note that our office is closed during the Christmas time, between 21.12.2019 and 1.1.2020.

The first skiing track has been opened in Lahti 1.11.2019

next to the iconic Lahti Ski Jump Hills.

The lenght of the course is around one and a half kilometers. The past week we've had under zero temperatures during the night time so it's been possible to make the track with artificial snow. We like to thank city of Lahti for making this huge effort.

The winter is upon us and it's now less than four months to the 47th Finlandia-hiihto at 22.-23.2.2020!

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Finlandia brings 1500 school kids to enjoy Finlandia atmosphere

Also this year Finlandia Ski Maraton encourages school children from the Lahti region to enjoy skiing. For the fifth time, Children’s Finlandia brings schoolkids from Lahti, Nastola and Hollola to have a nice day on skis together. Children’s Finlandia take plae on Thursday March 7th. This time about 1500 children have registered for the event.
”Compared to last year, the first- and second-graders route is skied as a little longer. Every year, we try to get a little baby from the previous year”, says Kari Koskinen, Director of Children's Finlandia.
Co-operation with the Vierumäki Sports Institute plays a major role in the event. There are 40-50 student sports instructors participating in the event in Vierumäki. It will delight Kosk, as well as general skiing.
"It is also great that we received this year's first snow removal in Lahti this November, and the chances of going skiing have been really good," Koskinen said.

4400 skiers and lots of successful changes

Finlandia Ski Marathon 2019 welcomed a total of 4400 skiers who saw also many improvements at the area. Overall, Raiko Pousi, the chairman of Finlandia Ski Marathon, was quite pleased after weekend.

– We hoped a bit more late entries, but we can not be too dissappointed. We got improvements at the area, the look and feel improved, stadion area and event centre functioned well. When we moved dining to Vesijärvi hall, award ceremonies got more attention, Pousi said with satisfaction.

The condition of tracks on Saturday were effected by challenging weather during the Finlandia week, but Pousi ensured everything will be done also in the future and organizers will think carefully and with attention ways to improve it further.

Mikkonen and Gräfnings FIS Worldloppet Cup wins in Lahti

Juho Mikkonen and Maria Gräfnings took wins in 50 km free technique of Finlandia, which was also a FIS Worldloppet Cup event. Sini Alusniemi was the best Finn in ladies’ race finishing second.

Mikkonen finished two seconds ahead of French Damien Tarantola, who was the best of strong French squas.

– For me this was this season’s first long race, and I was surprised how well I could keep going, said Mikkonen.

He managed to get eventually decisive gap of few meters to his rivals before the last downhill and as a strong sprinter, he knew he had victory in his hands.

Maria Gräfings’ interview in Facebook where also summaries of the both days

 

Luusua and Virtanen win classic 50 km races in Finlandia

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Ari Luusua and Niina Virtanen were the winners of Finlandia Ski Marathon 50 km races. Luusua finished 6 seconds ahead of Aleksei Dvoskin (RUS), Mikko Kuusela took a third place. Niina Virtanen finished 1.49 minutes ahead of Noora Kivikko. Terhi Pollari was third.

Luusua has finished first three times but this was his second victory as he was disqualified once. This time, he was accompanied by Dvoskin a long time of the journey.

”He challenged really well. During the last kilometer I noticed I had betters skis. I thought that if I get the difference of one meter or two meters before the final downhill, and that was how it was. A bit like last year, only this time I was double poling”, Luusua said.

His next goal will be Vasaloppet, which he has raced twice before, finishing 14th at his best. Virtanen said skiing was ”kind of easy”.

”But I did start to feel it towards the end. After Heinsuo I started to hav some cramps in my arms, but with Finnish ”sisu” I pushed until the end. Service was so good today”, Virtanen said with a smile.

For Virtanen it was one of her main goals this season.

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Finlandia-hiihto (Finlandia Ski Marathon) is an non-profit organization. The income (after expenses) will be divided between the two organizing local sports clubs - Lahden Hiihtoseura (Lahti Ski Club) and Hollolan Urheilijat -46 (Hollola Athletics '49). By participating you are supporting local youth athletics.