Press release Finlandia-hiihto 18.1.2021
Due to the current corona situation, it seems unlikely that Finlandia-hiihto can be organized with normal plans. Based on the negotiations with the local authorities, we are not yet able to say how the competition will be organized. In any case, it seems that we will not be able to carry out the competition as how it was originally planned.
We are currently trying to find a way to organize the competition safely and we are actively discussing various possibilities to guarantee the opportunity for those who have registered to participate in 2021 Finlandia-hiihto.
We will inform you as soon as new instructions come from the authorities. If you were planning to travel to Finland please make note of The Finnish Border Guard's restrictions to border crossing. The current restrictions will continue at least until 9. February 2021.
Snow situation is good
The tracks for Finlandia-hiihto is in good condition and the situation will improve in the coming days with a new snowfall. The new extended course has been primed once and waiting for more snow.
Virtual Finlandia-hiihto is a virtual alternative to Finlandia-hiihto for organizing an event during a pandemic. The purpose of the virtual event is to give ski enthusiasts the opportunity to participate in the event independently at their desired location and as safely as possible.
You can register for the virtual event on Finlandia-hiihto's website soon. The event has a time limit for participating in the event. You can register for the event in advance. The registration is open until 14th March 2021.
The event can be done between 20th February and 14th March 2021 while our result service system open and you can upload your results.
For distances you can choose a shorter option of 10-20 km or a longer one of 30-65 km. The skiing should be done within a day to validate result correctly. If you are measuring a result (eg smart watch, smartphone or similar device), you can stop your timer during your breaks.
Obviously you should use only skis while participating the event, you can use both classic or free-style technique to ski.
Please note that Virtual skiing is not a competition. No prizes will be awarded. 10 entries to the 2022 Finlandia-hiihto will be drawn among the participants. Each valid participant will receiv a special Virtual Finlandia-skiing diploma from their accomplishment.
To participate in Virtual Finlandia-hiihto you will do so independently and at your own risk. The organizer is not responsible for any damage, whether it is your health or your property. Participants must comply with the local governmental regulations.
More information on registration will be added soon on our website.
Worldloppet Virtual League
Participation in a VR event will not grant you Worldloppet stamps. However, you have the opportunity to participate in the unique Worldloppet Virtual Racing League event. Everyone whom have participated in 7 different Worldloppet virtual events will receive the Worldloppet Virtual Racer title as a recognition. With the title, it is possible to order Wordloppet's unique Virtual Racer T-shirt and participate in raffles organized by Worldloppet. The Worldloppet Virtual Racing League requires you to give us permission to transfer your data to Worldloppet organization, participation in the Worldloppet Virtual League is voluntary. In addition, you must log in or create an account with Worldloppet's MyLoppet service. Learn more about the Virtual Racing League at https://www.worldloppet.com/what-is-virtual-racing/ - and see how it's going at VR League's facebook group.
Finlandia-hiihto as part of Lahti European Green Capital 2021
As part of Lahti European Green Capital 2021, Finlandia-hiihto wants to be the most environmentally friendly skiing event in the world. It is self-evident to us when organizing an event in the scenic scenery of Salpausselkä, or anywhere else in that matter, that we take its valuable natural values into account in every way.
Mr Anton Floor
Media and Information Officer