Pack your skis: SAS to launch flights from Heathrow to Scandinavian Mountains

Sep 1, 2021

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Scandinavian airline SAS is launching direct flights from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to the Scandinavian Mountains Airport (SCR) in Dalarna, Sweden (near the border with Norway) in what should prove to be a popular route for ski enthusiasts.

The airport, which opened less than two years ago, is nestled in between the ski resorts of Sälen in Sweden and Trysil in Norway. Both are separated by a distance of just an hour-long drive and are renowned for offering skiers access to some of the best ski slopes on the planet.

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The Mountains Airport is much more convenient for travellers than the Mora-Siljan Airport (MXX), which is about an hour and 30 minutes away by car.

Trysil is the largest ski resort in Norway, with nearly 70 slopes to accommodate everyone from beginners to elite mountain skiers. Salen comprises six different resorts that also offer plentiful ski runs of varying degrees of difficulty, and it holds the distinction of being the starting point for the Vasaloppet ski race, the world’s oldest cross-country ski race.

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The flights from London to the Scandinavian mountains, which launch on 26 December, will operate on Saturdays. We found some decent availability in January with single fares priced from about 138 euros:

(Screenshot courtesy of FlySas.com)

Compared to Trysil, Sälen is much more geared toward the family ski experience. If you’re not looking to challenge yourself on extremely difficult trails and are after a more relaxed ski trip, the off-slope activities at the main resort in Lindvallen and the tree-lined snow park in Kläppen may help convince you to book a family holiday there.

You can get more information about possibly booking a trip to Salen here.

Trysil will likely be more appealing for more technically proficient skiers seeking an adrenaline rush. There are dozens of slopes here that include mountain and cross-country trails. Most hotels offer ski-in and ski-out access as well as modern lifts to the top of the mountain. Trysil also offers what it calls the world’s best snow guarantee, giving travellers the flexibility to cancel or rebook their trip if conditions aren’t amenable to skiing. You can find out more information about ski trips in Trysil here.

Featured image by Martin Wahlborg / Getty Images.

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