Let's enjoy winter's fluffy snow! Vilnius University Health & Sport Centre, with the help of Lithuanian National Ski Association, has prepared you fun leisure activities on cross-country skis in Vilnius University Botanical Garden (Kairenai str. 43, LT-10239, Vilnius).

Cross-country skiing track are 4 km length, with a prepared map for the roads.


All skiing lovers in Vilnius University Botanical Garden are welcome every weekday and on weekends.

Working hours on February:

Mondays, 8.00 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesdays, 8.00 am - 9.00 pm
Wednesdays, 8.00 am - 6.00 pm
Thursdays, 8.00 am - 9.00 pm
Fridays, 8.00 am - 6.00 pm
Saturdays, 10.00 am - 6.00 pm
Sundays, 10.00 am - 9.00 pm


Entrance fee of VU Botanical Garden
: 1,50 Eur; for students and employees of Vilnius University - for free

Map of the track

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Cross-country skiing tracks in Sauletekis

VU Health & Sport Centre's trainer Romualdas Kniukšta has prepared another cross-country skiing track in Aukstagiris (or Sauletekis) forests, near the dormitories of the University.

Length of the track: 2 km

Two points to start a track: Sauletekis av. 10 (just behind the dormitory) and Sauletekis av. 28 (near VU stadium). Both start points are marked.

For those who have never tried standing on skis, trainer Romualdas Kniukšta will introduce with the sport and answer the questions every Monday and Wednesday, 3.30 - 5.00 pm in the Blue Hall, Sauletekis av. 26 (trainer's mob. no.  +370 685 42 142).

Map of the track


Foto: Edgaro Kurausko, VU Botanical Garden


During this summer Vilnius University Health & Sport Centre for the third time in a row organised an international project "University Summer Challenge 2018". More than one and a half thousand of students, professors, administrative staff and other employees from five different countries competed in this summer's Project. Participants from eighteen universities recorded their physical activity in the Project's platform, and by doing this, gained points for their universities.

Project's home country Lithuania was represented by eleven universities: Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius Universitety, Vytautas Magnus Universitety, Šiauliai University, Mykolas Romeris University, Klaipėda University, Lithuanian Sports University, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences and Kaunas University of Technology.

This year, seven foreign higher education institutions also joined the Project: Kiel University University and Berlin University University (Germany), Keele University and Middlesex University (Great Britain), University of Lisbon and University of Porto (Portugal), and The Academic College at Wingate (Israel).

From June 1st to August 31st, almost two million active minutes have been registered in the platform! Lithuanian Sports University, like in 2017, became this years winner and the most active community of all the participants.

The Academic College at Wingate, which participated in the Project for the first time, took the second place, enthusiastically participating in the Project and gaining active minutes from the beginning of June.

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University got the third place this year, giving its 2nd place in 2017 for Project's newbies.

Results of "University Summer Challenge 2018"

  1. Lithuanian Sports University
  2. The Academic College at Wingate
  3. Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
  4. Kauno Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences
  5. Šiauliai University
  6. Vilniaus Kolegija / University of Applied Sciences
  7. Vilnius Universitety
  8. University of Lisbon
  9. Mykolas Romeris University
  10. Middlesex University
  11. Kiel University
  12. Keele University
  13. Kaunas University of Technology
  14. Vytautas Magnus Universitety
  15. Berlin University
  16. Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
  17. University of Porto
  18. Klaipėda University

"University Summer Challenge" is a lively Project, which aims to increase physical activity within academic communities in universities by challenging them into associating academic world with active lifestyle, and physical activity with fun.

Results of the Project are pleasing - the participants registered an average of 33 minutes of physically active time per day - this corresponds to the recommendations of World Health Organisation to be physically active for at least 30 minutes each day. "University Summer Challenge" will take place again next summer - we invite every university and its community to join and become more active! Platform of the Project:


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