Join us on a Nordic skiing holiday from cross-country paradise in the mountains to the famous Holmenkollen ski arena, just outside Oslo.
- The tour starts on the mountain plateau north-west of the Olympic town of Lillehammer (the 1994 Winter Olympic).
- Ski on well-maintained trails heading south (with the sun in our face) through the snow-covered landscape, woods, frozen lakes and open fields.
- Observe small, isolated farms and mountain cabins, a large part of Norwegian culture.
- Sleep in historical hotels and traditional mountain lodges – with saunas, log fires and delicious food.
- Your luggage is transferred between the lodges, and we only carry day packs while skiing.
- Ski on Oslo's 2,000 KM of ski trails in Nordmarka, the large forest surrounding the Norwegian capital of Oslo.
- Eat at small huts offering traditional bakery and waffles.
- Finish our ski tour at the famous Holmenkollen ski area, host of the 2011 World Championship in Nordic Skiing.
Norway is proud to be named the “Cradle of Skiing” and have numerous areas with well-maintained ski trails. Normally, the snow conditions are perfect and stable. Norwegians proudly state that they are “born with skis on their feet”, and this tour is designed to offer some of the best and most beautiful skiing options Norway has to offer. Come experience Norway's cross country ski culture with us in Norway!
Holmenkollen is a short tram ride away from the city centre and allows us an urban after ski, farewell dinner, and time to explore the bustling city – with several excellent restaurants, museums and attractions to visit. If you have extra time, we recommend you plan an extra day in Oslo before or after the tour. Oslo is among Lonely Planet's top 10 cities on their Best in travel 2018 list.
This trip can also be organised as a custom tour where the route, dates and itinerary can be changed to match the number of days and distances that suit the requirements of your group. Please let us know if you have any questions - you can contact us at email@example.com
Physical level and risk
So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.
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On these trips, some of the stages are demanding. On level 3 mountain hikes, there are often some long stages, and / or a demanding summit push where it can get cold. You must stand up to reach the goal, and have a good training basis and good health before departure. We sleep in tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to participate. If the trip includes activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / mountaineering, it is an advantage to have experience with this activity. Read more about the grading on our trips here
Activities / trips with low risk. There are usually few incidents, and they are usually of such a nature that they can be treated locally. Read more about the grading on our trips here
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- All meals
- Professional nature guide
- Transport within itinerary
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Level 3 out of 6. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. This trip is for skiers with previous cross-country skiing experience. The participants should be able to ski at a reasonable pace and should be at a moderate fitness level and be able to ski up to 4-6 hours per day.
What to bring?
Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day.
How to get there?
Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here.
We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations within the area. If you are traveling alone, you will share a same-sex twin room. If you would like a single room, please request this directly for a single, additional payment of 3000 NOK. Most nights we will stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. If you want a single room we can't guarantee en-suite room each day.
Due to limited space in the minibus, we ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour) with your clothes, toiletries and items necessary for when we are not hiking. We require you bring a day pack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when hiking for food, water, cameras and layers.
You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information.
The guide will speak English.
Changes may occur
We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions.
Number of participants
Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 12 people.
Not included in the price:
- Transportation to the meeting point in Oslo. We are happy to assist you in booking a hotel in Oslo and give you advice on what to do when you stay in our capital.
- Drinks and snacks.
Day by Day
Oslo to the Mountains
Meet at Oslo Aiport, transfer with a train to Vinstra, through the Olympic area of Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen (Host of the 1994 Winter Olympics). The train from Oslo airport leaves at 14:30 to Vinstra takes around 2,5 hours, and in the winter it is quite common to see elks a long the railway. From Vinstra, we travel by private transfer to Dalseter, a traditional, family-run mountain lodge. During dinner, or perhaps in front of the fire, we go through the program for the next days. The evening is spent enjoying the superb view of the neighboring lake, and the mountains of Jotunheimen National Park in the distance.
Skiing Day 1
The area around Dalseter is a popular cross-country area and has several well-maintained trails. Each day, we have several different options and could take advantage of the well-maintained trail network. After a gentle climb, we ski through birch- and pine forest. En route, we passed a few farms, cross some frozen lakes and arrive at Fefor, a historic hotel operating since 1891 – which soon after opening became a popular holiday destination for European royalty. On a clear day, you can enjoy the view towards Jotunheimen National Park and Rondane National Park along the track.
Cross Country Paradise
From Fefor, the trails start more or less on the doorstep, and we have multiple options as we ski towards the cross-country paradise of Gålå. The first part of the day is easy, but we do have a climb around halfway before we reach the mountain plateau towards our isolated mountain lodge of Lauvåsen. At Lauvåsen, we will have a delicious dinner and spend the night – around 1000 meters above sea level.
Skiing in the Mountains
The ski tracks went close to the top of the downhill course from the Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994. Here the view is very nice, and the terrain is quite easy mountainous terrain. Many Norwegians have their second house in the mountains (a favorite place to spend weekend and holidays), and today we will ski past some of these cabins, or Hytter – as we call them in Norway. During the day we will ski above the tree line, and the view of the surrounding mountains are beautiful. The final part takes us towards the Skeikampen ski arena, and we spend the night in their nice hotel. Here you can enjoy the evening in their sauna and hot tub in the hotel spa.
Morning transfer with private shuttle and train to Stryken (around 2,5 hours). Stryken is in the northern part of Nordmarka, the forest surrounding Oslo – the Norwegian capital. Here we enter a new network of perfectly groomed ski trails and go to Kikut (18 KM).
Kikut is a hut/lodge with great food, sauna with a nice view and one of the most popular destinations for keen cross-country skiers in Oslo. Kikut has a sauna with a stunning view across the frozen lake of Bjørnsjøen.
Ski to Oslo- Urban Afterski
From Kikut, we go to the arena for the 2011 World Championship in Nordic Skiing, Holmenkollen. Probably the most famous ski arena in all of Norway. The distance is around 18 KM, and we stop at Kobberhaugen or Tryvannstua (or both) to have a taste at their traditional bakery and waffles. While skiing, we enjoy the magnificent view of Oslo and the Oslofjord, before we cross the finish line of our cross-county tour just beneath the famous Holmenkollen ski jump. From Holmenkollen, we take the tram back to Oslo for a farewell dinner in downtown Oslo. Overnight at a local hotel.
Departure Day from Oslo
Breakfast and some time on your own to explore Oslo will set you up for the day (let us know if you want to stay longer and need assistance with hotel bookings and activities) and a transfer to Oslo Airport.
Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:
- Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
- Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
- Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.
Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.
The video below is for SUMMER gear, but you can get a lot of great tips for winter hiking as well! Welcome to Norway!
We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay.