Cross Country Ski from the Mountains to Oslo
From $2954 Per Person
Guided, 9 Days/8 Nights
One departure only: TBA 2020
Norway is named the “cradle of skiing” and is proud of its extensive lattice-work of well-maintained ski trails. This single departure tour starts at the mountain plateau northwest of the Olympic town of Lillehammer (the 1994 Winter Olympic). Ski on perfect trails (with the sun in our face) through the snow-covered landscape, woods, frozen lakes and open fields. Along the way, ski past small, isolated farms and mountain cabins. Nights are spent in a historic hotels and traditional mountain lodges – with saunas, log fire and delicious food. Each day, the luggage is transferred between the lodges, so you only carry day packs while skiing.
After three days of skiing in the mountains, continue to the northern parts of Nordmarka, the large forest surrounding the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Oslo has more than 2000 KM of ski trails. Ski from Stryken towards Oslo. The last two days of skiing take you past some small huts offering traditional bakery goods and waffles. Finish your ski trip at the famous Holmenkollen ski area, host of the 2011 World Championship in Nordic Skiing. Spend your last two nights in Oslo, exploring on your own.
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One departure date only: March 9, 2019 (must be booked on or before October 31, 2018)
Saturday, March 9: Arrival in Oslo
Upon arrival, independent transfer to your airport hotel.
Overnight at Gardermoen Hotel.
Sunday, March 10: Oslo Gardermoen - Dalseter
Meet back at the Oslo Airport train station and travel by train to Vinstra, through the Olympic area of Lillehammer and Gudbrandsdalen (Host of the 1994 Winter Olympics). The train from Oslo airport to Vinstra takes around 2.5 hours, and in the winter it ia quite common to see elk along the railway. From Vinstra, travel by private transfer to Dalseter, a traditional, family-run mountain lodge. During dinner, or perhaps in front of the fire, we will go through the program for the next days. The evening will be spent enjoying the superb view of the neighboring lake, and the mountains of Jotunheimen National Park in the distance.
Accommodation at Dalseter Hoyfjellshotel
Monday, March 11: Dalseter to Fefor (20 KM)
The area around Dalseter is a popular cross-country area and there are several well-maintained trails. Each day, we have several different options taking advantage of the well maintained trail network. After a gentle climb, we ski through birch- and pine forest. En route, we past 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 royalties. On a clear day, you can enjoy the view towards Jotunheimen National Park and Rondane National Park along the track.
Accommodation at Fefor Hoyfjellshotel
Tuesday, March 12: Fefor to Gala (20 KM)
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 Gala. The first part of the day is easy, but we do have a climb around half way, before we reach the mountain plateau towards our isolated mountain lodge of Lauvasen. At Lauvasen, we will have a delicious dinner and spend the night – around 1000 meters above sea level.
Accommodation at Gala Hogfjellshotel
Wednesday, March 13: Gala to Skeikampen (20 KM)
The ski track goes close to the top of the downhill course from the Olympics in Lillehammer in 1994 – and in quite easy mountainous terrain – with a very nice view.
Many Norwegians have their second house in the mountains (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 area, 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.
Accommodation in Skeikampen ski area
Thursday, March 14: Skeikampen to Kikut (20 KM)
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, and one of the most popular destinations for keen cross-country skiers in Oslo. Kikut has a sauna with stunning view across the frozen lake of Bjornsjoen.
Accommodation at Kikut Lodge (The last two days of skiing you will need to bring everything you need for one overnight stay - so please make sure your day pack is big enough)
Friday, March 15: Kikut to Oslo (17KM)
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 goods 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 hotel.
Accommodation in Oslo (downtown)
Saturday, March 16: Oslo
Day free to relax and explore Oslo. Use your 24 hour Oslo City Pass to see the sights.
Accommodation in Oslo (downtown)
Sunday, March 17: Depart Oslo
Airport bus back to Oslo Gardermoen for your flight(s) home.
Or inquire to extend your vacation.
Your Trip Includes the following:
- One ski guide accompanies the group from the airport and all the way back to Oslo
- Accommodation as described in the day by day program in twin rooms (shared with the same sex).
- Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program)
- Luggage transportation - you only need to carry your daypack
- Local transportation on the tour (train, bus)
- One 24 hour Oslo City Pass
- Transfer Oslo airport bus from downtown Oslo - Gardermoen airport
NOTE: Ski equipment is not included. The trip does require participants to be very fit and able to ski up to 20 KM per day with a day pack on your back.
We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. We do always aim to complete the itinerary as outlined, however, it will be followed only when conditions and weather make it possible. The guide will make a decision on the route based on those conditions.
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS MANDATORY FOR THIS TOUR. If you need help purchasing insurance, please see our link to insurance here.
Single supplement: On Request, please inquire
This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.