Cross-country skiing from the mountains to Oslo
Join us on a Nordic skiing holiday from a cross-country paradise in the mountains and to the famous Holmenkollen ski arena, just outside Oslo.
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.
The tour starts at the mountain plateau north-west of the Olympic town of Lillehammer (the 1994 Winter Olympic). We ski in perfect trails southwards (with the sun in our face) through the snow-covered landscape, woods, frozen lakes and open fields. Along the trail, we will ski next to small, isolated farms and mountain cabins. You will sleep in historical hotels and traditional mountain lodges – with saunas, log fire and delicious food. Each day, the luggage is transferred between the lodges, and we only carry day packs while skiing.
After three days of skiing in the mountains, we 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, and we try out some of them while we ski from Stryken towards Oslo. The last two days of skiing takes us past some small huts offering traditional bakery and waffles, and we finish our skiing at the famous Holmenkollen ski area, host of the 2011 World Championship in Nordic Skiing.
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 some extra time, we recommend that 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.
You can book the cross-country tour in the menu to the right. This trip can also be organised as a bespoke 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 protected]
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. We rate it as a level 3 out of 5 - please read more about our level of difficulty here.
WHAT TO BRING?
Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. Check out our equipment video here.
On tours with Hvitserk of Norway, you always stay in high-quality accommodations. On this particular tour, we stay in traditional mountain hotels/lodges with fine facilities such as sauna's, cosy lounges and log fire. We spend the last night in a centrally located hotel in Oslo.
There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our means of transportation, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daypack. The tour includes luggage transportation, and you will only have to carry your daysack on this trip.
The last two days of skiing you will need to bring everything you need for one overnight stay - so please make sure your daypack is big enough.
You need a travel and health insurance that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information.
The guide speaks 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. Our goal is to complete the itinerary as outlined, but we must underline that the conditions and weather might necessitate changes. The guide will make a decision on the route based on those conditions. Please have a look at our terms and conditions.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Minimum: 6 people; Maximum: 12 people. With more than six guests the group will be followed by two guides.
- One ski guide following 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 transit on tour (train, bus, tram etc.)
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- International transit
- Train from Oslo to the airport after the trip
- Drinks and snacks.
DAY 1: 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 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 neighbouring lake, and the mountains of Jotunheimen National Park in the distance.
DAY 2: FIRST DAY OF SKIING
The area around Dalseter is a popular cross-country area and have 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 royalties. On a clear day, you can enjoy the view towards Jotunheimen National Park and Rondane National Park along the track.
DAY 3: 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.
DAY 4: 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 (favourite 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.
DAY 5: PERFECT TRAILS
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.
DAY 6: SKI TO THE CITY – 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 hotel.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE DAY
Breakfast, time on your own in Oslo (let us know if you want to stay longer and need assistance with hotel bookings and activities) and transfer to Oslo Airport.