This is one of our most popular cross country skiing holidays with guests returning year after year. It is based in central Norway, on the edge of the Rondane National Park, looking down on the Gudbransdalen Valley, just north of Lillehammer. The landscape is dramatic and full of contrasts from spectacular gorges and snow-capped peaks to pretty fells and valleys that extend as far as the eye can see. It is far enough north to have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights too, especially in December and January, and throughout the winter there are spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
Originally a summer farm, the Venabu Fjellhotel has been run by the Tvete family for over 50 years. Birgit and Arvid Tvete built the hotel from scratch, choosing the original plot because of its tremendous views. It has developed into a friendly, relaxing 'home away from home' place to stay in a fabulous setting. You can choose to stay in either the east wing (20 standard rooms) or the west wing (36 superior rooms) and everyone can use the hotels' saunas and ski waxing center. There's also a bar, a games room (table tennis, pool, etc), a TV room, craft shop and two spacious sitting rooms with open fireplaces. The dining room - which offers a spectacular Scandinavian buffet - affords glorious panoramic views out across the mountains.
It has always been traditional to travel on skis here and so it is perfect for cross country skiing. And the guides at Venabu will help you get started. All weeks are suitable for beginners to intermediates. If you are an experienced cross-country skier, the hotel offers ski safaris (payable locally) from Feb 24 to Mar 17, for longer excursions including off-track skiing.
You can also try dog sledding, or go on a flashlight-lit horse sleigh ride (pay locally). During the week you might like to take the train to Lillehammer, where there are several fascinating museums of Norwegian history, Olympic history and Norwegian culture, plus several art galleries. You can also try tobogganing here too.
|Meals||All meals included.|
|Tour Starts||Oslo Gardermoen airport, pick up at 13:30 (transfer to hotel, 3 hours, provided.|
|Tour Ends||Oslo Gardermoen airport, drop off by by 13:00.|
|Singles||Add $16 (East Wing)-$23 (West Wing) per night. *No single supplement on Dec 16, Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 departures.|
|Other details||All other weeks are suitable for beginners to advanced. Fully supported program by resident hotel reps. Tuition, ski excursions, Ski pass, boots, poles and ski rental and 1 yoga lesson are included.|