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Cross country skiing in Venabu

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  • Departs selected Saturdays from Dec 8 2018 to Apr 13 2019
  • Trip length: 8 days (7 nights)
  • Trip type: Cross country skiing, guided, single center
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  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Really friendly hotel: client favorite
  • Super value all-inclusive holiday; ski lessons, ski excursions & ski pass, ski equipment and all meals included
  • Skiing for all levels away from the crowds; suitable for beginners and returning guests
  • Excellent food, facilities and entertainment
  • Skiing from the hotel doorstep
  • Reliable snow!

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 23 to Mar 16, 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.

Additional Tour Details

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.
Rail Options
Rail Supplement
Singles Add $16 (East Wing Single)-$23 (East Wing Double) per night. *No single supplement on Dec 8, 15, Jan 5, 26, Feb 2, Mar 23 departures.
Other details All 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.
Hotels AAA

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