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Cross-country skiing at Venabu

from $2,249.00

Very friendly, family-run hotel offering complete escapism! Super value, totally reliable snow, great discounts for children in school holidays. Good chance of seeing the Northern Lights too, especially in December and January.

  • Reviews 147 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
All about the Cross-country skiing at Venabu.

This is one of our most popular cross-country skiing holidays with Headwater guests returning year after year. It is based in central Norway, on the edge of the Rondane National Park, looking down on the Gudbrandsdalen 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’s 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.
It has always been traditional to travel on skis here, so it’s 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 23 February to 23 March, for longer excursions including off-track skiing.
You can also try dog sledding, or go on a torch-lit, horse-drawn sleigh ride (payable 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. Different snow activities and games are provided for children during February half term and Easter week, including ice fishing.
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 from home’ in a fabulous setting. The dining room – which offers a spectacular Scandinavian buffet – affords glorious panoramic views out across the mountains.

The food is all traditional Norwegian cuisine. Breakfast is a continental buffet with the highlight being the selection of tasty local cheeses. You can have the choice of a buffet lunch with a hot meal or a picnic lunch to have whilst you take in the spectacular scenery. Dinner will either consist of an extensive hot and cold buffet or a set dinner. On Wednesday there is a special Norwegian buffet. For New Year’s Eve champagne and a special four-course meal with cheese and dessert buffet will be served.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All meals
  • 7 nights accommodation (ensuite)
  • Tour leader throughout
  • 5 days guided cross-country skiing and optional snowshoe day (payable locally)
  • Cross-country skiing Grades 1-3 Beginners to Intermediates.
  • Grade 4 Advanced weeks available 2/23; 3/2; 3/9; 3/16; 3/23 when hotel offers ski-safaris (pay locally). These weeks are still suitable for grades 1-3
  • Cross-country skis, poles and boot hire included
  • One yoga lesson
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Enjoy cross-country skiing in remote wilderness
  • Ski safaris available February 23rd until March 23rd (payable locally and subject to minimum numbers)
  • A snow-sure resort with skiing from the hotel doorstep
  • Sample traditional Norwegian dishes
  • Please note that the December 15th departure will be for beginner skiers only.
  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive in Venabu

    We meet you at Oslo Airport for the transfer to Venabu (3hrs) in time for dinner. (Staying at Venabu Fjellhotel for 7 nights, Full board)

  2. Day 2 Days 2-7 - Typical itinerary

    The resident ski guides cater for different ability levels and you can even switch between groups mid-week. The first two days are usually to help learn the principles of gliding on snow. Two or three optional tours are offered for confident beginners or intermediates. You can also mix it up by skiing independently, trying one of the other winter activities available here (payable locally) or joining the ski safaris (50% off-track) for advanced skiers, which are offered on departures from 23 February to 23 March inclusive (ski safari is payable locally).

  3. Day 3 Day 8 - Return home

    We take you to Oslo Airport for your flight home.

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Where you stay
Venabu Fjellhotel
Venabu Fjellhotel
This traditional hotel is in a magnificent isolated location on the plateau above Ringebu. 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 hotel’s saunas and ski waxing centre. All rooms in the hotel are en-suite and are mostly twin with the traditional single beds which are end to end. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, however, both tea and coffee are available from reception all day. Wi-Fi is available for free in the hotel although signal is best in the comfortable bar area with fireplace. Within the main building you have, ski lab, boot room, sauna, games room, TV room, traditional hand-made product shop, a large lounge area with a bar for relaxing after dinner, and two spacious sitting rooms with open fireplaces.
Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included.
The food is all traditional Norwegian cuisine. Breakfast is a continental buffet with the highlight being the selection of tasty local cheeses. You can have the choice of a buffet lunch with a hot meal or a picnic lunch to have whilst you take in the spectacular scenery.
Dinner will either consist of an extensive hot and cold buffet or a set dinner. On Wednesday there is a special Norwegian buffet.

For New Year’s Eve champagne and a special four-course meal with cheese and dessert buffet will be served.

Minimum age: children over the age of 6 are welcome to join as long as they are able to participate in the skiing.
No minimum group size: departures are not subject to a minimum group size in order to run, although occasionally a ‘small group’ or ‘sole traveller’ supplement may apply.
Sole travellers: if travelling on your own a compulsory single supplement will apply (unless stated otherwise – look out for dates where there is no charge for single rooms).
Group leader/evenings: the hotel’s ski guides will ski with you during the day, yet they may not join you in the evenings; there are no ‘group’ dinners and parties tend to dine separately. The hotel will also help you to arrange other activities.
Insurance: insurance details are required at the time of booking.

Cross-country skiing is an increasingly popular winter pastime. Compared to those used for downhill, the skis are longer, thinner and lighter with bindings that allow you to lift up your heel. Most cross-country skiing is undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe) covering flat and hillier terrain enabling you to explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine piste. Guided ski tours are usually in the mornings, arriving back before lunch so that the afternoon can be spent for people requiring extra tuition or shorter tours. Please note that ski tours will be shared with other guests staying at the Venabu Fjellhotel (non Breakaway clients).

The area is one of the best in Norway for cross-country skiing, both for families and for those who enjoy a challenge. All weeks are suitable for beginner to intermediate grade cross-country skiers; the weeks from 23rd February – 23rd March are also suitable for advanced skiers (please see below). Please check the grade of skiing that applies to your selected week via our website

https://www.breakaway-adventures.com/how-it-all-works/ 

Beginners and Intermediate:
The Venabu Fjellhotel will provide two to three ski guides each week (depending on group size) to cater for different ability levels; these tours are shared with other clients from Venabu Fjellhotel and are suitable for beginners to intermediate.

There will be an accompanied ski tour every day (excluding the free day – usually Wednesday and the arrival/departure day, usually Saturday). You can switch between groups mid-week as you progress. The first two days (usually Sun and Mon) are a chance for beginners to learn the basic technique and for intermediate and advanced skiers to find their ski legs again, as well as for the ski guides to assess your ability and group you accordingly. There will be optional ski tours every day, except Wednesday which you can join as you please. On Wednesday snowshoe tours will be offered.

Advanced:
On departures from 23rd February – 23rd March, in addition to the normal cross-country skiing program optional ski safaris will be available for more advanced skiers which can be booked and paid for locally (NOK150 per person per tour, subject to minimum of 5).

These guided ski safari tours are entirely optional and comprise roughly 50% off-track skiing, covering 20-30km over 6-8 hours, enabling you to reach more remote areas.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 30/03/2013
5/5

Mr Payne

Venabu is an excellent XC ski centre with reliable snow. It has a much better quantity and range of tracks than any of the mid/southern european resorts. With gentle undulating tracks close to the hotel and hills 5 - 7 km away for the more adveturous amongst us. The guides, Robert and Wenche are vey good teachers and guides. The hotel accomodation is comfortable and the food is very good.

This is an excellent XC skiing holiday for beginners and experinced skiiers.

Reviewed On 19/02/2013
5/5

Mr Mitchell

I have been to Venabu numerous times and , first time visitors are given an equally warm welcome as returning guests. This relates to all the hotel staff.

Nothing is too much trouble.

Best place in the world to switch off from the hustle & bustle of London

Reviewed On 10/02/2014
5/5

Mis Ross

There is no where better to cross country ski than Venabu.

Reviewed On 26/02/2014
5/5

Mrs Williams

Venabu is the perfect place for all generations to enjoy cross country skiing.

Reviewed On 17/03/2014
5/5

Mr Payne

We have been to 6 different XC Sking venues with Headwater and Venabu is consistantly the best. Excellent variety and length of ski tracks from easy starts near the hotel to Challenging hills within 5km. Food is always of good choice, well prepared and generous in quantity for hungry skiers. The guides are knowledgable, helpful and good instructors for beginners and more experienced skiers - particularly Robert Molnar, who is a good allround athlete as well as good skier and an excellent instructor. For the above reasons we have now been to Venabu 11 times and we meet friends who also return each year from UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Canada.

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$2,249.00
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