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Cross-country Skiing: Kvitavatn

from $1,879.00

Ski through the magnificent Norwegian wilderness

  • Reviews 21 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Multi-Level
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 24
All about the Cross-country Skiing: Kvitavatn.

Kvitavatn lies at nearly 1000m above the town of Rjukan, boasting superb views of Gausta (1883m), the highest mountain in southern Norway. There are endless skiing possibilities from the door, through forests, across the lake and through the magnificent Norwegian wilderness. Along with reliable snow, the quality and variety of routes both on and off track combine with excellent instruction to make this an ideal venue for all ability levels.

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 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners included
* All accommodation
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Skis, boots and poles

Tour leader throughout

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Expert instruction from our first class guides
  • Excellent off-track and track skiing options
  • Welcoming mountain lodge accommodation in the heart of Telemark
  • 7 nights lodge with shared facilities
  • 5 days guided cross-country skiing
  • Group normally 4 to 14, per leader
  • Travel by private bus
  1. Day 1 Start Kvitavatn. Evening briefing with the group before dinner.

    Start Kvitavatn.

  2. Day 2 Start of six days of cross-country skiing 

    We prefer not to specify in advance where we will ski each day. This is to enhance the flexibility and adapt to weather and snow conditions and to some extent the ability of each group. The next few days is a guide. Beginners will start on a flat area of land next to lodge where it’s safe to get a feel for the skis and the basic techniques. More experienced groups will head out into the local area, just to get our ski legs back.

  3. Day 3 Cross-country skiing around Kvitiavatn 

    There is an endless range of skiing possibilities with 80km of varied tracks through forests and open country, as well as a good selection of downhill runs. The off-track touring is excellent and takes us above the tree line where there is a vast expanse of wilderness to explore – the summit of Ornenipa can be reached and the Heddersfjell moors can be explored, both at around 1300m.

  4. Day 4 Venturing further afield 

    By now beginners will have mastered the basics and the days are spent out exploring the rugged mountains and dense forest. More advanced skiers will venture into the stark wilderness above the treeline. Skiers of all abilities will fall in love with the sheer magnificence of the beautiful Norwegian winter landscape.

  5. Day 5 Free day

    Today is free, you can either venture out with new friends to ski in the area, or you may choose to take to some downhill skis, or explore the forests by snowshoe.

  6. Day 6  Full day out enjoying the Norwegian wilderness 

    Back on the skis today for another day exploring all the beauty this area has to offer.

  7. Day 7 Final day on our skis 

    A final day of skiing, this will be a full day out with a picnic lunch in the Norwegian wilderness.

  8. Day 8 End Kvitavatn

    End Kvitavatn.**

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Where you stay

Kvitavatn Fjellstoge

Kvitavatn

The traditional-style Kvitavatn Fjellstoge consists of a main building with cosy lounge and a large dining room with free Wi-Fi. Standard accommodation is in good quality, single-sex (unless occupying the whole room) 3 or 4 bunk rooms with washbasin in a separate building (Arnes House). Shower, sauna, toilets and drying room are shared. A small number of stylish twin bedded rooms in an adjacent building (Odds House) with private facilities, are also available at a supplement.

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Odds House twin room
Eating and Drinking

Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meals are included.

The food provided includes ample buffet breakfasts, from which you make up your packed lunch, and self-service 3-course dinner. Tea and coffee are available all day at no extra charge. Vegetarians are extremely well catered for. Alcohol is available at the Fjellstoge, but be warned that alcohol in Norway is very expensive (due to high taxes), with 0.5 litre (approx. 1 pint) of lager costing about USD$9.50, so many visitors to the country bring some supplies with them.

At Kvitavatn we offer two grades of skiing most weeks except where stated, ranging from beginner grades to more advanced skiers. This varies depending on the week, please check the dates and prices section to ensure you are picking the right week.

For at least 4 of the 6 days skiing, you will be on full day tours, returning only at the end of the day’s skiing. At Kvitavatn we offer the below skiing grades:

 Grade 1 Beginners Equivalent Activity Level – leisurely/moderate-level 2.  A week for complete beginners. Inevitably we start with the basics, including how to stop using the snowplough technique and how to turn. You will be on skis for at least 5-6 hours a day with a focus on tuition, getting comfortable on skis and building towards longer tours through the winter landscape.

Grade 2 Improvers Equivalent Activity Level – Moderate, level 3.  These weeks are ideal for those who have enjoyed at least one grade 1 holiday and grasped the basics. They offer tuition to refresh and improve technique and typically will ski a little further than Grade 1 weeks, and over more varied terrain. In some cases, these weeks are acceptable for newcomers to cross-country skiing. Beginners on these weeks should be very fit and proficient in sports that develop balance. Please contact us if you wish to book a Grade 2 holiday but have not skied before.

Grade 3 Intermediates Equivalent Activity Level- Moderate, Level 3.  A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks, at the required level.

Grade 4 Advanced Equivalent Activity Level Moderate Challenging, level 4. Choose this level if you can tackle ‘ups and downs’ competently, manage a controlled snowplough descent, and if you want to ski at a lively pace. You should also be able to get up swiftly and easily by yourself after a fall. The mix of track and off-track skiing varies.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN MARCH 2011

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting to the top of Onapeia (excuse spelling!) was a high point in terms of views and the challenge of aiming for a summit. I equally enjoyed the off track routes dodging, or not!, the trees and overhanging branches through the forest. I had a birthday whilst on holiday and Ilse had noticed this and made an effort to make sure I felt special that day which was a lovely quite unexpected gesture.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Ilse and Mary led the group. Mary's patience with technique coaching saw me get my first ski award. Ilse knows the area and local snow conditions better than the back of her hand and is a natural teacher inspiring confidence in the most fretful amateur. The morning warm ups are ridiculously fun, and worth the effort for jiggling aching muscles into action.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware that this is very much a centre that welcomes families and groups. If you want to have a quiet dinner for two, maybe book elsewhere, but we love the warm relaxed camaraderie of shared stories over the evening meal, comparing ever more exaggerated tales of the days events. Alcohol is expensive in Norway, there is opportunity to buy a beer at the lodge but you may want to consider calling into duty free before you leave the UK. You will need gaiters if you don't want boots full of melting powder snow. Take something to entertain you in the evening, if you're awake that long.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We booked one of the cabins for two people, which I would say is a very expensive supplement, but had fab views of Gausta. We had great cooks at the time we were there, vegetarian food was unusually good for this part of the world and the granola cereal speciality made by Mette should be available as an export!

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Third time here

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to pick any one but certain moments stand out such as nearly being blown over by the wind and managing to remain upright on my skiis but mostly it is about the lovely scenery and great off track skiing which makes a great change from the European loipe
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Isle and Mary are excellant leaders and put in so much work into making it a great trip for everyone whatever level of skier you are.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good to bring a bottle of something alcoholic from duty free. Vegetarians don't worry as the food is excellant. No need to bring any extras.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

First rate location, guides and facilities

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Off track skiing in fresh snow.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be reasonably fit !

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

I'll be going back

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    First time skiing off track, great to get to the otherwise inaccessible and hidden surprises.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Mary and Ilsa were excellent leaders, enthusiastic and were good instructors.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect bruises!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great holiday will look to do it again

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

Kvitåvatn 2015

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Superb descents on even surfaces and perfect snow during days touring in the mountains. Dawn light on Gausta (the nearby mountain) on a day of perfect weather. The first cup of (free) coffee after a seven-hour tour!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Ilse and Mary are always cheerful and enthusiastic, and provide excellent teaching for novices and experts alike. They always seem to be able to find some decent snow, even if the conditions are less than ideal. Evening 'entertainments' first-rate for the newcomers who need to know about waxing and safety in the mountains. Whole group this year very cheerful and friendly.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are unsure of whether you will like Cross-Country skiing, try it here: if you don't take to it, it is very easy to hire downhill equipment, snowshoes, or take in the history of the area by visiting the local museum, which celebrates the "Heroes of Telemark". Plenty of photo-opportunities and, this year, surprisingly plentiful bird life.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our kids, both now in their 20's, learned to ski at Kvitåvatn when they were 9 and 7 and are now skilled in winter outdoor travel. The lodge (owned by a Danish Orienteering Club) is full of young Danes learning to ski as soon as they can walk. It would be great if the lower age limit could be reduced, at last for some of the trips, to permit other Brits to bring their youngsters.

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