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Cross-country Skiing: Kvitavatn

from $1,879.00

Ski through the magnificent Norwegian wilderness

  • Reviews 10 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 12/12/2019
5/5

first time skiing of any type

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The fourth day [Thursday] everything suddenly started to come together. On Wednesday night I had gone to bed fully expecting to be hardly able to move certain parts of my body on Thurs am, but not only were there no real aches, when we got going I actually felt like I was starting to cross country ski!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Ilse and Mary were supportive, instructive and very helpfull.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Picture perfect

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Skiing off piste on untouched snow and reaching high spots with breathtaking views. Simply amazing. Every day I thought it could not get better but it did! Thinking already to return next year!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Learned a lot in a week from both leaders. Different teaching styles but both Ilse and Mary clearly have a passion for what they do every day. Contagious!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Follow trip notes. I had everything with me and I was glad! Drinks are not that more expensive and in a week I spent very little as all else is included.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Shared accommodation is charming but can feel crowded.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Wild and wonderful

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    As an absolute beginner, staying upright on a small slope was an amazing feat. Snowshoeing up to the top of the plateau and seeing the wilderness for miles around Spending New Year in the snowy wilds and with such great people!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Illse and Mary were really great at coaching us in less than favourable conditions and keeping the options open to all abilities and inclinations for activity. They also provide evening 'entertainment'..but I will keep the content a surprise!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definitely take the advice of others and pack a bottle or buy supplies in the duty free at Oslo when you land. Drinks are available at the Lodge with high Norwegian tax added! I packed way too much, inside the lodge is super warm and cosy so a t-shirt is fine. Cosy boots useful for traversing between lodge and sleeping hut as are some sort of mini-crampon overshoe as it can be an ice-rink out there! Bring an extra towel you can use in the sauna...bikini's too if you don't fancy going native. A flask and sit mat are essential but you can borrow one if you forget them. Extra snacks are good to pack for when you need a burst of energy out on trail Hiking clothes are perfect unless you're extra sensitive to cold. I just wore merino long johns with trousers over the top and a couple of merino base layers, a wind proof top and a lightweight hard shell.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't deliberate - if you like snow, then this is for you! :)

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Fab Holiday!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Being on the plateau, in the high w8nds, snowshoeing through the wilderness. It was too dangerous to ski so Ilse and Mary took us out for a snowshoe instead and it was a brilliant hike.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    The local guide for this trrip is simply incredible. A true coach, she knows exactly how to get the best out of people, always being patient and working with everyone individually, even in a group environment. She's very attentive and just a lovely person. She should be guide of the year as I have yet to meet anyone that would surpass her in guiding, teaching and general personality..
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go. You'll love it!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Cross Country Skiing at Kvitavatn, Norway

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Doing two routes with Ilse that she had never done with groups for many years.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Both leaders are superb
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you have never skied before go for a beginners group. Work on your basic fitness before you go!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Gold star

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