Walking in Venabu

from $3,549.00

Wild, untouched landscapes vast mountain plateaux, dramatic canyons, glistening waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, this is Norway’s vast yet beautiful, untouched wilderness at its very best, ready to be explored from your base at the Venabu Fjellhotel.

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  • Activity Level Moderate
All about the Walking in Venabu.

Our new 7 night guided holiday is set in Venabu 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 lofty peaks to pretty fells and verdant valleys that extend as far as the eye can see. This is Norway’s vast yet beautiful, untouched wilderness at its very best.
Your hosts for the week – assisted by knowledgeable local guide, Joy O’Flanagan – are the Tvete family, who have been looking after guests at the Venabu Fjellhotel for over 50 years. Birgit and Arvid Tvete built the hotel from scratch, choosing the original plot because of its tremendous views. Now run with daughter Line in charge, it has developed into a friendly, relaxing ‘home from home’ in a fabulous setting. The dining room in particular – which offers traditional Scandinavian cuisine – affords glorious panoramic vistas out across the mountains.

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 buffet breakfasts, 6 picnics including filled flasks and buffet evening meals
  • 7 nights center based accommodation in a *** hotel
  • Tour leader throughout
  • All walk transfers
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)
  • Evening moose safari


  • Visit a traditional Norwegian summer farm, historic stave churches; spot moose and reindeer
  • Follow in the footsteps of St Olav on the Pilgrim’s Road
  • Outstanding hospitality in a 3 star family run hotel with sauna
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Venabu

    Your guide will run through the week’s activities before dinner. Your evening meal is included every night for the week, as are picnic lunches.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Local Peaks - 10mi/16km

    Today sets the scene for the rest of the week’s walking. After a short transfer, we climb steadily to the summit of Dynjefjellet for superb 360-degree views of the wild yet beautiful Venabygd plateau, with the high peaks of Rondane visible in the distance. Wild reindeer have lived here since the last Ice Age and still roam freely on these untamed lands.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Rondane National Park 11.5mi/18km

    We start off by crossing the pretty Atna river and making our way through pine forest and past amber coloured cloudberries, to Bjornhollia in the heart of the Rondane National Park. At this traditional Norwegian cabin, we enjoy coffee and Frasvafflor – deliciously soft, heart shaped waffles. On our way back to the hotel, there’s time to stop off at Sohlbergplassen with its magnificent and famous view of the Rondane peaks.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: The Pilgrim's Road 5mi/8km

    Today, we follow St Olav’s Pilgrim Road above the wide river valley of Gudbrandsdalen. Scandinavian painted farmhouses dot the landscape as we climb to the remains of a 4th to 6th century hillfort, where we learn more about the life of St Olav. We end the day with a visit to one of Norway’s last remaining medieval stave churches.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Traditional Summer Farm 11mi/17km

    Setting off from Holterseter, savour the contrasting views of the open, lush river valley to the rocky lichen-covered peaks of Venabygdsfjellet. We reach the summer farm set in the pastures below Forbundsfjellet in time for a traditional Norwegian lunch, regaled by stories of local folklore. We return via farmland and meadows to our hotel. This evening after dinner, there is the option to join the moose safari.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Canyons and Waterfalls 11.5mi/18km

    We walk past vibrant berry bushes and verdant lichen through the wilderness to the dramatic canyons of the Dora and Mya, created as the glaciers retreated millions of years ago. Admire the pure gushing waterfalls of Dorfallet and Myfallet, whose waters tumble down to the vast mountain plateau below.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Finnsjovola 10mi/16km

    We end the week with a fantastic walk to the crystal clear lakes of Finnsjvola, with far reaching vistas to the Rondane massif and the graceful curves of Atnasjen lake. We visit the unusual and delightful Sollia church before returning to the hotel for our final dinner.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Leave Venabu
Where you stay
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. 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 a 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.

Classification: Guided

Difficulty Rating: 3 or Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

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August 16, 2020
September 13, 2020