A six day, self-guided adventure holiday cross-country skiing in Valdres, a region in central, southern Norway. This is a centre-based holiday, staying at a traditional mountain lodge in Vaset, with excellent facilities, and hundreds of trails on its doorstep. This lodge is also celebrated for its local, traditional food, and with an elevation of 1,000m, you not only have saunas to relax in at night, you also have incredible clear skies for stargazing. We recommend that you have some cross-country skiing experience, however there is a ski school in the area for lessons, as an optional extra.
- 140km groomed tracks
- Traditional mountain accommodation in Vaset
- Option for cross-country skiing lessons
- All meals included
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Day 1: Arrive Vaset
Take bus from Oslo City Bus Terminal or Oslo Airport (included), which will take you directly to Fagernes. We will pick you up to bring you to our lodge (30mins transfer). Depending on arrival time, you can test your skis, or even try out your first cross-country ski trail.
- Accommodation: Gomobu Mountain Lodge
Day 2-5: Daily ski tours
From the lodge, you have access to more than 140km of groomed tracks. When you book, we will send you details of five tracks you can choose from every day. Daily tours are between 15-30km in length and have different difficulty rates. All tours are well marked but we also provide a map. Since weather and snow conditions can change, local knowledge at the lodge is invaluable when it comes to making a good decision for your daily ski tour. In the evening, you can relax in the lounge, try out the sauna, and enjoy some great local food.
- Accommodation: Gomobu Mountain Lodge
Day 6: Departure
Transfer back to Fagernes and bus to Oslo.
What to expect
This is a centre-based tour, staying at Gomobu Mountain Lodge throughout. Choose between double or single rooms, both with private bathrooms. The hotel has a sauna, lounge and restaurant with great mountain views.
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Hotels are subject to availability. In the event of a particular hotel being fully booked for your chosen dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation..
Breakfasts, packed lunches and three-course dinners are included. You prepare your own lunch at the breakfast buffet where you can also fill up your flasks with warm drinks. This mountain lodge specialises in high quality, traditional food, using locally-sourced ingredients.
Difficulty and terrain
It is advisable that you have tried cross-country before, but not required. There is a ski school in the area, and we can add this option for you on request. (read more about difficulty grades) The tracks run through varied, rolling terrain, from spruce and birch forests up to the high open plains surrounded by high mountain peaks. The forest trails offer protection from windy and snowy weather while the trails on the mountain plateau offer wide views on fine days. In general, the trails in the Vasten trail network are easy to intermediate. They are not too long or steep, and there are some easy, fun downhill runs and flat parts in between. They fit everyone from beginners and families to competing skiers who come here to train. All routes are numbered and well-described. You can also call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime.
When to go
This trip is available in February and March. Easter bookings available on request. The flexibility of self-guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.
To fully enjoy your skiing adventure in the mountainous areas, it’s important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions and local temperatures. For a comfortable and enjoyable experience, we recommend wearing warm, waterproof clothing, and bringing sunscreen and sunglasses. The winter season starts with short days with six hours of daylight, in December, but then you will get a lot of clear starry skies, and if you are lucky, you may even see the Northern Lights. From around mid-February, you get longer days of around eight hours of daylight and temperatures go into double figures, averaging 10-12C, from March onwards.
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Our recommended airport for this tour is Oslo.
- Oslo city or airport return bus tickets are included in your package.
- Experience the convenience of choosing from various departure times and travel destinations along our express bus routes. Share your travel plans with us, and we’ll take care of the arrangements, ensuring a stress-free experience.
- Bus transport from and to Oslo
- 5 nights accommodation
- Breakfasts, packed lunches and five dinners
- Detailed tour description
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative
- Drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
- Personal expenses
- Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
- Any items not explicitly listed as included
Options, extras and supplements
- If you’re travelling in a group, a supplement applies to group members who would like to have a room of their own
- We regret that this trip is not available to solo travellers
- Ski rental and cross-country skiing lessons
- Extra nights in Oslo are bookable upon request