The Peer Gynt Trail
The Peer Gynt Trail
The Peer Gynt Trail
The Peer Gynt Trail
The Peer Gynt Trail
The Peer Gynt Trail

The Peer Gynt Trail


Cross country ski journey

A stunning introduction to Nordic ski touring with views to some of Norway's most famous mountain ranges. The Peer Gynt Løype, loipe or trail, is named after a local Norwegian hero characterised into fiction by author Henrik Ibsen. Our 120 km (75 miles) tour beginning north west of the Winter Olympic town of Lillehammer, skis the entire route in 'Peer Gynt Country'.

Skiing on prepared trails we make our way from the lakeside at Dalseter through a landscape of birch forests, distant mountains, frozen lakes and rivers and isolated farms. If this is your first cross country ski trip in Norway, be prepared to be blown away.

Highlights

  • A ski journey through glorious mountain scenery
  • Instruction from a professional Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Excellent historic hotels with spa facilities
  • Your luggage transferred while you ski
  • No ski pass payment required, the tracks are free
  • All meals included, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner

The mountains in the 'Peer Gynt Country' offer ideal cross country skiing terrain. The stable inland climate ensures good snow conditions throughout the winter. Most of the route sits at around 1000m (3280ft) where the ski trail travels along the remote Peer Gynt Mountain Road.

The nature and traditional culture of Gudbrandsdalen have been a source of inspiration for artists, and the myths and stories hold everything from trolls to historical people, like Per Gynt. The same character that inspired Henrik Ibsen when he wrote his world famous masterpiece, Peer Gynt. The real Per Gynt lived in the village of Sødorp by Vinstra, and has given his name to this mountain area. The region is well known for its natural beauty and there are good chances of seeing wildlife such as elk, foxes and birds of prey. It also gives magnificent views of the Jotunheimen and Rondane ranges.

Bespoke Norwegian Trips

This trip can also be organised as a bespoke holiday where the itinerary can be changed to match the number of days, ski locations and distances that suit the requirements of your group.


Outstanding!!! Spectacular. We couldn’t have had a better guide for the group. We had a fabulous trip, Julia, and while we thanked Lindsay, I wanted to thank you too for all you did to make it possible. Thanks for accommodating our group. Everyone had a great time. The landscape was gorgeous.  Blew my mind each day.

Itinerary

  • accommodation
  • train
  • airport
  • meet in
  • route
  • transfer
  • Your guide will meet you at the family run hotel at the top of the Espedalen Valley. One of the oldest settled sites in the area, the hotel has superb views across the lake and the mountains of the Jotunheim National Park. On arrival you can fully relax and take in the calm of the wilderness as we will spend three nights at the Dalseter Hotel. For 'Arrival' details please refer to the Trip Information section. 

  • The Espedalen Valley is a popular ski area for locals offering a first class selection of well maintained trails. There are 220 km (137 miles) of well groomed tracks (enough to keep you busy for a week or two!), and it's the official start of the Peer Gynt Mountain Road. We have many options available to us for finding our ski legs and making use of the vast network of trails running straight past our hotel door. For those renting skis locally you can get used to your equipment, and if you've chosen to ski on traditional 'waxable' skis then your guide will show you how to prepare them. Skis that are waxed glide extremely well and it really is not difficult to learn the art of waxing. Excursions include lakeside tours, views to the Jotunheim peaks and drinks at the delightful Bingsbu 'warming' hut. After your ski enjoy a swim and a sauna in the hotel spa.

    Ascent: 400-550m (1312-1804ft) Descent: 400-550m (1312-1804ft) Distance: 15 km+ (9.4 miles) per day.

  • Today make our way to official start from Dalseter and commence the Peer Gynt Løype. A gentle climb leads to easier ground in the Hattdal Valley, through birch trees until we reach the start of a fun descent with views of the Rondane mountains on the horizon. Our trail twists and turns down through the pine forests until we reach the farms on the outskirts of Fefor, our destination for the night. With views of the Rutenfjell mountain and stunning frozen lake, our historic hotel built in 1891 was once a simple farm guest house. This soon became the winter residence for King Haakan and his family between 1907-1914, then later owned by the Dutch Queen Wilhelmine. Today the Fefor Høifjellshotel has kept it's rich character offering excellent accommodation and recently opened a newly built swimming pool.

    Ascent: 231m (757ft) Descent 268m (879ft) Distance: 18km (11 miles)

  • Our trail runs directly on from the hotel in Fefor and takes an undulating route with some excellent downhill into the woodland below. It then heads alongside the Gålåvatnet lake offering easy skiing as we make our way to the small ski village of Gålå. Gålå is where the first Gudbrandsdal cheese was made in 1863, and each August a performance of Henrik Ibsen’s 'Peer Gynt' with music by Grieg is arranged at the outdoor arena by Gålåvatn lake. We usually stop at the characterful Peer Gynt cafe for an early lunch, and once fueled on coffee and cake we get to grips with the climb to the plateau and the final 10km to our overnight mountain lodge. Our lodge at Lauvåsen dates back 300 years and really is a lovely place to spend the evening.

    Ascent: 420m (1377ft) Descent: 380m (1246ft) Distance: 19km (11.8 miles)

  • After a hearty breakfast, we leave our isolated mountain lodge and head off on what is a lovely day of skiing with a real Norwegian 'lifestyle' experience, passing isolated homesteads and villages along the way. As you ski you can ponder the challenges of living in an environnment where winter is long, the snow deep, and any expedition outdoors requires skill with a ski-doo or skis. Undulating trails take us to the frozen fishing lake of Vedalsvatnet where the fishers sit immobile on the ice hoping for a 'bite'. We then pass the rustic hilltop village of Svinslåa before the long rolling descent to reach the Olympic town of Kvitfjell. A well earned sauna awaits!

    Ascent: 370m (1213ft) Descent: 600m (1968ft) Distance: 22 km (13.7 miles)

  • We start our final day by climbing steadily back up to Svinslåa, then a swooping descent to the valley, and on to the crossing of multiple trails at the high col at Skardbua. The col has a wild mountain ambiance, and you are under no illusion that you are truly in the Norwegian mountains. If the weather is kind, we will enjoy our picnic lunch before heading down the excellent descent to Skei. This 'home run' provides brilliant mountain views and does indeed give a grand finale to our 120km (75 miles) ski journey. Skei is the most southerly point of our tour dominated by Skeikampen mountain. We spend our final night at the Thon Hotel where we can enjoy a celebratory meal. The hotel has a lovely spa and it is a wonderful chance to ease your muscles. 

    Ascent: 680m (2230ft) Descent: 645m (2115ft) Distance: 25km (15.6 miles)

  • We will organise your transfer from your hotel to the train station at Lillehammer, this is included in your trip fee. The train we will aim for is the 0907 hrs leaving Lillehammer for Oslo Gardermoen airport. It arrives at the airport at 1101hrs. NB: these train times will be published three months before travel at which point we will confirm. If you need to reach the airport earlier PLEASE ADVISE US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you choose to leave the hotel in Skeikampen either before or after the group transfer to Lillehammer this will be at your own cost. The trains from Lillehammer to Oslo Gardermoen Airport leave approximately every hour throughout the day, and the train journey takes around 2 hrs.

    If you would like to stay on after the tour to ski or explore then do let us know and we can book extra nights in Skei or make suggestions on other ski areas near by. You may like to stay in the Olympic town of Lillehammer and ski the many trails above the town.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

On all of our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, comfortable, characterful, family run accommodation. 

We take time to research, update and view the best options available to us on every trip. Detailed below are examples of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable at the time of booking we will use alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

The trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. However on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee.

On this tour you will stay in excellent hotels with good facilities such as sauna's and swimming pools. Our guests are usually very pleasantly surprised by the standard of the hotels in Norway and this trip is no exception. We will spend one night in a lovely traditional mountain lodge at Lauvåsen which offers accommodation with double rooms, cosy lounge and a log fire. Single rooms may be available on request for a supplementary payment. However, these are limited in number and we recommend that you book early if you wish to be sure of a single room. Please contact us for details.

Dalseter Hoyfjellshotell

Hotel

Dalseter is something of a Norwegian tradition. For generations Norwegians have traveled to spend part of the winter and, indeed, summer months at this mountain hotel. Beautifully situated at the top of the Espedalen valley at 930 meters above sea level, Dalseter Mountain hotel or 'Hoyfjellhotell' in Norwegian, has a wonderful view of the valley and the mountains in the Jotunheimen National Park. We spend three nights here, before beginning our journey. 

Dalseter is a family-owned and managed hotel, where third generation hospitality welcomes you to the mountains. The hotel is run by Grethe Gillebo and it is always a pleasure to see her again. The rooms are simple but always cosy. There is a decent sized swimming pool, and saunas. There is also a small ski tow in front of the hotel which can be useful for those who want to do lots of descents! There is a small fee for using the tow which you can pay direct to the hotel. There is also a shop with snacks, and useful ski items, as well as some clothing such as hats and gloves. 

Fefor Høifjellshotel

Hotel

With views of the Rutenfjell mountain and stunning frozen lake, this historic hotel, built in 1891, was once a simple farm guest house. This soon became the winter residence for King Haakan and his family between 1907-1914, then later owned by the Dutch Queen Wilhelmine. Today, the Fefor Høifjellshotel has kept it's rich character offering excellent accommodation and has recently opened a newly built swimming pool.

We love Fefor for its views, and comfort, and especially for its food. Dinner is copious with a huge variety of meats, fish, cheeses, salads, and desserts. Most of our guests seem to also feel the need to order traditional Norwegian waffles, sour cream, and jam on their arrival!

Lauvåsen

Mountain Lodge

Lauvåsen Mountain Lodge is located in the mountains above the valley of Gudbransdalen. At an altitude of 960 metres, it can be found in a beautiful landscape surrounded by mountain plateaux, lakes and stunning views towards the mountains of the Rondane and Jotunheim. Langleiken, the black wooden lodge, where we usually stay was built in 1898 and provides a cosy overnight location with a log fire.

The lodge has bedrooms on two floors, and there are shared toilet and shower facilities on each floor. We are provided with bed linen and we would ask you to kindly make up your own beds. Dinner is served in the main building adjacent and it will often be the owner, local entrepreneur Tore, who will serve you himself. Usually dinner will be local produce, such as elk burgers! 

Kvitfjell Hotel, Kvitfjell

Hotel

The Kvitfjell Hotel is situated high on the mountain with great views Gudbrandsdalen to the lake, and the Olympic alpine slopes of the Kvitfjell ski area. The rooms are cosy with en suite facilities and the hotel restaurant supplies a tasty and plentiful dinner. 

Within a short distance you will find restuarants, grocery store, a sport shop and a cosy afters bar. As with all of our hotels on this trip we ski almost to the door!

Skeikampen Hotel

Hotel

Our hotel at Skeikampen is right at the end of our journey and we take our skis off almost at the door. The hotel has a lovely spa with jacuzzi, steam rooms and saunas. Dinner is normally a Norwegian style buffet with plentiful delicious food. Breakfast is probably the best on offer on this trip and worth savouring before our departure to Lillehammer and the train station. 


  • Arrival

    We suggest that flights are made to Oslo Gardermoen Airport. You can, however, fly to Torp, and then travel into Oslo. We ask you to plan your flights to allow you to take the train at 1429hrs, which is a journey of about 2h30. The latest train timetables are published 3 months beforehand, but the time varies very little. By taking this train you will benefit from our group transfer from the station at Vinstra which is included in your trip fee. If you think your flight will not make the 1429hrs train, please contact us before booking your flights to discuss the options. 

    Departure

    We will organise your transfer from your hotel to the train station at Lillehammer, this is included in your trip fee. The train we will aim for is the 0907 hrs leaving Lillehammer for Oslo Gardermoen airport. It arrives at the airport at 1101hrs. These train times will be published three months before the travel date and may vary by a few minutes. If you need to reach the airport earlier PLEASE ADVISE US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you choose to leave the hotel in Skeikampen either before or after the group transfer to Lillehammer this will be at your own cost. The trains from Lillehammer to Oslo Gardermoen Airport leave approximately every hour throughout the day, and the train journey takes around 2 hrs. It may be possible to take a bus from Skei at the end of the last day of skiing to reach Lillehammer that evening with a  view to taking an early train to Oslo. Please contact us if you would like to consider this option. 

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Winter temperatures in Scandinavia are 'according to the locals' warmer in recent years than previously which is why we now run trips in the months of January, and February, as well as March and April. Even in January when the daylight hours are short we find that we have more than enough time for skiing. We have never yet had guests feeling they were losing out in terms of ski hours by booking in January or February. There is a special pleasure to starting your ski day in the sunrise, and skiing back with the sunset. 

    Historically temperatures in December have averaged -8°Celsius (17.4°F), in January -9.7°Celsius (14.5°F), in February -9.2°Celsius (15.4°F), in March -6.6°Celsius (20.1°F), and in April -2.3°Celsius (27.9°). 

    We have found over the years that these temperatures have not been unpleasant nor have any guests had problems dealing with the weather as it is generally a 'dry' cold, and of course this helps create great snow and therefore great ski tracks. If we do experience a cold snap where temperatures drop then we ensure that everyone is appropriately clothed and kitted out for the ski day. In this respect energy snacks and a thermos with a hot drink are a great comfort! 

  • King Bore - 'King of Winter' from Nordic mythology says he can't promise anything, but in Dalseter they begin to prepare the tracks as soon as they have enough snow in December and continue until mid-April or after Easter.

    In Espedalen they begin to prepare the tracks as soon as they have enough snow and continue until mid-April /after Easter. Track machines in Espedalen have GPS with GSM transmitters so that the status of preparation are updated in real time and published on www.skisporet.no.

  • For this tour you will be using 'classic' track skis, and can use either a fishscale ski or waxing skis. Ski rental can be arranged locally and will normally be on 'waxable' skis but some 'waxless' skis with skins are also available. If you are unfamiliar with the 'art' of waxing then your guide will give you instructions on your warm up day. The stable Norwegian snow conditions enable waxing to be easily picked up and you'll soon feel the benefits of a faster glide on a well waxed ski! Rental is possible from our starting hotel for approx. 525 NOK per person. You can also hire metal edged skis which give more grip and an easier snowplough for approx. 625 NOK. There is a small supply of waxless skis either 'fishscales' or Fischer Twin Skins. Please advise us if you wish to hire skis, and boots. The ski return will cost 1750 Norwegian Kroner, and will be shared between those who have chosen to hire. A ski pass is not required for this trip as track use is free of charge.

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you will encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. 

    Equipment

    This trip uses ‘classic’ style track skis. If you are bringing your own skis they must fit in the tracks, so should be a maximum of 66mm at their widest point. You can use track skis which are 'waxing', 'fishscale' or 'skintec'. You can also use track skis with a metal edge, or half metal edge. If in doubt about the suitability of your own skis please contact us.

    Skis, boots, and poles - can be hired at the start of the trip. The cost of hire is indicated in 'Trip Information'. If you are intending to hire you must inform us as soon as possible as equipment must be booked in advance. The type of ski supplied by the hire shop is provided in the 'Ski Rental' section of the Trip Information page. 

    • Wax Cork and Ski Scraper - only if using 'waxing' skis, these can be bought at the hire shop
    • Ski ties - to hold your skis together, useful but not essential
    • Waxes - if required, these will be supplied by Tracks and Trails
    • Rucksack - 25 to 30 litres with waist and chest strap. You need space to carry your kit, and an item of group kit
    • Rucksack waterproof cover or liner to keep contents dry
    • Water container - 1 litre, drink tubes and bottles stowed on the outside of your rucksack usually freeze in winter
    • Whistle

    Clothing

    • Waterproof jacket - essential, this must keep you dry during a day of continuous snowfall or at least as dry as any waterproof jacket ever keeps you!
    • Waterproof trousers - in case of heavy snowfall
    • Trousers - lightweight, windproof and warm
    • Thermal top - long sleeves
    • Thin fleece - long sleeves
    • Waistcoat - fleece/wind stopper 
    • Gloves x 2 (one thick and one thin)
    • Over-mittens for colder days can be useful
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat
    • Head/ear band 
    • Duvet jacket (or second warm layer)
    • Scarf or 'Buff' for neck
    • Socks - 2 or 3 pairs

    Comfort

    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen - essential
    • Sunglasses - essential
    • Goggles - or Nordic Ski Visor
    • Snack bars/chocolate
    • Tissues - we recommend biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication 
    • Blister plasters (e.g. Compeed)
    • Painkillers/anti-inflammatory
    • Glucose tablets/Energy gel
    • 2 x Rehydration sachets - eg Dioralyte
    • Throat lozenges
    • Antiseptic cream/spray

    Documentation

    • Mountain Rescue/Ski Insurance documents - compulsory
    • Passport
    • Credit card
    • Cash - Norwegian Kroner

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use at accommodation
    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Hair dryer if required (it is not standard for Norwegian hotels to provide one)
    • Travel Kettle if required (it is not standard for Norwegian hotels to provide one)
    • Swimwear for when sauna is available
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Toiletries – soap/shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • Ear plugs - if room sharing
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Short gaiters for snowy days
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Medium sized kitbag – you must be able to lift your luggage as not all hotels have elevators. Your luggage will be transported each day by taxi and therefore we ask that you restrict your luggage to ONE item.

    Leaders are all first aid trained and carry their own first aid kit

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £230.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.

  • We grade this trip as Intermediate, for skiers with previous track cross country skiing experience. On our first day we will spend time finding our ski legs, and we will then have a second day at Dalseter before we are committed to our point-to-point journey. 

    Expect to ski on a mixture of both flat and rolling terrain on prepared trails. You should already be at a level where you are confident about controlling your speed and direction, and have a good ‘snowplough’. You should be able to cope with skiing under control on a variety of terrain both uphill and downhill, and be confident about tackling corners while skiing downhill. All our trips include quality instruction, but for these trips you need to have a good ‘kick and glide’ to be able to travel competently and at a steady pace. You should have a good level of fitness to ensure that you are comfortable with longer days in winter weather, which may include snowfall and cold winds. You should be happy to ski on a variety of snow including perfect fresh tracks, AND tracks less than perfect which may be ‘firm’. On our point-to-point trips you will be expected to carry a small daypack. Time on skis will be 5-6 hours per day covering approximately 15-25 km (9.4-15.6 miles) per day with an occasional longer day.

  • On this point-to-point trip you will have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to carry a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. Please refer to the kit list for this trip for guidance on the size of rucksack required.

    As your luggage will be moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number of bags simply because they have to unload and reload the vehicle many times each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. Also with regard to weight be aware that you may have to carry your luggage to your bedroom, which may involve climbing several flights of stairs as not all hotels have elevators. Luggage on wheels is generally a good idea.

  • On this trip your lunches are included in your trip fee. In Norway it is traditional to make up your own packed lunch from the breakfast ingredients. Breakfast is normally a buffet with a large range of food on offer with more than enough interesting items to prepare a tasty sandwich. You will be supplied with paper to wrap them in. You can also ask to have a thermos flask filled with a hot drink. 

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. These are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally they may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

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What's Included

  • Six days cross country ski instruction
  • Full board accommodation (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner and thermos refill) based on two sharing
  • Transfer from Vinstra railway station to your hotel
  • Transfer from Skeikampen to Lillehammer train station at the end of the trip
  • Luggage transfers daily (1x bag per person)
  • The fees and expenses of a BASI Nordic Ski Teacher/International Mountain Leader
  • Single rooms available
  • Climbing skins if required
  • Ski 'grip' waxes as required 
  • Tracks and Trails memento; a gift to take home

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Rail travel within Norway
  • Ski hire, nor the return of the skis to the hire shop after the trip has ended. The ski return will cost 1400 Norwegian Kroner, and will be shared between those who have chosen to hire.

Outstanding!!! Spectacular. We couldn’t have had a better guide for the group. We had a fabulous trip, Julia, and while we thanked Lindsay, I wanted to thank you too for all you did to make it possible. Thanks for accommodating our group. Everyone had a great time. The landscape was gorgeous.  Blew my mind each day.

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At a Glance

From Price £1795
Holiday Type Cross Country Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 9
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1200m (3937ft)
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Vinstra, Norway
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  • Highly professional guides
  • Personal service guaranteed 
  • Attention to detail throughout
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Single rooms on request
  • No surcharge guaranteed
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