The Trolls Trail
The Trolls Trail
The Trolls Trail
The Trolls Trail
The Trolls Trail
The Trolls Trail

The Trolls Trail


Nordic Ski Tour

The Trolls Trail, or 'Troll-løypa', is a point-to-point cross country ski trip across the Rondane mountains of Norway. Revered as one of Europe's finest cross country ski tours, the 165 km (103 miles) journey passes through a beautiful winter landscape of frozen lakes, plateaus and forests. It's the perfect environment for a multi-day adventure on cross country skis. We begin in the north at Høvringen in the Rondane National Park, and ski south to the Olympic town of Lillehammer. The terrain is not steep, yet offers views of the biggest peaks in the area.

Highlights

  • Famous point-to-point ski tour across Norway
  • Ski the Rondane mountains to the Olympic town of Lillehammer
  • Fully qualified BASI Nordic Ski Instructor/International Mountain Leader
  • Experience a ski journey through a remote and beautiful landscape
  • 165 km (103 miles) through stunning mountain terrain
  • All meals included, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
  • Daily transfer of your luggage from hotel to hotel
  • No ski pass required, the tracks are free
  • Ski the route of the Troll Ski Marathon

This is without doubt a fabulous cross country ski journey through a wonderful mountain landscape. It is challenging, but also hugely rewarding to ski into the Olympic Stadium at Lillehammer on the last day. The trip includes the chance to spend a night in a remote mountain hut where we can enjoy an evening by the log fire, with candlelight. A true escape to the wilderness!


My second trip with Tracks and Trails and I could never choose which one had prettier views. Ok, maybe it was the Trolls trip, but both had phenomenal views. But I will give the Peer Gynt an ever so slight edge on accommodations so they come out even. Guides are great and become helpful instructors at just the right moment.

A challenging but rewarding ski journey: All types of weather and snow conditions and beautiful wild and peaceful scenery. Friendly and super- professional guiding. Best moment ..Sense of achievement at completing the trail and being able to ski into Lillehammer.. very satisfying!

No matter what the weather or snow conditions, Lindsay stayed positive and kept us confident that we were up to the task. Every detail was thought out from starting with a safety review and waxing lesson to finishing in the Olympic stadium. The overnight in the hut was a great experience but I was happy for the sauna and hot shower the next day!

The Trolls Trail is a spectacular route. Beautiful terrain and a real sense of being out in the mountains. The night in the hut was fun and very comfortable.

A huge thank you for a wonderful two weeks of skiing. I love what you, and Tracks and Trails provide and so enjoy my time experiencing the places and sights you take us to.

Looking back at 2017 I still have very good memories of our ski trek in Norway in March! Thank you for your good work and making it possible for many people to experience the adventure in a remote, but safe environment 

I hope to join you on a new trip in future!

Itinerary

  • accommodation
  • airport
  • train
  • route
  • Today you will most likely have arrived at Oslo Gardermoen airport, where you will take the train north to travel to our start point at the mountain village of Høvringen. The train station at Oslo is in the main airport building. Please refer to the notes on 'Arrival & Departure' under the Trip Information section. It is also possible to arrive at Torp airport, but this does require a bus journey to get to the main train station at Gardermoen airport. 

  • We put our skis on right beside our hotel to begin our epic journey along the Trolls Trail. The terrain is gentle and undulating, in other words the perfect Norwegian landscape for allowing our skis to do what they were designed to do! Mid morning we have the chance to stop for coffee and cake at the wonderful traditional Smuksjoseter lodge. The Rondane National Park entrance is marked here by standing stones and we have the chance to read about the reindeer herds living in this environment. The mountains are home to the most genetically pure wild reindeer herd in Norway. We then have a great swooping descent down to the tiny hamlet of Mysuseter, and then it is on to Furusjoen where we ski across the frozen lake to Rondablikk.

    Ascent: 495m (1623ft) Descent: 635m (2082ft) Distance: 29km (18 miles) Duration: 6-7 hrs

  • A long tough day today as we leave Rondablikk and start our climb onto the plateau above the village. Much of today is off-track on relatively easy terrain, and a joy to be away from the trails for this one day. There is definitely a real wild feeling to the route today as we work our way across the mountainside past the DNT hut at Eldabu. Eventually, we reach the tracks coming from Venabu and wind our way among the small hills and eventually down the valley with a great descent to our overnight at the lovely hotel at Venabu. This family run hotel has been welcoming skiers for several generations and our hosts are superb, with a wealth of knowledge about the flora and fauna of the area. It is also the starting point for the famous Troll Ski Marathon which is held each winter. The hotel is the start line for the 120km and 95km classes. In 2018 the 120km was won by Havard Taugbol  from Lillehammer Ski Club who completed the distance in a staggering 6:44:48. We will be take four days to cover the same ground!

    Ascent: 565m (1853ft) Descent: 554m (1817ft) Distance: 32km (20 miles) Duration: 8-9 hrs

  • An easier day as we leave Venabu and continue through open high mountain terrain, skiing through the birch woods. There are some hills though, and quite a pull up towards the plateau above Øksendalen. Some great 'swoops' also as we work our way over the ridge line and down into the next valley. We spend the night at the small community of Friisvegen where the hospitality is always excellent, and good Norwegian cooking is on offer. Also a chance to buy the compulsory 'Troll' at the tourist centre shop! Trolls are part of Norwegian folklore and are usually rather unattractive looking creatures who dwell in isolated rocks, mountains, or caves, and are rarely helpful to human beings.

    Ascent: 513m (1682ft) Descent: 609m (1997ft) Distance: 26km 16.3 miles) Duration: 5-6 hrs

  • A great trip through the open birch forest on partly prepared trails bringing us to the cosy little DNT hut at Vetabua. The DNT huts are brilliant, stocked with food, and logs for the fire, and it's a great experience to spend a night in a remote location like this. This hut is not staffed so you can expect to do some of the chores, such as collecting water, and lighting the fire, and preparing dinner, all good fun and part of the mountain experience. We have no luggage tonight, and we will ask you to share in carrying some food for your meals, along with a few extra items for your overnight.

    Ascent: 268m (879ft) Descent: 231m (757ft) Distance: 21km (13 miles) Duration: 5-6 hrs

  • An early start is needed today as we have plenty of kilometres to cover. We head steadily south through birch woodland and past hamlets and farmsteads, many of these abandoned in the winter months. We can look behind us to the mountains of the Rondane and it's a good chance to note our progress and see just how far we have traveled in the previous days. This is a long day, but a very enjoyable one with some great countryside. We will make our way to the remote hotel at Hornsjø which has beautiful views to the mountains. A sauna and a swim in the hotel pool are usually very welcome at the end of this day, and a great way to ease muscles. However, you may not make it past the waffles, jam and cream which we usually treat ourselves to upon arrival.

    Ascent: 491m (1610ft) Descent: 540m (1771ft) Distance:  39 km (24 miles) Duration: 8-9 hrs

  • The finale today as we head for our destination at the Olympic town of Lillehammer. Our day beings with a ski south until we reach the lake of Reinsvatnet, enjoying the views of this famous cross country ski area. In winter cross country ski teams from around the world train here for the World Cup. The terrain this morning is gently undulating, and nothing too strenous for our last day. Late morning we arrive at Nordseter where we can enjoy a coffee and waffle. At Nordseter we will decide either to take the bus down to Lillehammer, or if the tracks are complete then we aim to ski all the way down to the Olympic stadium at Lillehammer. The last two years we have completed the entire route right to the stadium!

    Ascent: 428m (1403ft) Descent: 1031m (3381ft) Distance: 28.3 km (17.6 miles) Duration: 5-6 hrs

  • Today you can take the train from Lillehammer to Oslo Gardermoen airport for your flights home. Trains run throughout the day from 0526 hrs onwards. Our accommodation is in the station building and could not be more convenient for the trains. NB. No, the accommodation is not noisy! Often our guests choose to spend an extra night in Oslo for sightseeing. Please let us know if you wish to include this option, which will be at an additional charge.

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 comfortable and cosy hotels, some have saunas. Our guests are usually very pleasantly surprised by the standard of the hotels in Norway and this trip is no exception. Do not expect luxury, but you will get character and good Norwegian hospitality. You will only need to carry a daysack whilst skiing and your main baggage will be transferred every day between accommodation points, except for one night when we stay at the self service DNT cabin at Vetabua. This also is very comfortable, and a genuine Norwegian hut experience. The huts do operate on a first come, first served basis, so be prepared to share space if there are others arriving ahead of us. A good reason to get started early on that morning!

Rondane Haukliseter Fjellhotell

Hotel

Our hotel at Haukliseter is very typical of Norwegian mountain hotels. It is a cosy and welcoming hotel perched on the hillside with great views to the mountains. The rooms are all en suite, and there are characterful living rooms with local painted wooden furniture. The meals are usually Norwegian buffet style and plentiful. 

The hotel also has a ski waxing room, and the ski hire shop is just a few minutes walk along the road. There is also a sauna and if you choose to arrive a day early, or on an earlier train then you might find time to enjoy the heat. The hotel is run by Tore whom we can only describe as a very laid back character who fails to see the need for any hurry. He's great!

Rondablikk Hotel

Hotel

Rondablikk does indeed have a remote feel to it, and the setting is beautiful. It is one of those large Norwegian hotels built to cater to the home market in the days before everyone went overseas in search of sun and snow. The bedrooms are very comfortable and there is a sauna and swimming pool available. All rooms are en suite. 

The hotel used to have an impressive collection of stuffed animals though rumour has it they may no longer by there in 2019. Let us know what you find out!

Venabu Mountain Hotel

Hotel

Venabu always captures the hearts of those who stay there. It is a simple hotel built in typical Norwegian style, family-run and with a very relaxed and hospitable atmosphere. It is without doubt the 'atmosphere' at Venabu that our guests love. A true cross country ski hotel where everyone 'lives and breathes' Nordic skiing. The meals are without doubt a highlight of the week, copious Norwegian style buffets for both breakfast and dinner. 

Facilities include a superb dining room, with views to the Rondane Mountains, a fully licensed bar, saunas, dedicated space for yoga/pilates classes, a fitness room, and TV lounges. There is also a large ski waxing room with ski hire and shop, as well as a souvenir shop. All rooms are en suite with shower, and toilet and are non-smoking.

Friisvegen Turistsenter

Cabin

Tonight we stay in wooden cabins in the grounds of the Turistsenter at Friisvegen. The traditional cabins are warm, and cosy and often have a living area, and sometimes, if you are lucky, a wood fired sauna. We eat dinner in the Turistsenter restaurant when Svanhilld will be sure to keep your plates full!

There is also a supermarket, and a gift shop at Friisvegen. The supermarket stocks a number of ski waxes. We will stock up at the supermarket with extra food items for our night in the DNT hut at Vetabua. Each member of the team will be expected to carry a few items for the group meal. 

Vetåbua

DNT Hut

The DNT huts are a fantastic experience; stocked with food, logs for the fire, and in wonderful remote locations. This hut is not staffed so you can expect to do some of the chores, such as collecting water, lighting the fire, and preparing dinner, all good fun and part of the mountain experience. 

The sleeping arrangements are dormitory style. There are two huts at Vetåbua, one sleeps 8 people in 2 small dorms, and the other sleeps about 8 people in 2 larger dorms. The accommodation is based on first arrivals claiming the beds they wish, for this reason we always aim to start as early as possible to get to Vetabua ahead of any other groups. 

Hornsjø

Hotel

Hornsjø is a mountain hotel enjoying a remote location on the edge of the forest where elk are common. The bed-rooms have recently been renovated, and the lounge area with large 'picture' windows with views across the landscape is a lovely place to relax with a drink. All rooms are en suite, and there is a swimming pool and sauna. 

The food at Hornsjø is simple but plentiful. We are always happy to stay here in a bid to support the owners who are working hard to generate business for the hotel. Without facilities like this we would struggle to ski the Trolls Trail as a point-to-point journey. 

Lillehammer Stasjonen Hotel

Hotel

Our accommodation is ideally placed for onward travel on your departure day. We stay at the spotlessly clean and comfortable Stasjonen Hotel which is literally right on the station platform, and only a short walk from the town centre. Do not worry we have never been kept awake by the trains! Their website often describes this accommodation as a 'hostel' but we  can assure you it is not like any other hostel we know. It's a lovely place, and the rooms all have en suite facilities. 

Our location means that it is very easy just to hop on a train to the airport in Oslo the following morning. There are many shops and cafes in Lillehammer and you may wish to spend some time browsing after we have checked-in to our hotel.  


  • Arrival

    To reach the start of the tour you will travel north by train from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to the town of Otta. Here we will take a taxi transfer of approximately 30 minutes to Høvringen to our mountain hotel. You should take the 1429 hrs to Otta, which is likely to be on the Departure board as the line to Trondheim S. It arrives at Otta at 1733 hrs. You will be collected by our hotel, and the transfer to your hotel from Otta station is included in your trip fee. We ask you to contact us BEFORE booking your flights so that we can verify the latest train times as these are published 3 months before departure. The train station is in the airport building at Gardermoen and it all works very efficiently in terms of connecting with your flight. Tickets are easily booked on line, and you will usually have a reduced price if you do this in advance at Norwegian Trains. 

    Please note that our hosts at Høvringen take a typically Norwegian laid-back approach to picking up guests at the station. Normally, your ski guide will be arriving on the same train, however, if they are not then it is worth pointing out that you will have to actively 'look' for your transfer driver. It would be unusual if the vehicle has a 'taxi' sign as it will often be the hotel staff who will collect you. Otta is a very small station and we suggest you approach anyone who looks like they might be waiting on guests. However, if you are in any doubt please ring the hotel, and ask them where your driver is. The hotel telephone number is 0047 61 23 37 17. Many of the drivers will not speak English and we ask that you aim to be sure you are getting into the hotel vehicle!

    Departure

    At the end of the trip we will return from Lillehammer to Oslo airport. If necessary you can take the first train of the day from Lillehammer at 0526 hrs, arriving at 0701 hrs. There are trains departing regularly from Lillehammer to Oslo throughout the day. 

  • 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°). Clearly there is the potential for temperatures to drop much lower, but rarely lower than  -15°C (5°F).

    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! 

    If you are booked on one of our 'Advanced' or 'Challenging' point-to-point journeys and we experience very cold temperatures eg -15°Celsius (5°F) then we would expect you to be able to be efficient and keep moving and to manage your comfort.

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

    The skiing on the Trolls Trail can range from perfect groomed snow to icy/rutted tracks. In Norway they groom the tracks after snowfall, and if there has not been any fresh snowfall for a few weeks, then it may be several weeks since the tracks were groomed. Having said that there are sections where the local hotels will groom each day regardless of the snowfall and we can have many miles of wonderful skiing!

  • For this tour you can use either a fish scale ski or waxed skis, but we do request that you have metal or half-metal edges for extra control on descents.  

    Hire in Norway will normally be on 'waxable' skis, with metal or half-metal edges. If you are unfamiliar with the 'art' of waxing then your guide will give you instructions each day. The stable Norwegian snow conditions mean waxing is easy to pick up and you'll soon feel the benefits of a faster glide on a well waxed ski!

    The skis at Hoveringen are metal edged with NNN BC bindings and Back Country boots. Or you can hire half-metal edged with NNN track boots and bindings. We advise that if hiring, you hire skis AND boots, rather than hoping your boots will fit the bindings. Ski rental is not included, and in 2019 is expected to cost 900 NOK which will include the return of your skis from Lillehammer to Hovringen. 

    In Norway it is not necessary to purchase a ski pass as there is no charge to use the tracks. 

  • 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

    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. This trips uses Nordic touring skis with metal edges and NNN BC bindings. If you are bringing your own skis they must fit in the tracks, and should be a maximum of 66mm at their widest point. Boots also need to fit in the tracks.  Metal edged ‘fish-scales’ are acceptable. If in doubt about the suitability of your own skis please contact us.

    • Wax cork and ski scraper- both can be bought at the hire shop
    • Ski ties - useful, but not essential
    • Ski ‘skins’ - these will be supplied by Tracks and Trails
    • Waxes - these will be supplied by Tracks and Trails
    • Rucksack - 30 to 35 litres with waist and chest strap. You need space to carry your kit, an item of group kit and food for the hut night 
    • 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 
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication 
    • Blister plasters (e.g. Compeed)
    • Painkillers/anti-inflammatory
    • Glucose tablets/Energy gel
    • 2 x Re-hydration 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 a sauna is available
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Toiletries - soap/shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • Toiletries - mini versions - for Vetabua hut night
    • Ear plugs for hut night
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Short gaiters for snowy days
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries
    • Sheet sleeping bag - for Vetabua hut night. Either ‘silk’ which is lighter, but expensive, or ‘cotton’ which is cheaper but heavier
    • Small travel towel for Vetabua hut night

    **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 £200.

  • 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.

  • On this point-to-point trip you will have luggage support every night except one, 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 the night we are in Vetabua DNT hut there is no access to your luggage and you will be required to carry a few extra overnight items, including some of the food which is required for dinner and breakfast. 

  • 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

  • Full board accommodation; breakfast, packed lunch, dinner and thermos refill, based on two sharing
  • The fees and expenses of a qualified BASI Nordic Ski Teacher/International Mountain Leader
  • One night in a DNT mountain hut in dormitory accommodation
  • Transfers from Otta station to our hotel at Hovringen
  • Transfers from the end of the ski trail to Lillehammer
  • Luggage transfers (1x bag per person)
  • Supply of grip waxes if required
  • Supply of climbing 'skins' if required
  • Free use of the ski trails, no pass to be purchased
  • Tracks and Trails memento; a gift to take home

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Rail travel within Norway
  • Ski hire if required 

My second trip with Tracks and Trails and I could never choose which one had prettier views. Ok, maybe it was the Trolls trip, but both had phenomenal views. But I will give the Peer Gynt an ever so slight edge on accommodations so they come out even. Guides are great and become helpful instructors at just the right moment.

A challenging but rewarding ski journey: All types of weather and snow conditions and beautiful wild and peaceful scenery. Friendly and super- professional guiding. Best moment ..Sense of achievement at completing the trail and being able to ski into Lillehammer.. very satisfying!

No matter what the weather or snow conditions, Lindsay stayed positive and kept us confident that we were up to the task. Every detail was thought out from starting with a safety review and waxing lesson to finishing in the Olympic stadium. The overnight in the hut was a great experience but I was happy for the sauna and hot shower the next day!

The Trolls Trail is a spectacular route. Beautiful terrain and a real sense of being out in the mountains. The night in the hut was fun and very comfortable.

A huge thank you for a wonderful two weeks of skiing. I love what you, and Tracks and Trails provide and so enjoy my time experiencing the places and sights you take us to.

Looking back at 2017 I still have very good memories of our ski trek in Norway in March! Thank you for your good work and making it possible for many people to experience the adventure in a remote, but safe environment 

I hope to join you on a new trip in future!

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At a Glance

From Price £1795
Holiday Type Cross Country Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1100m (3608ft)
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Høvringen, Norway
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Why book with T&T?

  • 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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