In 2019, we will be heading to the breathtaking landscape of Espedalen in Norway for an exhilarating week of cross country skiing along the Peer Gynt Trail. We will be covering 80km along this well-groomed cross-country trail through spectacular winter scenery. The route makes its way through a landscape of snow covered mountains, birch woodland, frozen lakes and isolated farm holdings with views towards magnificent distant peaks. Named after a local Norwegian hero, the trail runs between Espedalen and Skeikampen on the western side of Gudbrandsdalen.
Our week begins at the lovely Dalseter Mountain Hotel where we will have a day to explore the local trails and familiarize ourselves with our ski equipment. On the following day, we head off on our exhilarating journey – our luggage will be transferred to our accommodation as we go along. We stay at a selection of comfortable, traditional mountain hotels throughout the week each offering warm hospitality and a welcoming atmosphere. Some have spa /sauna facilities so go prepared!
Itinerary (subject to change)
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo and take the transfer to the hotel. Holiday briefing with your guide before dinner. https://www.dalseter.no/welcome/
Day 2 Today we explore the many trails heading directly out from the hotel, taking in our gorgeous surroundings whilst testing out our cross-country skis.
Day 3 And we’re off! Dalseter to Fefor 18km The trail starts with the hilliest sections in the morning and then we head down with easier terrain in the afternoon as we approach Fefor and our traditional lodge. http://www.fefor.no/home
Day 4 Fefor – Gala 14km A day that includes skiing between forest and mountains along the edge of beautiful Lake Gala. An outdoor production of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, has taken place here since 1989. http://wadahl.no/
Day 5 Rest Day – Today we take a well-earned rest. We can choose simply to relax with a good book or, for the more energetic, head out on some of the local trails. There may also be tour options available (not included).
Day 6 Gala – Kvitfjell 26km A longer day today (hence the rest day beforehand!) taking in a fabulous stretch of birch forest – enchanting! http://www.kvitfjellhotel.no/
Day 7 Kvitfjell – Skei 20km Today we continue initially on hilly terrain before heading downhill to the end of our cross-country adventure. Time to celebrate our achievement at our final destination. https://www.thonhotels.no/hoteller/norge/skeikampen/thon-skeikampen-resort/
Day 8 Today we transfer back to Oslo for our return flight.
Price includes: 7 nights’ full board accommodation in twin ensuite rooms. Single rooms available if you book early – supplement £20 per night. Cross-country ski equipment hire, luggage transfer, return ski transfer at end of holiday, airport transfer at certain times from/to Oslo Gardermoen.
Not included: flight, any alternative activities on the free day