Nordic in Norway: Venabu - Taking a pause on the tracks
Nordic in Norway: Venabu
Nordic in Norway: Venabu - Perfect ski conditions
Nordic in Norway: Venabu - Another fine day on the tracks
Nordic in Norway: Venabu - Skiing in tranquility
Nordic in Norway: Venabu

Nordic in Norway: Venabu


Trip Overview

An excellent week of cross country skiing in Norway, the true homeland of Nordic skiing. Venabu is an ideal cross country ski area, especially for newcomers to Nordic skiing or those looking to consolidate their skills and develop their technique. The trip offers top quality instruction which will get you gliding in good style through this stunning winter landscape.

WARNING: be prepared to adopt the Norwegian way of doing things and 'relax'. This is without doubt a great week for unwinding, whilst playing in the 'white stuff'.

Highlights

  • One of Norway's best cross country ski areas
  • Improve your technique with excellent Nordic Ski Instructors
  • Small groups ensuring maximum progress
  • Ski directly from the hotel doorstep
  • Comfortable and hospitable base to return to each day
  • Excellent and plentiful Norwegian style meals
  • Optional yoga/pilates sessions for easing muscles
  • Free teas and coffees through the day
  • Use of the hotel sauna 
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

Norwegian New Year

"We had such an amazing New Year week in Norway that we are doing it again"
This is a perfect opportunity to start the year with a healthy glow to your cheeks, and fresh mountain air in your lungs. The trip includes celebrations and entertainment at your hotel, with a special meal and champagne to welcome 2019. With luck you may even see the Northern Lights - now that would be a fabulous start to the New Year.

Our accommodation lies in the middle of the Venabygdsfjell plateau, south of the Rondane National park. It’s a snow-sure area with fantastic nature, stable climate & great skiing trails. It offers 140 kms ( 87.5 miles) of prepared trails in varied mountain terrain, with summits up to 1400m (4592ft). Venabu lies to the north of the Olympic town of Lillehammer and immediately east of the main railway from Oslo to Trondheim.

The daily programme will be carefully designed to gradually introduce, develop or refresh skills on suitable terrain and over relatively short distances. As skills and confidence increase, greater distances can be tackled over more ambitious terrain.The skiing will be entirely on way marked tracks which are regularly groomed by the hotel staff, offering us daily 'insider' knowledge about the best areas to ski!

As an added bonus, there is sometimes a herd of reindeer in the vicinity, which adds to the wonderful Arctic ambiance of these wild mountains.


Venabu was great. All we would want from a holiday; so beautiful; so peaceful; so friendly & such a well run hotel. Even the opportunity for a little retail therapy ( just up my street!). Thanks for proposing it. As ever, your professionalism & knowledge came to the fore in coping with the the various challenges of the week. You coped with it all. You inspire the utmost confidence & this is one reason why we feel safe to come with you again & again & again.

Brilliant. A great coach. Clear explanation, demonstration and feedback. Feeling equipped enough at the end of the week to go of with my wife skiing on our own and stopping for the best hot chocolate in the world!

Itinerary

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  • Today you arrive at Oslo Gardermoen airport and take the train north to Ringebu where your transfer will meet you and take you into the fabulous landscape that is Venabu. The train journey is a delight in itself offering great views of the Norwegian countryside. The trains are modern and comfortable and have drinks facilities, and free wifi.

    Tickets are easily purchased on line at NSB and if you book in advance these are with a considerable discount from around 249 NOK for the return journey. You can choose to collect them on the train which makes taking the train north very easy. The train station is within the airport building and you should aim to catch the 1429 hrs train from Oslo Gardermoen airport to Ringebu, arriving at Ringebu at 1652 hrs. For the return journey in March we are awaiting clarification of train times, but the group transfer included in your trip fee will be the time that suits the majority of the group. It is anticipated this will either be the 0629 hrs or 1209 hrs train from Ringebu arriving at the airport at 0901 hrs and 1432 hrs respectively. All train timetables are published just 3 months in advance.

    Please check all travel arrangements with us before you book your flights and trains. You can, of course, take alternative trains both on the arrival and departure days but this may incur a small supplement if it requires a special journey by the hotel taxi. Please ask for details if this is the case.

  • Each morning, after a leisurely breakfast, which is served Norwegian buffet style, which means as much as you can eat, we will then head for the ski room to prepare for our day.

    We love the atmosphere in the waxing room as everyone chats about the day ahead, and discusses which wax to apply to give the best performance on the day. Be prepared for lots of tales of derring-do and adventures from the day before as we mingle with the other guests and the locals.

    With our skis ready for action we head for the tracks and a day of skills and thrills as we make the most of the stunning landscape around Venabu. With 140 kms (87.5 miles) of trails to explore we have plenty to choose from, and with a variety of terrain from birch woodlands, to plateau, and mountains, we can choose the best tracks for the weather on the day.

    We take a picnic lunch with us if the weather is good, and if it is chilly we may opt to enjoy lunch in the hotel lounge, where you can take advantage of the free teas and coffees. You might even indulge in the traditional Norwegian waffle, with jam and cream, if you feel you need even more energy for the afternoon. After lunch we head back out for more fresh air and ski time, but our approach is usually more leisurely than the morning session as we like you to have time to relax and enjoy consolidating your technique.

    By mid-afternoon we are ready to head for our hotel, and the chance to relax in the sauna, or just enjoy the lounge area with its views to the mountains.

  • Today you will transfer to Ringebu station for the train journey to Oslo airport. Many of our guests opt to spend an extra night in Oslo to enjoy this cosmopolitan city. You could, of course, choose to begin with a night in Oslo at the start of your journey.

We always aim to complete the proposed itinerary, however it may be necessary for our guides to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, characterful, family run accommodation. In most cases we have known the management for many years, and it’s like visiting old friends. Our suggested accommodation is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured hotel and the one we intend to use below. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of similar standard.

The trip fee is based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender. All rooms are en suite with shower, and toilet, and are non-smoking. 

However, on this trip, single rooms are available on request, but will incur a supplementary fee. We recommend booking as early as possible to secure a single room as these are always limited in number. Please contact us for details.

Depending on availability at the time of booking your accommodation will be at the Venabu Fjellhotel or the Spidsbergseter Hotel. Both hotels are built in the typical Norwegian style, are family-run and enjoy a very relaxed and hospitable atmosphere.

At both hotels the food is excellent and there is always a good selection of vegetables, salad and vegetarian options. We have opted for ‘self-made’ packed lunches everyday so we have complete flexibility with plans for our skiing day; lunches are made from the breakfast buffet, in the Norwegian tradition – a chance to experiment with all sorts of tasty sandwich fillings!

 

Venabu Fjellhotel

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.

Rooms at the Venabu Fjellhotel come in two categories with the East Wing being the standard rooms (included in our price) or rooms in the newer West Wing which are larger, but normally have twin beds rather than a double bed. If you wish to upgrade there will be a supplementary fee of this service. If you are interested in upgrading then do contact us for prices. 

Spidsbergseter Hotel

Hotel

The other hotel we use in the Venabu area is at Spidsbergseter which again has a great 'ski' atmosphere. The hotel is very comfortable with lovely facilities including a spa with swimming pool, jacuzzi and saunas. The dining room serves delicious meals making good use of local produce. Breakfasts are served Norwegian buffet style with much to choose from. 

The hotel also has a 'cafe' which is open all day for coffee and cakes. Adjacent is a gift shop with a wide range of Norwegian products, and cross country ski waxes, and clothing. It is possible to organise optional extras here such as husky dog sledding. The hotel also has a cosy 'waxing' room for preparing our skis each morning, where hot fruit juice is free to guests!


  • Norway is easily reached with various international airlines offering direct flights from the UK and elsewhere in Europe to Oslo Gardermoen airport. Flights can also be taken to Torp airport, but please note you will need to allow enough time to transfer to Oslo Gardermoen for your train journey north.

    The train station at Oslo Gardermoen is located inside the airport terminal and is just a few minutes from the arrivals area. It makes connecting to your train for your journey to Ringebu very easy. Please see the notes under 'Arrival Day' in the Itinerary with regard to train times.

    We aim to provide a transfer from Ringebu to your hotel on arrival and departure, but this is based on one collection for everyone arriving for the holiday. You can, of course, take alternative trains both on the arrival and depature days, but this may incurr a small supplement if it requires a special journey by the hotel taxi. Please see the notes under 'Departure Day' in the Itinerary for train times for your return to Olso. Please contact us if you wish to confirm details.

  • Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. As we will be travelling in the mountains, you must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. For further details, please ensure you have carefully read the Insurance section of our website.

  • King Bore - 'King of Winter' from Nordic mythology says he can't promise anything, but in Venabu they begin to prepare the tracks as soon as they have enough snow in December and continue until mid-April or after Easter. Venabu has a good reputation as a 'snow sure' venue, and we have found that to be true. It offers 140 kms ( 87.5 miles) of prepared trails in varied mountain terrain, with summits up to 1400m (4592ft).

  • We use 'classic' style cross country track skis for this trip. You can choose to bring your own, however do check with us first to ensure they are the correct type of ski and boot and are suitable. At Venabu we do things the Norwegian way, and our hire skis from the hotel are 'waxing' skis with metal edges which are more effective for snowploughing and ease of control. This is also a great opportunity to learn the art of waxing and your instructor will provide daily waxing sessions to ensure you get the best out of the skis. Grip waxes are the traditional way of travelling on skis, and give greater glide than 'fishscales'. Don't be confused by all of this, just ask your instructor! We are always delighted to help you enjoy the whole Nordic experience.

    Your instructor will help with organising the ski rental on the morning of your first ski day at Venabu. The total ski hire is expected to be approximately 650 NOK for 6 days. Please make your payment directly to the rental shop at the hotel (credit cards are accepted). To ensure we get the correct sizes equipment hire is arranged in advance. Please make note of your equipment hire on our booking form. We will need to know your height, weight, normal shoe size (you must give us your everyday shoe size and not your personal adjustment for wearing boots) and the measurement of your height up to your armpits (for ski pole hire).

  • Upon booking, a full list of the necessary suitable clothing will be provided. This itinerary is dependent on the weather and snow conditions and your instructor will make any changes necessary to ensure you get the best out of the trip. 

    There are currency exchange facilities/banks in Oslo Airport or you can obtain Norwegian Kroner prior to your arrival. Credit cards will be accepted in the hotels. Oslo airport has a left luggage store available if needed, which is at the east end of the arrivals hall.

  • This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients to book before it can be guaranteed to run and we take a maximum of 8/9 clients per instructor. By keeping the group numbers small you will get the very best of instruction during your week allowing you to make as much progress as possible.

  • Improver/Intermediate

    The Venabu region offers something for every level of skier, and due to it's popularity for 2019 we are offering two different levels of trip. Please consult the dates for this trip and you will see which trip is graded Improver or Intermediate. 

    Venabu is one of the most idyllic locations for improving your cross country skiing. It is ideal for those of you who have done a few days cross country and now want to improve and progress, perhaps with a view to joining our long distance point-to-point journeys. In particular it will suit our guests who have been on our Italian Ski Break and feel they would like further tuition to consolidate their technique.

    For Intermediate skiers looking for longer and more challenging days then Venabu is again ideal, offering many kilometres of tracked ski tours over a variety of terrain. 

  • Please pack clothing suitable for a variety of wintry weather conditions, but be prepared for cold weather, and temperatures with the potential to drop to -13 degrees Celsius and lower. Generally clothing needs to be warm while allowing mobility, and will be equivalent to that expected for an active day out in winter. Warm 'layers' are best, and we would highly recommend that you have a minimum of 2 warm pairs of  winter gloves. The local supermarket at Venabu stocks a wide range of ski clothing and you will have the opportunity to ski past the shop and stock up on any items you forgot to bring. 

  • 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. You can read our full policy here.

  • Due to the specialised nature of our trips, we work with a select number of partners to help ensure your trip reaches its minimum group size to be guaranteed to run. The companies we work with reflect our own ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer to our guests. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2018

Sat 29 Dec - Sat 05 Jan
Code: VEN1 18 Intermediate
Price: £1695 Book

2019

Sat 09 Feb - Sat 16 Feb
Code: VEN2 19 Improvers
Price: £1695 Book
Sat 23 Feb - Sat 02 Mar
Code: VEN3 19 Intermediate
Price: £1695 Book
Sat 09 Mar - Sat 16 Mar
Code: VEN4 19 Improvers
Price: £1695 Book

What's Included

  • Full-board accommodation; breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner based on two people sharing
  • Six full days of instruction by a fully qualified BASI Nordic Instructor
  • Free use of the hotel saunas
  • Use of grip waxes as required
  • Transfer from Ringebu station to your hotel on arrival and on departure
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Train fares between Oslo and Ringebu
  • Any alcoholic drinks and beverages
  • Ski hire (approximately 650 NOK for 6 days)
  • Yoga/pilates classes at Venabu Fjellhotel: 150 NOK per session

Venabu was great. All we would want from a holiday; so beautiful; so peaceful; so friendly & such a well run hotel. Even the opportunity for a little retail therapy ( just up my street!). Thanks for proposing it. As ever, your professionalism & knowledge came to the fore in coping with the the various challenges of the week. You coped with it all. You inspire the utmost confidence & this is one reason why we feel safe to come with you again & again & again.

Brilliant. A great coach. Clear explanation, demonstration and feedback. Feeling equipped enough at the end of the week to go of with my wife skiing on our own and stopping for the best hot chocolate in the world!

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Grade: Improvers

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At a Glance

From Price £1695
Holiday Type Cross Country Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8/9
Minimum Age 17
Maximum Altitude 1200m (3936ft)
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Ringebu, Norway
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Nordic in Norway: Venabu