Halingdal Track
Halingdal Track
Halingdal Track
Halingdal Track
Halingdal Track
Halingdal Track

The Hallingdal Track


Nordic Ski Touring

This is a stunning six-day Nordic ski journey, which begins in Geilo the gateway to the famous Hardangervidda National Park. We enjoy 145 kms of track skiing, which takes us through varied and beautiful mountainous terrain. We visit remote valleys and stay in characterful hotels, and mountain lodges while our luggage is transported for us. This is Nordic ski touring at its best!

Highlights

  • Rare chance to ski this remote and beautiful route
  • Characterful accommodation along the way
  • Luggage transported for you every day
  • Learn the art of traditional ski waxing
  • Professional highly qualified ski guide
  • No ski pass payment required, the tracks are free
  • All meals included, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
  • A night with lynx, wolves, and reindeer!

We are delighted to bring you the chance to ski The Hallingdal Track, a fabulous mountain journey on Nordic skis. As far as we are aware we are the only ski guiding company to offer this trip, which in our minds is one of the best we have skied. A constantly changing panorama as we make our way south-east from the ski town of Geilo. We ski across mountain terrain that is high above the tree-line and we include the summit of Dyna en route!


Itinerary

  • accommodation
  • airport
  • meet in
  • accommodation
  • train
  • transfer
  • Today you arrive in Geilo, in southern Norway to the historic Dr Holms Hotel, which dates to the time the Bergen-Oslo railway was opened in 1909. Geilo is known for its skiing and its mountain trails. It is the gateway to two national parks. Hallingskarvet National Park, which is characterized by steep cliffs and is the home of arctic foxes, and Hardangervidda National Park, which at 3,422 square kilometers, is Norway's largest national park. Tonight we meet you at your hotel in Geilo to organise any ski hire and to brief you on the trip.

  • This morning we set off from Geilo with a fifteen minute transfer by road to the small village of Ustaoset where we will begin our long distance journey along The Hallingdal Track. We start with relatively flat terrain until we reach the lake of Usta where we ski onto the lake itself and head for the other side. The lake crossing makes for a wonderfully atmospheric start and is a great introduction to this world of snow and ice. Once at the other side we climb steadily up a long hill to reach the amazing Hardangervidda plateau, a wilderness the size of Switzerland. We then turn east and ski toward the rounded summit of Birgithovda at 1173m (3847ft). On the way we will call in at Tuva Turisthytte for a coffee and waffles. Tuva has been welcoming visitors since 1915 and is a traditional Norwegian mountain lodge. Leaving Tuva we climb past fishing lakes, and then descend and turn east as we make our way to Hakkesetstølen, which sits high above our starting point at Geilo. Tonight we stay in the hamlet of Hakkesetstølen in a traditional Norwegian wooden lodge enjoying local hospitality. It is a day to savour a truly arctic environment. 

    Ascent: 762m (2499ft) Descent: 767m (2515ft) Distance: 22.2 km (13.8 miles) 

  • We cross the mountains high to the south of Ustedalen this morning as we ski through a landscape of small hillocks and lakes. This is ideal terrain to consolidate technique and ensure that you are on good form before we head onto more challenging ski tracks. We have some amazing views today across the valley to the high plateau of Hallingskarvet with its black cliffs and gully lines, and then eventually views to the far east and the range of mountains far beyond. Most of the day we are following the route of the Hallingspretten race, which is a 50km cross country ski race from Geilo to Ål held every March. Our ski day ends at the tiny mountain hamlet of Tullestølen where we will be picked up by our taxi and driven down into the valley for our overnight in the town of Ål. Quite simply there is no accommodation at Tullestølen and a visit to Ål adds to the variety of overnights on this trip. It is the only time we leave the actual route, and the rest of the trip we are skiing door to door. Ål has various shops and supermarkets, and two sports shops providing retail therapy if you wish it. 

    Ascent: 457m (1498ft) Descent: 534m (1751ft) Distance: 22.2km (13.8 miles)

  • A transfer back up the long steep hill to Tullestølen and the tiny community of Sangefjellet lying under its blanket of snow begins our day. We ski through an interesting landscape of numerous small lakes, birch woods and hills as we work our way towards the summit of Dyna. This mountain is a feature of the area and at 1212m (3975ft) is a common goal for local skiers. If you have watched the film on our website of the Hallingdal Track then it is this descent that is featured in the film. A ski through tiny hamlets and past ancient wooden buildings is to be savoured, some of the wood used for these buildings is so old that it appears sculpted by the wind and the elements. Eventually, we arrive beside the lake at Holmevatn where there is a wooden shelter for a final snack stop before heading to our mountain inn at Fagerhøy.  Øyvind who runs the inn prides himself on the meals and the unique tappas and beer selection, for which Fagerhoy has become famous. A sauna to warm any chilled muscles is a great way to end the day here. 

    Ascent: 691m (2266ft) Descent: 659m (2161ft) Distance: 28km (17.5 miles) 

  • A lovely descent into the valley starts our day and gets our legs warmed up! We ski through characterful birch woodland, passing in and out of open glades, until we reach the settlement of Synstevassbu. ‘Bu’ is often the ending for a place name as it means a simple building or mountain hut, where the shepherd lived while looking after the herds in the summer. At Synstevassbu we ski across the lake and then begin a steady climb to the high plateau. It is at this point in our journey that the terrain begins to feel higher and wilder. Sometimes the ski tracks in this section can be ‘blown in’, and we may be working a little harder. A fast descent down to Langedrag, where you will soon realise it is not our ‘usual’ type of accommodation. It is in fact a wildlife park and features Norwegian animals such as lynx, arctic fox, musk ox, reindeer and elk, to name a few. It is quite a thrill to hear the wolves howl at the moon just as you drift off to sleep. 

    Ascent: 436m (1430ft) Descent: 473m (1551ft) Distance: 20km (12.5 miles) 

  • We leave the stunning views of the massive lake of Tunhovdfjorden behind as we climb back to the plateau and begin our most challenging day. Today the terrain is wilder, higher and more exposed to the elements than anything we have encountered so far, and has a true mountain feel to the landscape.  Taking a line up a gentle gully we gain the high ground and turn southeast and head for the high point of Hallingnatten mountain at 1314m (4309ft). The mountain has an impressive cairn marking the summit and makes for excellent photos! After passing this summit we ski through undulating terrain to the long lake of Reinsjøen where we continue along the shore before a final climb between two low lying hills, towards an exciting and steep descent to the hamlet of Haglebu where we will spend the night in cosy wooden cabins.

    Ascent: 762m (2499ft) Descent: 932m (3056ft) Distance: 30 km (18.8 miles) 

  • A steady climb this morning as we regain the high plateau, this time to the south of the hamlet of Haglebu. The peak of Smatjernnatten will be on our left as we join the plateau and rejoin the Hallingdal Track as we head ever southeast over lakes, and round characterful small summits. We love this day, lots of mountain features and stunning terrain. Numerous lakes all along the route, which we will ski along or across, though it is hard to tell in the snow-covered wonderland whether we are on land or water! The mountains have more than one hundred pit traps dating to Neolithic times when the hunters would drive wild reindeer into the pits. Eventually we see the settlement of Tempelseter which is the start of many of the cross country trails in this area of Norefjell. The name ‘seter’ is very common and is a simple wooden cottage where farmers bring their herds to be milked. Historically the young women brought the animals to the seter and remained there for the summer, caring for them and making cheese. We finish The Hallingdal Track at Templeseter and transfer down to Eggedal to spend our final night in a really lovely traditional Norwegian hotel.

    Ascent: 634m (2079ft) Descent: 549m (1800ft) Distance: 20.2 km (12.7 miles) 

  • Today we have an early morning transfer by private taxi of 1 hr, 15 minutes from Eggedal down to the railway station at Hokksund where we catch a train to Oslo Airport. The trains leave approximately every hour from Hokksund from 0633 hrs. The journey time is 1h18. If the group transfer time which is detailed under "Trip Information", "Arrival & Departure", does not work with your planned flight time then we can help you organize an early transfer to Hokksund. This will be at your own cost, or as with many of our guests you can consider spending a night in the capital city of Oslo and catching a flight the following day. Please note that if you arrived via Bergen there are trains which run back to Bergen from Hokksund but it is a very long journey of up to 8 hrs. We would suggest that if you do fly in to Bergen that you consider flying out of Oslo. 

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 our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. We are painstaking in our research to give you the best option possible and one that is good value. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

Our 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.

Dr Holms Hotel, Geilo

Hotel

This historic hotel opened its doors in 1909, at the same time as the Bergensbanen railway was opened linking Oslo with Bergen. Doctor Ingebrikt Christian Holm was a specialist in respiratory diseases and in 1909 he put his knowledge into action and established the Dr Holms Hotel. In the beginning it was a retreat for pale inhabitants of Bergen and Oslo who embraced the fresh mountain air, but today is a cosy and comfortable hotel catering to skiers. 

In 2009 the hotel celebrated its 100th anniversary claiming to be ”The Hotel of Nine Lives”. Having survived changing epochs, and enduring gusts of wind of hurricane strength. There is hardly another mountain resort hotel that has endured the years through Norwegian history such as the Dr Holms Hotel.

Hakkesetstølen Fjellstue

Mountain Lodge

We have true mountain accommodation tonight perched high on the 'fjell'. Hakkesetstølen is located 1050m (3444ft) above sea level, surrounded by the beautiful scenery and nature of the Hardangervidda. This is very much a true mountain lodge, rustic, wooden and oozing character and opened in 1993 by Queen Sofia, of Norway. Torild who runs it is a gem of a woman, and looks after us very well. 

 

We will either be housed in bedrooms in the main building, or we may find we are staying in the cabins which surround the lodge itself. Rooms may or may not have private shower and toilet although when possible we do ask for en suite facilities. 

Hallingdal Thon Hotel, Ål

Hotel

Tonight we head for the valley and the town of Ål, simply because we have no other possibility to stay high on the mountain. The town is a typical Norwegian town, with some basic facilities such as a supermarket, bank and sports shops. The Hallingdal Thon Hotel where we will be staying does a good dinner, and excellent breakfast, and has a gym and sauna.

The hotel is also just a short distance from the tourist office, museum, and arts and culture centre. If you have some free time it is worth popping into the culture centre to check out any local art exhibitions. 

Fagerhøy Fjellstue

Mountain Lodge

This mountain lodge is a comfortable overnight with a cosy atmosphere so characteristic of the Norwegian tradition of a mountain lodge or “fjellstue”. The bedrooms are simply furnished with typical wooden items, and are generally all en suite with shower and toilet. At the end of the ski day we might appreciate if they fire up the sauna! Øyvind, who is Danish, and is the owner of the inn prides himself on the meals and the unique tappas and beer selection, for which Fagerhøy has  become famous. 

Everything at Fagerhøy Fjellstue is prepared and cooked from scratch, and the Danish chef  is very keen to produce food that not only tastes good but looks good as well. They have their own smoke room for preparing meat, fish and wildfowl. The area is in fact renowned for smoked salmon.

Langedrag Nature Park

Cabin

An overnight with a difference as we share space (not too close) with wolves, reindeer, lynx and elk! Langedrag is a wildlife park in the Norwegian mountains. Quite simply we have no other options for accommodation, and to be honest it's a great experience. Our overnight stay includes entry to the Park which features a wide range of native animals. 

The accommodation is in characterful log cabins, simple but cosy. Most rooms do not have en suite toilet facilities and you will be sharing facilities nearby your bedroom. We will be provided with bed linen and we will be asking you to help out by making up your own beds. Please be aware that Langedrag is an education facility and places great important on teaching the next generation about the native wildlife. For this reason there are often groups of school children also staying at Langedrag, though usually in a different building!

Haglebu Fjellstue

Cabin

After a long descent to the remote hamlet of Haglebu we will be happy to see our cabins by the lakeside. Our accommodation tonight is cosy but simple. We will either stay in small wooden cabins by the lake, or in the wooden cabins next to the 'fjellstue' or 'mountain lodge' where we will eat dinner. The accommodation may have en suite toilet facilities or we may have to use the communal facilities on the site. We will make our own breakfast from food provided by Mona who runs the fjellstue. 

Eggedal Borgerstue

Hotel

At the end of our last skiing day we leave the mountains and descend to the tiny village of Eggedal where we enjoy a lovely traditional hotel. We are assured a warm welcome from the owner of Eggedal Borgerstue, Elisabeth Bøle. The hotel features tastefully decorated rooms, some with four-poster beds, and local artwork. 

But it should be no surprise that the decor is beautiful as Elisabeth also runs an interior design and art business from the hotel. You may even find that you can purchase some last minute gifts from her showroom. 


  • Arrival

    To get to Geilo, in Norway, you can choose to fly either to Oslo Gardermoen airport or to Bergen airport. You will then take a train to Geilo which is on the main line between Oslo and Bergen. 

    If arriving into Oslo airport the first train to Geilo departs around 0743 hrs, and the last train at 1513 hrs. The journey time is approximately 4 hrs. The railway station is within the airport building and is just a few minutes walk from the baggage reclaim area.

    Arriving into Bergen there are trains to Geilo several times a day, taking around 3 hrs. The first train is approximately 0757 hrs, and there are another two trains departing at approximately 1159 hrs, and 1557 hrs. The train at 1557 hrs is the last train of the day. To travel from Bergen airport to Bergen bus/train station is a 15-minute taxi ride, or a 40-minute tram ride. The trams leave the airport every 15 minutes.

    Departure

    On your departure day we have an early morning transfer by private taxi of 1h15 from Eggedal down to the railway station at Hokksund where we catch a train to Oslo Airport. The trains leave approximately every hour from Hokksund from 0633 hrs and the journey time is 1h18. We will aim the group transfer for the 0859 hrs train, which will arrive at Oslo airport at 1017 hrs. We advise that your return flight is from Oslo airport. To return via Bergen involves a lengthy train journey of between 6h30 to 7h20. 

    All of the above train times are provisional. In Norway the train times are confirmed 3 months before the departure date and can vary by a few minutes on the times given for previous months. Please ensure you book your ticket early as the trains can be fully booked and you will not be permitted to travel.

  • 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! 

    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. 

     

  • The skis used on this trip will be metal edged classic track skis, or classic track skis with half-metal edge and with NNN BC bindings. The type of ski the Norwegians call a ‘fjell’ ski which means 'mountain' ski. The hire shop normally supplies Fischer XC E99 ski with metal edges, or similar. We use this type of ski as we may encounter tracks that have not been ‘cut’. We generally use waxing skis on this route, rather than fishscale, but we would not exclude you from bringing fish-scales if they are appropriate for the terrain. If you have your own skis we would ask that you contact us for clarification. You will also need ‘climbing skins’ and we supply these free of charge.

    If you require ski hire we will arrange hire in Geilo. The hire cost for 6 days is expected to be around 1050 NOK. If the number of people hiring is 4 or less, then your skis can be posted back at the end of the trip from the Post Office in Eggedal, which is open till 1800hrs on a Saturday. The postage cost will be covered by the person who is hiring the equipment and is expected to be around 350-400 NOK per person. This is based on being no more than 10 kgs (22 lbs) in weight.

    If more than 4 people are hiring then the skis have to be returned by taxi at a cost of 3000 NOK which will be shared between those hiring. The reason for this is that returning the skis by post could take one week, and the hire shop at Geilo would lose a week of rental income. 

    Another option is buying your own boots, and hiring skis and poles. Whatever you decide please discuss with us to ensure that any hire or purchased skis and boots are the correct type for the trip. Be aware that if you do already have boots you need to check with us that they will fit the bindings on the hire skis.

    Please note you are required to bring your own cork and scraper, and ski tie. These  can all be purchased at the start of your trip. A cork and scraper usually cost around 80 NOK.

     

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. This is normally 4, and on some occasions 5. 

    In the 'Dates and Prices' section you can hover over the 'Status' button to see how many more bookings are required for your trip to be confirmed. 

    The maximum number of guests that we take on any given trip is indicated in the 'At a Glance' box on the right hand side of the trip page. 

    We will, on occasion, run trips that have not reached the minimum number because our guests have agreed to pay a supplement to allow the trip to go ahead, enabling them to book their travel. If the trip then reaches its minimum number we refund the difference. Do contact us if you wish to discuss this option. 

    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.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • 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 £260.

  • 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 of the group.

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

    On many of our cross country ski trips to remote areas there will also be a few additional items to share such as the grip waxes/klisters, spare pole, and snow shovel. These items are shared 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.

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

  • These holidays are designed for those who can confidently get on their skis and go! You should already have done multi-day journeys on cross-country skis and enjoy spending the day travelling from point to point while carrying a small daypack. We would expect you to be able to ski at a steady pace over a variety of terrain and snow conditions, including icy tracks when necessary. As a minimum we expect you to have good control of speed and direction, and have a very effective snowplough. You should be familiar with the colour coding system for trails, and be able to assure us you can ski ‘red’ tracks with confidence. On any point-to-point journey we can expect to deal with a variety of weather from heavy snowfall to strong winds, and for this reason we expect a degree of self-sufficiency in terms of keeping yourself warm, and dry. It is possible that these tours may encounter sections of 'untracked' snow or old prepared trails, therefore making the distance covered more strenuous. Further tuition will be given at these stages if required. You should be at a very good fitness level and be able to ski approximately 6-7 hours and cover 20–35 km (12-21 miles) per day.

    NB: although graded Advanced due to the moderate length of days we state that in general this trip is a step up from Advanced in terms of steep descents and high terrain exposed to the weather.

  • This is a general statement with regard to luggage and is not specific to your trip. Please read on.

    Point to Point

    The majority of our point-to-point trips have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to wear a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. 

    On some trips which feature a night in a refuge/rifugio/hut your main luggage may not be available that evening due to lack of vehicle access. Your rucksack should be of sufficient capacity to carry a few extra items required for this overnight. Your trip itinerary will indicate on which nights you do not have access to your main luggage. If in any doubt please contact us

    Centre Based

    For our centre based trips, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, do refer to the note below with regard to 'size' and the lack of elevators in some hotels. 

    Size of Luggage

    Please note that many hotels do not have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom. 

    On our point-to-point trips where your luggage is 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 because they have to unload and reload the vehicle each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. 

    Luggage on wheels is a good idea, and as stated you need to be able to carry your luggage to your bedroom which may involve climbing several flights of stairs.  

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening and not in the morning when there may be a queue.

  • 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. 

    On our walking and running trips which take in the route of the 'Tour du Mont Blanc' you will find that Euros will also be accepted in Switzerland as we are never far from the frontier, but the exchange rate will be poor.

    Below is a list of the currency and the currency symbol for each of the countries where we run trips:

    Italy = Euro/€

    Germany = Euro/€

    Sweden = Krona/SEK

    Norway = Kroner/NOK

    Bulgaria = Lev/BGN

    Switzerland = Swiss Franc/CHF

    Finland, including Lapland = Euro/€

    Spain, including Mallorca = Euro/€

    France, including Corsica = Euro/€ 

    Poland = Zloty/PLN = Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

    Czech Republic = Koruna/CZK - Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

  • Food

    On all our trips we prefer if you can experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country we are visiting 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 then 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 that 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. 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. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

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What's Included

  • Dinner, bed and breakfast, based on two people sharing
  • Packed lunch on the 6 skiing days
  • Luggage transfers each day to the next accommodation
  • A fully qualified BASI Nordic Ski Teacher/International Mountain Leader, their fees and expenses
  • Transfers from Geilo to the start of the ski tracks
  • Transfers from Tullestolen to Al to our overnight accommodation and return transfer the next morning
  • Transfers from Templeseter to Eggedal
  • Transfers from Eggedal to the train station at Hokksund
  • Free entry and guided tour at the Langedrag Nature Park: get up close to lynx, elk, reindeer and wolves!
  • 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

  • Flights
  • Rail travel within Norway
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic drinks and snacks
  • Insurance
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At a Glance

From Price £1895
Holiday Type Cross Country Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 17
Maximum Altitude 1314m (4309ft)
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Geilo, Norway
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