The Jotunheim Ski Trail
The Jotunheim Ski Trail
The Jotunheim Ski Trail
The Jotunheim Ski Trail
The Jotunheim Ski Trail
The Jotunheim Ski Trail

Cross-Country Ski in the Jotunheim


Explore the Jotunheim Ski Trail: Intermediate Skiers

We all love to journey and this trip is a perfect mix of three very different locations linked by a journey on skis which explores the Jotunheim Ski Trail. The fabulous Jotunheim, known as the 'Land of the Giants', contains the highest mountains in Norway. The Trail runs through Sjodalen which is surrounded by impressive mountains, with valleys featuring lakes and birch woods.  Home to nearly three thousand reindeer, brown bears, lynx and the occasional wolf this is an unspoilt landscape far from the crowds.

This trip is offered at two different levels to suit the needs of those at either Intermediate or Advanced level. For the Advanced option click here.

  • Improve your skiing with a BASI Approved Nordic Ski School
  • Experience a ski journey through the mountains of the Jotunheim
  • Fully qualified BASI Nordic Ski Instructor/International Mountain Leader
  • All meals included, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner
  • Norwegian hospitality in three mountain hotels
  • Transfer of your luggage from hotel to hotel
  • No ski pass required, the tracks are free

This is a great chance to work at your skiing while journeying through the winter landscape, while your luggage is moved for you.  The trip is a mix of centre based days and point-to-point journeys allowing you to opt out and spend a day relaxing, perhaps enjoying the sauna, if you feel the need to take it easy. 


The whole trip worked extremely smoothly. Mark was great, pacing outings just right with advice and 'tuition' and also leaving us space to ski alone. Accommodation and food and even the weather made it a memorable trip. I was constantly struck by the dramatic and changing skies and mountainous views.

- Penny, UK, 2024

An excellent trip with like-minded people, supported by an excellent guide and lovely accommodation.

- Peter, UK, 2024

I loved the area and getting to know more about the people and the communities in the areas we were skiing in. Hospitality and food were amazing, definitely surpassed expectations.

- Paula, UK, 2023

Great trip. Very varied terrain and tracks, through undulating forests and across open expansive lakes. Always guaranteed a friendly, warm reception at the end of each day with excellent food and in most places a sauna.

- Ian, England, 2023

I skied in the Jotunheim area in the winter of 2022 and visited this remote valley of Sjodalen. I could see the potential for a great week of track skiing linking the accommodation along the valley, and the hoteliers were actively seeking to promote the concept of a Jotunheim Ski Trail. We are happy to be doing just that! It is a beautiful area and the food was great. 

- Lindsay, Tracks & Trails

Itinerary

  • Today you meet your group at the railway station at Otta for your transfer to your first nights accommodation by the snow covered shores of Lemonsjøen.  Your guide will meet you at approximately 1830 hrs to discuss the itinerary and answer any questions you may have.

    Folklore has it that a travelling Scotsman, around the 1820's, spent a summer in a nearby farm house. He was averse to anything stronger than lemonade, and had a huge amount of lemons shipped into the valley. When he left he cast the unused lemons into the lake, hence Lemonsjøen! For further information on travelling to Otta refer to the notes on 'Arrival & Departure' in the Trip Information section.

  • Lemonsjøen, or Lemon Lake, lies at the centre of a network of 150 km (94 miles) cross-country ski tracks. It is a great base for exploring the lake side trails, or for heading into the nearby mountains. We aim to spend three days skiing here completing some of the circuits that can be done from the door of our accommodation. The scenery here is beautiful and there is a remoteness to this valley that lends itself to a feeling of exploration. 

    We have to choose between gentle trails around the lake, more undulating circuits towards the hamlet of Luseter where there are often Highland cattle to be found, and the higher wilder ground above Lake Tesse which offers some cracking views to the Rondane, and the Jotunheim. 

    At the end of our ski day we return to our cosy cabins to sit by the fire, or to sit in the sauna. Our mountain lodge is at the southern end of the Lemonsjøen lake in the heart of the Jotunheimen. It also lies on the border of the National Park which was created in recognition of the pristine nature and quiet surroundings. We will spend four nights at Lemonsjøen Fjellstue.

  • Today we begin our journey to the south, and soon begin a swooping descent through birch woodlands that certainly wakes us up and sees us well on our way to our new accommodation. The skiing levels out after a while and after Randsverk we are introduced to the world of skiing on 'scooter' skidoo tracks. The 'scooter' is necessary for the trails which are narrower as they wind through the woodlands. We admire the way the locals in the valley are working together to create this journey and attract skiers to the area. 

    We have a lovely journey as we ski to the wooden cabins where we will spend the night at Sjodalen. The trails today are much narrower than the wide machine prepared ski tracks. But by now you should have found your ski rhythm and be getting the most out of the glide! As always our professional instructor is available to help improve any areas of technique you would like to work on. We will spend one night at the cosy cabins at Sjodalen. Today you ski with a light rucksack as your luggage will be taken to Sjodalen by vehicle. 

    Distance: 20.8km (13 miles) Ascent: 390 m (1279 ft) Descent: 395 m (1295 ft) Duration: 6 hrs

     

  • After a hearty breakfast we leave Sjodalen and ski towards our final destination at Bessheim by the lakeside. After the birch forests of yesterday we have more open skiing today, and we will hope for views ahead of us to the peaks of the Jotunheim. We finish our ski day by crossing the lake to Bessheim, a wonderful way to arrive at our characterful mountain lodge. The light and snow drifting across the lake as we ski is atmospheric and we usually take turns to be at the front to feel the remoteness and wildness of this ancient land. Lots of incentive to get the distance done with the thought of a sauna or perhaps a beer at the finish line, and we will have deserved our dinner by the time we get there. Our hosts love food and the meals are excellent at Bessheim Fjellstue. We spend our final two nights here.

    Distance: 23.1km (14.4 miles) Ascent: 465 m (1525 ft) Descent: 375 m (1230ft) Duration: 6h15

     

  • This morning we do a loop ski journey exploring the area around Bessheim. Your guide starts the day by conferring with Bjorn (your chef and track cutter) to find the best skiing possible for the conditions. Bjorn then rushes off on his skidoo to prepare the tracks we are heading for - how's that for service! We normally start from the hotel door and head east across the lake till we reach the far shore, then heading south we ski through the birch woods until we eventually arrive at Gjendesheim DNT hut at the end of another lake. 'Sjodalen' means lake valley and it is clear why! A roller coaster of a trail then leads us back around until we are heading once again for Bessheim. This is a day to savour the beauty of the Jotunheim as we finish our week of cross-country skiing in the 'Land of the Giants'. 

  • Today is departure day, and your trip includes a transfer from Bessheim to the railway station at Otta where you can catch the train to Olso and elsewhere. Please refer to the notes under 'Arrival & Departure' in the Trip Information. 

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 the hotels we use on this trip. The trip fees are based on two people sharing a twin room, what we call a 'twin' meaning two single beds in one bedroom. However, on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee, subject to early booking.

On this point-to-point trip we spend four nights at Lemonsjø Fjellstue, one night at Sjodalen Cabins, and two nights at Bessheim Fjellstue. At Lemonsjø you will either be in the main building or in the cosy cabins which have a living area and an open fire. These two bedroom cabins will involve sharing one shower and toilet per cabin. This is the same at Sjodalen where cabins are used and there are shared facilities. At Bessheim you will have private en suite bedrooms for the last two nights. If you would like a cabin entirely to yourself then do ask about a supplement and if one is available we can give you a quote. 

Lemonsjø Fjellstue

Mountain Lodge

Lemonsjø is a traditional family run mountain lodge where our hosts Mari and Tor-Iva await us. This brother and sister team have taken over the family business and provide cosy accommodation and good food. The cafe is frequently visited by locals and visitors to the area. There is a sauna to ease any muscles.

 

The accommodation will be in wooden cabins in the grounds of the Fjellstue. In general there will be two bedrooms per cabin with a living space and open fire. There will be a shower and toilet shared by the two bedrooms. If you wish a cabin to yourself contact us for the supplement. This is only possible with early booking. 

Sjodalen

Cabin

Sjodalen is a collection of traditional cabins in the birch woods. The cabins are beside the beautiful river Sjoa, in a quiet spot where it is easy to forget about everyday life. The cabins have two bedrooms in each, and there is a shared bathroom. All cabins have a terrace in front where you can enjoy the evening air. 

 

 

Bessheim Fjellstue

Hotel

You can expect a warm welcome from Kari and Bjørn at Bessheim Fjellstue. Bessheim has provided shelter for mountain lovers since the last half of the 1800s, when the original Kari Storvik started offering accommodation and food to hikers at her sæter, the Norwegian word for a summer farm. She built the first main building at Bessheim in 1890. Since then the sæter has evolved into a modern lodge in Jotunheimen. The rooms have en suite facilities and are decorated in mountain style.

The hosts at Bessheim today are Kari Lund and Bjørn Ekerbakke. Kari grew up at Nordgard Storvik in Vågå. Bessheim was originally the sæter of Nordgard Storvik. When she grew up her grandparents Kari and Knut Lund were running Bessheim. In 2005 Kari and her cousin Ragnhild Sjurgard took over the business and collaborated until Ragnhild started as a farmer in 2016.

Bjørn has been part of the business since 2011. He is from Skammestein in Valdres and is a trained chef. He has been working in mountain tourism for several years and ran Haugseter Mountain Lodge before he came to Bessheim.


  • Important Update: Due to a landslide in August 2023 the train services are disrupted between Fåvang, and Ringebu with a bus replacing this section, representing a journey of about 15 minutes by bus. 

    Arrival NEW INFORMATION UPDATED ON 10/1/24

    We recommend flying to Gardermoen airport, Oslo. This is the main airport and is easily accessible from Oslo city. It is also possible to fly to Oslo Torp or Oslo Rygge with Ryanair, but you will need to allow more time between Olso city centre and these airports. Transfer links to Oslo are to be found on the Torp airport website

    To take advantage of the group transfer to your hotel we ask you to plan your flights to take the train from Oslo Gardermoen airport at 1429hrs to Otta. However, you will have to change to a bus between Fåvang, and Ringebu, then you take the train to Otta which will arrive at Otta at 1754hrs.

    At Oslo airport It is normally displayed as Trondheim S on the departure board. You can book at  vy.no, and have the ticket downloaded to your phone. 

    You will be collected on arrival at Otta and we will take a taxi transfer of approximately 45 minutes to Lemonsjøen, and our mountain hotel. 

    Note that our hosts 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 and will help co-ordinate, however, if they are not then it is worth pointing out that you will have to actively 'look' for your transfer driver. Otta is a small station and we suggest that if you have problems identifying your driver that you ring your guide/instructor. If you wish to take a train other than the one arranged for the group transfer to the hotel this will be at your own expense.

    Travelling to Oslo by Train: There are options for travel to Norway from all major European cities by train all giving you an opportunity to explore another city on your journey to the start of the holiday. For example from the UK you can overnight in Copenhagen, however there are many possibilities. The easiest way to book is via www.raileurope.com or www.thetrainline.com.

    If you would like to book the individual journeys yourself then using the UK to Copenhagen example here is how.

    Travel from London to Brussels using the Eurostar www.eurostar.com these tickets can be purchased up to 6 months ahead of your travel date. From here you can book at train from Brussels to Gothenburg (Gotëborg) adding a stopover in Copenhagen using the German Railway website int.bahn.de. A full day on the train sees you arriving in Copenhagen for an evening walk around the city before dinner. 

    The final leg of your journey is from Gothenburg Central Station to Oslo and this can be booked using Vy the Norwegian rail network website www.vy.no.

    All the trains have Wi-Fi, charging points and restaurant cars, not to mention the stunning scenery that you will travel through.

    Departure

    At the end of the trip we include one group transfer to Otta station where you can connect to Oslo. We will take the train departing from Otta at 1043 hrs, arriving at the airport at 1432 hrs. This journey is available for booking as one ticket on vy.no. Feel free to contact us to discuss arrangements.

    If you need to arrive or depart a day early or later, there are many hotels at Oslo airport which are reasonably priced.

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

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

  • Winter temperatures in Scandinavia are 'according to the locals' becoming warmer, which is why we now run trips in the months of January, and February, as well as the traditional ski touring months of 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.

  • The great news is that in Norway there is no ski pass to buy, the tracks are free to everyone.

    With regard to the skis for this trip we use 'classic' style track skis with a half-metal edge which makes it easier to control your speed and direction. The skis are the new generation of ''skintec' skis with a half metal edge, such as the Åsnes Mountain Race 48 Skin and are mounted with a Rottefellar NNN-touring or Rottefellar NNN-BC binding. If you would prefer to have a BC binding / boot then please ensure that we know at least 6 weeks in advance as these are limited in supply.

    The cost of ski hire and the delivery of your skis to our meeting point at Otta Railway Station, and return, will be 1000 NOK for winter 2024 for 6 days hire. Payment for this can be made by credit card or in cash. If you have your own NNN boots the cost will be 900 NOK. 

  • Your safety while skiing is our top priority. All skiers are requested to adhere to the Code of Conduct published by the International Ski Federation, or FIS. The aim is to make you, the skier, aware of how to avoid risks, take responsibility and act thoughtfully while on the cross-country ski tracks. 

    • Respect for others
      A cross-country skier must ski in such a manner that he/she does not endanger or
      prejudice others.
    • Respect for signs, direction and running style
      Trail marking signs must be respected on any trail marked with an indicated
      direction. A skier shall proceed only in that indicated direction and ski in the
      indicated running style.
    • Choice of trails and tracks
      On cross-country trails with more than one packed track, a skier should choose
      the right-hand track. Skiers in groups must keep in the right track behind each other. With free
      running style, skiers shall keep to their right-hand-side of the trail.
    • Overtaking
      A skier is permitted to overtake and pass another skier to the left or right. A skier ahead is not obliged to give way to an overtaking skier, but should allow a faster skier to pass whenever this is possible.
    • Encounter
      Cross-country skiers meeting while skiing opposite directions shall keep to their
      right. A descending skier has priority.
    • Poles
      A cross-country skier shall make the utmost effort to keep his poles close to his/her
      body when near another skier.
    • Control of speed
      A cross-country skier, and especially going downhill, shall always adapt his/her
      speed to personal ability and to the prevailing terrain and visibility and to the
      traffic on the course. Every skier should keep a safe distance from the skiers ahead. As a last resort, an intentional fall should be used to avoid collision.
    • Keeping trails and tracks clear
      A skier who stops must leave the trail. In the case of a fall, he/she shall clear the trail
      without delay.
    • Accident
      In case of an accident, everyone should render assistance.
    • Identification
      Everybody at an accident, whether witnesses, responsible parties or not, must
      establish their identity. 
  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you will encounter and accommodation you will be staying in.

    Equipment

    This trip uses ‘classic’ style track skis. If you are bringing your own skis they must fit in the tracks, so should be a maximum of 66mm at their widest point, but we would advise a maximum of 60mm. You can use track skis which are 'waxing', 'fishscale' or 'skintec'. You can also use track skis with a metal edge, or half metal edge. If in doubt about the suitability of your own skis contact us.

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

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

    Clothing

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

    Comfort

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

    Personal First Aid

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

    Documentation

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

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use at accommodation
    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Hair dryer if required (it is not standard for Norwegian hotels to provide one)
    • Swimwear for the sauna
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Toiletries – soap/shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • Ear plugs - if room sharing
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Short gaiters for snowy days, useful but not compulsory
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries, can be useful
    • Padlock - for luggage being transferred
    • Tea/Coffee; optional - for 5 nights you will have a small kitchen in your cabin

    **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 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 a minimum number of guests is required before we can confirm that your trip will go-ahead. The minimum and 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 £450.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class ski instructors who are passionate about their work. 

    Your ski instructor will be a BASI qualified, or equivalent, Nordic Ski Instructor. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors and is one of Europe's leading examining boards for those choosing a career in snow sports. For some countries your ski instructor will hold the national qualification required for the country you are visiting. All are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    In the majority of cases your instructor will also be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. International Mountain Leaders are not only qualified to ensure the safe management of the group, but are also a source of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and traditions of the area which you are visiting. 

    Please note your 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. 

    You can learn more about our guides and instructors on the About Us page. 

  • On this trip you will have full luggage support. Your luggage will be transported to the next hotel on our route and you only need to ski with a small rucksack with essential items. Note we recommend one medium-sized kitbag per person, and a bag with wheels is always a good option. We will be staying in three different locations, and you will need to be able to carry your own bag to your bedroom.

  • 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 often only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    We encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for traditional food. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance which will make you ill then the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free. 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 are vegetarian his 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 contact us

    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.

    We request that you do not CHANGE your dietary requirements during the trip as we will have pre-ordered your meals.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel or mountain hut 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.

    Due to rising temperatures in the summer months some mountain huts are having to restrict water usage. Which may mean that you are unable to shower in some mountain refuges.

    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. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for the country you are visiting, paying attention to your citizenship. 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 ask that you carry a paper copy of your passport with you on your trip. We suggest keeping your passport in your rucksack, and a paper copy of your passport in any luggage you might have. If your trip is without luggage transfers then keep a paper copy somewhere in your rucksack, separate from your original document. 

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

    Plug, Socket & Voltage by Country

    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.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance.

    If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. 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. 

  • We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. In this respect due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. All the trips being sold by Tracks and Trails are organised by Tracks and Trails, but you may find guests from other companies on your trip. Partners are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means 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. We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same price package. If you have any questions about this policy contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


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
  • Return transfers from Otta railway station to our hotel
  • 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

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Ski hire if required 
  • Rail travel within Norway
  • Transfers to/from the train station outwith the group pick up time
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Grade: Intermediate

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At a Glance

From Price £2260
Holiday Type Point to Point Track Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 4-8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1485m (4870ft)
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Otta, 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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