The Peer Gynt Trail
The Peer Gynt Trail
The Peer Gynt Trail
The Peer Gynt Trail
The Peer Gynt Trail
The Peer Gynt Trail

The Peer Gynt Trail


Trip Overview

A stunning introduction to Nordic ski touring with views to some of Norway's most famous mountain ranges. The Peer Gynt Løype, loipe or trail, is named after a local Norwegian hero characterised into fiction by author Henrik Ibsen. Our 120 km (75 miles) tour beginning north west of the Winter Olympic town of Lillehammer, skis the entire route in 'Peer Gynt Country'.

Skiing on prepared trails we make our way from the lakeside at Dalseter through a landscape of birch forests, distant mountains, frozen lakes and rivers and isolated farms. If this is your first cross country ski trip in Norway, be prepared to be blown away.

Highlights

  • A ski journey through glorious mountain scenery
  • Fully qualified Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Excellent historic hotels with spa facilities
  • Luggage transferred while you ski
  • All meals included, breakfast, dinner and packed lunch

The mountains in the 'Peer Gynt Country' offer ideal cross country skiing terrain. The stable inland climate ensures good snow conditions throughout the winter. Most of the route sits at around 1000m (3280ft) where the ski trail travels along the remote Peer Gynt Mountain Road.

The nature and traditional culture of Gudbrandsdalen have been a source of inspiration for artists, and the myths and stories hold everything from trolls to historical people, like Per Gynt. The same character that inspired Henrik Ibsen when he wrote his world famous masterpiece, Peer Gynt. The real Per Gynt lived in the village of Sødorp by Vinstra, and has given his name to this mountain area. The region is well known for its natural beauty and there are good chances of seeing wildlife such as elk, foxes and birds of prey. It also gives magnificent views of the Jotunheimen and Rondane ranges.

Bespoke Norwegian Trips

This trip can also be organised as a bespoke holiday where the itinerary can be changed to match the number of days, ski locations and distances that suit the requirements of your group.


Outstanding!!! Spectacular. We couldn’t have had a better guide for the group. We had a fabulous trip, Julia, and while we thanked Lindsay, I wanted to thank you too for all you did to make it possible. Thanks for accommodating our group. Everyone had a great time. The landscape was gorgeous.  Blew my mind each day.

Itinerary

  • house
  • cable
  • airport
  • Your guide will meet you at the family run hotel at the top of the Espedalen Valley. One of the oldest settled sites in the area, the hotel has superb views across the lake and the mountains of the Jotunheim National Park. On arrival you can fully relax and take in the calm of the wilderness as we will spend three nights at the Dalseter Hotel.

  • The Espedalen Valley is a popular ski area for locals offering a first class selection of well maintained trails. There are 220 km (137 miles) of well groomed tracks (enough to keep you busy for a week or two!), and it's the official start of the Peer Gynt Mountain Road. We have many options available to us for finding our ski legs and making use of the vast network of trails running straight past our hotel door. For those renting skis locally you can get used to your equipment, and if you've chosen to ski on traditional 'waxable' skis then your guide will show you how to prepare them. Skis that are waxed glide extremely well and it really is not difficult to learn the art of waxing. Excursions include lakeside tours, views to the Jotunheim peaks and drinks at the delightful Bingsbu 'warming' hut. After your ski enjoy a swim and a sauna in the hotel spa.

    Ascent: 400-550m (1312-1804ft) Descent: 400-550m (1312-1804ft) Distance: 15 km+ (9.4 miles) per day.

  • Today make our way to official start from Dalseter and commence the Peer Gynt Løype. A gentle climb leads to easier ground in the Hattdal Valley, through birch trees until we reach the start of a fun descent with views of the Rondane mountains on the horizon. Our trail twists and turns down through the pine forests until we reach the farms on the outskirts of Fefor, our destination for the night. With views of the Rutenfjell mountain and stunning frozen lake, our historic hotel built in 1891 was once a simple farm guest house. This soon became the winter residence for King Haakan and his family between 1907-1914, then later owned by the Dutch Queen Wilhelmine. Today the Fefor Høifjellshotel has kept it's rich character offering excellent accommodation and recently opened a newly built swimming pool.

    Ascent: 231m (757ft) Descent 268m (879ft) Distance: 18km (11 miles)

  • Our trail runs directly on from the hotel in Fefor and takes an undulating route with some excellent downhill into the woodland below. It then heads alongside the Gålåvatnet lake offering easy skiing as we make our way to the small ski village of Gålå. Gålå is where the first Gudbrandsdal cheese was made in 1863, and each August a performance of Henrik Ibsen’s 'Peer Gynt' with music by Grieg is arranged at the outdoor arena by Gålåvatn lake. We usually stop at the characterful Peer Gynt cafe for an early lunch, and once fueled on coffee and cake we get to grips with the climb to the plateau and the final 10km to our overnight mountain lodge. Our lodge at Lauvåsen dates back 300 years and really is a lovely place to spend the evening.

    Ascent: 420m (1377ft) Descent: 380m (1246ft) Distance: 19km (11.8 miles)

  • After a hearty breakfast, we leave our isolated mountain lodge and head off on what is a lovely day of skiing with a real Norwegian 'lifestyle' experience, passing isolated homesteads and villages along the way. As you ski you can ponder the challenges of living in an environnment where winter is long, the snow deep, and any expedition outdoors requires skill with a ski-doo or skis. Undulating trails take us to the frozen fishing lake of Vedalsvatnet where the fishers sit immobile on the ice hoping for a 'bite'. We then pass the rustic hilltop village of Svinslåa before the long rolling descent to reach the Olympic town of Kvitfjell. A well earned sauna awaits!

    Ascent: 370m (1213ft) Descent: 600m (1968ft) Distance: 22 km (13.7 miles)

  • We start our final day by climbing steadily back up to Svinslåa, then a swooping descent to the valley, and on to the crossing of multiple trails at the high col at Skardbua. The col has a wild mountain ambiance, and you are under no illusion that you are truly in the Norwegian mountains. If the weather is kind, we will enjoy our picnic lunch before heading down the excellent descent to Skei. This 'home run' provides brilliant mountain views and does indeed give a grand finale to our 120km (75 miles) ski journey. Skei is the most southerly point of our tour dominated by Skeikampen mountain. We spend our final night at the Thon Hotel where we can enjoy a celebratory meal. The hotel has a lovely spa and it is a wonderful chance to ease your muscles. 

    Ascent: 680m (2230ft) Descent: 645m (2115ft) Distance: 25km (15.6 miles)

  • We will organise your transfer from your hotel to the train station at Lillehammer, this is included in your trip fee. The train we will aim for is the 0907 hrs leaving Lillehammer for Oslo Gardermoen airport. It arrives at the airport at 1101hrs. NB: these train times will be published three months before travel at which point we will confirm. If you need to reach the airport earlier PLEASE ADVISE US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you choose to leave the hotel in Skeikampen either before or after the group transfer to Lillehammer this will be at your own cost. The trains from Lillehammer to Oslo Gardermoen Airport leave approximately every hour throughout the day, and the train journey takes around 2 hrs.

    If you would like to stay on after the tour to ski or explore then do let us know and we can book extra nights in Skei or make suggestions on other ski areas near by. You may like to stay in the Olympic town of Lillehammer and ski the many trails above the town.

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, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. In many cases we have known the management for years, and it’s like visiting friends. 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. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender. 

However, on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for 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.

On this tour you will stay in excellent hotels with good facilities such as sauna's and swimming pools. Our guests are usually very pleasantly surprised by the standard of the hotels in Norway and this trip is no exception. We will spend one night in a lovely traditional mountain lodge at Lauvåsen which offers accommodation with double rooms, cosy lounge and a log fire. Single rooms may be available on request for a supplementary payment. However, these are limited in number and we recommend that you book early if you wish to be sure of a single room. Please contact us for details.

Dalseter Hoyfjellshotell

Hotel

Dalseter is something of a Norwegian tradition. For generations Norwegians have traveled to spend part of the winter and, indeed, summer months at this mountain hotel. Beautifully situated at the top of the Espedalen valley at 930 meters above sea level, Dalseter Mountain hotel or 'Hoyfjellhotell' in Norwegian, has a wonderful view of the valley and the mountains in the Jotunheimen National Park. We spend three nights here, before beginning our journey. 

 

 

Dalseter is a family-owned and managed hotel, where third generation hospitality welcomes you to the mountains. The hotel is run by Grethe Gillebo and it is always a pleasure to see her again. The rooms are simple but always cosy. There is a decent sized swimming pool, and saunas. There is also a small ski tow in front of the hotel which can be useful for those who want to do lots of descents! There is a small fee for using the tow which you can pay direct to the hotel. There is also a shop with snacks, and useful ski items, as well as some clothing such as hats and gloves. 

Fefor Høifjellshotel

Hotel

With views of the Rutenfjell mountain and stunning frozen lake, this historic hotel, built in 1891, was once a simple farm guest house. This soon became the winter residence for King Haakan and his family between 1907-1914, then later owned by the Dutch Queen Wilhelmine. Today, the Fefor Høifjellshotel has kept it's rich character offering excellent accommodation and has recently opened a newly built swimming pool.

We love Fefor for its views, and comfort, and especially for its food. Dinner is copious with a huge variety of meats, fish, cheeses, salads, and desserts. Most of our guests seem to also feel the need to order traditional Norwegian waffles, sour cream, and jam on their arrival!

Lauvåsen

Mountain Lodge

Lauvåsen Mountain Lodge is located in the mountains above the valley of Gudbransdalen. At an altitude of 960 metres, it can be found in a beautiful landscape surrounded by mountain plateaux, lakes and stunning views towards the mountains of the Rondane and Jotunheim. Langleiken, the black wooden lodge, where we usually stay was built in 1898 and provides a cosy overnight location with a log fire.

 

The lodge has bedrooms on two floors, and there are shared toilet and shower facilities on each floor. We are provided with bed linen and we would ask you to kindly make up your own beds. Dinner is served in the main building adjacent and it will often be the owner, local entrepreneur Tore, who will serve you himself. Usually dinner will be local produce, such as elk burgers! 

Kvitfjell Hotel, Kvitfjell

Hotel

The Kvitfjell Hotel is situated high on the mountain with great views Gudbrandsdalen to the lake, and the Olympic alpine slopes of the Kvitfjell ski area. The rooms are cosy with en suite facilities and the hotel restaurant supplies a tasty and plentiful dinner. 

Within a short distance you will find restuarants, grocery store, a sport shop and a cosy afters bar. As with all of our hotels on this trip we ski almost to the door!

Skeikampen Hotel

Hotel

Our hotel at Skeikampen is right at the end of our journey and we take our skis off almost at the door. The hotel has a lovely spa with jacuzzi, steam rooms and saunas. Dinner is normally a Norwegian style buffet with plentiful delicious food. Breakfast is probably the best on offer on this trip and worth savouring before our departure to Lillehammer and the train station. 


  • We suggest that flights are made to Oslo Gardermoen Airport. You can, however, fly to Torp, and then travel into Oslo. We ask you to plan your flights to allow you to take the train at 1429 hrs, which is a journey of about 2.5hrs. The latest train timetables are published 3 months beforehand, but the time varies very little. By taking this train you will benefit from our group transfer from the station at Vinstra which is included in your trip fee. If you choose to take another train please note the transfer from Vinstra is not included. If you think your flight will not make the 1429 hrs train, please contact us before booking your flights to discuss the options. Train details are given below in Further Information.

  • 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 Dalseter they begin to prepare the tracks as soon as they have enough snow in December and continue until mid-April or after Easter.

    In Espedalen they begin to prepare the tracks as soon as they have enough snow and continue until mid-April /after Easter. Track machines in Espedalen have GPS with GSM transmitters so that the status of preparation are updated in real time and published on www.skisporet.no.

  • For this tour you will be using 'classic' track skis, and can use either a fishscale ski or waxing skis. Ski rental can be arranged locally and will normally be on 'waxable' skis. If you are unfamiliar with the 'art' of waxing then your guide will give you instructions on your warm up day. The stable Norwegian snow conditions enable waxing to be easily picked up and you'll soon feel the benefits of a faster glide on a well waxed ski! Rental is possible from our starting hotel for approx. 505 NOK per person. You can also hire metal edged skis which give more grip and an easier snowplough for approx. 595 NOK. Please advise us if you wish to hire skis, and boots. The ski return will cost 1400 Norwegian Kroner, and will be shared between those who have chosen to hire.

     

  • Upon booking, a full list of the necessary suitable clothing will be provided.

    If you would like to stay on in either Skeikampen, Oslo or Lillehammer at the start/end of the tour then this is possible and we would be happy to advise on accommodation.

    To reach the start of the tour we recommend that you travel from Oslo Gardermoen Airport by train to Vinstra where you will meet our hotel taxi to take you to the Espedalen Valley. The train station at Olso Gardermoen is inside the airport and tickets are easily booked on line. You will usually have a much cheaper price if you do this in advance at Norwegian Trains. The train to Vinstra leaves Oslo Gardermoen Airport at 1429 hrs. Please make sure your flight arrives in plenty of time to make this connection.

    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. We take a maximum of 8/9 clients for this point-to-point tour.

  • We grade this trip as Intermediate, for skiers with previous track cross country skiing experience. On our first day we will spend time finding our ski legs, and we will then have a second day at Dalseter before we are committed to our point-to-point journey. 

    Expect to ski on a mixture of both flat and rolling terrain on prepared trails. You should already be at a level where you are confident about controlling your speed and direction, and have a good ‘snowplough’. You should be able to cope with skiing under control on a variety of terrain both uphill and downhill, and be confident about tackling corners while skiing downhill. All our trips include quality instruction, but for these trips you need to have a good ‘kick and glide’ to be able to travel competently and at a steady pace. You should have a good level of fitness to ensure that you are comfortable with longer days in winter weather, which may include snowfall and cold winds. You should be happy to ski on a variety of snow including perfect fresh tracks, AND tracks less than perfect which may be ‘firm’. On our point-to-point trips you will be expected to carry a small daypack. Time on skis will be 5-6 hours per day covering approximately 15-25 km (9.4-15.6 miles) per day with an occasional longer day.

  • You will only need to carry a day sack whilst skiing and your main baggage will be transferred every day between accommodation points. Luggage will be mainly transported in cars and small vans so we would ask that you keep both size and weight of luggage to a respectable limit of around 15kg (33lbs), and only one bag per person. It is worth noting that you may be required to carry your own bag up and down stairs at your accommodation.

    Team safety items 

    Please note that you may be asked to share in the carrying of a safety item such as a survival bag or snow shovel. This will be passed around the group each day so that you may only have to help out on one of the ski days. 

     

  • 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.

2019

Sat 02 Feb - Sat 09 Feb
Code: PEG1 19
Price: £1795 Full
Sat 02 Mar - Sat 09 Mar
Code: PEG2 19
Price: £1795 Book
Sat 23 Mar - Sat 30 Mar
Code: PEG3 19
Price: £1795 Book

What's Included

  • Six days cross country ski instruction
  • Full board accommodation (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner and thermos refill) based on two sharing
  • Transfer from Vinstra railway station to your hotel
  • Transfer from Skeikampen to Lillehammer train station at the end of the trip
  • Luggage transfers daily (1x bag per person)
  • The fees and expenses of a BASI Nordic Ski Teacher/International Mountain Leader
  • 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

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Rail travel within Norway
  • Ski hire, nor the return of the skis to the hire shop after the trip has ended. The ski return will cost 1400 Norwegian Kroner, and will be shared between those who have chosen to hire.

Outstanding!!! Spectacular. We couldn’t have had a better guide for the group. We had a fabulous trip, Julia, and while we thanked Lindsay, I wanted to thank you too for all you did to make it possible. Thanks for accommodating our group. Everyone had a great time. The landscape was gorgeous.  Blew my mind each day.

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Grade: Intermediate

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At a Glance

From Price £1795
Holiday Type Cross Country Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 8/9
Minimum Age 17
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Vinstra, Norway
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The Peer Gynt