Cross country Skiing holiday Norway

Experience the thrill of gliding on meticulously groomed trails through breathtaking scenery, surrounded by Norway’s mighty mountains.

Cross-country skiing in Valdres

Embark on a cross-country skiing holiday in Valdres and Jotunheimen! Experience the thrill of gliding on meticulously groomed trails through a winter wonderland, offering breathtaking vistas of Norway’s mighty mountains. Complement your adventure with a stay at charming mountain lodges, steeped in a cozy ambiance, and savor delicious local cuisine.
Our all-inclusive package ensures a seamless journey from Oslo or Bergen to Valdres and Jotunheimen. We handle ski rental, luggage transportation, and arrange accommodations in picturesque mountain lodges, where you can immerse yourself in local history and savor traditional dishes.

Cross country skiing holiday Norway

Our cross country skiing holiday packages:

Why choose cross country skiing holiday in Valdres?

Choosing a cross country skiing holiday in Valdres is a fantastic option for several reasons:

Diverse Trails

Valdres offers a wide range of cross country skiing trails suitable for all skill levels, from gentle paths for beginners to challenging routes for experts.

Breathtaking Scenery

The region is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, including snow-covered forests, frozen lakes, and panoramic mountain views, creating a picturesque backdrop for your skiing adventure.


Valdres is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, making it an excellent choice for those traveling with children. The well-marked trails and gentle terrain are ideal for family skiing.

Cultural Experiences

You can immerse yourself in Norwegian culture, with opportunities to visit traditional villages, taste local cuisine, and interact with friendly locals.

Additional Winter Activities

In addition to skiing, Valdres offers a range of other winter activities, including snowshoeing, ice fishing, dog sledding, and snowcoach rides.

Peaceful Environment

Valdres is less crowded compared to some of the more popular skiing destinations, allowing for a quieter and more tranquil skiing experience.
Cross country skiing holiday Norway
Cross country skiing holiday Norway
Cross country skiing holiday Norway

Regarding our cross country skiing holiday in Norway:

First and foremost, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We’re here to assist you from 9 AM to 3 PM, Monday to Friday. You can contact us at +47 91 11 11 30 or via email at [email protected].

Our all-inclusive packages cover:

– Round-trip bus transportation from Oslo.
– Cozy accommodations in mountain lodges.
– Meals, tailored to your specific package.
– Comprehensive travel documents with all the essential information you’ll need.
– The option to rent ski equipment for your convenience.

We offer both self-guided and guided packages. Depending on the tour you choose, our packages may also include:

– Luggage transportation.
– The services of an experienced guide.
– Additional meals as specified.

We look forward to helping you plan an unforgettable cross country skiing experience in Norway.

FAQ – Cross country skiing holiday

What are the best cross country skiing destinations in Norway?

Valdres is a region in the heart of Norway known for its stunning natural beauty and extensive cross country skiing opportunities with more than 1,000 km of well-groomed tracks. It’s a diverse area that offers something for skiers of all levels.

Lillehammer is known for its world-class cross country skiing facilities. The city hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics, and its skiing venues are well-maintained. Nordseter and Sjusjøen are nearby areas with extensive trail networks.

Sjusjøen, located close to Lillehammer, is a mecca for cross-country skiers. With over 350 kilometers of groomed trails, it offers a wide variety of routes suitable for all skill levels.

Hemsedal is famous for its challenging terrain and breathtaking mountain views. It’s a great destination for more experienced skiers, and you can explore the extensive trail network through the valleys and plateaus.

Geilo is one of Norway’s classic ski destinations. It’s a family-friendly area with well-marked trails through scenic valleys and forests. There’s also the opportunity for night skiing under the stars.

Rondane National Park:
For a truly wilderness experience, Rondane National Park offers pristine landscapes with gentle to more challenging trails. It’s a serene place to connect with nature.

Hafjell is famous for its proximity to Lillehammer and offers a mix of cross country skiing and alpine skiing opportunities. The Øyer and Tretten areas have some stunning trails.

Trysil is one of Norway’s largest ski resorts with a vast network of cross country skiing trails. It’s suitable for skiers of all abilities, and you can enjoy a mix of forest and mountain terrain.

Norefjell is known for its family-friendly skiing and proximity to Oslo. It offers excellent trails through forests and up to the mountain plateau.

Remember that the best destination for you depends on your skill level, preferences, and the type of experience you’re seeking. Norway’s cross country skiing destinations are diverse and cater to a wide range of skiers, from beginners to experts, so you’re sure to find the perfect spot for your skiing adventure. Contact us, if you need any help: +47 91 11 11 30 or [email protected]

What's the difficulty level of cross country skiing in Norway?

The difficulty level of cross country skiing in Norway varies, with options suitable for all skill levels, from beginner-friendly trails to challenging backcountry terrain.

Are there family-friendly cross country skiing options in Norway?

Yes, Valdres is a family-friendly cross country skiing destination, offering a range of trails suitable for skiers of all ages and skill levels, making it a great choice for family skiing holidays.

How do I travel to Norway for a skiing holiday?

For a cross-country skiing holiday in Valdres, fly into Oslo Gardermoen Airport. Our holiday packages include convenient bus transfers from Oslo, with just a 3-hour ride to your destination.

Are there cultural experiences or local traditions to explore during a skiing holiday in Norway?
Yes, during a cross country skiing holiday in Valdres, you can explore local traditions and cultural experiences. This region in Norway offers opportunities to immerse yourself in Norwegian culture, including visits to traditional villages, tasting local cuisine, and experiencing the warm hospitality of the locals.
Can I combine cross country skiing with a visit to other Norwegian attractions or cities?
Yes, you can combine cross country skiing with visits to other Norwegian attractions or cities. Many ski destinations are within proximity to cities and offer opportunities to explore Norway’s rich culture, heritage, and scenic landscapes beyond the trails.
When is the best time to go cross country skiing in Norway?

The best time to go cross country skiing in Norway typically falls during the winter season, which is generally from November to April. However, the ideal time for your trip can vary depending on your preferences and the specific experience you’re seeking. Here’s a breakdown of the different periods within the winter season:

Early Winter (November – December):
– Early winter is a great time for cross country skiing in Norway, especially for those who enjoy quiet trails and fresh snow. While daylight hours are limited, the landscapes are often covered in a pristine blanket of snow, creating a magical and peaceful atmosphere. Be aware that some areas may not have fully groomed trails in the very early season.

Mid-Winter (January – February):
– Mid-winter is the heart of the cross country skiing season in Norway. The trails are well-maintained, and you can enjoy a mix of daylight and twilight skiing. This period is ideal for those who want a balance between excellent snow conditions and more daylight for skiing and exploring.

Late Winter (March – April):
– Late winter can be a fantastic time for cross country skiing in Norway, especially if you prefer longer daylight hours and milder temperatures. While the snow may begin to melt in some lower-altitude areas, the higher mountains and plateaus usually still offer good skiing conditions. It’s an excellent time for spring skiing.

Ultimately, the “best” time to go cross country skiing in Norway depends on your personal preferences for snow conditions, daylight, and the specific activities you want to enjoy during your trip.

What equipment is needed for cross country skiing in Norway?

Cross country skiing in Norway requires specific equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Here’s a list of the essential gear you’ll need for cross-country skiing in Norway. When you book with us, you will receive an equipment list from us with your travel documents.

Cross Country Skis:
The type of skis you choose will depend on your skill level and the type of terrain you plan to ski on. Classic skis are ideal for groomed trails and tracks, while skate skis are designed for skating on machine-groomed trails. You can rent ski from us when booking one of our packages.

Ski Boots:
Properly fitting ski boots are crucial for comfort and control. Ensure they are compatible with your chosen ski type (classic, skate and binding system).

Ski Poles:
Poles help with balance and propulsion. The length of your poles should be appropriate for your height and skiing style.

Ski Bindings:
Make sure your bindings are compatible with your skis and boots. They should allow your boots to securely attach to the skis.

Layering is essential to stay warm while regulating your body temperature. Opt for moisture-wicking base layers, insulating mid-layers, and a windproof outer layer. Don’t forget a warm hat, gloves, and a buff or neck gaiter to protect against the cold. Bring some extra clothing along your tour, so that you can stay warm even with changing weather situations.

Ski Goggles:
Ski goggles are useful to protect your eyes from wind, snow, and sun. They’re especially important in variable weather conditions.

A small backpack is handy for carrying essentials like water, snacks, a map, and extra clothing layers.

Wax and Tuning Kit:
If you’re using traditional waxable skis, you’ll need a waxing kit to maintain your skis and optimize grip and glide. Waxless skis may require occasional maintenance as well.

Navigation Tools:
Bring a map, compass, and GPS device or smartphone with GPS capability to help you navigate the trails. You will receive from us tour descriptions with your travel documents.

First Aid Kit:
It’s essential to have a basic first aid kit for any minor injuries or emergencies.

Water and Snacks:
Stay hydrated and energized by carrying warm tea and snacks like trail mix or energy bars.

Before heading out on your cross country skiing adventure in Norway, it’s important to ensure that your equipment is in good condition and fits properly. If you’re a beginner or unsure about your gear, consider seeking guidance from us to help you make the right choices and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the trails.

What other winter activities can I enjoy in Norway?

During your cross country skiing holiday in Valdres, you can enjoy a variety of other winter activities, including snowshoeing, ice fishing, dog sledding – please check our website for more inspiration.

What is the duration of a typical cross country skiing holiday in Norway?
The duration of a typical cross country skiing holiday in Norway can vary based on individual preferences and the chosen itinerary. However, many travelers opt for trips lasting anywhere from a long weekend (3-4 days) to a week or more to fully explore the skiing destinations and enjoy the surrounding winter activities and cultural experiences. Please check our cross country holiday packages where you can add extra days if you want.

Are there guided tours available for cross country skiing in Norway?

Please have a look at our holiday packages where we offer a wide range of different guided and self-guided holiday packages..