- 6 days multi-grade cross-country skiing
- Ski from the hotel doorstep
- Varied terrain from open snowscape to woodland
Return flights from Heathrow to Oslo with SAS or BA
Airport transfers included at set times each week
7 nights at Venabu Fjellhotel
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
2 days cross-country skiing instruction for beginners
2-3 optional afternoon tours for intermediates
2-3 ski guides (dependent on group size)
Classic cross-country ski equipment hire
Guides do not join airport transfers
Torch-lit horse sleigh ride
Venabu Fjellhotel ***
The Venabu Fjellhotel has been run by the friendly Tvete family for over 50 years, and owing to its traditional charm and quiet location, is today very much a relaxing place to stay. There are 20 standard rooms housed within the east wing, or if you prefer you can upgrade to one of the 36 more spacious superior west wing rooms (additional charge). The hotel is fully equipped with its own ski waxing centre, saunas, bar, games room, TV room, craft shop and two sitting rooms with open fireplaces. The Scandinavian buffet and glorious panoramic views from the dining room are however, the highlight.
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.
This trip is operated by our sister company, Headwater, who offer more flexibility so you can ski as much or as little as you like. There is no minimum age on this tour; children are welcome to join as long as they are able to participate in the skiing. Please note that if you are travelling on your own or there is an odd number travelling in your party, a compulsory single supplement will be applied. A small group supplement may be applicable to cover the cost of the standard airport transfers and ski lessons if there are less than six people booked on a departure (in total). Insurance details are required at the time of booking. Cross-country skiing is an increasingly popular winter pastime. Compared to those used for downhill, the skis are longer, thinner and lighter with bindings that allow you to lift up your heel. Most cross-country skiing is undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe) covering flat and hillier terrain and enabling you explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine pistes.
The area is one of the best in Norway for cross-country skiing, both for families and for those who enjoy a challenge. All weeks are suitable for beginner to intermediate grade cross-country skiers (although some weeks include extra beginners’ tuition as described below), and weeks from 22 February onwards are also suitable for advanced skiers (please see below).
There will be an accompanied ski tour every day (excluding the free day – usually Weds) and you can switch between groups mid-week as you progress. The first two days (usually Sun and Mon) are a chance for beginners to learn the basic technique and for intermediates to find their ski legs again, as well as for the ski reps to assess your ability and group you accordingly. There will be two to three further optional ski tours during the rest of the week, which you can join as you please.
Advanced skiers may join any week, however the pace will be set for beginners and intermediates so we recommend that you book onto a departure from 22nd February onwards when ski safaris will be available. At this time of year the days are longer so we have more time and can cover more ground.
Your Safety All active winter holidays involve some element of risk, from a possible slip on an icy pavement to the possibility of sustaining an injury as a result of the winter activities. Exodus does everything it can to safeguard against any dangers, however, participants must be prepared to accept some level of risk as part of the holiday. Please refer to the 'risk of injury' section at the back of the Winter Adventures Brochure, or in the online FAQs for this trip for further information.
Normal group size and age
Local representative organises optional activities and lessons with local ski school. Children can join if able to participate. Minimum age 12.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
Cross-country skiing: will involve intensive instruction, and our groups are carefully graded to ensure participants have similar levels of experience.
Cross-country ski grades: 1 Beginners | 2 Intermediates (suitable for confident beginners) | 2+ Intermediates (not suitable for beginners) | 3 Advanced | 4 Strenuous | and for Cross-country Skating levels: 1 Beginners | 2 Intermediates - For full explanations of Cross-Country Grading and Levels please see below or check here to view the full Winter Grades page.
Winter Activities: It's about seeking out alternative ways to have fun in unspoilt locations, you won't find standard skiing or snowboarding breaks here.
Grade 1 Beginners. Recommended for beginners, or those who feel the need to improve basic techniques. We teach you the essentials and explore gently undulating terrain. All or most skiing is on prepared tracks (loipe). More experienced skiers are welcome, but the pace will be set for the beginners. Towards the end of the holiday you might ski 10-15km or more a day, at a gentle pace. Throughout the week you will be taught how to snowplough and different techniques to have you gliding along the tracks in no time.
Grade 2 Intermediates and confident beginners. A mix of flat and hillier terrain. Grade 2 weeks are for people who have enjoyed a Grade 1 holiday, grasped the snowplough and now want to improve technique. We ski a little more quickly and over more challenging ground than on a grade 1 trip.
Acceptable for newcomers to cross-country skiing, but you should be very fit and have experience of ther sports that develop balance - ice-skating, roller-skating or downhill skiing. Most of the skiing will be on tracks but there may be some off-track skiing.
Grade 3 Advanced. Choose this level if you can tackle ‘ups and downs’ competently, manage a controlled snowplough descent, and if you want to ski at a lively pace. You should also be able to get up swiftly and easily by yourself after a fall. The mix of track and off-track skiing varies.