Your first 2 days are spent learning the principles of walking and gliding on snow (the cross-country technique). Guided tours are then offered every day and throughout the week you’ll be able to choose whether to ski in the silver birch woods or the open snowscape. On 2-3 days, there is an option for a more advanced as well as easy tours, which are mixed with other clients from Venabu Fjellhotel.
Return flights from Heathrow to Oslo with SAS or BA, airport transfers (for group flights only)
7 nights accommodation
All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
6 days of guided cross-country skiing and instruction
Ski equipment hire
Venabu Fjellhotel ***
Originally a summer farm, the Venabu Fjellhotel was converted by the Tvete family over 50 years ago, and is today very much a friendly, relaxing place to stay. You can choose to stay in either the east wing (20 standard rooms) or the west wing (36 superior rooms) and everyone can use the hotels' saunas and ski waxing centre. There's also a bar, a games room (table tennis, pool, etc), a TV room, craft shop and two spacious sitting rooms with open fireplaces. The dining room - which offers a spectacular Scandinavian buffet - affords glorious panoramic views out across the mountains. There's dancing to live music every evening except Sunday.
All meals included.
This trip is run in partnership with our sister company, Headwater, who offer more flexibility so you can ski as much or as little as you like. Children may join these holidays as long as they can participate in the activities and please note if travelling on your own, a single supplement will be applied. Insurance details are required at the time of booking.
The hotel provides two ski guides (Sunday and Monday) to get you started. Instruction on the cross-country skiing technique is available for beginners and a guided tour for the more advanced. For the remainder of the week guided tours are offered at various levels so you can choose your preferred grade. These tours will be mixed with other clients from Venabu Fjellhotel.
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 enabling you explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine pistes.
Venabu offers a range of sking from beginners to intermediate and confident beginners. The area is one of the best in Norway for cross-country skiing, both for families and for those who enjoy a challenge.
Please check the grade of skiing that applies to your selected week.
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 Activities Brochure, or in the online FAQs for this trip for further information.
Normal group size and age
Group size: Normally 2 to 16, plus resident guides. Children who can participate in the skiing are welcome. Minimum age 5.
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.