Cross-country Skiing: Kamben

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Winter
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–14

Spend a week cross country skiing in the Kamben region of central Norway 

In central Norway, to the north of the town of Gol, lies Kamben, beautifully situated on an undulating plateau dotted with birch and conifer forests. Visitors have been enjoying cross-country skiing on the Golsfjellet for many years and the well-marked trails around Kamben offer possibilities for skiers of all levels. The nearby nursery slope is ideal for practising basic skills and snowplough technique. To the north routes take us to Oset, with its traditional stave church, here we can follow the loipe through wooded snow glades before joining the banks of the river Tislei. A gradual climb to the north-west brings us up onto Golsfjell proper, with six summits over 1000m. Each one has a magnificent view over the mountains of the Jotunheim National Park to the north-east and the Hardangervidda to the south-west. On at least one of these outings, we will call at the hotel's own cabin in the mountains for lunch by the fire. 

Highlights

  • Beautiful Norwegian winter landscape
  • Wide choice of trails and terrain
  • Wonderful hospitality  

Key information

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation 
  • 5 days guided cross-country skiing
  • Cross-country skis boots and poles included
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader
  • Travel by train and private minibus 

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Skies, boots and poles  

 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and Vaccinations 
  • Single Supplement 

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly from London to Oslo; transfer by rail to Kamben (approx.3 hours).

    Fly from London to Oslo. For those not on the group flight we strongly recommend you arrange to join the group transfer, by rail to Kamben.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-4

    Three days of cross-country skiing

    We prefer not to specify in advance where we will ski each day. This is to enhance the flexibility and adapt to weather and snow conditions and to some extent the ability of each group. When choosing routes, the leader's priority will be to take in a variety of scenery and to ensure that participants become better and more confident skiers as the week progresses.

    Examples of skiing options:

    The well-marked trails around Kamben offer possibilities for skiers of all levels and the nearby nursery slope provides practice for descending skills. Northerly routes take us to Oset, with its traditional stave church, where we follow the loipe through birch forests before joining the banks of the river Tislei. A gradual climb to the northwest brings you on to Golsfjellet, a rolling plateau with six peaks over 1000m, each one with a magnificent view over the mountains of the Jotunheimen and Hardangervidda National Parks. On at least one of these outings, we will call at the hotel's own cabin in the mountains.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day

    Today is a free day. You can either venture out and explore the area with other members of the group or you may choose to enjoy a day of downhill skiing at the nearby Storefjell resort. Alternatively, you may wish to take the historic railway line down to Flam, for a boat ride on the beautiful Naeroyfjord. In winter it’s cold, but still an amazing sight. There is also the option of taking a husky safari.   

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 6-7

    Venturing further afield

    Over the last two days we can prepare for longer excursions and, weather permitting, a tour across the plateau will be undertaken. Heading north from the hotel we will follow the track until we arrive at Oset Hoyfjellshotell, where we will stop briefly for a warm drink before heading west up to Appelsintreet. Grade 2 groups will then head generally south until they reach the grillhytte located at the base of Veslefjell. Here, a fire may have already been lit, if not there is usually wood provided and you can light one yourselves and we can relax with a warm drink. Leaving the hut we will head south east towards the hotel, deploying downhill control where appropriate, but this is a very enjoyable descent with wide tracks. Then following the track behind Storefjell Hotel we will then gently rise before another descent down towards Kamben. Grade 3 groupscan contiune west from Appelsintreet, we may want to proceed further west taking in a broader loop towards Veslefjell, which they may like to ascend, and it is a sustained steep ascent, heading eastwards, before descending down to the grillhytte.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Norway

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Norway

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meals are included.

The food provided includes ample buffet breakfasts, from which you make up your packed lunch, remember to bring a thermos flask to take hot coffee, tea or hot blackcurrant.

Dinner will consist of four courses, water is served at the table, alcohol is charged separately (see below). Vegetarians are extremely well catered for. Alcohol is not included at dinner.

Approximate prices are as follows: Bottled beer NOK 48, dark beer NOK 65, glass of wine NOK 65, bottle of wine NOK 350, soft drinks NOK 35.

Clients are permitted to bring their own alcohol, but this can only be consumed in your own room, due to licencing laws in Norway.  

Weather

Kamben is located at almost 1000m and at this height snow can lie from November to May, with fresh snowfalls at any time. Average daytime temperatures in winter range from 0º to - 10ºC, though they can fall as low as - 25ºC. At Christmas and New Year daylight hours are limited, with about 6 hours of good light plus twilight. By mid-February, this has increased to about 8 hours and by mid-March, there are about 12 hours of good daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March, it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day. 

Is this trip for you?

Cross-country skiing or Nordic Skiing is becoming one of the most popular winter sports. Using longer, thinner and lighter skis than downhill with bindings that let you lift your heel, we explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine pistes. Cross-country skiing can be undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe) or, as with this trip, off-track, allowing the group to explore the winter landscape.

At Kamben we offer two grades of skiing on different weeks, ranging from improver to intermediate grade. For at least 4 of the 6 days skiing, you will be on full day tours, returning only at the end of the day's skiing. Exodus offers cross-country skiing holidays to suit a wide range of technical and physical levels. Our cross-country skiing grades reflect both the level of physical fitness required and the level of skiing experience required. They are comparable to the activity levels we use on our snowshoeing, cycling, activity and trekking holidays, however, we believe a slightly different system is required, due to the tuition we provide on our holidays. This sets our cross-country skiing holidays apart, as we tend not to need to teach people how to ride a bike or walk. The aim remains to create groups of similar ability and fitness. Our descriptions are below, however, feel free to call and speak to an expert if you are unsure which grade or type of holiday will suit you best. At Kamben we offer grades:

Grade 2 Improvers Equivalent Activity Level – Moderate, level 3.  These weeks are ideal for those who have enjoyed at least one grade 1 holiday and grasped the basics. They offer tuition to refresh and improve technique and typically will ski a little further than Grade 1 weeks, and over more varied terrain. In some cases, these weeks are acceptable for newcomers to cross-country skiing. Beginners on these weeks should be very fit and proficient in sports that develop balance. Please contact us if you wish to book a Grade 2 holiday but have not skied before.

Grade 3 Intermediates Equivalent Activity Level- Moderate, Level 3.  A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks, at the required level. 

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotel

7 nights at the Kamben Hoyfjellshotell

The Kamben Hoyfjellshotell has been owned and run by the Glimme family for three generations, and continues to give our groups the warmest of welcomes. Situated on the tree line, at a height of 1000m it has panoramic views over the plateau and the mountains beyond. Built in 1922, the hotel retains many original features, though all bedrooms have shower and WC. There is a sauna with separate sessions for men and women. The food is excellent and the meal arrangement is for dinner, buffet breakfast and self-made packed lunch.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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  • Reviewed March 2018
    ralph weaver

    Kamben

    Versatile terrain with many options

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Descents from the Plateau

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert designed a superb week of activities suiting each one of us and keeping us within grade 2 but also having one or two challenges. Also very good host at dinners in the evenings

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for potentially harsh Norwegian conditions irrespective of when you come but we had beautiful sunny weather - a rare bonus!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just to say what a lovely hotel at Kamben excellent food and so nice to meet such a lot of lovely Norwegian families enjoying their pre Easter holidays
  • Reviewed February 2018

    Kamben, Norway 04 to 11 Feb 2018

    1. Excellent deep snow for cross country skiing and snow shoeing, which during my visit had not shown and sign of previous melting and refreezing, because the local temperature had remained below freezing since well before the last heavy snowfall. 2. Large network of high and low level prepared tracks, known as løype, available, backed up by free maps, which indicate numbered, signposted intersection points, and colour code the relative difficulty of tracks. Really steep bits are highlighted on the maps by red warning triangles. 3. From the hotel, one can ski directly onto the loype network within metres of the hotel. 4. Good standard of equipment available to borrow from hotel. Skis require grip wax but not glide wax. Different sizes of snow shoe available to suit different body weights. Poles available for skis, with top quality telescopic ones available for snow shoes 5. Large variety of tasty, nutritious, and well cooked food at breakfast for breakfast and packed lunch. 6. Good four course evening meals. Beautiful home cooked soups. High quality main course meant dishes with flavour full gravies and sauces, and a variety of vegetables. Desserts sometimes featured top quality ice cream with original flavours such as liquorice and smoky ice cream. 7. In the new section in particular, clean practical unfussy rooms in modern Scandinavian style, with the added luxury of controllable heating in the bedroom/ desk area and underfloor central heating in the ensuite bathroom with shower, which once featured good water flow and easily controllable temperature. 8. The Kamben Høyfelshotel staff are outstanding. Martin, the proprietor, is a bright cheerful host, who is dynamic, hard working and approachable. His standard of English is great, and he can speak German too. I reported a broken stand chair in my room to him, and he had it repaired and back in place within a day. Eili (spelling uncertain), the receptionist and barmaid is bubbly and full of good humour and great patience and good manners. Her English is good, and she wears a smile all day, which is not easy when there are so many guests for whom to cater. The East European waitress, who mostly served at breakfast was as approachable, obliging and cheerful. As hard working, but perhaps a little more self contained, were the Bulgarian waiters and cleaners, both outstandingly talented, academy trained, musicians who entertained us on piano and trumpet in the evening. 9. The hotel has a capacious sauna, with sensible arrangements, 4 to 5 pm ladies only, 6 to 7 for gentlemen only, and 5 to 6 for the less shy of all genders. This is complemented by a big pile of snow just outside along a corridor, so sauna takers can enjoy the full benefit provided by hot and cryogenic muscle and ligament therapy, and have a giggle as well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were two: descending the hill outside the hotel on skis and executing a snow plough left turn to hit the loype straight on, without falling over; and diving into the snow after a sauna with a beautiful mother and daughter from Denmark, all of us laughing with joy, none of us wearing any clothes. This happened twice. There was perhaps a third: the deep long sleep that only comes after 15km of walking with snow shoes. 15km with snow shoes induces the sleep that takers of mogadon, opium and whisky can only dream of in their wildest fantasies.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert is thoughtful, charming, and considerate. He does his homework on the details. He enjoys good relations with his clients, who in turn like and respect him. I have known him on and off for about 20 years, during which time his skiing and his gentle teaching skills have progressed enormously. I like to think of him as an old and wise friend. He is diplomatic with everyone and clearly enjoys a good relationship with the proprietor and staff of the Kamben hotel. He even leads on the nominal rest day, helps with waxing skis, and provides skiers with wax.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit with lunges and squats. Get your weight down. If you don't walk, cycle or run long distances, then try and emulate some of this activity at the gym. Be flexible, treat other travellers as friends that you don't know well yet, and you might love their company for many years into the future long after the holiday is finished. Because the Norwegian highland weather varies such a lot, take fast wicking thermals, polyester T shirts, multiple thin fleeces, polyester walking trousers, and salopettes, and a water/wind proof jacket for blizzards. A fleece hat or balaclava, and a number of Buff style soft polyester neck and head tubes are great. Take lots of polyester socks of different sizes. Sticking plaster for blisters. Small folding pocket knife to dig the ice out of ski boot soles so that you can get them to click back into one's skis, because setting off down a slope and having a ski come off because it wasn't back on properly can only result in a fall, or a spectacularly skilled display of balancing skills, worthy of a circus.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great companionship. Great fun. Great holiday. The only things I miss in Norway which are present in Austria, are those Gasthofs which you see every kilometre where you can sit on a hot central heating stove, and be served sausages, beer and glühwein by a lovely buxom waitress in a Dirndl, while listening to oompah and accordion music.
  • Reviewed February 2018
    Martyn and June Cribb

    Cross Country Skiing at Kamben, Norway

    This is a great activity holiday in a beautiful part of Norway. Staying in a lovely hotel overlooking snow covered slopes and tracks.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The whole week was a great experience. We had stayed in the hotel 10 years ago and it is as good now as it was then and in fact the food is more varied and of a very high quality. Great skiing in very good snow on very well sign posted tracks which are probably the best signed we have seen anywhere. A highlight would be skiing through heavy snow and ending up in a hut with a roaring log fire over which we cooked sausages. Yummy!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader is a very good skier and extremely knowledgeable about the area and its wild life. Extremely sociable he worked hard in an unassuming way to build a group identity that enabled everyone to get on.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The essential thing is to be as fit as you can and as flexible as possible. This way you will get the maximum out of the holiday and enjoy the skiing to the maximum. It can be very cold so having the right kit and being flexible and adaptable to the weather is essential to your enjoyment.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a holiday for all ages if you mastered the basics of cross-country skiing. There is ample opportunity for individual practice.
  • Reviewed January 2018
    Helen Bailey

    Winter wonderland

    Kamben Hotel provided a lovely base for cross country skiing. Food was well presented and plentiful. Enjoyed the fact you were served your evening meals. There were always plenty of options for packed lunches at the breakfast buffet, although some mornings this could feel a little busy when the hotel is full and everyone descends at the same time. The bedroom allocated was large and clean ( in the newer section). Underfloor heating in bathroom was a treat. December-January weather was kind and very light wind meant temperatures were ideal (-7-12).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hearing my skis and poles squeaking in the cold crisp snow, such a lovely sound.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert the ski lead was good company and very gentle with his organisational skills. He organised routes each day to cover different areas. These routes also took into account the weather conditions, to enable the clients to see Kamben at its very best. He produced a couple of night time quizzes to satisfy the competitive streak amongst us. He sorted out my broken kit and differentiated the day when there was a need.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Only concern was the quality of the ski equipment and lack of promised snow shoes.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Label your flask before you go. Amazing how many silver coloured flasks there are at breakfast! Sauna was available everyday foc. Drinks....beer was reasonably priced for Norway (£5-7) per small glass. Wine expensive (£35 per bottle). Hot drinks only available free at breakfast and evening meal, at any other time the room was charged.
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Paola Cassotti

    Excellent skiing and accommodation

    Excellent holiday with many ski routes available to take making each day different. The location is absolutely wonderful. Accommodation at Kamben is very comfortable with varied meals, tasty and substantial. The soups are different each night and all delicious. Ellie, Martin and the team look after all guests with a smile and attentive service. A guest was playing the piano each night and it was so soothing after a day out skiing. I can't wait to return.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise outside my room in the morning, 26km day in the sunshine with blue ski and an Oreo ice cream stop :), eating lunch outside with no soul around us... true outdoor life.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert is charming and entertaining, taking in consideration the different needs within our group and always supportive. Every day he planned a different outing for us depending on the weather and what excellent choices. I hope he will be our leader next year as well!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Layers, mitts for after lunch on a cold day!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you to Albert, the team at Kamben and fellow group members for a great week!
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Peter Clifford

    A skiing holiday with all the positives

    As a veteran of 8 Exodus cross-country skiing holidays, I found Kamben to be the best combination of all the elements needed for a successful trip. It’s the location I’m most likely to visit again or recommend to others. The routes, which are mostly skiable direct from the hotel, range from easier tracks with picnic huts, to undulating forest routes, to high hills with great views, all with the best signposting I’ve seen.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Helped by good snow conditions and great guiding, the 2 long routes we covered on blue sky days are in my all-time top 10%, and every day was enjoyable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert Callewaert had a great understanding of what the group members needed and wanted. I felt he was always 100% committed to the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Think about coming on this trip especially if you haven't yet skied in Norway. It's all on track and even has an occasional cafe, while still offering the beautiful landscapes that are unique to Norway.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The hotel is definitely the best I’ve stayed in on ski trips, particularly for the food but also for the traditional bedrooms and the good atmosphere. The train travel from Oslo was a bonus.
  • Reviewed February 2017
    Michael Lewis

    Cross country skiing at its best

    Everything was good: hotel, food, varied routes, equipment. Great to be able to ski from the hotel door every day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Arriving at a grillhytte for a lunch break with views to the mountains bathed in glorious sunshine.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Albert was friendly, knowledgeable and supportive. Although we had a wide range of skiing ability, he drew us together as a group and enabled a flexible programme to accommodate us all.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The exchange rate for Krone is best from an ATM in Oslo airport, but in practice you will need very little cash. Cards are widely accepted, even on the train.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although we had discussed this with Exodus beforehand, we overestimated our skill and found the grade 3 challenging at times. However, there were plenty of loipe appropriate for all levels.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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