Cross-country Skiing: Kamben Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group
Destinations:
Norway
Programmes:
Winter
Trip Code:
CYG
Activity Rating - Mixed
Multi-Level

You may be a total beginner or an experienced cross-country skier. Many destinations offer different level weeks or multi-grade skiing on the same week. Choose from ‘Classic’ and ‘Skate’ style holidays, or even a ski marathon race for the ultimate winter challenge. See below for more grading details.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 16

Trip Overview

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. 

At a Glance

  • 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 

 

  • Countries visited: Norway

Trip Highlights

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

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) as on this trip or 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. 

 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
14

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Kamben

    Start Kamben. For those not on the group flight we strongly recommend you arrange to join the group transfer.

    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. In addition, the hotel has a limited number of show shoes available (first come first serve basis) that you're welcome to use free of charge for a self guided walk.

    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

    End Kamben

    Our tour ends after breakfast.  We recommend arranging to join the group transfer, by rail, back to Oslo Airport.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

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.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Single supplement from £190.00

Food & Transport

Eating & 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.  

Transportation

Airport transfers are by rail via Oslo central. Trains are smooth and comfortable with onboard café and free Wi-Fi. 

From Goll, a private taxi will transfer us up the hill to Kamben Hoyfjellshotell. As we can ski from the door is highly unlikely there will be local costs for transport as part of the skiing itinerary at this centre. 

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

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. 

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days 

As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.
There are two international airports in Oslo. The group fly into Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen.

There are alternative flight options from regional airports (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…) Please ask our Sales team for more information. 

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Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Kamben

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Kamben in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 15:00.

Due to the remote location of the hotel, we strongly recommend you join the group transfer at Oslo Airport.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight ‐ please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.  

Location start:
Kamben
Location end:
Kamben

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Small rucksack to carry the items you will need during the day.

Outdoor/winter clothing as follows:

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers (ideally in a breathable fabric)
  • Gaiters
  • Warm fleece (2 thin fleeces that can be layered over one another are better than one thick one)
  • Warm hat (which covers the ears) or balaclava
  • Ideally 2 pairs of gloves, so you can change them during the day if they get wet.
  • Good quality base layers top and bottom, are essential.

You will be skiing in mountain weather so extra layers may be needed from December to the end of February.

Other essentials:

  • Large capacity water bottle (camelbaks not recommended unless you have a thermal kit)
  • A small head torch (for December) may be useful
  • Ski goggles (if you have them)
  • Sunglasses and high factor sun cream
  • Trainers/comfortable shoes for the evenings 
  • A knife and plastic bags or containers may be useful for lunch
  • Thermos flask for tea/coffee, which you can fill up at no charge at the lodge

Note For New Year: It is common for many of the Norwegian guests at hotels to dress smartly for the evenings over the festive period. While this is entirely optional, you may like to bring some smarter clothes for the evenings.

Optional Equipment

If you plan to do the optional snowshoeing you will need to bring walking boots with you. 

Practical Information

Passport

Norway

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Norway

No visa required for British passport holders.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Norway

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

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It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

If you are a UK citizen and travelling in Europe you should obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from your Post Office. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance.

Local Time

Norway's Timezone:
Europe/Oslo CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Norway's Electricity:

Standard 2 pin European plugs.

Standard 240V European adapter required 

Money

Norway's Currency

The national currency of Norway is the Norwegian Kroner (NOK), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 10.8 to the UK£ and 8.4 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

ATM Availability

ATM facilities are available down in the village of Gol, but you are advised to use the ATM at Oslo Airport, withdrawing enough money for the week.

Clients can also pay with credit and debit card at the hotel.   

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We advise you to take local currency with you. But the hotel does accept VISA, MasterCard & American Express. However, your bank is likely to charge per transaction. 

Bar prices are listed in the food section.  

Wax for skies

You will be expected to buy and apply wax to your skis. The wax required depends on the outside temperature, with different waxes ranging from 40-70NOK approx. for one pot. You will also need a synthetic scraper and a cork for applying and removing the wax. You may wish to share this waxing kit, which can be purchased from reception.  
Skis also need to be returned cleaned and wax free. Failure to do this could result in a cleaning fee of 45NOK. Solvents for cleaning are available locally.

Optional Excursion

There is an option to enjoy some downhill skiing at Storefjell, 20 minutes from Kamben. A 1-day lift pass is approximately NOK 295, ski hire NOK 260, boots NOK 130.  This can be arranged locally through reception.  

Tipping

This is entirely at your own discretion. However, as a guideline, we recommend you allow for about 15-20 per leader per week as this would seem reasonable.

Responsible Tourism

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 16 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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