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SAFARI THROUGH NORWAY - Katie Bamber, Senior News Reporter
Wednesday July 25, 2018 - Email this article to a friend

Ski Safari has been offering ski holidays in Norway for many years. Now it has come up with four different winter package adventures.




"We believe that every ski holiday should feel like a 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip, so we're always thinking of ways to add something extra to our packages," said Andy Hemingway from Ski Safari.

"These weeks are designed to maximise your time in the mountains, and we've negotiated special rates on extras like ski school, ski hire, activities and guides to keep costs down," Andy added.

  • Improving your skiing - Geilo
  • Trying new activities - Beitostølen

And then two different trips exploring the fjords, one with some advanced backcountry skiing:

  • Backcountry ski touring - Myrkdalen and Vatnahalsen Mountain Lodge

The other trip to see the fjords comes with some sightseeing at a gentler pace. Swap the two days of backcountry guiding for two days in Flåm:

  • Exploring dramatic scenery - Flåm

For full details of the trips then see here.
















Four Times the Fun - Hone your technique in small groups

Take your skiing to the next level with these March training weeks.

Small groups are good for building confidence and with a maximum of four learners to one

Grouped with others of a similar ability, you can push the boundaries of your skiing in one of Norway's oldest ski resorts.

Geilo (pronounced yay low) is on the edge of a huge national park so local activities, aside from the skiing, are part of the appeal.

Dog-sledding, fat biking, snowmobiling and ice fishing are there to try, as well as a tree-top ropes course, cross-country trails and the Langedrag Nature Park & Mountain Farm to visit.

Here at PlanetSKI we were in Geilo last December, and check out the blog from PlanetSKI editor, James Cove,  to get a feel of what's on offer.

He started in Norfjell and then headed round to Geilo:

Access to Geilo is by rail on the Bergen to Oslo line, famous for the scenery along the way, and it's the perfect way to arrive in resort, here right at the heart of the village.

These four-person ski weeks will depart on 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th March 2019.

It costs from £1,199pp and includes flights, return transfers, lift pass, ski rentals and lessons.

There's More to the Mountains Than Skiing - Try a new activity every day in Beitostølen

It's a family-run resort that offers much more besides skiing, though the gentle slopes and terrain do make it a perfect place to learn and practice.

So included in this Norway winter holiday, Ski Safari has set up a programme with the best of Beitostølen:

  • Tuesday: Mountain Curling
  • Wednesday: Snow Rafting
  • Thursday: Lavvo/teepee dinner
  • Friday: Tobogganing
  • Saturday: Reindeer Sledding
Ski SafariMore to the mountains













Beitostølen is a traditional, relaxing low-key village.

There are live bands on weekends but generally après-ski is mellow.

This is an activity, outdoor place - didn't we tell you.

It makes it perfect for a family holiday, and so Ski Safari has created a package for the fam:

7 nights half board, with skiing and activities included, costs from £1,165pp.

It's based on 2 adults and 2 children under 12 sharing at the 3* Bergo Hotel, also including the flights, transfers, lift pass, ski rental and activities.

Beitostolen skiingBeitostolen groomer














Freeride the Fjords - Dramatic scenery and epic backcountry skiing

Have you heard the rumour that Norway's skiing is just for beginners.

Well, we're here to tell you it ain't so...

Travel through the Norwegian fjords by bus, boat and train.

An impressive access voyage...

Bergen Airport to Myrkdalen takes 2 hours, and from there to Myrdal via Nærøyfjord​ is a 45-minute bus ride, 2 hours by boat and a 50-minute train ride through fjords and mountains, and past waterfalls.

Myrkdalen credit Sverre FhjornevikMyrkdalen, credit Sverre Fhjornevik













It really is a ski safari and through some incredible terrain for your backcountry adventure.

Warm up in Myrkdalen with its easy-access off-piste.

Here at PlanetSKI we visited last winter - skiing in Myrkdalen and taking a boat trip on the nearby fjord:

Then move on to the small viking village of Gudvangen which is surrounded my mountains and has water views to boot.

Here you embark on one of the most dramatic fjord trip, by boat across the Nærøyfjord to Flåm where you climb onto the famous Flåm railway to bring you to your very remote hotel lodge.

The Vatnahalsen Mountain Lodge is your base for a couple of days of guided ski touring.

Then it's back to reality.

But before you head home, why not spend a few nights in Oslo, perhaps in a 5* spa hotel to finish off your holiday perfectly.

Or perhaps the historic city of Bergen for a foodie few days by the harbour?

Fjord cruise at the Sogne Fjord, credit Sverre FhjornevikFjord cruise at the Sogne Fjord, credit Sverre Fhjornevik













But this is just an idea - there are many adventures to be had in Norway.

And as with all Ski Safari trips, they can be made bespoke to you, by you, with the help of their experts.

Last plug for Norway being a spot for experienced skiers:

It's pretty much as snow-sure as it gets, so there's powder, into May...

The powder... photo credit Sverre FhjornevikThe powder... photo credit Sverre Fhjornevik













Explore the Fjords - A more gentle way to enjoy Norway's breathtaking sceneryDramatic scenery.

That's the first thing to say about Norway's fjords.

Take more time to see surrounding fjord scenery, rather than facing/racing down the hills.

Switch out the two days of backcountry skiing for more time in Flåm.

There are views of the Aurlandsfjord not to miss.

Naeroyfjord credit Sverre FhjornevikNaeroyfjord













Myrkdalen resortMyrkdalen resort













The small village is actually one of Norway's top three summer destinations.

But in winter it's even more serene and remote.

We'd say to sleep at the Fretheim Hotel - a haven to return to from the exhilarating high-speed rib boat ride you should take, or perhaps a slower but no less impressive snowshoe excursion.

For full details of the trips then see here.

Here at PlanetSKI we are rather fond of skiing in Norway for a whole variety of reasons.

We've been there each winter for the past five years or so.

Check out some of our earlier reports if you want to find out more and why we like it so much:

PlanetSKI in NorwayPlanetSKI in Norway

















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