Winter adventure in Norway 2024: snow, ice, moose and silence

8 Days

Your trip

Experience a unique winter adventure in the wild and exotic nature of Norway!

Well-marked cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails lead into the wilderness. A silence that can only be experienced in a few places in Europe. Moose are almost certain to be seen during your stay.

This active week is suitable for beginners but also for sworn Norway fans who want to experience something new.

During your snowshoe hikes, the cross-country skiing tours and the ice hike you will get an extraordinary insight into the Norwegian winter.

A dog sledding tour near Hindsæter is also available upon request.

You can relax daily in the hotel’s wellness area and then enjoy the excellent Norwegian cuisine with mainly local products.

What makes this tour so special?

It’s not just the experience – you yourself are the focus. This tour is not guided. You plan and go independently. However, the tour is accompanied intensively by the host accommodations. It is thus aimed – quite low-threshold and unofficially – at prospective “winter tour guides” in Norway.

Are you unsure how to best plan a week in the snow in Scandinavia yourself, how to correctly assess snow, ice and weather conditions yourself? Then you are exactly right here. Our local partners are happy to discuss your plans and experience with you: Maps, trails, snowshoe trails, weather and conditions to incorporate into your day’s plans. Look forward to vacation – and take a “mini training” to the winter expert Norway right away :-).

Accommodation

The hotel

The small historic Hindsæter Hotel is located by the Jotunheimen National Park, only 15 km from Gjende and Besseggen.

Hindsæter was built in 1898. The house impresses with its unique view over the valley and the national park. Hindsæter today is a wonderful place to relax with an extraordinary number of opportunities right on your doorstep. Also enjoy the very good Norwegian food that is offered to you here.

Catering

The hotel restaurant was included in the list of the best restaurants serving local specialties by Innovation Norway.

Hindseter is especially known for its reindeer dishes.

Included in the tour price are

> Breakfast

> Self-prepared packed lunch

> 3 course dinner

Special meal requests such as gluten-free or vegetarian please specify when booking.

Room

The hotel includes 7 double rooms and 10 romantic alpine suites with views over the valley or the surrounding forest. All rooms were completely renovated in 2020.

Double room

The double rooms are small but cozy and functionally furnished.

All have their own shower / WC.

Alpine suites

The Alm suites are furnished with historic farm furniture, traditional hand-woven tapestries, slind (cover for beds) and an old door to the “cheese store”, which can be filled up for your arrival. The romantic beds are produced in Norway by Dokka Bondemøbler with quality mattresses from Jensen.

Wooden panels on the walls and a log table from the local forest, moose and reindeer antlers. Seating area with warm wild sheepskins and good reading lamp. If you have booked an alpine suite, access to the whirlpool and saunas in the Kultursauna is included.

Wellness area

After a busy day of activity, you can relax in the hotel’s wellness area. Welcome – after a long day of hiking or skiing – in the whirlpool, to warm up in the saunas or to refresh a snow bath outside.

If you have booked a vacation apartment Almsuite, the use is included, otherwise for an extra charge, payable on site. Only for adults over 18 years.


The wellness is modeled after a small Norwegian mountain farm. Hundreds of years old pine beams of an old log barn decorate the outer wall of the sauna and other walls. The infrared cabin is dressed as a stone hut. Weathered wood and old doors convey history and culture around and in Hindsæter. The whirlpool is lined with wood from the water pipe of the old power station. The mountain formation “Hindholet” is painted directly with oil on the wall.

Equipment & requirement

Requirements

> The activities offered are very suitable for both beginners and advanced.

> The level of difficulty is adapted to the requirements of the group.

> The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.

Equipment

> The equipment for the cross-country skiing and snowshoeing activities will be provided for you on site, included in the tour price.

Arrival & Transfer

Arrival airport / train

From Oslo Gardermoen Airport or directly from Oslo Central Station you can take the train to Otta (about 3 hours). From there you will be picked up by prior arrangement (price and times on request).

You can find timetables and tickets for Norwegian Railways here: Norwegian State Railways

Arrival by car / ferry

If you would like to travel by car, the Colorline ferry mini-cruise from Kiel to Oslo is a great option.

We will be happy to make you a package offer for the trip including ferry crossing. The drive from Oslo to the hotel takes about 4 hours. We recommend that you take snow chains with you.

Country information

Please see our entry information for Norway on our Country Information page.

We recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance. you can find a quote on our travel insurance page.

Unforgettable

  • A winter week of fun, sports and relaxation in the magnificent expanse of Norway
  • The hospitality of Hindsæter Hotel

From day to day

Arrival & dinner menu :
Day 1: Sunday

Arrival & dinner menu

Look forward to the weekly program. It includes various winter activities from cross-country skiing to snowshoeing, sled racing and ice hiking on the Sjoa River.

The activities are especially suitable for beginners and families. No prior knowledge of this is necessary. But also experienced Norway fans will get their money’s worth here.

You can always use the marked snowshoe hiking trails or miles of cross-country ski trails for excursions on your own. If desired, there is the possibility to book a dog sledding tour on site at the neighboring Sjødalen Hyttetun.

Dinner
Cross country skiing :
Day 2: Monday

Day 2: Monday

Ski rental followed by a 1.5 hour introduction to classic cross-country skiing; skiing on your own in the marked trails with map. After the dinner menu: Information about the weekly program around the fireplace.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Snowshoe :
Day 3: Tuesday

Day 3: Tuesday

Snowshoe Hike. Head out on one of the groomed trails or leave your own tracks in the deep snow off the trails. Discover the silence of the valley!

In the evening we invite you on a guided tour on snowshoes – in the moonlight, under the stars and with a little luck we will see the northern lights!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Ice canyon :
Day 4: Wednesday

Day 4: Wednesday

Guided ice walk along and in the frozen Sjoa River. Spectacular, easy day tour into the canyon, ice caves and behind frozen waterfalls with ice in all colors. We take wood with us and prepare coffee on the campfire like the old trappers.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Dog sledding :
Day 5: Thursday

Day 5: Thursday

Today you have the opportunity to take a dog sled tour, in the neighboring Sjodalen Hyttetun (with extra charge). This is 3 km away from Hindsaeter. You can get there either on the groomed cross-country ski trails or the marked snowshoe trail. There is a kiosk there that offers delicious waffles, snacks and hot drinks.

Take a dog sledding tour or even just watch. Alternatively, you can follow the snowshoe trail through the “Legend Forest” and learn a few Norwegian fairy tales.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel
Summit hike :
Day 6: Friday

Day 6: Friday

Now you are fit enough for the ascent to the most beautiful peak in the area: Stuttgongkampen (1416 m). A marked snowshoe trail leads all the way, about 500 vertical meters up to the summit. It takes about 3 hours to get to the top and you will be rewarded with a fantastic view over the entire valley.
In the evening you are invited to a wonderful sleigh race with torches!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel

Day 7: Saturday

A day to relax. Enjoy the last day in the valley on skis or snowshoes or just relax with the view from the panoramic salon. In the afternoon ‘Afterski’ is offered in the beer cellar: Try a few Norwegian craft beers from 40 different varieties (payable on site).

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel

Day 8: Sunday

Departure after breakfast

Breakfast

Services

contain

  • 7 nights in booked room category
  • Breakfast buffet, packed lunch, 3-course dinner menu
  • Activities and transfers according to the program
  • 2 guided tours: ice canyon and snowshoe tour
  • Rental cross country ski equipment and snowshoes
  • Use of the wellness area, included when booking Alm-Suite, otherwise on surcharge approx. 15 Euro

Complementary:

  • Transfer from and to Otta train station
  • Drinks, cake in the afternoon
  • Dog sledding activity
  • Use of the wellness area when booking double / single room standard additional price of about 15 €.
  • Norwegian craft beer tasting with a beer sommelier

Dates and prices

Arrival days: every Sunday in …
Season 1 04.02. – 17.03.
The day of arrival determines the season.
All prices per person. The prices in the booking form or shopping cart apply.
Travel package Season 1
Double room Comfort “Alp Suite” with sauna use 1.500 €
Double room Standrad 1.150 €
Single room standard 1.550 €
Extra nights with half board Season 3
Extra night Alp Suite 400 €
Extra night double room standard 300 €
Extra night single number standard on request
Additional services
Use of sauna and wellness for booking double room, single room standard 15 €
Transfer from and to Ottawa train station 50 €
Please note: Unlike our travel tours, we do not show you any routes here but "only" the hotel. The daily program will be presented to you by your English speaking tour team on site.

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