Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing vacation Norway 2024: Cottage vacations in pristine winter landscape

8 Days

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Experience the originality of Norway in unforgettable cabin winter vacations!

Lemonsjoen ‘s cozy, family-run mountain hotel offers homey cabins located near Jotunheimen National Park.

In the pristine, quiet and at the same time spectacular environment you can enjoy the typical Norwegian cottage life.

A large cross-country skiing area leads you on various trails directly from your accommodation through the breathtaking landscape. Also for snowshoe hikers there are many, varied possibilities either to follow the cross-country tracks or to hike freely ‘cross-country’.

After a day full of activity you can enjoy the very good Norwegian food and the tranquility at Jotunheimen National Park.

The Furuset family welcomes you “warmly”. The many tour tips and the warmth of your hosts make your stay an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation – the cottages

You will stay in one of the ten cabins, all of which offer a wonderful view over the lake and the mountains. The cabins are 52 sqm and equipped with 2 bedrooms (1 x double bed and 1 x 2 bunk beds, so 6 beds in total), 1 bathroom with shower / WC, floor heating, kitchen with dishwasher, dining table with view and a living area with fireplace. The firewood is included. Wi-Fi is available in the cabins.


In Lemonsjoen a lot of emphasis is put on the food and the hosts are very proud of their cuisine: traditional, local, homemade and delicious!

Included in the tour price are

> Breakfast buffet

> Packed lunch

> 3-course dinner menu.

Special meal requests (e.g. gluten-free or vegetarian) please specify at the time of booking.


> The cross-country skiing area around Lemonsjoen offers a total of about 150 km of groomed trails.

> The tracks are mainly prepared for classic cross-country skiing style and are only partially suitable for skating.

> Since you are on your own, you can determine your own pace and the length of the routes. The trails are well signposted.

If you are inexperienced on skis, you can also take cross-country skiing lessons (bookable and payable on site). It increases the joy of skiing immensely when you master the technique! You do not need any experience for the snowshoe hikes. You should have a good basic condition to hike through the snowy landscape. The trip is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. Please contact us for detailed information if needed.


> Since you are running on groomed trails, normal cross-country skis are suitable for the classic technique.

> Rental of cross-country equipment (skis, poles, boots) or snowshoes for your stay gladly available.

> Every Monday the house offers 90-minute technique training on request cross-country skiing.

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, the hotel bus will pick you up by prior arrangement (pick-up times between 10:00 and 18:00, aligned with the train connection at 17:30 – please arrange times with us before booking). 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 (taking snow chains recommended).

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.


  • The white expanse of winter, the airs of the skies
  • The coziness in the evening after a day of full winter sun
  • The hospitality of Norway

From day to day

Day 01 :


You are free! Your stay in Lemonsjoen is not determined by a fixed weekly program, as is usually the case with our trips. You can fill your daily schedule according to your mood or book other activities on site.

In the pristine environment and one of the most beautiful natural landscapes that Norway has to offer, your cozy cabin is the setting for your active vacation.

Advanced cross-country skiers enjoy the varied, well-groomed trails in the spectacular area during the day and follow the miles of cross-country skiing routes through mountain and forest landscapes (about 150 km, which are tracked depending on weather and demand).

Beginners or returning skiers can take cross-country lessons in advance and then try out your skills in the safe environment of Lemonsjoen (bookable and payable on site).

An overview of the cross-country skiing area and the currently groomed trails can be found here:Cross-country skiing area Lemonsjoen.

When snowshoeing, you can follow the groomed cross-country trails, or trudge cross-country through the pristine winter landscape. A nature experience that you should not miss! There is also the possibility to book guided snowshoe hikes on site (payable on site).

Mountain curling is a Norwegian version of Austrian curling and you are welcome to try it in Lemonsjoen (100 NOK / person / 2 hours).

A dog sledding tour is also highly recommended. In Sjödalen (about 6 km from Lemonsjoen) you can choose between 6, 12 and 30 km tours with guide (bookable and payable locally on request).

After an active day you can relax in your own cozy cabin, enjoy the view or just relax in the tranquility of Norwegian nature.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunday :
Day 1

Snowshoeing Gråhø – individual on marked trail with special map for maximum safety

Monday :
Day 2

Cross-country skiing, possibility of lessons if needed

Tuesday :
Day 3

“Eisstockschiessen”, a popular sport in Austria – we have modified it and present Mountain Curling – FjellKørling! More than 2 hours of fun including required equipment

Wednesday :
Day 4

Cross-country skiing tour Lemonsjø/Sjodalen , 18 km, easy conditions

Thursday :
Day 5

Snowshoe hike to Trollhø viewpoint – self-guided on marked trail with special map for maximum safety.

Beautiful view of the national parks Jotunheimen and Rondane

Friday :
Day 6

Dog sledding in Randsverk or Sjodalen (external provider, price on request)

Between 6 and 30 km long tours with guidance.

Saturday :
Day 7

Off to the slopes! Jotunheimen Lemonsjøen Alpinecenter offers the most enchanting downhill slopes in Norway. The lift takes you to an altitude of over 1200 m and offers a magnificent view of Jotunheimen and Rondane

Open: January, February and March SA-SO

, additionally daily from 10.02. until 04.03.

There is a fee for the lift ticket, if necessary there is also a ski rental, it is possible to book the instruction in advance for a fee.

“Plan B”

Experience the local life!

Visit the village of Vågå, beautifully nestled in the Ottadalen valley, surrounded by steep slopes.

Beautiful, small stores, galleries and a picturesque church from 1130.

Accessible by public bus


Your package contains

  • 7 nights in own cabin with WLAN
  • Breakfast buffet, packed lunch, 3-course dinner (drinks payable on site)
  • Bed linen
  • Hand change on request
  • Final cleaning of the cottage, no intermediate cleaning
  • Tour map for cross country skiing and snowshoe hikes

You can supplement it with:

  • Excursions and activities such as dog sledding, day trips, etc. please inquire and book directly on site.

Dates and prices


Arrival every Saturday, 27.01-23.03.2024
Minimum occupancy per cottage: 2 persons

Price per person

If the cottage is occupied by 4 persons : 900,- €, please book “cottage group discount 4 pers)

If the cottage is occupied by 3 persons : 1.000,- €, please book “cottage group discount 3 pers)

If the cottage is occupied by 2 persons : 1.200,- €, please book “cottage group discount 2 pers or double room)

Children with min. 2 Erw.

> 0 – 7 years: 350,- € (please book “Child 1”)

> 7 – 14 years: 530,- € (please book “child 2”)

Ski rental (skis, poles, boots) : 100,- € for 6 days

Snowshoes rental (from size 35) 15,- € per day

90 min ski course, each month : 100 ,- € (max.3pers.)

Transfer from/to Otta (Sundays, corresponds with the train at 17.30): 75,- Euro per pers. and way. Please book “Transfer Person” per route.

Bus service from Monday to Friday

– Prices on request

For further additional services and prices please see the booking mask. To do this, please click on ‘calculate and book’.

What demands do the tours and trails place on my skills?

You arrange your days according to your mood.

The ski slopes in the Lemonsjø area offer great conditions for everyone – regardless of fitness and shape. Here you can choose short or long hikes, easy or more challenging trails. The terrain offers rolling forests and rugged mountains. The trails are groomed from December to April, depending on weather and snow conditions. Most of the trails are double-tracked. Some routes are designed for skating.

A classic is the loop around Lemonsjøen. It leads over 14 km through varied terrain with views of Glittertind in Jotunheimen and Rondeslottert in Rondane spice up the experience!

What meals does the house offer?

You will be fully catered with breakfast, very rich and varied evening buffets. For the day you will receive packed lunches.

What equipment should I bring?

Since you will be skiing mainly on groomed trails, normal, classic cross-country skis are sufficient. In Norway, slightly wider skis with steel edges are often used due to possible deep snow areas. Skating is also possible, but not in the whole area. You can rent skis, boots and poles.

Otherwise: good alpine (cross-country) skiwear – wool is a winner! Hiking boots suitable for winter. Wind protection is a must. T-shirt for evenings in front of the fireplace and casual evening dress for the cozy evenings at the cottage. Reusable food box, thermos for hot drinks, camera, basic first aid kit and a daypack. Board games, books and favorites for the evening.

Are additional nights bookable?

Yes. We are happy to offer you additional nights.

What rooms does the house offer?

The hotel has 4 double rooms each with its own shower and toilet. All rooms offer a beautiful view of Lemonsjøen or the mountains.
The apartments have 3 bedrooms, shower/WC and sauna. You will find a kitchenette with dishwasher and a living room with stove and TV.
The cottages have two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, bathroom with shower and toilet.


Please note: The trails and slopes in the Lemonsjø area offer great conditions for everyone - regardless of fitness and form. Here you can choose short or long hikes, easy or more challenging trails. The terrain varies between rolling forests and rugged rocky mountains. The trails are maintained from December to April. Most of the trails in the area are double-tracked, some trails are also suitable for skating. For details and recommendations, please contact your local hosts. Around Lemonsjøen there are also great winter hiking opportunities with snowshoes in deep snow. Follow the summer trails or create your own route: Gråhø, Vesslevassfjellet, Ørnkampen with Brannvakthytta and viewpoint Trollhø are just a few ideas. Your hosts will be happy to advise you spontaneously on the spot.

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