Cross-country skiing Norway 2024: 8 days on the Jotunheimen trail

8 Days

Your trip

The Jotunheimen trail stretches through gentle forests and over rugged, largely untouched mountain landscapes with fantastic views!

North of Lemonsjøen we head west towards Gjende and Jotunheimen National Park on well groomed trails. With a little luck you will see moose or reindeer crossing your tracks. Take your time and enjoy the enchanting landscape and incredible silence.

Along the route you will spend the night in traditional, family-run hostels. On the way you will also spend the night in fairytale cabins of Sjodalen Hyttetun – A very special experience!

In addition to Norwegian hospitality, exceptional culinary experiences await you. With ingredients such as moose, reindeer, venison or trout, you will be served authentic dishes – let yourself be surprised!

You don’t have to worry about your luggage, the luggage transport is included in the tour price, as well as breakfast, packed lunch and dinner.

This trip mixes the best of a trail experience and on-site enjoyment: you are in one place for the first three days, then walk along the trail to a second hotel, stay there for two more nights. The next day you follow the trail again and stay the last two nights in a third hotel. This way you will have the opportunity to get to know the Norwegian hospitality more intensively than ever for just one night – and at the same time gather impressions from different places of this wonderful route tour.


> The tour runs at an altitude of about 850 – 950 m.

> The entire Jotunheimen trail is groomed almost daily during the season by a trail machine or snowmobile and can be skied with normal classic cross-country skis.

> You should be a normally experienced cross-country skier and be able to handle the distances given in a slightly mountainous terrain.

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


> For cross-country skiing we recommend the wider touring skis with half steel edges.

> You can rent the cross-country skiing equipment from us (incl. return transfer). Please specify when booking.

Arrival / Transfer

Included in the tour price is the following transfer to and from Oslo Gardermoen Airport:

Arrival: Oslo Gardermoen – Lemonsjøen

> Train Oslo Gardermoen to Otta

> Transportation from Otta to Lemonsjøen by hotel bus / cab

Departure: Bessheim – Oslo Gardermoen

> Transfer from Bessheim to Otta by bus / cab

> Train ride Otta to Oslo Gardermoen

Please agree
before booking a flight
the times wg. of the transfers with us.

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.

Day by day

Arrival Oslo - Transfer to Lemonsjøen :
Day 1: Saturday

Arrival Oslo – Transfer to Lemonsjøen

After your arrival at the airport, take the train to Otta and continue by Holtebus / cab to your first accommodation. Departure train from Oslo Gardermoen: approx. 14:29 (subject to change)

Accommodation: You will be accommodated in the cozy, family-run Lemonsjøen Fjellstue & Hyttegrend right by the lake.

Cross country skiing and activities around Lemonsjøen :
Day 2 and 3, Sunday and Monday

Day 2 and 3, Sunday and Monday: Cross-country skiing and activities around Lemonsjøen

Here you have the opportunity to test your cross-country skiing equipment and spend 2 days exploring the Lemonsjøen area. Enjoy the charming scenery and spectacular surroundings. We recommend among other things a tour to the starting point of the Jotunheimen cross-country ski trail, north of the lake (round trip approx. 14 km), snowshoeing or mountain curling (payable locally).

Accommodation: Lemonsjøen Fjellstue & Hyttegrend

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cross-country skiing tour from Lemonsjøen to Sjodalen, approx. 18 km :
Day 4, Tuesday

Cross-country skiing tour from Lemonsjøen to Sjodalen, approx. 18 km

A moderate daily stage through pine and birch forests is on the agenda today. During harsh winter days, the forests provide pleasant shelter. You walk up the valley Sjodalen. Several times you will cross a road where there is little traffic in winter. Once in Randsverk, you will pass through a small community with small farmhouses and a campground.


Fairy tale cabin of Sjodalen Hyttetun (showers and toilets in the service house ca.40 m from the cabin).
The beautiful Sjodalen Hyttetun area offers several extravagant cabins in the forest. If you would like to upgrade to one of these special adventure cabins , please let us know when booking. We are happy to request prices and availability. Please calculate with approx. 100 € / person as a guideline.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Experience Sjodalen :
Day 5: Wednesday

Day 5: Experience Sjodalen

Opt for a ski trip across the valley or rent snowshoes for a winter forest hike. As a special experience we recommend to take part in a dog sledding experience. Please book spontaneously on site according to availability or ask us when booking. We will then check availabilities and price in advance. Please calculate with a price of ~ 120 to 160 Euro.

Accommodation: as the previous day in Sjodalen Hyttetun.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Other accommodation
Cross-country skiing tour from Sjodalen to Bessheim, approx. 25 km :
Day 6: Thursday

Cross-country skiing tour from Sjodalen to Bessheim, approx. 25 km

Today’s tour runs most of the way along the eastern side of the valley and through more open countryside with views of the peaks of Jotunheimen National Park.

You first follow the river Sjoa. You can choose to walk east or west along the lake Nedre Sjodalsvatnet. The eastern variant is slightly longer. At Storhaugen you cross the lake to Bessheim.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cross country skiing tours around Bessheim :
Day 7: Friday

Cross country skiing tours around Bessheim

We recommend that you walk to the end point of the Jotunheimen trail in Gjendesheim today. This round trip of about 12 km will take you to the finish point of the Lopie.

Alternatively, a hike to the Besseggen mountain range on skis or snowshoes is also recommended!

Accommodation: as the day before at Bessheim Fjellstue & Hytter

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day of farewell - or not ... :
Day 8: Saturday

Day 8, Saturday: Day of farewell – or not …

After breakfast we will go to Otta by bus / cab. From there you will take the train to Oslo Gardermoen Airport.

If you like: stay one more night. Just talk to us at the time of booking.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


... included:

  • 7 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch (homemade packed lunch, refilled own thermos), dinner.
  • Route description and trail maps (in English)
  • Luggage transport from accommodation to accommodation
  • Transfer from and to Oslo Gardermoen by train, cab / bus according to program

Dates and prices


Arrival every Sunday
> from 04.02.2024 to 17.03.2024.


Price per person

> in double room standard : 1.700 €

> in single room : 2.200 €.

For more additional services and prices, please see the booking page. Please also click ‘calculate and book’.


How can I book an upgrade to the Adventure Fairy Tale Cabins at Sjodalen Hyttetun Camping?

When booking, please let us know in text form if you would like us to book one of the extravagant adventure fairy tale cabins in Sjodalen Hyttetun for you on day 4 and 5 for an extra charge. We will ask for the current price. It varies and is typically ~ 100 euros.

Please note: The route shown is for orientation purposes only. Follow the mostly well signposted trail. It deviates from time to time from the indicated paths, but roughly follows the course. The cross-country ski trails tend to be somewhat shorter and flatter than the hiking trails designated here.

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