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Bardøla Hotel, Geilo

Hardangervidda – a paradise for winter holidays
 
Offering fantastic cross-country and downhill skiing for all levels, the lively village of Geilo has wide appeal. The high-quality Bardøla Hotel, with its good food and pool, attracts families and couples alike, and is an ideal base for a winter holiday.
Bardøla Hotel, Geilo. 7 nights
Bardøla Hotel, Geilo. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Geilo

for cross-country and downhill skiers
The great mountain moorland region of Hardangervidda lies above the fjords of western Norway, a snowy wilderness that is a paradise for winter holidays. Here, set by a frozen lake, the lively village of Geilo is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and superb skiing – cross-country ski trails start from the foot of the village and link to the extensive ski domain in the fells above, while there is also easy access to the fantastic downhill pistes.
With this irresistible combination of a high-quality hotel and a good-sized, friendly village offering equally fantastic cross-country and downhill skiing, it is no surprise that Geilo is a place with a very wide appeal, attracting families with children of all ages (including teenagers) during the school holidays, and couples looking for some great skiing during the quieter months of January and March.
 

Our expert says

“Bigger than the other places we offer in Norway, Geilo has more going on and has plenty of skiing to offer both cross-country and downhill skiers of all levels.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so it's up to you how much or how little skiing you do.
  • Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & advanced
    The hotel is a short walk from the nearest cross-country trails which take you through the village – where there is a 5-kilometre floodlit trail – and around Ustedalen Lake. More advanced trails can be found above Havsdalen, easily reached by taxi or the hotel's minibus. These trails take you above the treeline and command far-reaching views. Alternatively, you could use the train to travel to the next stop, Ustaoset, and from here ski back to Geilo.

    Trails: 220km to 1376m (both classic and skating). Use of the cross-country trails is free of charge
    Cross-country skiing
  • Best for: beginners, improvers, intermediates & families
    There is a good choice of runs on either side of the village, connected by a free ski bus. Some slopes are floodlit in the evenings. The Slaatta Skisenter is closest to the hotel and is the meeting point for lessons at the very friendly ski school. You can treat yourselves to the delicious cakes served in the café here.

    Pistes: 39 pistes to 1178m (comprises green 10, blue 9, red 15, black 5, served by 20 lifts, partly foodlit) accessed by free ski bus. Piste map >
    Downhill skiing
  • Dog-sledding & more
    If you fancy a change, snowshoeing, fatbiking (on bikes with extra-wide tyres) and dog-sledding can all be arranged locally, or you could take the famously dramatic Flåm Railway from the mountains to the fjords (pay locally).
    Dog-sledding © Anders K Medhus
  • Special events
    At Christmas, there are carols around the tree, live music on several evenings, and a visit from Father Christmas. There are also family-oriented activities at New  Year, plus a special meal and fireworks.
 

Where you stay

Pleasantly bustling Geilo (altitude: 800m) was the first village in Norway to establish itself as a ski destination in 1909. It is set in the middle of a valley by a frozen lake on the edge of the Hardangervidda National Park. From the hotel, which is located on the outskirts of the village, it is a 20-minute stroll to the centre with its sports shops, supermarkets, cafés, restaurants and bank.
Bardøla Hotel

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Extend your stay

 

Inclusive value

For holidays starting 1-22 March 2020, our prices include a dinner at the superb Vestlia Resort, to which you will be transported by horse-drawn sleigh – the perfect way to appreciate Geilo's peaceful surroundings!
 
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  • 7 nights: 22 December 2019 - 02 January 2020 & 03 January 2020 - 12 April 2020

    Start Friday & Sunday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults 5-15 yrs 2-4 yrs
    22 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £1198 £670 £540
    29 Dec - 29 Dec 2019 £1130 £632 £510
    03 Jan - 19 Jan 2020 £960 £538 £432
    24 Jan - 02 Feb 2020 £998 £558 £450
    07 Feb - 09 Feb 2020 £1160 £650 £520
    14 Feb - 16 Feb 2020 £1198 £670 £540
    21 Feb - 23 Feb 2020 £1160 £650 £520
    28 Feb - 29 Mar 2020 £998 £558 £450
    03 Apr - 05 Apr 2020 £1160 £650 £520
    10 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £998 £558 £450

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Prices for children are based on sharing a room with 2 adults

    Included travel: Norwegian Gatwick-Oslo (2h05) (out dep 0920, home arr 2000; hold luggage included), connecting journey by rail from Oslo Central (3h35) & transfer (0h05)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Bardøla Hotel, Geilo
    Family (sleeps 4-5): 22 Dec - 19 Apr 2020 £35
    Family suite (sleeps 4-6): 22 Dec - 19 Apr 2020 £80
    Junior suite: 22 Dec - 19 Apr 2020 £35
    Large with balcony: 22 Dec - 19 Apr 2020 £20
    Single room: 22 Dec - 19 Apr 2020 £40
  • Cross-country beginner/improver; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ classic ski hire & 3 x group lessons £220 £220
    Cross-country intermediate; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ classic ski hire £85 £85
    Downhill beginner/improver; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ ski hire, 4 x 80-minute lessons & 6 day local area pass £385 £370
    Downhill intermediate; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ ski hire & 6 day local area pass £290 £275
    Downhill all levels; child (7-17yrs) High season Low season
    6 days’ ski hire, 4 x 80-minute lessons & 6 day local area pass £330 £315

    High=holidays starting 22-29 Dec, 9 Feb-1 Mar, 5 Apr; Low=all other dates

  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Oslo Gardermoen (latest flight arrival time: 1400; earliest flight departure time: 1710)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Oslo Gardermoen. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen) Loganair,  SAS 
    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Amsterdam KLM 
    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Bergen SAS 
    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Copenhagen SAS 
    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Stavanger SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) Flybe 
    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Oslo (Gardermoen) Norwegian,  SAS 
    Edinburgh - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Humberside - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Oslo (Gardermoen) Norwegian 
    Gatwick - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Stockholm) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Oslo (Gardermoen) British Airways,  SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Oslo (Gardermoen) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen) Norwegian,  SAS 
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Copenhagen SAS 
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Heathrow SAS 
    Manchester - Oslo (Gardermoen), via Stockholm SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Oslo Gardermoen. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 lunch packs
    7 breakfasts
  • use of cross-country trails
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Gatwick (regional flights available)
  • rail & taxi from/to Oslo
 
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FAQs

  • If you are travelling over Christmas or New Year, or during school holidays, you should definitely pre-book lessons. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of packages that we can arrange for you in advance.
    Sometimes we can’t make bookings on your behalf. In these cases you should phone or email the ski school well before your holiday to arrange a date and time; do not wait until you are on holiday to make arrangements. 
  • This is quite common in Norwegian hotels, and is essentially a DIY packed lunch – you take what you’d like from the breakfast buffet, and can even bring along a flask to fill up with coffee.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport with at least three months' validity to travel to Norway, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The most widely spoken language is Norwegian. The currency is the Kroner. Norwegian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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