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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.
Skiing is far from the only activity on offer, however: unlike some of our more secluded Norwegian hotels, Geilo is a well-connected village with a very wide appeal. During your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a ride on the Flåm Railway – one of the world’s greatest train journeys, and a particularly lovely experience over the quieter winter months – with other options ranging from striking out across virgin snow on snowshoes to thrilling dog-sledding expeditions. There’s even the chance to try out a fatbike – an increasingly popular means of exploring Norway’s snow-covered landscapes.

Another reason to choose Geilo is the high-quality Bardøla Hotel, a pleasant mix of ancient and modern. The traditional wooden furniture and antiques provide a cosy feel, while the wide-ranging facilities delight couples and families alike.

Winter 2021/22

We are unable to accept new bookings for this holiday for this winter.

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

Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so it's up to you how much or how little skiing you do.
  • 220km; suited to all levels
    The hotel is just a ten-minute stroll from the cross-country ski centre, from where easy routes lead off through the trees and around Ustedalen Lake. More advanced skiers will enjoy tackling the trails above Havsdalen, which can be reached on the free morning ski bus.

    Up to 60 kilometres of Geilo’s trails are groomed in December and January, with the full 220 kilometres available from mid-February. There are a number of huts along the trails should you wish to stop for coffee and waffles, and access to all trails is free of charge.

    Here are some of our favourite options:

    Budalsv circuit: 8.5km
    This pleasant circuit around Budalsv Lake is relatively easy, taking you first alongside the downhill slopes before heading through the trees and around the frozen lake. For a longer outing, it’s possible to ski as far as Vestreim Fjellsugu for refreshments, though it’s worth noting this 5-kilometre extension would take you across more challenging terrain.

    Ustaoset Lake circuit: 13km
    Reached by a ten-minute train journey, this is a very easy circuit which ascends gradually through the village of Ustaoset before dropping down to the lakeside. The return journey to Geilo is also by train.
    Extensive cross-country skiing ©Slaatta Geilo Skiskole, Joffrey Thevenon
  • 39 pistes to 1178m; suited to beginners, intermediates & families
    Geilo has one of the largest downhill ski areas in Norway, and the excellent, well-prepared pistes are split across both sides of the valley. The slopes closest to the hotel can be reached by a ten-minute walk or three-minute ride on the free ski bus – this passes by the hotel and connects the local ski areas, across which you’ll find a good selection of runs for all abilities as well as a number of refreshment options.
    Downhill skiing for all the family
  • Dog-sledding, snowshoeing & more
    Cross-country and downhill skiing may be Geilo’s principal winter sports, but there are a number of other activities available in and around the village.

    Speeding through the snow at the helm of a dog-sled is a favourite activity of many Inntravellers – there’s a sense of being close to nature, and the connection you establish with the dogs is very special. There are a number of possible tours from Geilo, ranging from 20-minute taster sessions to half- and full-day trips. The choice is yours!

    Once a week in Geilo, you have the chance to don snowshoes and join a guided hike that explores the fjells surrounding the village. All necessary equipment is included, and snowshoeing is extremely easy to pick up, so don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before – as soon as you’re accustomed to wearing the oversized shoes, you can turn your attention to the beautiful scenery all around you.

    Cycling on snow with giant tyres is becoming very popular in Norway, and you can try this ‘new’ sport for yourself by joining one of the village’s twice-weekly taster sessions. All equipment is provided.
  • Ride the Flåm Railway
    Constructed in the early 20th century, the Flåmsbana is one of the world’s most scenic railway lines, and a busy tourist attraction throughout the summer months. It’s a delight to experience this railway during the comparative calm of winter, and so we highly recommend making the day trip from Geilo.

    Departing the village in the late morning, you first take the local train to Myrdal, keeping an eye out en route for the Finse Hotel 1222, a strikingly remote hotel to which Ernest Shackleton was a frequent visitor in the early 1900s as he prepared for his various Arctic expeditions. At Myrdal, you change onto the famous Flåm Railway, which descends 886 thrilling metres over the course of just 20 kilometres, winding through an impressive series of tunnels and ravines and passing numerous frozen waterfalls before reaching fjordside Flåm.

    You have a couple of hours to enjoy the magnificent setting of this small village, and to visit the handful of shops and cafés that remain open over winter. We particularly recommend calling into the Flåm Railway Museum: housed in the former station, this gives a good insight into the fascinating history of the line.

    And then it’s time to jump back on board, for the return journey to Geilo.
    Visit Flåm ©Sverre Hjornevik
  • Skiing for all ages
    Geilo makes a superb base for a varied week of cross-country and downhill skiing. The local Slaatta Ski School caters extremely well for children – as well as offering downhill lessons to children aged five and above, it organises a weekly programme of fun activities, such as slalom races and treasure hunts.

    The hotel is also very family-friendly: the large indoor pool has an adjoining children’s pool, and the family rooms and suites can sleep up to five.

    Norway is often seen as an expensive destination but with all your meals taken care of – you make up a lunch pack from breakfast to take out each day – a trip to Geilo offers excellent value, and the extensive skiing and activities available will make for a first-rate family holiday.
    Geilo has an excellent ski school ©Slaatta Geilo Skiskole, Joffrey Thevenon
  • 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



Extend your stay


Winter 2021/22

We are unable to accept new bookings for this holiday for this winter.
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  • 7 nights: 19 December 2021 - 17 April 2022

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

    Starting Adults 5-15 yrs 2-4 yrs
    19 Dec - 26 Dec 2021 £1245 £755 £628
    02 Jan - 16 Jan 2022 £995 £610 £505
    21 Jan - 30 Jan 2022 £1045 £625 £520
    04 Feb - 06 Feb 2022 £1095 £655 £550
    11 Feb - 13 Feb 2022 £1195 £720 £600
    18 Feb - 20 Feb 2022 £1245 £755 £628
    25 Feb - 27 Feb 2022 £1195 £720 £600
    04 Mar - 20 Mar 2022 £1045 £625 £520
    25 Mar - 27 Mar 2022 £1195 £720 £600
    01 Apr - 03 Apr 2022 £1045 £625 £520
    08 Apr - 10 Apr 2022 £1095 £655 £550

    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.

    *Start days: 19-26 Dec Sunday only; all other dates Friday/Sunday

    Included travel: SAS Heathrow-Oslo (2h10) (out dep 1020, home arr 1830; hold luggage included), connecting journey by rail from Oslo Central (3h35) & transfer (0h05)

    A supplement is payable for a single room – see 'Additional prices' below

    Prices for children are based on sharing a room with 2 adults. Depending on the age and number of children in your family, it may be necessary to upgrade to a larger room and pay the stated supplement – see ‘Additional prices’ below

    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): 19 Dec - 17 Apr 2022 £32
    Family suite (sleeps 4-6): 19 Dec - 17 Apr 2022 £78
    Junior suite: 19 Dec - 17 Apr 2022 £32
    Large with balcony: 19 Dec - 17 Apr 2022 £20
    Single room: 19 Dec - 17 Apr 2022 £36
    Oslo Gardermoen (latest flight arrival time: 1400; earliest flight departure time: 1705)

    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) (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - 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 Copenhagen) Norwegian 
    Gatwick - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Stockholm) Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Oslo (Gardermoen) British Airways,  SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Oslo (Gardermoen) Wizz Air 
    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 
    Outward route Airline
    Teesside International - 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. Please note that we are unable to book Ryanair flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 lunch packs
    7 breakfasts
  • use of cross-country trails
  • detailed information about the area
  • flights from Heathrow (regional flights available)
  • rail & taxi from/to Oslo

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