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Bergo Hotel, Beitostølen

A family-run mountain idyll
 
For a friendly winter holiday and the ultimate in convenience, come to the self-contained, family-run village of Beitostølen – the ‘home’ of cross-country skiing, where there is a distinctly laid-back atmosphere, as well as downhill pistes, ideal for family skiing.
Bergo Hotel, Beitostølen. 7 nights
Bergo Hotel, Beitostølen. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Beitostølen -

for downhill & cross-country skiers alike
Situated in the very heart of Norway, with wonderful views over the Jotunheimen National Park, Beitostølen is a truly unspoiled – and quite unique – mountain village. With the imposing Bitihorn mountain as a backdrop, this is not only a cross-country skier’s paradise – it’s where the professionals come to train at the start of each season – but also offers some good downhill runs as well as a host of other snow-based activities for you to enjoy.
Beitostølen’s unique appeal and wonderfully laid-back atmosphere stem largely from the fact that it remains very much a family concern. Steinar Hovi built on his ski-guiding credentials back in the 1960s, at first offering equipment hire to visitors, then adding some simple accommodation not long after. From these humble beginnings, the village was born, and – to this day – most of its facilities and amenities, including the hotels, downhill pistes and cross-country trails, are owned, maintained and operated by the Hovi family.

You stay right in the heart of things at the oldest hotel in the village – the characterful Bergo Hotel. With its cosy lounge, atmospheric restaurant and comfortable bar, this makes a great place to relax after a day in the snow. And – as with everything in Beitostølen – the hotel is run with a great sense of family pride, meaning that customer service and the enjoyment of guests is given paramount importance.
 

Our expert says

"If you fancy somewhere friendly, informal and relatively low key, then it’s hard to beat Beitostølen in the Norwegian Highlands. Everyone was on first-name terms, nothing was too much trouble, and everything was within very easy reach. Everyone I met was firmly committed to having fun!"
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.
  • 320km; suited to all levels
    Nothing is very far in Beitostølen, with the closest trail beginning just 50 metres from the hotel. The routes which radiate out through the trees and down to the frozen lake are ideal for families and those who are trying this sport for the first time. For something more challenging, take a chairlift up onto the fjell where several superb, high-level routes await. Access to the trails is free of charge.

    Here are some of our favourite options:

    Green route 1: 5.5km
    This is an excellent first-day route, or one perfectly suited to those still acquainting themselves with the rudiments of Norway’s number one winter sport. The trail winds through the forest on largely flat terrain, providing ample opportunities to practice your technique.

    Blue route 1: 6km
    Beginning from the top of the downhill slopes (accessed by chairlift), this route gives you a taste of the mountain trails and offers a lovely panorama over the village and lake.

    Red route 1: 17km
    Also accessed by chairlift, this is a more challenging option which explores the higher plateaus surrounding Beitostølen. Along the way, you’ll enjoy fabulous views of the Jotunheimen Mountains.
    Beitostølen has an extensive cross-country network
  • 16 pistes to 1110m; suited to beginners, intermediates & families
    Beitostølen makes a great choice if you’re looking to take up downhill skiing – the main slopes are just across the road from the hotel, and the village’s well-regarded ski school has a friendly team of English-speaking instructors who will be happy to help you learn. There are further pistes – more suited to experienced downhill skiers – on the other side of the valley, which is only a 15-minute journey away by free shuttle bus.
    Downhill skiing with far-reaching views
    Beitostølen is home to a well-regarded ski school
  • Snowrafting, dog-sledding & more
    For a small village, Beitostølen offers a wide range of non-ski activities – many of which can be booked through the local ski school.

    Snowrafting
    Taking place on a specially prepared slope above the village, snowrafting is perfect if you’re looking to enjoy the snow in a completely new – and very fun – way. You are taken up to the slope by snowmobile and, once you have completed a number of exhilarating runs in your inflatable rubber dinghy, you can look forward to a warming drink around the campfire. 

    Snowmobiling
    Snowmobiling is a popular mode of transport in the northern reaches of Europe – experience it for yourself on the village’s dedicated snowmobiling track, which is has been constructed with a series of bumps, bends and banks to simulate real-life conditions. All necessary safety equipment is provided.

    Ice-fishing
    There are few more typically Scandinavian pastimes than ice-fishing. For this excursion, you head down to the lake where you are taught the art of carving a hole in the ice and how to attract the fish to the hook. Then – very like with regular fishing – you sit back, savour the silence and wait for a bite!

    Dog-sledding
    While in Beitostølen, you’ll also have the chance to enjoy a dog-sledding excursion. It is possible to book a half- or full-day tour, which will either take you around the lake or up into the mountains. Dog-sledding is a unique and unforgettable experience – if you haven’t tried it before, we highly recommend it!
    Dog-sledding
  • The perfect family ski destination
    For a week of cross-country and downhill skiing, there can be few better options for families than Beitostølen: both the cross-country trails and downhill slopes are just a stone’s throw from the hotel, and the excellent village ski school offers lessons for all children aged four and above. There are also many other activities for families to enjoy, including snowrafting, dog-sledding and ice-fishing (minimum age restrictions apply; please contact us for details).

    The hotel also caters extremely well for families, as is often the case in Norway. The spacious apartments, situated in the building next door to the hotel, offer separate sleeping areas and a lounge with kitchenette, and all Inntravel guests enjoy free use of the large swimming pool at the neighbouring Radisson Blu Mountain Resort.
    Family-friendly downhill slopes
    Easy trails close to the hotel
  • Special events
    There is a special programme of activities throughout the festive period for both adults and children. On Christmas Eve, you can enjoy a special meal; then, at New Year, another big dinner is served, along with a firework display in the centre of the village, and dancing.
 

Where you stay

Beitostølen (altitude: 900m) is a truly unspoiled and quite unique mountain village set beneath imposing Bitihorn Mountain. Unusually, the village was created thanks to the dream of one man, Steinar Hovi, who opened a ski school here in 1965. A ski hire shop, accommodation and eateries followed over the decades, but the village remains very much a family concern – Steinar’s sons, Atle and Bjørnar, are now at the helm – and it is this which makes it so friendly and laid-back. Everything is within easy reach. There are a number of supermarkets, restaurants, sports and souvenir shops, plus a handful of bars and cafés, a bank and an ATM.
Bergo Hotel

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  • 7 nights: 20 December 2020 - 18 April 2021

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults 8-15 yrs 2-7 yrs 0-1 yrs
    20 Dec - 24 Dec 2020 £1295 £920 £570 not available
    26 Dec - 31 Dec 2020 £1245 £882 £548 not available
    01 Jan - 19 Jan 2021 £995 £698 £438 not available
    20 Jan - 09 Feb 2021 £1030 £730 £452 not available
    10 Feb - 23 Feb 2021 £1230 £872 £540 not available
    24 Feb - 23 Mar 2021 £1095 £778 £480 not available
    24 Mar - 02 Apr 2021 £1130 £795 £495 not available
    03 Apr - 11 Apr 2021 £995 £698 £438 not available

    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.

    Included travel: SAS Heathrow-Oslo# (2h10) (out dep 1020, home arr 1625; hold luggage included), connecting transfer (3h45)
    #Variation 26 & 27 Dec: British Airways (out dep 0725, home arr 1820; hold luggage included)

    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)

    Bergo Hotel, Beitostølen
    Family apartment (sleeps 4-6 pax): 20 Dec - 18 Apr 2021 £22
    Single room: 20 Dec - 18 Apr 2021 £22
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Oslo Gardermoen (latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time both flexible)

    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 Copenhagen) SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Durham Tees Valley - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Oslo (Gardermoen) 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
    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) 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 Heathrow (regional options available)
  • transfers from/to Oslo Airport
 
Reviews

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We are keen for as many customers as possible to review their holiday. To make it easier to do so, we include a specific review section on our post-holiday questionnaire, and this is what we publish here, unedited. Read our full review policy >

 

FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – activities such as winter walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • 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 options 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. 

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • Yes. After you’ve booked your holiday with us, we’ll send you a link to a list of options that we can arrange for you in advance.

    More about Inntravel's pre-booking service >
  • This is quite common in Norwegian hotels, and is essentially a DIY packed lunch – you take what you’d like from breakfast, 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.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • 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 take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for residents of the UK and Europe, but not Switzerland), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. 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.
  • 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.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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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