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Fefor Hotel, Fefor

Highlands – a cross-country skier's paradise 
 
The historic Fefor Hotel’s secluded position above a lake in its own woodland dale is magnificent. With miles of first-rate cross-country trails from the door through beautiful scenery, this is a cross-country skier’s paradise. After skiing, make use of the wide-ranging leisure facilities.
Fefor Hotel, Fefor. 7 nights
Fefor Hotel, Fefor. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Fefor,

a cross-country skier’s paradise
In the heart of highland Norway, amid the mountains described so lyrically by Henrik Ibsen in his epic poem about the adventures of his legendary hero, Peer Gynt, is this deeply traditional upland valley and the small settlement of Fefor. It is an area of outstanding beauty between the awesome Jotunheimen Mountains and the Rondane National Park.

The Fefor Hotel’s secluded position above a lake in its own woodland dale is magnificent, with miles of cross-country trails from the door which invite you to explore this beautiful, white wilderness. 
A cross-country skier’s paradise this may be, but there is much more to this place...although the phrase ‘winter wonderland’ is much over-used, it can easily be applied to Fefor without the merest hint of exaggeration.

The enviable location of the hotel is complemented by the tranquil, relaxed atmosphere, a great sense of history – Captain Scott stayed here in 1891 to train for his Arctic expeditions – proud traditions of hospitality, and excellent facilities which rival those of any modern hotel and provide plenty to do on your return from the trails.
 

Our expert says

“If you’ve tried cross-country skiing before and the idea of full days on the trails followed by a good dinner and bed sounds like bliss, this is the place for you! This is ‘pure Norway’ – a typical wooden hotel surrounded by rolling fells.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the trails and explore at a pace that suits you. 
  • Best for: improvers, intermediates & advanced
    In highland Norway, the snow arrives in early November and lasts until late April. This, and the 200 kilometres of trails, make Fefor (which forms part of the vast Peer Gynt Domain) the perfect place for cross-country skiing, whether you are an accomplished skier or just starting out. Trails lead directly from the hotel around the frozen lake and up onto the fjells  beyond the opposite shore. The initial descent from the hotel down to the lake is better suited to more advanced skiers (or at least those who are confident skiing downhill), but once you are down by the lake it is possible to explore far and wide; the Peer Gynt trail leading to Gålå is an especially rewarding day out. For the more adventurous, a trail heads to the historic cabin of King Haakon VII along a waymarked back-country trail – this is also where his son and successor, the much-loved King Olav V, made his first tracks in the snow.

    Wherever you go, there is a unique sense of discovering a pristine wilderness as you wind through snow-laden forests and up above the treeline. It is also possible to ski to one of several nearby hotels for lunch before returning to Fefor during the afternoon.

    The staff in the hire shop at the hotel are particularly helpful, and will happily take the time to advise you on the most appropriate trails to tackle, and even on the correct ski wax to use, depending on the prevailing snow conditions. Lessons can also be booked here, and it is reassuring to know that you are in such expert hands. Alternatively, join one of several guided trips organised throughout the week while you find your feet.

    Trails: 200km  to 1517m (classic only) around Fefor. Access to a total of 630km in the entire Peer Gynt region. Use of the trails is free of charge.
  • Snowshoeing, dog-sledding & more
    For downhill skiing, head to nearby Gålå (30 minutes by taxi; pay locally) which offers fifteen pistes (six green, five blue, three red and one black).
    To ring the changes, other activities include ice-skating, ice-fishing, snowshoeing, guided ski tours and dog sledding. You’ll be spoiled for choice!
    Dog-sledding
  • Special events
    Enjoy a celebratory dinner on Christmas Eve as well as live music and a visit from Father Christmas. New Year sees a fireworks display, dancing and plenty more festivities. There is a special programme of activities throughout the festive period for both adults and children.
 

Where you stay

It is hard to beat the seclusion of the Fefor Hotel (altitude: 950m) – it sits above a frozen lake in its own woodland dale, with views of the Jotunheimen Mountains beyond.
Fefor Hotel

Bedrooms

 

Extend your stay

 
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  • 7 nights: 21 December 2019 - 04 January 2020 & 01 February 2020 - 14 April 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    21 Dec - 22 Dec 2019 £1545
    28 Dec - 29 Dec 2019 £1575
    01 Feb - 06 Feb 2020 £1395
    07 Feb - 12 Feb 2020 £1445
    13 Feb - 16 Feb 2020 £1545
    17 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £1470
    01 Mar - 15 Mar 2020 £1445
    16 Mar - 07 Apr 2020 £1395

    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 Sat or Sun only 21-29 Dec

    Included travel: SAS Heathrow-Oslo# (2h10; hold luggage included) (out dep 1020, home arr 1830), connecting journey by rail from Oslo Airport (2h45) and transfer (0h30)
    #Saturday variation: British Airways Heathrow-Oslo (out dep 0725, home arr 1820; hold luggage included). NB outward connecting rail departs 3h40 after flight arrival

    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)

    Fefor Hotel, Fefor
    Mini-suite: 21 Dec - 04 Jan 2020 £80
    Mini-suite: 01 Feb - 14 Apr 2020 £80
    Single room: 21 Dec - 14 Apr 2020 £0
  • Cross-country intermediate; adult High season Low season
    6 days’ classic ski hire £75 £75
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Oslo (latest flight arrival time: 1515 Sun-Fri, 1330 Sat; earliest flight departure time: 1640)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Oslo. 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. 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 breakfasts
  • daily afternoon snacks & cake
  • use of cross-country trails
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Heathrow (regional options 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. 
  • 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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