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Hindsæter Hotel, Hindsæter

Where tranquillity & natural beauty reign supreme
 
For a superb Nordic winter experience, come to the historic Hindsæter Hotel with its far-reaching views and acclaimed cuisine. Learn cross-country skiing, head out on guided snowshoe excursions, and walk through a frozen canyon to get a taste of winter holidays Norwegian style.
Hindsæter Hotel, Hindsæter. 6 nights
Hindsæter Hotel, Hindsæter. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Hindsæter,

an ideal first snow break
Two features strike visitors to Hindsæter in the mountains of central Norway: the serenity of its surroundings and the views. And what views they are, stretching uninterrupted across the valley towards the high peaks of the Jotunheimen National Park, which you can see outlined on the horizon. We couldn’t think of a better backdrop for a holiday that introduces you to the joys of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter walking.
Farmer Otto Østrem certainly demonstrated great foresight when he chose to build his hotel here in the late 19th century. Some things have changed since the arrival of his first guest in 1898 (early visitors didn’t benefit from creature comforts such as a timber-built wellness area with a sauna, whirlpool and infrared cabin to release muscular tension), but others haven’t – the settlement still only comprises the hotel and a handful of summer farms, making it feel refreshingly removed from the everyday world.
 

Our expert says

“If you’re curious to experience winter in Norway, come to Hindsæter. This is the perfect introduction to snow holidays and to Norway in general – together, the cross-country ski lesson, snowshoe tours, canyon walk and the delicious local cuisine offer a true Nordic experience.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
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Winter activities

This holiday serves as a perfect introduction to a variety of winter activities.
  • An introduction
    To introduce you to Nordic winter pastimes, Karola and André organise several activities for their guests over the course of the week, all of which are included in the holiday. There is also plenty of free time to devote to your favourite activity, while appreciating the beauty of this Norwegian wilderness.
  • Lesson included
    As you would expect in the country in which cross-country skiing originated, you’ll be given an introductory lesson in this most satisfying of winter sports. It doesn’t take long to master the graceful stride, so one lesson should be sufficient to give you the confidence to head out independently, should you wish to, along some of the trails that lead direct from the hotel door through the forest, alongside the River Sjoa and up on the fells. (There’s no extra charge for borrowing the hotel’s cross-country skis.)

    Trails: 60-100km depending on the snow conditions
    Best for: beginners, improvers & intermediates
    Cross-country skiing
  • Two excursions included
    You also have the chance to go exploring on two gentle guided snowshoe excursions. The first heads out into the pine and birch forests of a nature reserve where you can warm yourselves round a campfire before heading back – always with an eye open for spotting elk through trees; while the second is an evening walk out into the wilderness to gaze at the heavens and spot stars and galaxies – and hopefully the Northern Lights, too – in the inky black skies. Snowshoe hire is included for the duration of your stay, so you can head out independently during your free time.
    Snowshoeing
  • Excursion included
    The highlight of the week is likely to be the guided walk through the River Sjoa’s canyon. Ice canyoning is popular among extreme-sports enthusiasts, but there’s nothing extreme about this excursion. As you head on foot through the canyon, you’ll pass huge icicles, detour behind frozen waterfalls and enter ice ‘caves’ to see winter at its most splendid.
    Ice canyoning, Inntravel style
 

Where you stay

There’s nothing more to Hindsæter (altitude: 950m) than the hotel and a handful of summer farms, but it’s this seclusion and tranquillity that make it special – here you feel refreshingly removed from the everyday world.
Hindsæter Hotel

Bedrooms

 

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  • 6 nights: 01 February 2020 - 13 March 2020

    Start Saturday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    01 Feb - 01 Feb 2020 £1275
    08 Feb - 08 Feb 2020 £1275
    15 Feb - 15 Feb 2020 £1325
    22 Feb - 22 Feb 2020 £1275
    29 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £1235
    07 Mar - 07 Mar 2020 £1235

    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: Norwegian Gatwick-Oslo (2h05) (out dep 0920, home arr 1930; hold luggage included), connecting journey by rail from Oslo Airport (3h) & transfer (1h)

    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)

    Hindsæter Hotel, Hindsæter
    Single room: 01 Feb - 13 Mar 2020 £30
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Oslo (latest flight arrival time: 1300; 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) (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
  • 6 nights
  • 6 dinners
    6 lunch packs
    6 breakfasts
  • cross-country ski lesson
  • 2 guided snowshoe walks
    guided canyon walk
  • snowshoe and cross-country ski hire
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Gatwick (regional options available)
  • rail & taxi from/to Oslo
 
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FAQs

  • 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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