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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. 7 nights
Hindsæter Hotel, Hindsæter. 7 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. We couldn’t think of a better backdrop for a holiday that introduces you to the magic of a Norwegian winter.

For – unusually for Norway – this is a holiday that’s about much more than cross-country skiing. There is the opportunity to learn how to ski, of course, but the focus is less on how many kilometres of trails surround Hindsæter and more on the myriad different ways to embrace the snow. Where else would you have the opportunity to combine skiing with a walk through a frozen ice canyon (much less scary than it sounds!), and to enjoy snowshoe hikes through a nature reserve and beneath the stars?
Your base for all this is the Hindsæter Hotel – a former farm whose conversion into a small mountain hotel has done nothing to detract from its authentic charm. The highlight of your stay – aside from the experience of spending a week in such a tranquil and secluded setting – is sure to be the food. The hoteliers take great care in sourcing ingredients that are as local as possible, and in preparing tasty and traditional dishes for you to enjoy.
 

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

There is an included activity on most days; below we’ve detailed our suggested itinerary for the week, but the hotel will confirm the exact schedule in your welcome meeting after dinner on the Sunday evening.
  • Arrival in Hindsæter
    You will arrive in Hindsæter late in the afternoon, with time to settle into the hotel and enjoy a first delicious dinner before your activities begin the following morning.
  • An introduction to cross-country skiing
    Hire of classic cross-country skis and shoes is included for the week, and you will be fitted with your equipment before beginning this morning’s lesson. Over the course of two hours, your instructor will teach you the basics of how to glide effectively, as well as essential techniques for mastering the up- and downhill sections of the trails.

    One lesson should be sufficient to give you the confidence to head out independently, and in the afternoon you’ll have the chance to practice what you’ve learnt – although Hindsæter’s cross-country network is not so extensive as many Norwegian centres, there are more than enough trails from the door to satisfy those who are new to the sport.
    Learn to cross-country ski
  • Snowshoeing
    Snowshoe hire is also included for the duration of your stay, and the hotel organises a guided hike for your second day to introduce you to the area’s fabulous, snow-laden landscapes. You will be taken through the local nature reserve with its ancient pine and birch trees, before heading up onto the highlands for views over the valley – you may even spot elk in the distance.
     
    Included in the hike is a drink around a campfire – the perfect way to combat the winter chill!
    Enjoy a snowshoe hike through the local nature reserve
  • An evening snowshoe excursion
    Today is free to spend as you choose – discover the valley’s special silence on snowshoes or work on honing your cross-country skills – before an evening snowshoe hike into the wilderness to gaze at the heavens and spot stars and galaxies. If you’re very lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!
    Snowshoeing by torchlight ©Ngve Ask, Mountains of Norway
  • Ice-canyoning
    The highlight of the week is likely to be today’s guided walk through the River Sjoa’s canyon. 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 canyon walk
  • A torchlit sledge race
    Enjoy another day of independent exploration – on either skis or snowshoes – before taking part in an evening sledge race on the hotel’s traditional sledge.
    Enjoy the views on an independent snowshoe hike
    Exploring on showshoes
  • A final day on the trails
    To fully test your new cross-country skills, today we challenge you to ski to Lemonsjøen, a small hamlet situated 20 kilometres from Hindsæter. This distance is more than achievable after a few days of practice, and you will be collected by car for the return journey to the hotel.
    Set off on skis from Hindsæter
 

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

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  • 7 nights: 30 January 2021 - 13 March 2021

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

    Starting Adults
    30 Jan - 30 Jan 2021 £1260
    06 Feb - 06 Feb 2021 £1260
    13 Feb - 13 Feb 2021 £1395
    20 Feb - 20 Feb 2021 £1260
    27 Feb - 27 Feb 2021 £1260
    06 Mar - 06 Mar 2021 £1195

    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: British Airways Heathrow-Oslo (2h15) (out dep 0725, home arr 1820; hold luggage included), connecting journey by rail from Oslo Airport (3h) & transfer (1h). NB outward connecting rail departs 3h20 after flight arrival

    A supplement is payable for a single room - 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)

    Hindsæter Hotel, Hindsæter
    Single room: 30 Jan - 13 Mar 2021 £28
  • 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
    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. 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
  • cross-country ski lesson
  • 2 guided snowshoe walks
    guided canyon walk
  • snowshoe and cross-country ski hire
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from London (regional options available)
  • rail & taxi from/to Oslo
 
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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 >
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  • 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 >
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  • 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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