Rustad Hotel, Sjusjøen

Tranquil yet dramatic scenery above Lillehammer
With fantastic trails from the door for all levels, the family-run Rustad Hotel is an ideal base for a cross-country skiing holiday.
Rustad Hotel, Sjusjøen. 7 nights
Rustad Hotel, Sjusjøen. 7 nights

Holiday information


A winter holiday in Sjusjøen,

a cross-country skier’s paradise
Situated high on the fjells above Lillehammer – a town which has successfully maintained its Olympic legacy – Sjusjøen is a small settlement renowned for its excellent cross-country skiing. It’s a popular training ground for ski teams, as well as an easy weekend escape from Oslo: the many kilometres of well-maintained trails which run alongside frozen lakes, through forests and over moorland feel completely removed from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The timber-built Rustad Hotel is the only hotel in the village, and is still run by the Rustad family. The typically Norwegian décor, great sense of tradition and first-rate hospitality ensure a very relaxing stay – right from the moment you first step through the door.

Our expert says

“Sjusjøen’s focus is very definitely on cross-country skiing – you can ski from the door and spend all day on the trails. It’s a must for intermediate and advanced skiers, but beginners are also very welcome here, with the flat terrain around the hotel the perfect place to master the basics.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert

Inclusive value

Holidays starting 6-27 January and 2-23 March 2024 include 6 days’ classic ski hire.


Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the trails and explore at a pace that suits you. 
  • 300km; suited to all levels
    Sjusjøen – along with the wider Lillehammer region – is acknowledged as one of the best cross-country skiing regions in Europe. In recent years, it has also been voted as Norway’s number one area – quite an endorsement, considering the votes were cast by Norwegians themselves!

    Trails start from right outside the hotel, where the sheltered lakeside routes are perfect for beginners or those seeking their ski legs.

    More advanced skiers, meanwhile, can tackle the various routes that link the neighbouring settlements, or even attempt some of the famous Birkebeiner Trail. Each year in mid-March, this 54-kilometre trail provides the course for Norway’s oldest and most challenging ski event; all participants must race carrying a 3.5kg backpack that symbolises the weight of a young Norwegian prince who was rescued along this route.

    Here are some of our favourite options:

    Around the lake: 9km
    This beautiful route can be enjoyed by skiers of all abilities: the initial lakeside section is completely flat – great for perfecting your technique – with the trail beginning to undulate gently as you round the lake and return to the hotel.

    Sjusjøen to Nordseter: 12-14km
    From Sjusjøen, this trail passes through the trees to reach Nordseter and its café-bakery, which serves a good selection of homemade cakes and bread. When the time comes to return, you can either choose to retrace your route – recommended for beginners – or opt instead to ski back over Lunkefjell on a longer, more challenging trail that offers superb views over Sjusjøen and the lake.

    Down to Lillehammer: 15-20km
    This route follows part of the renowned Birkebeiner Trail and features a number of excellent downhill sections. There is a choice of ways to approach the former Olympic town of Lillehammer, from where you return to Sjusjøen by regular, local bus.
    Beautiful trails
  • Dog-sledding
    Cross-country skiing is the main activity in Sjusjøen, with visitors coming to immerse themselves in unspoiled nature while out on the trails. One other activity you may like to experience during your stay is dog-sledding: a local company offers both 15km and 30km tours throughout the winter.
  • Special events
    There are traditional Norwegian celebrations at Christmas, including a special dinner on Christmas Eve, carol singing and music around the Christmas tree. At New Year, you can enjoy a gala dinner, live music and fireworks.

Where you stay

Sjusjøen (altitude: 900m) is a small hamlet surrounded by forest and moorland. Despite the various mountain cabins dotted among the woods – which create the illusion the area is quite well developed – this is an extremely tranquil corner of the country. Aside from the hotel, the hamlet is made up of a small supermarket, a pub and a couple of sports shops.
Rustad Hotel



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  • 7 nights: 21 December 2023 - 06 April 2024 & 21 December 2024 - 05 April 2025

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

    Starting Adults
    21 Dec - 23 Dec 2023 £1845
    29 Dec - 30 Dec 2023 £1705
    06 Jan - 06 Jan 2024 £1635
    13 Jan - 27 Jan 2024 £1760
    03 Feb - 24 Feb 2024 £1885
    02 Mar - 16 Mar 2024 £1710
    23 Mar - 23 Mar 2024 £1835
    30 Mar - 30 Mar 2024 £1565
    21 Dec - 21 Dec 2024 £1745
    27 Dec - 28 Dec 2024 £1715
    04 Jan - 04 Jan 2025 £1500
    11 Jan - 25 Jan 2025 £1550
    01 Feb - 22 Feb 2025 £1680
    01 Mar - 22 Mar 2025 £1640
    29 Mar - 29 Mar 2025 £1605
    Single traveller supplement £90 to £95

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually from London) and onward travel as described.

    Included travel: SAS Heathrow-Oslo (2h10) (out dep 1020, home arr 1625; hold luggage included), connecting journey by rail from Oslo Airport (2h) & transfer (0h45)

    The 'Single traveller supplement' applies for solo travellers.

    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 in £ per room per night)

    Rustad Hotel, Sjusjøen
    Balcony: 21 Dec - 05 Apr 2024 £28
    Balcony: 21 Dec - 04 Apr 2025 £28
    Single room: 21 Dec - 05 Apr 2024 £0
    Single room: 21 Dec - 04 Apr 2025 £0
    Oslo (latest flight arrival time: 1630; earliest flight departure time: 1300)

    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 
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    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Birmingham - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Copenhagen) SAS 
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    Bristol - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Edinburgh - Oslo (Gardermoen) Norwegian 
    Edinburgh - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Humberside - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Leeds Bradford - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Gatwick - Oslo (Gardermoen) Norwegian 
    Gatwick - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Copenhagen) Norwegian 
    Gatwick - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Stockholm) Norwegian 
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    Heathrow - Oslo (Gardermoen) British Airways,  SAS 
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    Luton - Oslo (Gardermoen) Wizz Air 
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    Stansted - Oslo (Gardermoen) Ryanair 
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    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 
    Manchster - Oslo (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Oslo Loganair 
    Newcastle - Oslo (Gardermoen) (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    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. 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 information about the area
  • flights from London (regional flights available)
  • rail & taxi from/to Oslo

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • 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. 

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    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
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