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Rustad Hotel, Sjusjøen

Tranquil yet dramatic scenery above Lillehammer
 
With fantastic trails from the door for all levels and first-rate hospitality, the Rustad Hotel is an ideal base for a cross-country skiing holiday. Book lessons with an experienced British instructor to learn or improve, or head out independently into the Olympic domain.
Rustad Hotel. 7 nights
Rustad Hotel. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Sjusjøen,

a cross-country skier’s paradise
Silent and dramatic, the highland region above Lillehammer – which rose to fame as the setting for the 1994 Winter Olympics – is perfect for an away-from-it-all holiday. Dotted across these rolling fells are many small settlements that are linked by wonderfully maintained cross-country ski trails that beckon you to explore the forests, moorland and frozen lakes.
If you are looking for fantastic cross-country skiing for any level from the door, first-rate hospitality, high-quality cuisine, and a hotel and location that feel pleasantly removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then you will love Sjusjøen (pronounced 'Shush-sho-en') and the timber-built Rustad Hotel. From the moment you step through the door, you know you are going to have a very relaxing week.
 

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
 
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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: beginners, improvers, intermediates & advanced
    As you would expect of a domain that has hosted the Winter Olympics, the cross-country skiing here is superb, with many rewarding options for intermediate and advanced skiers. One of these leads to Nordsetter, skirting one side of the fjells before returning on the other, providing views over Mellsjøen and Kroksjøen Lakes. You can also ski all the way down to Lillehammer before catching the bus back.

    Sjusjøen also caters very well for beginners, with its sheltered terrain and gentle trails leading from the hotel door through trees and along by the lake. There is also a British instructor on hand, Keith Richardson, who knows the fells and trails here intimately and whose expertise and patience earn him high praise from Inntravel guests.

    Trails: 300km to 900m (classic & skating). Use of the trails is free of charge.
    Cross-country skiing
  • Dog-sledding & snowshoeing
    If you'd like to ring the changes, other activities available locally include dog-sledding and snowshoeing. 

    Alternatively, Sjusjøen offers a small downhill area comprising seven slopes primarily for beginners and intermediates (1 green, 3 blue, 2 red and 1 black run, served by 3 lifts), accessed by bus (15mins).
  • 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.
    Dog-sledding
 

Where you stay

Sjusjøen (altitude: 900m) is a small, tranquil village in a dramatic location by a frozen lake surrounded by silent forests and moorland. It is a place where you can escape the bustle. The facilities in the village are limited to a couple of cafés, a supermarket, two sports shops and a small pub; a wider range of shops and eateries can be found in Lillehammer.
Rustad Hotel

Bedrooms

 

Inclusive value

Holidays starting 4 January-2 February & 28-29 March 2020 include 6 days’ classic ski hire. On all other dates, 6 days’ hire costs £46pp.
 

Extend your stay

 
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  • 7 nights: 21 December - 18 April 2020

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

    Starting Adults
    21 Dec - 22 Dec £1545
    28 Dec - 29 Dec £1480
    04 Jan - 12 Jan £1260
    18 Jan - 19 Jan £1325
    25 Jan - 02 Feb £1375
    08 Feb - 09 Feb £1470
    15 Feb - 16 Feb £1545
    22 Feb - 23 Feb £1470
    29 Feb - 22 Mar £1325
    28 Mar - 29 Mar £1260
    04 Apr - 05 Apr £1420
    11 Apr - 11 Apr £1295
    Single traveller supplement £90

    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.

    The 'Single traveller supplement' applies for solo travellers. A supplement is also payable for a single room - see 'Additional prices' below

    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)

    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)

    Rustad Hotel
    Junior suite: 21 Dec - 18 Apr 2020 £20
    Single room: 21 Dec - 18 Apr 2020 £0
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    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 
    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 lunch packs
    7 breakfasts
  • use of cross-country trails
  • detailed documentation
  • flights from Heathrow (regional flights available)
  • rail & taxi from/to Oslo
 
Reviews

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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. 
  • 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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