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Spidsbergseter Hotel, Rondane

On a panoramic plateau in the highlands
 
Spidsbergseter Hotel nestles on a plateau, with panoramic views of the Rondane National Park. This cosy, family-run hotel offers an indoor pool complex, renowned dinner buffets and direct access to the cross-country trails, suitable for all abilities, including beginners.
Spidsbergseter Hotel. 7 nights
Spidsbergseter Hotel. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Rondane,

with great cross-country skiing
Just a stone’s throw away from the untamed wilderness that is the Rondane National Park, the Spidsbergseter Hotel nestles on a plateau, commanding far-reaching views.

Mountains over 2,000 metres high line the horizon to the north, perfectly framing the expansive panorama. A well devised network of intersecting cross-country trails starts from the doorstep and criss-crosses the plateau, catering exceptionally well for beginners and improvers, as well as for families, and providing intermediate skiers with countless options.
Your base for all this, the Spidsbergseter, retains much of the character of the old family farm from which it has been converted. In its new incarnation as a hotel, it has earned an enviable reputation for its restaurant; its buffets of Norwegian fare are legendary. This, plus excellent facilities that include an indoor pool complex, make it a pleasure to return to after a day on the trails. You can even sip traditional Norwegian spirits beneath the aged wooden rafters of the former goat barn, now the world’s only aquavit barn!
 

Our expert says

“This family-run hotel is a real find, but what really impressed me was the domain: it’s been very well thought out. There are easy trails leading directly from the hotel, making it a great choice if this is your first or second time cross-country skiing, while the layout of it all will appeal to intermediates, too.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
Gallery
 

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
    The well signposted trails, which are cut by the hotel owner, Sindre, lead directly from the hotel’s ski room-cum-hire shop and wind through birch woods and across open moorland. Because they are in a relatively flat, compact area and all lead back to the hotel, they cater well for both beginners and intermediates – it is very easy to make up your own routes, and, because they criss-cross one another, to shorten or extend as you go along. Even the furthest reaches of the domain are accessible to more confident skiers without the need for transfers.

    Lessons can be booked with the hotel’s own instructor and, once you’ve mastered the basics, a good trail to start with is an easy 12km loop around the settlement, passing a café where you can pause for a warming drink. For intermediates, a highly recommended option skirts a couple of hills, affording superb views of the Rondane National Park.

    Trails: 150km to 1400m (both classic & skating). Use of the trails is free of charge.
    Cross-country skiing © Terje Rakke
  • Dog-sledding & more
    If you’d prefer to explore on snowshoes for a day or two rather than on skis, you can hire equipment from the hotel’s ski room. The staff there will also be happy to book dog-sledding for you – they can arrange for a guide from a nearby settlement to bring his dogs up to the hotel for an enjoyable excursion across the plateau. Yet another option with which to ring the changes is to try your hand at curling on the hotel’s curling lane. For something even more sedate, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow.
    Dog-sledding
 

Where you stay

Spread out over a few kilometres, the settlement (altitude: 930m) consists of the hotel, a few holiday cabins, a small supermarket and a café, making it a great place if you’re looking for peace and quiet.
Spidsbergseter Hotel

Bedrooms

 

Inclusive value

January is a particularly relaxed and quiet time to come to Rondane. For holidays starting 5-26 January 2020, we include six days' classic ski hire in our prices. On all other dates, six days’ hire costs £70pp.

Cross-country beginners & improvers can add two 90-minute lessons for £85pp, all dates.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices

Prices (£ per person based on 2 sharing)
29 December 2019 - 19 April 2020

Adult
29 Dec: £1365
5 Jan - 19 Jan: £1185
26 Jan: £1245
2 Feb - 9 Feb: £1340
16 Feb: £1420
23 Feb: £1340
1 Mar - 29 Mar: £1295
5 Apr: £1340
12 Apr: £1250

For children (5-15yrs) sharing with 2 adults
1st child / 2nd child


29 Dec: £790 / £890
5 Jan - 19 Jan: £688 / £770
26 Jan: £722 / £810
2 Feb - 9 Feb: £775 / £870
16 Feb: £820 / £925
23 Feb: £775 / £870
1 Mar - 29 Mar: £750 / £840
5 Apr: £775 / £870
12 Apr: £725 / £810

For younger children (4-2yrs) sharing with 2 adults

29 Dec: £450
5 Jan - 19 Jan: £390
26 Jan: £410
2 Feb - 9 Feb: £445
16 Feb: £470
23 Feb: £445
1 Mar - 29 Mar: £425
5 Apr: £445
12 Apr: £415

For a single room, add £35 per night; for a family apartment add £24 per night.

 
 
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Oslo (latest flight arrival time: 1515; 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 lunch packs
    7 breakfasts
  • afternoon tea every day
  • 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. 
  • 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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