Spidsbergseter Hotel, Rondane

On a panoramic plateau in the highlands
 
Offering panoramic views of the Rondane National Park, the Spidsbergseter Hotel is an excellent, traditional hotel with an indoor pool complex, a renowned restaurant and direct access to the cross-country trails. These are suitable for all abilities, including beginners.
Spidsbergseter Hotel, Rondane. 7 nights
Spidsbergseter Hotel, Rondane. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A winter holiday in Rondane,

with great cross-country skiing
Situated just south of the Rondane National Park, the oldest in Norway, Spidsbergseter nestles on a wide-open plateau and is perfect for cross-country skiing. Mountains over 2,000 metres high line the horizon, providing a dramatic backdrop to the beautiful panoramas that draw your gaze as you enjoy the well-devised network of intersecting trails which criss-cross the plateau.

The cross-country skiing here is excellent for all abilities, with easy routes from the hotel for beginners and families, as well as more challenging options that lead into the untamed wilderness of the National Park. Should you wish to take a break from the skiing, there are several other activities available: strike out across virgin snow on a snowshoe hike or try your hand at mountain curling on the hotel’s own lane.
Your base for all this is the wonderful Spidsbergseter Hotel, which began life as a summer farm in 1919. In the intervening years, the Spidsberg family have developed the once rudimentary lodgings into a warm and welcoming hotel, while retaining much of the building’s original character. There are cosy lounges to relax in after a day on the trails, along with an indoor pool complex to soothe any aching muscles. But the highlight of any stay at the Spidsbergseter is the restaurant, which has earned an enviable reputation for its delicious local fare; you can even sip traditional Norwegian spirits in the farm’s 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
 
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Inclusive value

January is a particularly relaxed and quiet time to come to Rondane. For holidays starting 1-24 January 2024, we include six days' classic ski hire in our prices.

 

Winter activities

There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of the trails and explore at a pace that suits you.
  • 150km; suited to all levels
    Spidsbergseter lies right at the heart of the Vendabygdsfjell plateau, and cross-country trails lead directly from the hotel’s ski room. The trails closest to the hotel are the easiest – perfect for beginners and families – while those looking for more of a challenge will find it in the National Park and on the fjells that line the horizon. Access to the trails is, as always in Norway, free of charge, and the tracks are groomed daily by Sindre Spidsberg, the hotel owner!

    Here are some of our favourite options:

    Across the plateau: 6km
    A good option for beginners, this route leads away from the hotel in the direction of Lundes, where there is a small café serving warming drinks and snacks. On the return route, you pass the small lakes of Buvatnet and Urdtjønn.

    Into the National Park: 12-16km
    This is a breathtakingly beautiful route for the more experienced skier. It begins with a section alongside a lake before continuing uphill to Kvanndalen, from where you have a choice of routes. Whether you pick the longer trail to Klopptjønnet or the slightly shorter option to Dørhøgda, you will pass Indre Uksan – a viewpoint offering a superb panorama over the Rondane massif. There is a fairly steep section to navigate as you return to the hotel, but it is always possible to take off your skis and walk should the gradient prove too much!
    A wide choice of trails ©Terje Rakke Nordic Life
  • Snowshoeing & more
    While cross-country skiing is what draws the winter visitors to Rondane, there are a few other activities to try should you fancy a break from the trails. All activities can be organised through the hotel.

    Snowshoeing
    If you’d like to spend a day or two exploring the area’s beautiful fjells on snowshoes, these can be hired from the hotel.

    Mountain curling
    Curling is great fun and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The hotel has its own curling lane and stones, which are available for hire daily – providing conditions are suitably cool.

    Horse-drawn sleigh rides & dog-sledding
    Once a week, the hotel organises for a guide from a nearby settlement to bring his dogs up to the Spidsbergseter. We highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a dog-sledding excursion across the plateau – it’s an experience you’ll never forget! A nearby stables also offers horse-drawn sleigh rides (for a minimum of four people), should you be looking for a more sedate way to explore the snow.
    Snowshoeing onto the fjells ©Julia Hamre
    Mountain curling
  • Cross-country skiing for all ages
    For families looking for an away-from-it-all holiday in Norway, the Spidsbergseter is hard to beat. This extremely child-friendly hotel has bedrooms that can sleep up to three or four people, as well as an indoor pool complex complete with climbing wall! The food options are also excellent – the breakfasts are extensive and varied, as are the evening meal options, when there will certainly be something to suit all tastes.

    If the children can be persuaded to leave the pool, then Spidsbergseter is an excellent place to learn to cross-country ski. The hotel has its own instructor, and as the flattest trails lead directly from the hotel’s ski room, with some easy loops across the plateau, there is plenty of scope to master the basics.
 

Where you stay

The Spidsbergseter Hotel (altitude: 930m) is set on its own at the end of the road that crosses the Vendabygdsfjell plateau. Apart from a few holiday cabins dotted about, plus a small supermarket and café on the other side of the plateau, this is a great place if you’re looking for peace and quiet.
Spidsbergseter Hotel

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  • 7 nights: 31 December 2023 - 14 April 2024 & 29 December 2024 - 13 April 2025

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

    Starting Adults 12-15 yrs 5-11 yrs 2-4 yrs
    31 Dec - 31 Dec 2023 £1780 £985 £970 £490
    07 Jan - 14 Jan 2024 £1450 £885 £870 £440
    21 Jan - 21 Jan 2024 £1485 £910 £895 £455
    28 Jan - 04 Feb 2024 £1600 £975 £960 £490
    11 Feb - 11 Feb 2024 £1690 £1025 £1010 £515
    18 Feb - 24 Mar 2024 £1595 £975 £960 £490
    31 Mar - 07 Apr 2024 £1645 £995 £980 £505
    29 Dec - 29 Dec 2024 £1565 £925 £910 £470
    05 Jan - 12 Jan 2025 £1405 £830 £815 £425
    19 Jan - 19 Jan 2025 £1445 £855 £840 £435
    26 Jan - 09 Feb 2025 £1560 £925 £905 £470
    16 Feb - 16 Feb 2025 £1655 £980 £960 £500
    23 Feb - 06 Apr 2025 £1520 £900 £885 £460

    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 1830; hold luggage included), connecting journey by rail from Oslo Airport (2h30) and transfer (0h30)

    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)

    Spidsbergseter Hotel, Rondane
    Family apartment: 31 Dec - 14 Apr 2024 £28
    Family apartment: 29 Dec - 13 Apr 2025 £28
    Single room: 31 Dec - 14 Apr 2024 £44
    Single room: 29 Dec - 13 Apr 2025 £0
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    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Oslo. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

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    Aberdeen - Oslo (Gardermoen) Loganair,  SAS 
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    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
  • afternoon tea every day
  • use of cross-country trails
  • detailed information about the area
  • flights from London (regional options available)
  • rail & taxi from/to Oslo
 
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FAQs

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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  • Yes. 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.

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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.

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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 incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), 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.

    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.
  • 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 to travel to Norway, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). 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). There is no need to apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) as this (and still-current EHICs) is not valid in Norway. However, should you need medical help, you can show your UK passport at the medical facility and treatment will be provided on the same terms as for Norwegian nationals. It is important that, if you already have travel insurance in place, the terms do not exclude medical cover, especially for existing conditions, in the absence of an EHIC.
  • 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.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • 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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