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Cross-country Skiing: Kvitavatn

Ski through the magnificent Norwegian wilderness 

Trip CodeCXK
Duration8 Days
ActivityWinter Holidays
Group Size6-20
Minimum Age14
Multi-Level
Multi-Level
Prices (excl. flights & transfers) from

R28,329

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Ski through the magnificent Norwegian wilderness 

Kvitavatn lies at nearly 1000m above the town of Rjukan, boasting superb views of Gausta (1883m), the highest mountain in southern Norway. There are endless skiing possibilities from the door, through forests, across the lake and through the magnificent Norwegian wilderness. Along with reliable snow, the quality and variety of routes both on and off track combine with excellent instruction to make this an ideal venue for all ability levels. 

Highlights

Expert instruction from our first class guidesExcellent off-track and track skiing options Welcoming mountain lodge accommodation in the heart of Telemark

Key Information

7 nights lodge with shared facilities5 days guided cross-country skiingGroup normally 4 to 14, per leaderTravel by private bus 

What's Included

All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners includedAll accommodation Transfers for group flightsSkis, boots and poles

What's Not Included

Travel insuranceVisas and vaccinations Single supplement

Day 1

Start Kvitavatn. Evening briefing with the group before dinner.

Start Kvitavatn.

Meals included: dinner

Day 2

Start of six days of cross-country skiing 

We prefer not to specify in advance where we will ski each day. This is to enhance the flexibility and adapt to weather and snow conditions and to some extent the ability of each group. The next few days is a guide. Beginners will start on a flat area of land next to lodge where it’s safe to get a feel for the skis and the basic techniques. More experienced groups will head out into the local area, just to get our ski legs back.

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 3

Cross-country skiing around Kvitavatn 

There is an endless range of skiing possibilities with 80km of varied tracks through forests and open country, as well as a good selection of downhill runs. The off-track touring is excellent and takes us above the tree line where there is a vast expanse of wilderness to explore - the summit of Ornenipa can be reached and the Heddersfjell moors can be explored, both at around 1300m. 

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 4

Venturing further afield 

By now beginners will have mastered the basics and the days are spent out exploring the rugged mountains and dense forest. More advanced skiers will venture into the stark wilderness above the treeline. Skiers of all abilities will fall in love with the sheer magnificence of the beautiful Norwegian winter landscape. 

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 5

Free day

Today is free, you can either venture out with new friends to ski in the area, or you may choose to take to some downhill skis, or explore the forests by snowshoe. Ski tuition is provided for those who do not wish to take advantage of the free day on this day.

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 6

 Full day out enjoying the Norwegian wilderness 

Back on the skis today for another day exploring all the beauty this area has to offer. 

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 7

Final day on our skis 

A final day of skiing, this will be a full day out with a picnic lunch in the Norwegian wilderness. 

Meals included: breakfast,lunch,dinner

Day 8

End Kvitavatn

End Kvitavatn.

Meals included: breakfast

Trip for You

At Kvitavatn we offer two grades of skiing most weeks except where stated, ranging from beginner grades to more advanced skiers. This varies depending on the week, please check the dates and prices section to ensure you are picking the right week.For at least 4 of the 6 days skiing, you will be on full day tours, returning only at the end of the day's skiing. At Kvitavatn we offer the below skiing grades: Grade 1 Beginners Equivalent Activity Level - leisurely/moderate-level 2.  A week for complete beginners. Inevitably we start with the basics, including how to stop using the snowplough technique and how to turn. You will be on skis for at least 5-6 hours a day with a focus on tuition, getting comfortable on skis and building towards longer tours through the winter landscape.Grade 2 Improvers Equivalent Activity Level – Moderate, level 3.  These weeks are ideal for those who have enjoyed at least one grade 1 holiday and grasped the basics. They offer tuition to refresh and improve technique and typically will ski a little further than Grade 1 weeks, and over more varied terrain. In some cases, these weeks are acceptable for newcomers to cross-country skiing. Beginners on these weeks should be very fit and proficient in sports that develop balance. Please contact us if you wish to book a Grade 2 holiday but have not skied before.Grade 3 Intermediates Equivalent Activity Level- Moderate, Level 3.  A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks, at the required level.Grade 4 Advanced Equivalent Activity Level Moderate Challenging, level 4. Choose this level if you can tackle ‘ups and downs’ competently, manage a controlled snowplough descent, and if you want to ski at a lively pace. You should also be able to get up swiftly and easily by yourself after a fall. The mix of track and off-track skiing varies. 

Eating & Drinking

Breakfast, packed lunch and evening meals are included.The food provided includes ample buffet breakfasts, from which you make up your packed lunch, and self-service 3-course dinner. Tea and coffee are available all day at no extra charge. Vegetarians are extremely well catered for. Beer and wine can be purchased at the Fjellstue but alcohol in Norway is expensive due to high taxes with 0.5ltr [approx 1 pint] of lager costing about GBP 6 so many visitors bring their own supplies.  However Norway's strict licensing laws mean that you have to drink these in your own room, and only alcohol purchased from the Fjellstue may be consumed in the dining room and other public areas.

Transportation

Airport transfers are carried out by private bus provided by the Fjellstoge for its guests. As we can ski from the door it is highly unlikely there will be local costs for transport as part of the skiing itinerary at this centre. 

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 daysWe normally use the scheduled services of Norwegian Airlines or SAS (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.There are two international airports in Oslo. The group fly into Oslo Lufthavn Gardermoen.Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in KvitavatnYour trip normally starts at our accommodation in Kvitavatn in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.Due to the remote location of the hotel, we strongly recommend you join the group transfer at Oslo Airport. 

Transfer Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it.If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details with the Exodus office. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

Weather Info

Kvitavatn is located at almost 1000m and at this height snow can lie from November to May, with fresh snowfalls at any time. Average daytime temperatures in winter range from 0º to - 10ºC, though they can fall as low as - 25ºC. At Christmas and New Year daylight hours are limited, with about 6 hours of good light plus twilight. By mid-February this has increased to about 8 hours and by mid-March there are about 12 hours of good daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun. Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day. 

Essential Equipment

Small rucksack to carry the items you will need during the day.Outdoor/winter clothing as follows:Waterproof jacketWaterproof trousers (ideally in a breathable fabric)GaitersWarm fleece (2 thin fleeces that can be layered over one another are better than one thick one)warm hat or balaclava2 pairs of gloves, so you can change them during the day if they get wetGood quality base layers top and bottom, are essential.You will be skiing in mountain weather so extra layers may be needed from December to the end of February. In March and April days are usually warmer and sunnier so fewer layers may be necessary however windproof outer layers are essential throughout the season.Other essentials:Large capacity water bottleA small head torch (for December and January) may be useful Ski goggles (if you have them)SunglassesHigh factor sun creamTrainers/comfortable shoes for the evenings.A knife and plastic bags or containers may be useful for lunchThermos flask for tea/coffee, which you can fill up at no chargeNote For Christmas and New Year: It is common for many of the Norwegian guests at hotels to dress smartly for the evenings over the festive period. While this is entirely optional, you may like to bring some smarter clothes for the evenings.

Optional Equipment

If you plan to do the optional snowshoeing you will need to bring walking boots with you. 

Spending Money

We advise you to take local currency with you. Cards are accepted at the lodge.Wax for skiesYou will be expected to buy and apply wax to your skis. The wax required depends on the outside temperature, with different waxes ranging from 40-70NOK for one pot. You will also need a synthetic scraper and a cork for applying and removing the wax. You may wish to share this waxing kit, which can be purchased from the Fjellstoge reception. Skis also need to be returned cleaned and wax free. Failure to do this could result in a cleaning fee of 45NOK. Solvents for cleaning are available locally.Optional ExcursionsDownhill skiing at Gaustablikk ski area: allow around 355NOK per day for a ski pass.There is also a free bus to the nearby town of Rjukan and Vemork, the Norwegian Industrial Worker's Museum. 

Tipping

Although optional, a tip for the leader at the end of the trip is greatly appreciated. The sum you choose to give is entirely personal, but as a reasonable starting point, we suggest a contribution EUR 15-20 per person for the leader.

(Please note, visa information cannot be guaranteed and should be checked with the relevant country's embassy prior to departure.)

Norway

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Contact Details

Pretoria: Royal Norwegian Embassy

Kvitavatn Fjellstoge

The traditional-style Kvitavatn Fjellstoge consists of a main building with cosy lounge and a large dining room with free Wi-Fi. Standard accommodation is in good quality, single-sex (unless occupying the whole room) 3 or 4 bunk rooms with washbasin in a separate building (Arnes House). Shower, sauna, toilets and drying room are shared. A small number of stylish twin bedded rooms in an adjacent building (Odds House) with private facilities, are also available at a supplement.


Great holiday

Had a great trip as a lone traveller I was a bit apprehensive on the food as dairy intolerant but the chef's were really good and the choice for me was really good. The only downside was that some people got jealous of the special desserts they made for me each day (as well as soya ice-cream) We had a great group and had lovely sunny weather although a bit hot on a few days Conditions were great the first 2 days then a bit warm Skiing was harder than a remembered but enjoyable Hardest bit of the trip was knowing what and how much to wear I packed lots of thin long sleeved items and a few bike tops which proved very useful. I found liner gloves were really helpful too
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Just being out and about each day in the beautiful countryside
  What did you think of your group leader?
Mary and albert were great. Not sure they were too impressed by the groups skiing skills, but they changed and chose a good variety Evening films and entertainment were an added extra, and gave me some knowledge of the region
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Liner gloves really useful as well as a selection of hats Mary had a cap on which would have been helpful to take with me. Buff was also really handy,so have a few of these Accomodstion had a drying room which worked well
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Nope

Off track cross country skiing at it's best

This is some of the best off track cross country skiing you will ever find. A wonderful wild environment, with varied terrain and a variety of challenge, the best leaders you can ever meet and a great place to stay with a lovely friendly atmosphere. It is very special. I would have given up years ago if I hadn't come here and have been coached to steady improvement over the years. I have been on other holidays with other leaders, but no-one has ever come up to the standard of Ilse and Mary.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Getting high up on a bright day.
  What did you think of your group leader?
The best
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make sure you get the grade right for you!

XC Skiing Norway

Really great trip thanks. Lovely location, excellent guides who were terrific hosts as well. I feel transformed physically and mentally after this fantastic break.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing Ilsa's proud face as I skied down my first big slope
  What did you think of your group leader?
Amazing and inspiring
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Come ready to be tired and happy at the end of each day

Fab Holiday!

I loved everything about this trip. The accommodation was cozy and the beds incredible. The food was delicious, fresh and plentiful and the surroundings stunning as they only can be in Norway
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Being on the plateau, in the high w8nds, snowshoeing through the wilderness. It was too dangerous to ski so Ilse and Mary took us out for a snowshoe instead and it was a brilliant hike.
  What did you think of your group leader?
The local guide for this trrip is simply incredible. A true coach, she knows exactly how to get the best out of people, always being patient and working with everyone individually, even in a group environment. She's very attentive and just a lovely person. She should be guide of the year as I have yet to meet anyone that would surpass her in guiding, teaching and general personality..
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Just go. You'll love it!

Cross Country Skiing at Kvitavatn, Norway

This is an amazing place to learn to ski and to ski. The Fjellstue is friendly and has a great atmosphere and is perfectly set up for you to ski from your door, out into the wilderness. There is an excellent network of tracks, but the leaders offer mainly off track and with great skill and knowledge will take you away into the remote rolling hills, among the trees and above the tree line, offering fantastic guiding and tuition. I would have given up cross country skiing probably if I hadn't come here as the support and leadership is second to none. Perfect for both beginners and for those with experience and skills. I have been back for many years, as have many others who come here.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Doing two routes with Ilse that she had never done with groups for many years.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both leaders are superb
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If you have never skied before go for a beginners group. Work on your basic fitness before you go!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Gold star

Kvitavatn - Cross Country Skiing

This trip had everything I was looking for, fantastic location with a 360degree mountain panorama, classic Norwegian lodge accommodation, healthy yet plentiful food and great leaders. The leaders were effective at developing our skills, in a fun way, yet appreciating we are on holiday. Once our skills were developed we were taken to some fantastic off the beaten track locations. I have never had so many 'wow' moments and taken to lunch spots to die for! The 'apres' ski was varied too, a combination of informative talks, films, a fun quiz and slide show of the weeks pics. Fantastic trip!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Climbing to a high point up a frozen waterfall and having the most amazing, unspoilt views and no one else in sight!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Amazing. Helpful, knowledgeable, patient, informative, caring, effective.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Take a range of clothing because it can either be really warm or really cold. Take a thermos Flask - hot drinks are essential. You don't need to take a lunch box as plastic bags and cling film are made available.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would really recommend this trip if you have never done cross country skiing before.

The Best Holiday Ever!

A great way for a complete beginner to experience cross country skiing and make lots of progress in a short time. We were tutored for nearly 6 hours on each of 6 days so even a complete novice and scaredy-cat, like me, was able to have enough skill to safely negotiate different types of terrain within a couple of days. You WILL fall over, which is fun in the soft snow (although sometimes hard to get back up from) but does hurt a bit on the hard, prepared tracks. The scenery was fantastic, I never felt cold because we were active, and the company was incredibly friendly and supportive. We were with our group (14) for meals, warm up/down exercises and in the evening but we divided into 2 (ability) groups to ski, which worked well.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I loved all of it, from first learning to snowplough through playing on the sparkling, crisp, virgin snow on the lake to touring and seeing the beautiful views from the higher terrain. Picking up speed on the prepared tracks and successfully cornering for the first time as well as traversing down through deep snow were thrilling (even though I am not a speed nor thrill seeker and would dread downhill skiing).
  What did you think of your group leader?
Mary and Ilse were completely dedicated to making our holiday the best it could be. I was very impressed with the amount of attention we each received and their skill in coaxing the nervous as well as challenging the talented, so that everyone got the most from the experience. They were very professional, knowledgeable and great fun to be with.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
What are you waiting for? Just do it!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The Kvitavatn Felljstoge is very efficiently and well run, comfortable but not luxurious. The staff are friendly and helpful and the food was very good quality homecooking and plentiful. There will definitely be something you like and can eat on the menu and you will not go hungry!

Wild and wonderful

Just back from an amazing way to spend New Year. I was slightly hesitant that skiing may not be my thing but it's so accessible to get involved even for the complete novice. What great fun...I've never fallen over so many times and my knees are still bruised but it was worth it! The lodge and the couple running it were so hospitable, the facilities simple Scandi 'hygge' and there was nothing more pleasant than a hot sauna to warm up in at the end of a day in the cold. As a veggie, I was also pleased with the care and attention to providing protein rich options for dinner - the food was hearty and wholesome.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
As an absolute beginner, staying upright on a small slope was an amazing feat. Snowshoeing up to the top of the plateau and seeing the wilderness for miles around Spending New Year in the snowy wilds and with such great people!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Illse and Mary were really great at coaching us in less than favourable conditions and keeping the options open to all abilities and inclinations for activity. They also provide evening 'entertainment'..but I will keep the content a surprise!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Definitely take the advice of others and pack a bottle or buy supplies in the duty free at Oslo when you land. Drinks are available at the Lodge with high Norwegian tax added! I packed way too much, inside the lodge is super warm and cosy so a t-shirt is fine. Cosy boots useful for traversing between lodge and sleeping hut as are some sort of mini-crampon overshoe as it can be an ice-rink out there! Bring an extra towel you can use in the sauna...bikini's too if you don't fancy going native. A flask and sit mat are essential but you can borrow one if you forget them. Extra snacks are good to pack for when you need a burst of energy out on trail Hiking clothes are perfect unless you're extra sensitive to cold. I just wore merino long johns with trousers over the top and a couple of merino base layers, a wind proof top and a lightweight hard shell.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Don't deliberate - if you like snow, then this is for you! :)

Cross county skiing in Norway

Kvitavaatn is a great location. Frozen lakes, forest the mountains and the Hardanger plateau right in front of the lodge where I stayed were beautiful..
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Probabaly day 3 when I thought I had finally cracked the whole cross country skiing lark. I hadn't but it was fun trying.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Mary our English guide was endlessly patient. Learning cross country skiing is bloody hard and frustrating at times!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Bring slippers as the Norwegians ALWAYS take off their shoes when they enter the lodge from outside so it's preferable to wandering about in your socks. Bring wax earplus because you share a room with 3 other people and there can be snorers amongst the group....

Late season skiiing - Kvitavatn

This being my first holiday in Scandinavia, not having skied for a few years and booked at the last minute I had some trepidation over what to expect. What I got was a very enjoyable holiday, great cross country skiing routes both on and off piste and great group and tour leader to share it with.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
After a few days struggling with cross country skis it started to come together and get more enjoyable - the views down over Ryukan and from the higher points on the skiing routes were stunning. Also great were the off-piste routes weaving in and out of the trees in the deep snow.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Mary was superb - very patient and great instructor. The slide show of photos taken throughout the week on the last day was very interesting!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Cross country skis are a different animal to downhill skis and more tricky to master - I spent the Monday and Tuesday falling over a lot and trying to re-acquaint myself with skills I thought I already had on downhill skis such as snowplough turns and traversing an incline. Level 2 on cross country skis with no previous experience is doable but hard work for the first few days although it did did start to come together after that. Also as mentioned in other reviews do buy wine or beer at the huge duty-free on arrivals at Oslo airport as it costs more at the lodge. Bear in mind you cannot drink your own alcohol in communal areas - only stuff you have bought at reception which at the time was cans of Tuborg, cans of a sweet Norwegian cider, a few local beers and various wine bottles between 200-300 Kroner.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I went fairly late in the season (mid March) and it was starting to get a bit slushy and icy on some of the popular routes - there was some fresh snow during the week but mainly on the last day (typical!). Hours of sunlight is not a problem as most people will want to finish for the day by mid afternoon and head to the sauna and tea and coffee (available all day). There is a rest day with options to do downhill skiing (the Gaustablikk ski centre is next to the lodge) but given the icy conditions our group gave it a miss and most opted to go on some of the shorter cross country skiing trails around the lake or take the bus into Ryukan to look around.

Picture perfect

Excellent cross country holiday with so many different routes to choose every day, on the tracks and off. We had amazing weather and looking back at pictures, I still can't believe I was there. Plenty of good food and good company.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Skiing off piste on untouched snow and reaching high spots with breathtaking views. Simply amazing. Every day I thought it could not get better but it did! Thinking already to return next year!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Learned a lot in a week from both leaders. Different teaching styles but both Ilse and Mary clearly have a passion for what they do every day. Contagious!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Follow trip notes. I had everything with me and I was glad! Drinks are not that more expensive and in a week I spent very little as all else is included.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Shared accommodation is charming but can feel crowded.

first time skiing of any type

first time skiing of any sort so everything was new to me! Enjoyed it immensely [apart from the classic 'third day 'when everything ached and nothing worked!!] By the end of the week the last 3 days comprised quite a lot of of track skiing and suddenly I was managing to stay upright, turn and stop going down hill! The enjoyment was enhanced by the generally superb weather, mainly clear blue skies and sunshine.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The fourth day [Thursday] everything suddenly started to come together. On Wednesday night I had gone to bed fully expecting to be hardly able to move certain parts of my body on Thurs am, but not only were there no real aches, when we got going I actually felt like I was starting to cross country ski!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both Ilse and Mary were supportive, instructive and very helpfull.

Off track ski ing in Kvitavatn

We had a fantastic week of brilliant sunshine. We were largely off track ski ing and the area is wild and beautiful. Once off track we rarely saw another skier. We saw more animal than human tracks. We warmed up outside every morning to the amusement of the locals and then stretched in the evening before taking a sauna.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Reaching the summit of the 'Eagle's Nipple' on skis.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Mary and Ilse were fantastic. Experienced knowledgable and patient they couldn't do enough for us.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Even if you have never been on skis if you are reasonably fir you will be off track skinning in a couple of days.

Great holiday

Fantastic holiday - lovely hostel (the nightly sauna I am still missing), outstanding instruction/leaders, and a great group of people
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Ilse's instruction
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both were excellent
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Go! A few hints for packing though: the flight times are great, but the day of the trip out means no planned lunch break - so take something with you (though you can pick stuff up at oslo airport). DO pack gaiters, a sit mat, a thermos (even if you don't want a tea or coffee when you are out skiing, a warm drink goes down well). You really don't need much cash - the hostel takes cards now, and you can run a tab.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The food is great and plentiful at the hostel. The daily stretching sessions, and then sauna visits were great, and beneficial, at the end of the day.

Cross Country Skiing: Kvitavatn

This Exodus trip cannot be faulted...it was absolutely brilliant! The organisation from start to finish was smooth running; the location was perfect, providing on and off track skiing in beautiful Norwegian countryside; the accommodation was spotlessly clean and comfortable, with amazing views towards the mountain; and the food was simply delicious! In fact, we loved it so much, we're going back this year!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing people of all ages and ability getting out to enjoy xc skiing; also, seeing Ilse (our group leader) effortlessly perform Telemark turns!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Ilse was fabulous! She is an excellent coach, who showed a high level of care towards us all, whilst helping us to progress our xc skiing skills throughout the week, at our own differing levels. She has a great sense of humour and is good fun to spend time with. As newcomers to xc skiing, our enjoyment of this trip was definitely enhanced by her and the way that she led the week.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Go for it! If you are new to xc skiing, this would be an excellent introduction and would give you plentiful opportunity to explore on/off track, in beautiful surroundings. Equally, it is a fabulous place for the more experienced skier.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
You might want to plan a few days, on your return, to rest!

First rate location, guides and facilities

A great place for both xc beginners and advanced, many options for both on and off track skiing. Excellent leaders who know the place very well and can help inexperienced skiers like me have a great taste of wild Norway in winter.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Off track skiing in fresh snow.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Excellent.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be reasonably fit !

I'll be going back

Excellent holiday, great location,
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
First time skiing off track, great to get to the otherwise inaccessible and hidden surprises.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both Mary and Ilsa were excellent leaders, enthusiastic and were good instructors.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Expect bruises!
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Great holiday will look to do it again

Kvitåvatn 2015

Have X-C skied in many parts of world, but after over 35 years still keep returning to Kvitåvatn because of the variety and excellence of the terrain and possible tours. Ski trails much improved for skaters this year, while snow conditions were wonderful in the mountains. New management and rebuild of part of original lodge both settling nicely. Ski hire and the ski preparation areas excellent as always. Food very good this year (copious smoked salmon every day!). Had to replace some ageing ski boots; the shop in nearby Rjukan -easily visited using free bus service - helpful and very well stocked.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Superb descents on even surfaces and perfect snow during days touring in the mountains. Dawn light on Gausta (the nearby mountain) on a day of perfect weather. The first cup of (free) coffee after a seven-hour tour!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Ilse and Mary are always cheerful and enthusiastic, and provide excellent teaching for novices and experts alike. They always seem to be able to find some decent snow, even if the conditions are less than ideal. Evening 'entertainments' first-rate for the newcomers who need to know about waxing and safety in the mountains. Whole group this year very cheerful and friendly.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
If you are unsure of whether you will like Cross-Country skiing, try it here: if you don't take to it, it is very easy to hire downhill equipment, snowshoes, or take in the history of the area by visiting the local museum, which celebrates the "Heroes of Telemark". Plenty of photo-opportunities and, this year, surprisingly plentiful bird life.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Our kids, both now in their 20's, learned to ski at Kvitåvatn when they were 9 and 7 and are now skilled in winter outdoor travel. The lodge (owned by a Danish Orienteering Club) is full of young Danes learning to ski as soon as they can walk. It would be great if the lower age limit could be reduced, at last for some of the trips, to permit other Brits to bring their youngsters.

Cross Country Skiing with stunning views

This was my first experience of cross country skiing - the location combined with excellent instruction was recommended by a friend. I found it a good mix of challenge in a very supportive atmosphere and loved journeying through the varied landscape. The food was excellent, as was the instruction from experienced leaders combined with lots of laughter.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The conditions were particularly challenging for cross country skiing and finding some lovely soft snow to move through was wonderful. At times I felt challenged but the support of both the group and leaders really helped me along. Skiing with like minded individuals with a sense of fun lead to lots of laughter and a sense of achievement.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Ilse took the lead in the first few days and was superb. She always had a positive outlook and comment - even when you were upended in the snow! Her sense of fun shone throughout and without her support and coaching I would not have achieved half as much as I did. Mary then took over with her knowledge of both wildlife and the area added to the work started by Ilse. I am particularly enjoying the excellent photos taken by both leaders which bring back happy memories of the trip.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Merino base layers are excellent. A thermos flask and sit mat are all important for a lunch break in the snow. It is well worth working on your fitness especially for sojourns uphill.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Give it a go you are never to old too learn a new skill and I gained so much inspiration from older members of the party. Any doubts whether this was the holiday for me were dispelled in the first few days and if you love mountain country then take the plunge you will not regret it. I certainly would return to work on my novice skills as a cross country skier

Third time here

As I have experienced previously this is a great place to come with excellant leaders
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Hard to pick any one but certain moments stand out such as nearly being blown over by the wind and managing to remain upright on my skiis but mostly it is about the lovely scenery and great off track skiing which makes a great change from the European loipe
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both Isle and Mary are excellant leaders and put in so much work into making it a great trip for everyone whatever level of skier you are.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Good to bring a bottle of something alcoholic from duty free. Vegetarians don't worry as the food is excellant. No need to bring any extras.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

Another outstanding trip to Kvitavatn, fantastic instruction, superb skiing and brilliant food, not to mention the New Year Party.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I went back to Kvitavatn for a second time to try and get myself properly mobile on cross country skis.  Last year I spent most of my time sitting in snow drifts or crashing, but this year I found my feet from day one and just grew in confidence.  I have 4 inspirational moments - the first time we completed the 5km Orange Track including the terrifying "vertical" downhill without crashing; a similar moment with a bigger hill on the red 15km track; Finally mastering the art of herring boning and being upwardly mobile as well as downwardly; and last but not least climbing and successfully descending Mount Ornenipa on skis.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Albert (first 3 days) was really helpful and gave me space  to find my feet and explore technique a bit in a way that I wasn't confident enough to do last year.  Ilse (last 3 days) was as brilliant as ever.  In particular in letting me go up Ornenipa and supporting me physically and emotionally getting down again with an injury. She knows exactly when to praise and when to push, and the evening stretching and talks were great.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be as fit as you can before you go, you'll have much more fun if you aren't huffing and puffing.  Also be honest about what you can and can't do, but throw yourself in.  I was useless first time but comfortable in the grade 2 group second time even though I really struggled throughout last time.Be prepared to be gregarious - you may be sharing a room with 3 total strangers in close (though comfortable) quarters, and the showers are communal too.   Kvitavatn is very quiet so not the place to go if you are looking for a lot of nightlife, but the skiing both in tracks and off track is brilliant.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I'd recommend this trip to anyone wanting to get going with cross country skiing, I've had a thoroughly good time over New Year for 2 years in a row.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

An entertaining, inspirational and challenging week in beautiful wilderness.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Standing in a deserted stretch of ski track with nobody else around, the wind was howling, the sky was blue and I was panting. I felt alive!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both group leaders, Mary and Ilse, were patient and knew exactly when to push us and when to hold back, providing just the right levels of instruction. 
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Bring a flask so you can have a hot drink at lunchtime. Haribo were a welcome treat too. Have a crack at it. Cross-country skiing is not scary or impossible. It's surprisingly easy to pick up after day one. Don't get frustrated, just try to smile and laugh at yourself.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Every once in a while it's good to challenge yourself, do something different and learn a new skill. If you feel like you're stuck in a rut, sign up for this trip and shake things up. You'll come home feeling a whole lot better, your lungs will feel bigger and you'll have a glow in your rosy cheeks.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

Great place to experience track and off track cross country skiing, the instructors are excellent very patient and professional, the accommodation is very good (twin bedded rooms with supplement) and the food in the restaurant excellent.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Skiing across frozen lakes.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Very kind, professional, patient and committed to helping you improve your cross country skiing ability.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Buy a couple of bottles of wine at Heathrow duty free.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

Kvitavatn is an excellent centre for all levels of snow sports. You are well looked affer, meals are excellent and well organised with helpful staff and a good standard of accomodation. 
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
In a week where the off track snow was so unpredictable and difficult I would offer the day the group did the Blue 23 trip. The weather was brilliant. It was an area new to me and provided new views and vistas.  
  What did you think of your group leader?
We had two leaders, Ilse and Mary who swapped about the groups. They were excellent. They instructed, lead the groups and maintained our spirits. They laid on films, lectures and quizs in the evening based on a theme of skiing.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The bus takes 3+ hours from the airport to Kvitavatn. You may wish to have a snack to hand to tide you over until dinner on arrival. The ski hire is excellent and not expensive. It saves hassle on aeroplanes and at airports.  
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Kvitavatn has a considerable variety of terrain so you are not going to get bored and caters for all levels of skiing. And all this with the comfort of a fixed centre. 

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

A brilliant week, exceptional leaders, fabulous tuition and an all round great place to be.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Sunshine and diamond dust air with mountains as far as the eye can see - magical
  What did you think of your group leader?
Ilse & Mary are inspirational, know how to get the best out of people whilst having a laugh.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Go

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

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  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
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  What did you think of your group leader?
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  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
go for it

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

Just back from a fantastic trip. I'd not been cross country skiing before and found the variety of this trip exceeded my expectations. Although the accommodation is described as basic as it is a youth hostel, it was very comfortable, warm and clean. The food was consistently excellent and plentiful with a hot 3 course dinnner every evening, being just what was needed after a day out in the cold. 
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
For a first timer zooming along the tracks, just trusting the ski's to do the work was amazing.Also climbing high up onto the hillside to look across at Gausta without too much effort was surprising. The scenery from up there was spectacular and the sense of achievement having got to the top and back down again safely will stay with me for some time.
  What did you think of your group leader?
The leaders were outstanding! Ilse knew exactly how to approach each individual to encourage and motivate them. If she said we could ski down a slope then we knew we could trust her judgement as to our level and ability and each time she was right. Also she made the warm up sessions fun and a great way to start the day, and the stretching at the end of the day was a welcome release of the tension from our aching muscles.The talks and videos in the evening were informative and helpful particularly to a first timer.Ilse and Mary took literally hundreds of photos during the week which meant I actually have pictures of myself rather than just scenery! Also I didn't need to worry about dropping or losing my camera as they took better shots than I could. Unfortunately my friends particularly love the photos of me face down in the snow!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Just try it! It was a laugh a minute and I can't imagine getting such variety with better tuition and guidance anywhere else.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
We were a group of 13 with 2 leaders which meant we were split into groups of 7 and 6 which was fine. Any more could have meant more waiting around and difficulty keeping close but not too close. 

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

This was a really enjoyable holiday for the thrill of learning to ski, the people, the scenery and the food.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I think the most inspirational moment was the first day that our group went off- piste on the mountain away from the resort. Making fresh tracks down the slopes brought back the same feeling you had as a kid braced to slide down a hill that no one has sledged down before.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both leaders were excellent. I appreciated the fact that both Ilse and Chris kept everyone in the group involved, with both encouragement and words of advice. The beginners lessons were also structured well so that the learning bits were interspersed with having fun on the tracks so that you never felt too bogged down thinking about your technique.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
You don't need to take much local currency, unless you're planning to spend a day in the local town. Enough for a few drinks in the evening and some gifts.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Falling over in public places will hold you in good stead for a cross country skiing holiday

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

The balance was just right between active days that always encouraged you to push your skills a bit further and very comfortable and sociable evenings
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Climbing the mountain on skis
  What did you think of your group leader?
Very fine leaders each with a different range of skills. I learned a lot
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
The leaders know there stuff. If you listen to them and take their advice you will find that you have improved in leaps and bounds over the week
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
That was my second trip. This year I am going to Msstrod but still with Exodus.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

An exceptional trip with inspirational instruction....even for a rank beginner with no skiing experience at all.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I had several inspirational moments.  The first was the moment when I first managed to stay upright on skis on the first day, the second was skiing out over Kvitavatn lake, then in turn the moment when I managed to herring bone uphill successfully, to snowplough downhill under control, telemarks to provide better stability, and the first run without an instructor around the ski tracks.  Skiing in a force 9 gale was pretty exhiliarating too!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Ilse was amazing.  She is hugely talented, incredibly patient and knows exactly when a word of praise or a word of criticism will be most appropriate.  Several times when I was struggling with something she would pay me a compliment that lifted my mood entirely, equally she never let go something that I was doing badly (pole position for general propulsion mostly!) if she thought I could improve it.  Full of energy and enthusiasm, she was inspirational.Chris was also great - very different in style, he would talk us through an ascent/descent then leave us to make some decisions about how to approach the obstacle so that we had to think independently about what we were doing.  He was never too far away to come back and rescue me from various trees, snow drifts and ski contortions when I managed to hit them but it gave a real sense of achievement when something went well...because you'd done it right.  He picked me up out of more piles of snow than anyone should have to do, but always with a smile.  He was also great when I gave myself a minor injury on the final day, and got me back to the lodge not only in one piece, but cheerful and with a sense of achievement.At the end of the week we were presented with a disc of photos taken for us where quite a few of us were not taking many through a) fear of crushing the camera b) concentration on skiing or c) being in a snow drift, so we have a great record of the week. I cannot rate the leaders highly enough at Kvitavatn and I can't wait to book again for the coming season.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Cross country skiing makes everything hot - don't dress for downhill or you'll bake.  Light layers are a must.  Do take a flask, mittens are a winner and most of all definitely take gaiters and waterproofs if you are a beginner. You will fall over......maybe not as much as me, but you will fall, and staying dry is the key to enjoying your trip.  Take the smallest day pack you can manage (flask, lunch, layer, camera - you don't need much else) to keep your balance under control.  I also took my yak tracks (for gripping ice when walking around) which I found really useful when it got slippery around the Fjellstoge towards the end of the week.  Not falling down off skis was a desirable state of affairs given the opportunities for falling over on skis!Inevitably snow conditions vary (we had a couple of warm and therefore very slippery days) and this can be  a bit frustrating, but the leaders are very good at picking out the best possible activities for the conditions. You'll get a lot out of the trip.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The Fjellstoge is clean, comfortable and has a sauna, mini cinema with some DVDs, open fire, and fantastic food twice a day (make a lunch up from breakfast).  Showers are communal (not a problem, but be prepared!).  A particularly great feature of this trip is that the area has a set of lit tracks so you can ski independently in the evenings and the opportunities for skiing off track with the group are great.  At one point we were skiing around hills aobut 3/4 of the way up their height, crossing over downhill runs, and looking down over valleys and lakes.  It has all the best of hiking, but with snow and skis thrown in.  Those looking for a busy night life will be disappointed, but if you want a bit of peace and quiet with some exceptional teaching, and to make quick progress to being able to ski  away from tracks etc, this is the trip for you.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

Best bits: the guides were fantastic, especially Ilsa who was a brilliant teacher and so obviously skilled on skis.  They were so friendly and helpful.  Food brilliant and plentiful.  Company great, so friendly.  Accommodation warm.  Great drying room.  Great sauna (prepare yourself for a nudist experience).  Scenery beautiful.  Friendly accommodation hosts - they allowed you to put your own alcohol in the hostel fridge.  Perfect 1st cross country ski trip and perfect way to spend a Christmas. Not so best bits:  showers poor; tepid temperature and poor water flow.  Plus you had to keep pressing the button to keep the shower on and the water flowed for only 15 seconds!!  The communal sitting area, whilst warm was not really very cosy.  The fire was lovely, but could only accommode about 8 people sitting around it.  A real shame that the ambience wasn't as cosy as it could have been.  Some nice rugs and sofas would make all the difference.  Bunk rooms small.  The holiday information could do a bit more to ensure travellers realise the basic nature of the accommodation and that it is, in fact, a youth hostel.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Learning to glide in the cross country ski tracks and realising that this was a great way to get outdoors, keep fit, and that this was a real alternative to down hill skiing, which has always scared me!!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Completely brilliant.  I had some great conversations with the leader, and she also shared thoughts and experiences with us which showed she really cared about the group. She was obviously passionate about cross country skiing and about teaching it.  A great technician and good company.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Go prepared for basic accommodation.  No luxuries here.  Take mittons instead of gloves and try and find some really good thermals to wear underneath the mittons.  Don't expect to be stopping at mountain restaurants for hot wine and lunch - there aren't any!!  Lunch is eaten out of doors on the mountains - take a flask, because it gets very cold. Everything is massively expensive.  Take your own alcohol.  If you are in a nice group it gets shared (in ours that's what we did).
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
All in all a fabulous holiday.  I'd definitely recommend it to others and shall go back again myself.  8 out of 10 from me.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

Both the track and off-track skiing were excellent. This was certainly helped by the amount of snow, but the terrain was always good because it was challenging. The main leader and instructor (Ilse) was excellent - patient, attentive and always helpful.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Reaching the peak of Orneneipa on a very cold day, plus completing some of the demanding downhill sections of the tracks.
  What did you think of your group leader?
The main group leader (Ilse) was excellent, as highlighted
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make the most of the opportunities and ask Ilse's advice on how to wax your skis, and which wax to use.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The skiing is great and I understand why people return to Kvitavatn.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

This was an excellent holiday, accommodation was good, food was excellent, teaching, terrain and company all siperb.  The staff are very friendly the instructors Chris and Ilse are very experienced in XC skiing and taught us well and went the extra mile to making sure we had fuind and learnt XC skiing at the same time.  With additional stretching after a hard day, in the mountians or on the recognised routes and XC lessons in the evening.The scenery and history is tremendous and this brief glimpse of Norway that will have me coming back for more.Will definitely be back.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I had several but I did
  What did you think of your group leader?
Ilse and Chris are excellent teachers in XC and are clearly passionate and enthusnjnn about the sport and I could ask any question about XC, the terrain and the history of the local area.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
To enjoy this holiday dewfinitely take the advice and have a few sessions in the gym before you go is a worthwhile investment. If you want to go to the museum in Rjuken ask the guides how to get there and when to go.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
Excellent trip, loved it, will go back.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

Very well organised, friendly holiday. Excellent staff good accommodation. This was our second time on this holiday, still more to do next time too.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I found the staff to be knowledgable and dynamic as they adapted to difficult weather conditions.
  What did you think of your group leader?
The holiday was well lead, a real team effort from all the staff.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Check the weather reports, take advantage of everything on offer.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
A truy fantastic holiday

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

A very active holiday in a beautiful and remote location
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
gliding across frozen lakes covered in snow with the sun shining  and nobody else around Standing at the top of a mountain pass looking out across the mountains one morning having just watched heroes of telemark on dvd the night before in the lodge- it gave a real feel of what those men went through in WWII.
  What did you think of your group leader?
We had two - they divided their time between both groups. Mary and Ilse were both excellent, profficient at the sport and their local knowledge was excellent
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Dont forget your gaiters. Cross country skiing in Kvitavatn is not limited to the tracks - all terrains are covered so you will spend a lot of time in deep snow.If you dont have gaiters you get very wet feet!Go to the gym and work out on a cross trainer before you go - any preparation is worthwhile as the trip is very active and you will find muscles you didnt know you had!Dispel any notion that its like alpine skiing as its nothing like it - far harder, far more energetic but definitely more worth while in my opinion! 
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
The lodge is described as remote. Its not remote in the sense that it stands on its own because it doesnt, its surrounded by very many lodges and chalets and even a small down hill ski station but there is absolutely no  life such as you would associate with an alpine ski village. Everything centres around the lodge. Dont let this put you off however.The day is so energetic that i defy anyone to be able to stay awake past 10pm! The accomodation is great for two people but a bit cozy for four and you will have to share if you dont pay the premium and the lodge is full which it was when we went at half term.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

A  holiday that was physiclly challenging but not so much that it was too much.I liked the idea of being ''offroad' most of the time. The trip leaders were excellent, empathetic, and flexible. Highlight was summiting out on a gloriously clear day
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
view for ever from the peaks
  What did you think of your group leader?
excellent  - no need to say more!
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
give it a go - but be fit so you can enjoy it more without the aches and pians

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

It was wonderful to be back at Kvitavatn again.  I felt the location was better than ever with really good facilities at the Fjellstoge and superb food and kindness.  Mary and Ilse are the best instructors ever and make every day a positive experience.  You finish on a high (literally!).
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
On the last day, getting close to the top of Orenipa and then skiing down on some lovely traverses.  Seeing my little sister's face appear at the top as she side-stepped up to the plateau.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both Mary and Ilse provide leading of exceptional quality which is positive and skillful, managing the group well and giving excellent and focussed individual tuition along the way.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
You will have a great time and always end up a better skier than before you went.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I wouldn't let the groups get above 12, that is an absolute maximum.  Smaller is better.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

Back at Kvitavatn again for another year and as always a 5 GOLD star experience. The tuition and leaders are platinum and the place is so friendly and relaxed that it feels like home and I do keep coming back for all of that.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Sparkly days up high with amazing views - didn't want to be anywhere else on earth.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Ilse & Mary are fantastic, they tick all the boxes and I cannot speak more highly of them if I tried.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Go, you wont regret it.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
I'll be back again next year, cannot wait.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN MARCH 2011

Relaxed informal base with great tuition and variety.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Getting to the top of Onapeia (excuse spelling!) was a high point in terms of views and the challenge of aiming for a summit. I equally enjoyed the off track routes dodging, or not!, the trees and overhanging branches through the forest. I had a birthday whilst on holiday and Ilse had noticed this and made an effort to make sure I felt special that day which was a lovely quite unexpected gesture.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Ilse and Mary led the group. Mary's patience with technique coaching saw me get my first ski award. Ilse knows the area and local snow conditions better than the back of her hand and is a natural teacher inspiring confidence in the most fretful amateur. The morning warm ups are ridiculously fun, and worth the effort for jiggling aching muscles into action.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Be aware that this is very much a centre that welcomes families and groups. If you want to have a quiet dinner for two, maybe book elsewhere, but we love the warm relaxed camaraderie of shared stories over the evening meal, comparing ever more exaggerated tales of the days events. Alcohol is expensive in Norway, there is opportunity to buy a beer at the lodge but you may want to consider calling into duty free before you leave the UK. You will need gaiters if you don't want boots full of melting powder snow. Take something to entertain you in the evening, if you're awake that long.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
We booked one of the cabins for two people, which I would say is a very expensive supplement, but had fab views of Gausta. We had great cooks at the time we were there, vegetarian food was unusually good for this part of the world and the granola cereal speciality made by Mette should be available as an export!

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

This was my first trip to Norway for cross country skiing and it was a step up from the track skiing I had done in Europe but great fun.   Kvitavatn is a great place to stay with a friendly informal feel.   The leaders were exceptional.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Not sure if inspirational is the word but it was exhilarating to be up on the plateau skiing in very adverse conditions (ice, high winds) but with the most beautiful views of the white wild coutryside.      To get back safely in the evening after having battled the elements!
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both Ilse and Mary were great.   They helped navigate the complexities of waxing the skiis.   They were encouraging and thoughtful in their guidance.   They put a lot extra in with fun warm-ups and relaxing cool downs, evening activities and a brilliant photo show on the last night of our week's efforts.   I skiied more with Ilse who was truely inspirational and a very skilled instructor.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
There is plenty of variety for vegetarians and healthy options - I found the food excellant so need to bring any extras.   The packed lunch buffet was extensive as was breakfast.   It says in the trip notes but I did not read it to take gaiters.   Also needed are lots of layers.   No need for anything fancy for dinner!   Get fit before going - I though I was reasonably fit but my arms need a lot more work before going next time (and I will go back).   

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

In my opinion Kvitavatn remains the best choice for those interested in varied and challenging skiing in an unspoilt location. Expert tuition and leading,excellent accommodation and food also make this a memorable experience.
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Setting out in the morning across the frozen lake with the crisp snow sparkling in bright sunshine and the cloudless blue sky promising a most enjoyable day.IlseIls  
  What did you think of your group leader?
Ilse was an inspiration . She has a vast local knowledge , keeps an understanding eye on all members of the group,encourages everyone to learn more ,and has a strong rapport with each skier In short she is a great teacher. 

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

This was one of the best holidays I've ever had. Beautiful scenery, good company, good food, loads of exercise and the opportunity to learn something new from excellent leaders. Hard to beat!
  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Looking down onto Kvitavatn from the top of some of the ski slopes, and knowing we'd climbed all the way up there on skis!Gaustatoppen in the morning sunlight is an uplifting sight, and the stars on a clear night are stunning.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Both Mary and Ilse are absolutely first class. They are patient, friendly, good fun, utterly professional and kind enough not to laugh too hard when you're floundering in the soft snow! Their knowledge of the local area, skiing and obvious experience taking groups out means you can relax and enjoy your holiday.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Make sure you get plenty of exercise beforehand as being reasonably fit will allow you to get the most out of this holiday. A small plastic box to put your lunch in may be useful too.If you get car sick it would be worth taking some motion sickness pills for the bus - it is a long and winding road, but definitely worth it when you get there.
  Is there anything else you would like to add?
This is a holiday I won't forget, having made lots of new friends and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I will be back for sure!

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: KVITAVATN

Back for another year of Kvitavatn magic and yes it just gets better. It is an infectious place, keeps pulling you back.
  What did you think of your group leader?
Ilse and Mary are the greatest team, they are both a pleasure to ski with. Teaching is gold star standard.
  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Just go, you will not be dissapointed.
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