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Geilo Winter Activity

Geilo Winter Activity

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Geilo Winter Activity

  • Winter sports wonderland
  • Stunning lakeside setting, quiet cross-country trails
  • A real taste of Norwegian life
  • Enjoy the experience of dog sledding
  • Snow fun for all the family
  • Holiday typeWinter snow holiday
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Excellent for
  • Please call for prices
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Sundays except 19, 26 Dec & 2 from 12 Feb '17 to 2 Apr '17
  • 7 nights half board with continental breakfast
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Sustainability rating: 90%
  • Equipment hire, 2 cross-country and 1 downhill ski lessons, 1 snowshoe lesson and 1 half-day Husky dog excursion included
  • 1 day lift pass included

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Welcome to the wonderful winter wonderland of Geilo. This pretty village sits half way between Bergen and Oslo, on the edge of the Hardangervidda National Park. A stopping point for travellers between the cities of Oslo and Bergen since the late C19, it gained early fame for its clean air and has now become a mecca for winter sports aficionados. From ice fishing to kite skiing you can pretty much do any winter sport here.

This is the perfect place to base your winter activity holiday, offering you the chance to learn and enjoy four winter sports. We start with gentle gliding on the skinny cross-country skis around Geilo's beautiful lakeside trails, before swapping skis for snow shoes - a great way to cross deep virgin snow. We then meet the Huskies and after you help prepare these beautiful dogs and their sleds you'll take a tour through the winter wilderness. Finally we pick up the wider Alpine skis and teach you to snow plough on the friendly beginner slopes of Geilo's alpine centre.

This is a wonderful holiday for all the family or just for those who have never tried winter sports before. We leave plenty of time for you to hone your skills or explore the pretty village and sample its friendly bars and cafes. Cross-country ski hire is included all week.

You spend the week in the 4 acorn-rated Dr Holms Hotel, which sits on a perch above the town. The hotel is more than 100 years old and is probably the most famous hotel in Norway. The hotel has a superb spa, two swimming pools and nice lounge areas; there's also an after-ski bar with a balcony offering panoramic views of the town and the ski slopes on the other side of the valley.

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Typical holiday itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Geilo

We meet you at Geilo railway station and transfer you to your hotel (5 mins) in time for dinner.

Day 2 - Cross country ski lesson

Today you meet your cross-country ski instructor for a 3-hour lesson in which you'll learn to glide along the snow, along the shores of the lake. You'll pass through beautiful forest and you might even be lucky enough to see Ptarmigan. The afternoon will give you a chance to practise by yourself or relax at the hotel.

Day 3 - Cross country ski lesson

There's a second cross-country lesson today. After finding your feet yesterday, it's time to improve your newfound skills and add a few more. Again, you'll keep to the shores of the lake, only this time you'll find you travel that little bit further. The afternoon will be free so you can practise a little bit more, or maybe rest the muscles in one of the town's cosy cafes or the hotel pool.

Day 4 - Snowshoeing

A new day, a new sport. Today we'll head off to see what snow shoeing is all about. Wander through woods with your private guide, learning about the history and folklore of Geilo, or check out the plateau above with its lunar landscape and chocolate-box cabins.

Day 5 - Husky dog sledding

After the peace of snowshoeing it's time to enjoy the experience of Husky dog sledding. You'll meet the handler down by the lake, where you'll prepare the dogs and sleds ready for your trip. Once ready, set off on a loop through the woods across the snow, letting the dogs take the strain. In the afternoon maybe take out your skis again.

Day 6 - Alpine skiing

Today it's time to try the blue riband of winter sports as we pick up the big, wider skis of Alpine skiing. A private lesson will teach you the basics and you'll soon be snow ploughing down the gentle slopes of one of Geilo's many runs. You have the option of extending your lesson (pay locally) or practising further in the afternoon, before heading down to the town for a taste of the local Apres-ski!

Day 7 - Free day

We leave this day free so you can continue your alpine adventure, enjoy a last cross-country ski, or spend a relaxing day following one of the winter walking trails. Alternatively, take the local train to join the Flam Railway, one of the top railway journeys in the world, before heading back to your hotel for a relaxing sauna and swim.

Day 8 - Leave Geilo

Leave Geilo.

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Dr Holms Hotel, Geilo (4 Acorn)

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The elegant Dr Holms Hotel is our base in Geilo. The hotel has 126 rooms including 11 family rooms and 3 suites in its snow covered grounds, as well as a large spa offering a range of relaxing treatments (book and pay locally) and 2 swimming pools.

Rooms will be allocated either in the new wing, where the bedrooms are bright, modern and comfortable; or in the historic main building where the rooms are of classic English style and have varying sizes as this part of the building dates back to 1909 and is a graded building. All rooms are en-suite with either bath or shower and some have WIFI, the main reception has full WIFI.

The cuisine at the hotel is excellent and well presented - expect to try a tantalising range of classic winter and game dishes.

As well as the spa centre, in the main building there are also pleasant lounges and a cosy cafe and the famous après-ski bar which often has live music on Friday and Saturday afternoons. In the basement of the modern wing you will also find a wine style bar and bowling alley complete with diner.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Room
11/12/2016 - 09/04/2017 £24

All prices shown above are valid from 02/11/2016. Prices are per person per night, the superior rooms are large and are all in the historic wing. They come with bathrobes and a fruit plate.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Karl Johan, Oslo (***)

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The Karl Johan hotel is centrally located on the main street of Oslo and has 111 beautifully furnished rooms with full private facilities including direct dial phone, satellite television, hairdryer, minibar and radio. Breakfast is a generous buffet and is served in the fourth floor breakfast room. There is also a separate restaurant and bar available for lunch and dinner.

Oslo is the oldest Scandinavian capital dating back to 1048, its name derived from the Norse words ‘As' meaning God and ‘Lo' meaning field. It's colourful, confident and can hold its own against any other major city. Today it is a cosmopolitan place with over half a million people and it exudes an easygoing ambience.

The old quarter houses some excellent museums and galleries, boasts an interesting street life with cafés, shops and restaurants and offers dignified parks and gardens. During the summer, the city is a real delight with street entertainers, open-air pavement cafés, and many festivals. It's worth spending a couple of nights just to take in the sights and sounds.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Hotel Cecil, Oslo (***)

The Hotel Cecil is a modern 3 star hotel situated next to the parliament and is in an ideal location for exploring the city centre. All rooms are light and airy with full en-suite facilities. They also come equipped with direct dial telephone, cable television and air-conditioning. Breakfast is buffet style and there is a selection of restaurants within walking distance for your evening meal.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Dates Single room Double/Twin room
01/12/2016 - 31/12/2016 £86 £58
01/01/2017 - 31/01/2017 £100 £64
01/02/2017 - 06/04/2017 £106 £74
07/04/2017 - 17/04/2017 £100 £64
18/04/2017 - 30/04/2017 £106 £74
01/06/2017 - 22/06/2017 £106 £74
23/06/2017 - 20/08/2017 £100 £64
21/08/2017 - 30/09/2017 £106 £74

All prices shown above are valid from 12/06/2017. Prices are per person per night including breakfast.


Transfers included from Geilo train station at 19:17 and back to Geilo train station at 10:45. Transfers can be at other times at no other charge.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.


Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Mr Roberts

Winter Activity Holiday at Geilo, Norway. Excellent location. Parts of Hotel a little tired but public areas are clean, overall quaint and full of character. Food was very good and plentiful. Activities were as described and instructors and equipment were excellent. Overall an excellent holiday.

Mrs Ede

The holiday was enjoyable. The cross country ski-ing would have been better if more snow had fallen sooner and all the tracks were cut. Downhill ski-ing was excellent for beginners. The snow shoe walking was not for very long or very adventurous. The hotel was amazing but very empty when we first arrived although it filled up at the weekend

Mis Griffiths

Great instructors at ski school. Hotel well located, traditional, great food and facilities. Excellent holiday

Mrs Tod

Headwater delivered exactly as brochure stated no hidden extras.Local reps were very professional and helpful The dog sledding was MEGA!!! Geilo Husky to be recommended.

Mrs Morgan

An excellent holiday. All of the activities were enjoyable and with great tuition from Geilo Ski school. The husky dog sledding was particularly memorable. We didn't want to go home on the last day and plan to return to Geilo as soon as we can!

Dates and prices

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For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

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Holiday type
Snowshoeing holiday Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.


7 nights half board with continental breakfast

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Geilo train station at 19:17 and back to Geilo train station at 10:45. Transfers can be at other times at no other charge.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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