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Cross-country skiing at Venabu

Cross-country skiing at Venabu

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Cross-country skiing at Venabu

  • Really friendly hotel; a firm Headwater favourite
  • Enjoy excellent value with tuition, ski excursions, equipment hire, ski pass and all meals included
  • Skiing for all levels away from the crowds; suitable for beginners and returning guests
  • Excellent food, facilities and activities
  • A snow-sure resort with skiing from the hotel doorstep
  • Holiday typeWinter snow holiday
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Excellent for
  • From $1549 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Selected Saturdays from 16 Dec '17 to 7 Apr '18
  • All meals
  • Managed locally by hotelier
  • Sustainability rating: 85%
  • Full support and tuition for different abilities
  • Ski excursions, equipment hire, ski pass and 1 yoga lesson included


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This is one of our most popular cross-country skiing holidays with Headwater guests returning year after year. It is based in central Norway, on the edge of the Rondane National Park, looking down on the Gudbrandsdalen Valley, just north of Lillehammer. The landscape is dramatic and full of contrasts from spectacular gorges and snow-capped peaks to pretty fells and valleys that extend as far as the eye can see. It's far enough north to have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights too, especially in December and January, and throughout the winter there are spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

It has always been traditional to travel on skis here, so it's perfect for cross-country skiing, and the guides at Venabu will help you get started. All weeks are suitable for beginners to intermediates. If you are an experienced cross-country skier the hotel offers ski safaris (payable locally) from 24 February to 17 March, for longer excursions including off-track skiing.

You can also try dog sledding, or go on a torch-lit, horse-drawn sleigh ride (payable locally). During the week you might like to take the train to Lillehammer, where there are several fascinating museums of Norwegian history, Olympic history and Norwegian culture, plus several art galleries. You can also try tobogganing here too.

Different snow activities and games are provided for children during February half term and Easter week, including ice fishing.

The Venabu Fjellhotel has been run by the Tvete family for over 50 years. Birgit and Arvid Tvete built the hotel from scratch, choosing the original plot because of its tremendous views. It has developed into a friendly, relaxing 'home from home' in a fabulous setting. You can choose to stay in either the east wing (20 standard rooms) or the west wing (36 superior rooms) and everyone can use the hotel's saunas and ski waxing centre. There's also a bar, a games room (table tennis, pool etc), a TV room, craft shop and two spacious sitting rooms with open fireplaces. The dining room - which offers a spectacular Scandinavian buffet - affords glorious panoramic views out across the mountains.

Read more about this holiday in Catherine's Cultural Wednesday.

Typical holiday itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Venabu

We meet you at Oslo Airport for the transfer to Venabu (3hrs) in time for dinner.(Staying at Venabu Fjellhotel for 7 nights, Full board)

Days 2-7 - Typical itinerary

The resident ski guides cater for different ability levels and you can even switch between groups mid-week. The first two days are usually to help learn the principles of walking and gliding on snow. Two or three optional tours are offered for confident beginners or intermediates. You can also mix it up by skiing independently, trying one of the other winter activities available here (payable locally) or joining the ski safaris (50% off-track) for advanced skiers, which are offered on departures from 24 February to 17 March (payable locally).

Day 8 - Return home

We take you to Oslo Airport for your flight home.

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.

Venabu Fjellhotel, Venabu (HHH)

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This traditional hotel is in a magnificent isolated location on the plateau above Ringebu.

All rooms in the hotel are ensuite and are mostly twin with the traditional single beds which are end to end. There are no tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, however, both tea and coffee are available from reception all day. Wi-Fi is available for free in the hotel although signal is best in the comfortable bar area with fireplace.

Within the main building you have, ski lab, boot room, sauna, games room, TV room, traditional hand-made product shop and a large lounge area with a bar for relaxing after dinner.

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

Dates West Wing Single Room West Wing Twin / Double room West Wing Corner
16/12/2017 - 14/04/2018 £35 £10 £15

All prices shown above are valid from 24/08/2017. Prices are per person per night. West Wing rooms are more spacious than the East Wing ones.
The West Wing Twin rooms have got Scandinavian beds (single beds with end to end).
West Wing Single rooms are effectively West Wing Twin rooms so double for sole occupancy with 2 beds (single beds with end to end). The single supplement is included in the room upgrade supplement for the applicable weeks.
West Wing Corner rooms have got double beds and are also suitable for families.

Dates East Wing Single Room East Wing Double Room
16/12/2017 - 22/12/2017 £85 £85
23/12/2017 - 05/01/2018 £118 £110
06/01/2018 - 19/01/2018 £85 £85
20/01/2018 - 02/02/2018 £86 £86
03/02/2018 - 16/02/2018 £100 £94
17/02/2018 - 27/03/2018 £112 £104
28/03/2018 - 01/04/2018 £120 £114
02/04/2018 - 14/04/2018 £90 £86

All prices shown above are valid from 24/08/2017. Prices are per person per night including all meals.

(Please note: Prices are for the hotel only, and do not include guide services, ski hire etc.)

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 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.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

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.

Travel

Transfers included from Oslo Gardermoen airport at 13:30, and back to Oslo Gardermoen airport at 09.15.

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

Reviews

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 Smith
17/05/2017

Venabu Fjellhotel is the perfect cross-country ski destination. Headwater really know what they are doing by organising the logistics of this holiday - we highly recommended!


Miss Chard
02/05/2017

Great fun and the best possible place to learn cross country skiing


Ms Singleton
29/03/2017

Venabu Felljhotel was excellent. What it lacked in glamour was more than made up for by the quality of the food and the excellent staff and ski guides who were so friendly and helpful. The whole experience was wonderful. My first snow holiday and I would definitely go again.


Mr Hall
28/03/2017

Fantastic location to learn cross-country skiing. The hotel, staff, food, skiing instruction and guided tours were excellent.


Mrs Turton
26/03/2017

Venabu is a well run and comfortable hotel. The skiing programme was well organised and thought out catering for different levels of experience with a choice of tours offered each day.


Miss Styles
23/03/2017

Excellent holiday for first skiiers. The guides were brilliant and the hotel kept us well fed.


Mr Oakley
22/03/2017

The holiday at Venue totally lived up to 'the promise'. The skiing was excellent due to the location and the professional ability of the guides. Great holiday to go on ones' own as everyone is there for the same reason and generally with a similar background in terms of fitness and interests. When not skiing the Fjellhotel provided excellent food, a very welcome sauna and even yoga classes. With everything included in the cost the holiday was extremely good value for money. Would definitely return without question.


Mr Payne
21/03/2017

Venabu is an excellent Cross Country skiing holiday for anybody from beginners to experienced skiers. With a good network of tracks right from the door, plus guides with the knowledge and skills to teach beginners or lead off piste tours. This is backed up by a comfortable hotel with excellent food.


Mr Belson
21/03/2017

Regular vistor to Venabu. Great skiing, good international friends, good guides and good food. What more do you need?


Mr Sayles
21/03/2017

Good: - Hotel, food, weather, X-country skiing area, ski team guides and ski prep. organisation. 'Wicked' VIEWS.


Mr Knight
14/03/2017

Very comfortable hotel with a very good, plentiful, and varied daily buffet. The guides were very thoughtful and trips they arranged excellent.


Ms Arnott
12/03/2017

My first holiday with headwater - well organised and good service from agents. I travelled alone, and found the whole thing a very easy intro into x-country skiing. While Norweigans of all ages are skiing, my group was definitively middle aged and up. Staff at the hotel were ready to engage & just overall very pleasant. Guides were also easy to get on with altho I would add that while all were very knowledgeable & helpful, some were not so good at actually instructing. If you're a competent... read more downhill skier my advice would be don't go in the beginners group, you'll be bored within 30mins because you already know what skis and poles and balancing feels like. Groups were large, if you want to experience space and peace going off by yourself or with some buddies in the afternoon would do the job. There seemed to be a good choice of equipment, I was able to change my boots after a day or so to get ones which were more comfortable. Also seemed to be in good condition (judging by the boots being clean, newish, not smelly in any way!). location of hotel is excellent for skiing out either in the groups or alone. it's as beautiful as you hope for. And handy to be able to walk down to supermarket. Meals are a buffet - the food was plentiful, delicious, and varied particularly if you eat both meat and fish. I was surprised how good it was, and lots of new things to try - the description given by Headwater of the fermented fish is offputting, but really it's not scary as long you don't stick your nose right into it! Like everyone says booze is pricey, and there's no common area to drink your own with other people (not that's allowed anyway...). I was in a double room in the older wing and it was disappointing: heating which wasn't reliable, thin curtains you could shoot peas through, duvet was short so it would cover feet or shoulders but not both (I'm 5'8'), an open electric bar heater in the bathroom, the shower curtain sticking to your legs scenario, no products except showergel - not even the ubiquitous 'bonnet de douche'. Having said that, I wasn't spending much time in my room but if there were two people it would be a bit of a squeeze finding room for clothes towels etc. Decent quality towels though. There's a separate ladies sauna and if you're prepared to walk over the corridor, up some stairs you can cool down on a tiny deck. Nice.


Dr Macmillan
07/03/2017

Excellent centre for xcskiing, both on and off trails. Could ski with guided group or without guide. Very comfortable hotel with friendly atmosphere and staff, and wonderful food.


Mrs Rowland
07/03/2017

Venabu is an excellent location for a cross-country skiing holiday. The hotel is very comfortable, the food is excellent, and the welcome from the family is warm and genuine. There are ski trails and tracks to suit all abilities, and plenty of guides are available. The equipment is good quality, with metal edged skis which are suitable for tracks and off-piste. We had a wonderful week in Venabu and I'd happily go back tomorrow and do it all over again! We had learnt to ski while living in S... read moreweden 40 years ago and had not been on skis since. We had no idea if we would remember any techniques. On the last day I did a 25km 'safari' and my husband did 17km before lunch, so we felt very pleased with our progress!


Ms Zouganeli
28/02/2017

Lovely area for beginner and intermediate skiers, excellent food, relaxed atmosphere, delightful sociable environment to make great friends; great for solo travelers.


Mr Mitchell
10/02/2017

Very relaxing and your able to do things at your own pace


Ms Ross
07/02/2017

Another great trip to Venabu, everything up to the usual standard. I particularly like the inclusion of Pilates and Yoga sessions, along with the option of booking a Massage. Good for tired muscles!


Mr Carter
01/02/2017

An excellent holiday for cross country ski beginners. Fabulous location. Great food. Small group. Helpful instructors.


Ms Fox
14/01/2017

This holiday delivers in all respects.


Mr Hordern
07/01/2017

This was a brilliant holiday away from the crowds, aggro and danger associated with downhill skiing. I seldom go away alone but the company of like minded people was great. Food excellent, location brilliant - what more can I say. Cross country skiing is hard work - you need to be fit to enjoy it.


Ms Foster
03/01/2017

A great holiday. The skiing was excellent and the quality of the guiding superb. We were really lucky to have great weather. The extra activities available by the hotel (snow shoeing, night skiing, horse drawn sled ride etc.) really added to the experience. The food was plentiful and, as vegetarians, we were well catered for - although the food was a bit richer than I am used to. I really liked the fact that we did lots of off-track skiing. The final day's trip to the hut was a real highlight. T... read morehe hotel is traditional and some of its rooms are in dire need of an upgrade - that said, the staff are great, it's a good location and the beds were comfortable.








Mrs Cornthwaite
03/01/2017

We spent Christmas in the Fjellhotel at Venabu and learned to cross country ski. The tuition and guidance was excellent. The area is perfect for skiing with well maintained ski pistes, ski runs and signposts which clearly show distances travelled and points of interest, it is a really beautiful and unspoilt area. Maps are supplied so it is impossible to get lost, well thought through. The ski guides are excellent, friendly and versatile. The food is exceptionally good with many healthy options... read more and cuisine for all tastes. Our only disappointment was the room for which I had paid an upgrade after taking advice from a Headwater representative by phone before booking. It was very tired and drab, poor decor and no facilities as advertised, such as Minibar, Hairdryer, TV and Wi-Fi. (Wi-fi is only obtainable in the main lounge of hotel). I checked twice with reception, that this was indeed an 'Upgraded room!' I would advise taking a head torch to

read/see clearly for cards/hand crafts, as the lighting in the hotel lounge is very poor and there are 18 hours of darkness at this time of year.


Ms Robson
26/04/2016

The package provided by Headwater was excellent for the solo traveller as it included everything I needed to try xc skiing for the first time. The group approach made it a lovely week; small groups for skiing at different levels each day meant I always had people to ski with. The hotel is friendly and comfortable and ideally situated in the middle of miles of routes. Will definitely be going back!


Ms Jessop
12/04/2016

Fantastic service from initial phone conversation with headwater to the holiday itself.

the cross country skiing was fantastic, and there were groups to suit every ability. The ski guides were all friendly and encouraging and the hotel accommodation laid back and welcoming. Overall a great experience.

Thanks for organising a wonderful holiday.


Mr Queen
11/04/2016

Very good hotel with friendly staff and guides, in a fantastic location.


Dr Nesbitt
05/04/2016

Well organised trip,excellent food, rural location, plenty of opportunities for independent exploration as well as guided activities


Mr Price
30/03/2016

We loved our first experience of cross-country skiing. The ski guides were outstanding, and all staff at the hotel were most friendly and helpful. The food was superb, with a vast array of different dishes at every meal. The skiing area around Venabu is beautiful, with a huge variety of tracks to cater for beginners and intermediates - not being experts, we can't comment on suitability for them. We also loved the snow shoe expedition, and a couple of yoga sessions - both included in the holiday ... read morecost. In fact, everything that was needed was included in the price, and it would have been possible to have a good holiday wiothout spending any money locally. All in all, a great holiday.


Mrs Turnbull
29/03/2016

We had a great time. The skiing was excellent and we particularly enjoyed the guided ski tours which took us to different areas every day. We loved the walk on snowshoes to the waterfall too.


Mr Clague
29/03/2016

Thoroughly enjoyable, met a great bunch of people and skied in a magnificent location.


Mrs Telford
27/03/2016

Wonderful experience. Excellent location , great tuition great guides


Mis Ross
19/03/2016

There is no better place to cross country ski than Venabu. Food, accommodation and quality of Guiding is excellent and Line, Robert, Wenche and the rest of the team maintain their standards year in year out. A unique place.


Dr MacMillan
08/03/2016

Excellent area for xc skiing, and hotel, equipment, staff also excellent


Mrs Goodfellow
08/03/2016

This holiday delivered exactly what it said on the box- fantastic, extensive, well maintained ski-ing area, a friendly sports hotel, likeminded guests, great hospitality, superb ski instructors and guides.

Don't go if you want a modern, five start hotel, but do consider it if you love XC skiing or want to try it for the first time.


Mr Ferdenzi
03/03/2016

We would recommend a cross-country ski holiday at this friendly. laid-back resort. The area was lovely and it felt so peaceful because we had it all to ourselves!.The food was bountiful, imaginative and always of high quality. The staff were helpful and leaving the resort felt like leaving friends. The tuition was excellent, the ski tours good and varied. The wireless was reliable. The rooms, though small, were adequate for a week. It was useful to have a drying room for damp clothing and the saunas were good and well-used. The transfers to and from the (Oslo) airport were good and reliable.


Mis Kerridge
02/03/2016

Amazing trip to get away from everyday life, relax and enjoy the mountains. Richard was a brilliant guide and teacher. Loved the snow shoeing and husky dogs too. Food was superb and never ending...fantastic. Can't wait to go again


Mrs Gillott
24/02/2016

The guides were fantastic, food amazing. Unfortunately xc skiing is not for us.


Mr Tomkinson
20/02/2016

I decided to take a cross-country skiing holiday at the Venabu Fjellhotel after reading the recommendations left by previous visitors on the Headwater website which I fully endorse. The hotel was comfortable with welcoming, friendly staff. The food was wonderful & plentiful - 5 course lunches & dinners with many different dishes to choose from.

The ski tour leaders were excellent.They gave advice on skiing techniques and also explained features of the landscape, plus details of the local ... read moreflora & fauna which added to the enjoyment of the tours.

I stayed in a single room in the East Wing which was adequate if a tad on the small side. Larger rooms are available in the West Wing for a supplement. Tea & coffee was not provided in the room, but is available in the public rooms at no extra charge.

I met several guests in the hotel who had stayed there before & one person was on his fifteenth visit! I, also, hope to make a return trip to this hotel at some point as it is an excellent centre for cross-country skiing with many kilometres of waymarked loipen from the hotel.

The only improvement I can think of is that it would nice if the hotel had a swimming pool!




Mrs McKown
16/02/2016

This beginners week in Venabu was in my opinion the perfect introduction to the delights of cross country skiing .

The all inclusive package insulates you from the normal expense of a holiday in Norway in this snow assured area .

The hotel was charming all the staff friendly and we wanted for nothing during our stay .

The room was warm and comfortable , the food plentiful with all tastes catered for and truly excellent .

Our ski instructors,Richard and Siobhan were g... read morereat .

There wasn't a direct flight from Manchester to Oslo but that is the only downside to this holiday !

I rarely return to the same location for holidays but I can see why people do for this holiday and I think it will be very difficult to

match this experience and overall value , so I might well be back again !


Dr Barton
16/02/2016

A really good experience - excellent organisation, beautifully located hotel with comfortable accommodation and lots of really good food, great skiing tuition tailored to our needs, huge choice of ski routes and other options such as snow shoe trekking - and other guests in the hotel were really friendly and good company. Hard to beat!


Mis Ross
10/02/2016

Venabu is the best place for cross country ski-ing. No matter what your level of experience is, you will be well looked after and have a great week.


Mr Mitchell
10/02/2016

Overall very good , although due to exchange rates Prices are high compared to hotel prices


Mr Kennedy
31/01/2016

Although the accommodation is dated at this hotel, it is more than adequate, clean and comfortable. The family welcome, ambiance and excellent wholesome food, makes this a holiday worth repeating.

The teaching instruction we had was excellent and we were extremely well looked after. The guides went out of their way to ensure we had a rewarding and enjoyable introduction to XC skiing even though we were reluctant to go up or down hills!!


Mrs Ruberry
26/01/2016

This was coming up to our 20th visit to Venabu. For us it is more like 'going home' to see friends and family than a basic holiday. Venabu is a unique destination.


Mrs Freedman
24/01/2016

The hotel is really welcoming, and the ski guides and the food both excellent. This was my fifth visit.


Mrs Hannah
19/01/2016

Venabu is the perfect winter 'get-away-from-it-all' destination, and great for immersing yourself in learning how to cross-country ski. It was lovely staying in a hotel that is still owned & managed by the original family. The instructors were superb, and really made the holiday for me. We had an American, Richard , and his lovely wife Siobhan with our beginners group. They were so experienced, yet incredibly patient, enthusiastic and encouraging and displayed such a passion in passing on their expertise. It made for a brilliant holiday!


Mrs Hughes
12/01/2016

Great introduction to XC skiing. Wonderul scenery, lots of snow. Amazing food!


Mr Bruce
12/01/2016

Family friendly hotel with relaxed atmosphere with excellent food and facilities for Crosscountry skiing


Ms Turner
12/01/2016

Wonderful holiday in the most amazing,quiet location. Stunning views from the hotel which was run by lovely staff. Will probably go again next year!

Cross country skiing guides were great and patient with us novice skiers! Went out on some great trips.


Ms Sholer
06/01/2016

A great experience trying something new in a fairly remote location in Norway. Ideal for getting away from city life, we really enjoyed the cross-country skiing and found it reasonably easy to pick up (some downhill ski experience does help). The food at the hotel was excellent, including for vegetarians which I wasn't expecting.


Ms Sinclair
02/07/2015

It was the first time I had travelled alone but I had no problem making friends. There were 11 others in the group and they were really fun to be with. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful especially the tour guides. The skiing was brilliant helped by amazing scenery and blue skies most days. The food on offer for breakfast, lunch and dinner had to be seen to be believed! I especially enjoyed the Norwegian buffet. There were lots of little touches which made the holiday more enjoyable, such... read more as having your flask filled with hot chocolate each morning and relaxing in the sauna after a long day's skiing! Altogether one of the best holidays I have had


Mrs Shotton
07/04/2015

Excellent location for cross country skiing, very good twin room, friendly staff, amazing food,


Mrs Harbach
04/04/2015

The entire Headwater team was extremely professional and accommodating. They were most helpful (especially Donna Webber) in sorting out a more 'tailor made' holiday to suit our particular requirements and we couldn't have been more delighted with the end result. The Venabu Fjellhotell was quite simply one of the best hotels we have stayed in in terms of friendliness, warmth of welcome, quality of food and skiing tuition. We will definitely be going again - thank you to everyone for helping to give us such a wonderful holiday.


Mrs Mortley
24/03/2015

The Venabu hotel has things just right. The rooms and public areas are comfortable and homely, the food is good and staff are welcoming and helpful. This was our first cross country skiing trip. The equipment and tuition were good and the instructors knowledgeable and friendly doing all they could to ensure everyone has the best experience. A great holiday.


Mr Caldwell
24/03/2015

Everything it promised and more. The guides, instructors and staff were outstanding. The food and extra activities like yoga mean that this could be a great wellness break in its self, add in the great skiing and beautiful landscape and it has everything you could want.


Ms Edwards
03/03/2015

An excellent week with everything just as described on the website. Great service from the whole team at Venabu and a superb choice of food at every meal. Snow-shoeing in fresh snow down to a frozen waterfall was the highlight of my week.


Mrs Simpson
26/02/2015

Very relaxing. Everything organised for my daughter and I. Hassle free. Excellent holiday.


Mrs Williams
24/02/2015

Venabu offers excellent skiing, knowledgeable guiding and fabulous food.


Mrs Eidahl
24/02/2015

Wonderful! Great variety of skiing routes. Great guides - great people. A very unique family run hotel that is very international. Everyone feels at home.


Ms Kirk
10/02/2015

Wonderful hotel with very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and beautiful location on edge of Rondane national park. Ski trails for all abilities. Food and catering outstanding as were hospitality and helpfulness of hotel reception and dining room staff. Excellent sauna and free yoga classes available. Massage also available at additional charge.

The provided holiday is inclusive of a full week's guided tours and also 3 very substantial meals a day. If this is more than what some trave... read morellers are looking for, the hotel itself provides a range of other flexible options. Journey time from Oslo airport is ca 3 hours by arranged coach but the hotel will also organise collection from the nearest train station for those travelling independently.


Mr Green
24/01/2015

Other than booking I wasn't aware it was a Headwater holiday. Hence I wouldn't recommend you as I don't know what you're like if you were actually delivering the holiday.

On the phone the staff weren't that good. I'd decided to go so they had nothing to do, but they weren't that helpful

I thought the documents sent out were not so good

My comments are based on comparison to Skedaddle who I go with frequently



I will go to Venabu again. The hotel staff and guides were excellent


Mr Manvell
07/01/2015

Good skiing opportunities in a very scenic location; good equipment with knowledgeable and helpful guides.

Family hotel, excellent food, good facilities - sauna, massage, yoga, fitness room, games rooms, horse drawn sleighs, dog sledding, board games, music / dancing. Excellent selection of wines to match some very good food - lots of choice at the buffets. Special Norwegian buffet was very impressive at New Year.

All staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful. We met l... read moreots of returning clients. Free WifI was a bonus.

Good location to offer snow shoeing weeks as well as skiing. Ski instruction was first class, good boots, good skiis, great guides and well equipped ski room.

Local supermarket well stocked for any emergencies or forgotten items.


Ms Kitchen
27/03/2014

Remember to bring a pair of walking boots in order to best enjoy the excellent snowshoeing trip, usually run on Wednesdays! Everything else is catered for on this excellent week for either complete beginners or improvers in cross-country skiing. The Tvete family at the Fjellhotel are not only friendly and welcoming, but also extremely well organised and hard working. The scenery is so stunning that the odd grey day doesn't matter.


Mrs Heywood
25/03/2014

First holiday on my own, and despite my worries, I was made to feel welcome by the members of my group...experienced warm and friendly company from fellow holiday members, hotel staff and guides.....a busy and active holiday, wonderful scenery, great for me as an important part of the holiday for me is to paint the landscape.


Mrs Cartwright
17/03/2014

Venabu is an ideal resort for cross country skiing. The guides at the hotel are brilliant and make the holiday a memorable experience.


Mr Payne
16/03/2014

We have been to 6 different XC Sking venues with Headwater and Venabu is consistantly the best. Excellent variety and length of ski tracks from easy starts near the hotel to Challenging hills within 5km. Food is always of good choice, well prepared and generous in quantity for hungry skiers. The guides are knowledgable, helpful and good instructors for beginners and more experienced skiers - particularly Robert Molnar, who is a good allround athlete as well as good skier and an excellent ins... read moretructor. For the above reasons we have now been to Venabu 11 times and we meet friends who also return each year from UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Canada.


Mrs Williams
26/02/2014

Venabu is the perfect place for all generations to enjoy cross country skiing.


Mis Smith
19/02/2014

An invigorating break in a beautiful location with great food and wonderful guides


Mis Ross
10/02/2014

There is no where better to cross country ski than Venabu.


Ms Charlton
09/02/2014

Fantastic scenery, excellent ski tuition, warm & welcoming hotel.

Just what I needed to start the new year.



Message for hotel- Hotel was comfy but needs to update accommodation. Message for ski instructors - good instruction but need to keep us moving in such cold temperatures so our muscles dont freeze up. Wenche paced things well and kept us moving.

Headwater response:


Dr Winslow
05/02/2014

Very good. Vegetarian food a bit variable


Mr Williams
29/01/2014

An excellant t


Mr Manning
01/01/2014

Excellent hotel for friendliness and Norwegian culture, especially at Christmas. The food was outstanding. We were complete novices so the cross country skiing was challenging, but the ski guides were helpful, patient and encouraging. A sauna on site was most welcome.


Ms Davies
13/04/2013

The hotel at venabu was excellent. Top notch in all aspects.



I was however extremely disappointed that we had to leave at 9am, and duly spend 3 to 4 hours sitting in the airport waiting for the flight home.



Considering we travelled through ringebu, then past Lillehammer, within the context of a high cost holiday, not permitting us an hour or so to spend in these places seems very mean spirited.



For this reason I would hesitate to recommend headwater. I cannot fault the hotel, so would recommend people to make there own way there .


Mr Payne
30/03/2013

Venabu is an excellent XC ski centre with reliable snow. It has a much better quantity and range of tracks than any of the mid/southern european resorts. With gentle undulating tracks close to the hotel and hills 5 - 7 km away for the more adveturous amongst us. The guides, Robert and Wenche are vey good teachers and guides. The hotel accomodation is comfortable and the food is very good.

This is an excellent XC skiing holiday for beginners and experinced skiiers.


Mr Mitchell
19/02/2013

I have been to Venabu numerous times and , first time visitors are given an equally warm welcome as returning guests. This relates to all the hotel staff.

Nothing is too much trouble.

Best place in the world to switch off from the hustle & bustle of London


Mr Churchett
24/01/2013

Very nice hotel in an wonderful location. The two ski guides (Robert and Wenche) were excellent and helped to make this a wonderful holiday. I will be going back to Venabu!


Ms Griffith
24/01/2013

Venabu was an excellent location, and the facilities and staff there were amazing.


Mrs Freedman
05/04/2012

Really good.


Mrs McCormick
31/03/2012

Fabulous, wonderful Norwegian hospitality.Hotel was just perfect - amazing friendly staff and owners. Noregian food was incredible.


Mr Payne
17/03/2012

A very good skiing holiday with good food and accomodation. Robert is a brilliant guide, ably assisted by Wenke.


Dr Alcock
18/02/2012

Another most enjoyable X-C skiing holiday. thank you


Mr Nicholson
18/02/2012

Very nice, really nice ambiance in the hotel, and an excellent cross-country skiing venue


Mis Ross
18/02/2012

Excellent - the usual standard of Venabu service.


Dr Winslow
10/02/2012

apart from broken planes from Wideroe it was fab


Dr Roberts
27/01/2012

Very enjoyable.


Ms Garburg
21/01/2012

very relaxing time

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Dec 2017 Tour only Availability
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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Cross-country skiing Managed locally by hotelier.

Departures
Selected Saturdays from 16th Dec 2017 to 31st Mar 2018, for 7 nights.

Meals
All meals

Other details
Fully supported programme by resident guides and skis pass, boots, poles and ski hire included.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Oslo Gardermoen airport at 13:30, and back to Oslo Gardermoen airport at 09.15.

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