Guided Walking in Venabu

Trip code: W07VB 4.7 (10 reviews)

Guided group walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

20.0Kg CO2e


  • Wild, untouched landscapes - vast mountain plateaux, dramatic canyons, glistening waterfalls, crystal clear lakes
  • Visit a traditional Norwegian summer farm, historic stave churches; spot moose and reindeer
  • Follow in the footsteps of St Olav on the Pilgrim's Road
  • Outstanding hospitality in a 3 star family run hotel with sauna


  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts, 6 picnics including filled flasks and buffet evening meals
  • Management by local hotelier
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at the hotel
  • All walk transfers
  • Group transfer from Ringebu station


This seven-night guided walking holiday is set in Venabu 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 lofty peaks to pretty fells and verdant valleys that extend as far as the eye can see. This is Norway's vast yet beautiful, untouched wilderness at its very best.

Your hosts for the week - assisted by knowledgeable local guide, Joy O'Flanagan - are the Tvete family, who have been looking after guests at the Venabu Fjellhotel for over 75 years. Birgit and Arvid Tvete built the hotel from scratch, choosing the original plot because of its tremendous views. Now run with daughter Line in charge, it has developed into a friendly, relaxing 'home from home' in a fabulous setting. The dining room in particular - which offers traditional Scandinavian cuisine - affords glorious panoramic vistas out across the mountains.




Day 1: Arrive in Venabu

Your guide will run through the week's activities before dinner. Your evening meal is included every night for the week, as are picnic lunches.

You stay at Venabu Fjellhotel.

hotel details


Venabu Fjellhotel, Venabu



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

All rooms in the hotel are en-suite 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 a sauna, games room, TV room, traditional hand-made product shop, a large lounge area with a bar for relaxing after dinner, and two spacious sitting rooms with open fireplaces.

Room upgrades: West Wing Single Room, West Wing Twin / Double room or West Wing Corner
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.

Day 2: Local Peaks (16km/9.9mi)

Today sets the scene for the rest of the week's walking. After a short transfer, we climb steadily to the summit of Dynjefjellet for superb 360-degree views of the wild yet beautiful Venabygd plateau, with the high peaks of Rondane visible in the distance. Wild reindeer have lived here since the last Ice Age and still roam freely on these untamed lands.

Day 3: Rondane National Park (18km/11.2mi)

We hike to the peak of Stiore Ramshogda at 1463m in the heart of the Rondane National Park. The National Park was created in 1962 to protect the genetically unique reindeer that live here. We'll descend to discover a valley with the chance to see some of the birdlife of the area - merlin and fjellvak.

Day 4: Rondane National Park and Doralseter (24km/14.9mi)

Our longest day starts with a transfer to the Rondane massif where we traverse through the heart of the National Park to explore the high mountains of Norway.

Day 5: The Pilgrim's Road (8km/5.0mi)

Today, we follow St Olav's Pilgrim Road above the wide river valley of Gudbrandsdalen. Scandinavian painted farmhouses dot the landscape as we climb to the remains of a 4th to 6th century hillfort, where we learn more about the life of St Olav. We end the day with a visit to one of Norway's last remaining medieval stave churches.

Day 6: Traditional Summer Farm (18km/11.2mi)

Setting off from Holterseter, savour the contrasting views of the open, lush river valley to the rocky lichen-covered peaks of Venabygdsfjellet. We reach the summer farm set in the pastures below Forbundsfjellet in time for a traditional Norwegian lunch, regaled by stories of local folklore. We return via farmland and meadows to our hotel. This evening after dinner, there is the option to join the moose safari.

Day 7: Finnsjovola (16km/9.9mi)

We end the week with a fantastic walk to the crystal clear lakes of Finnsjøvola, with far reaching vistas to the Rondane massif and the graceful curves of Atnasjøen lake. We visit the unusual and delightful Sollia church before returning to the hotel for our final dinner.

Day 8: Leave Venabu

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel Cecil, Oslo.

hotel details


Hotel Cecil, Oslo


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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.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


Show prices including flights?  


These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £161.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £161.

  • Flights from Heathrow to Oslo with Scandinavian Airlines
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
  • Room upgrades

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: Scandinavian Airlines Heathrow to Oslo Gardermoen, then rail Oslo Lufthavn to Ringebu, transfer to hotel 25 minutes. Return: Transfer to Ringebu train station 25 minutes then rail Ringebu to Oslo Lufthavn via Lillehammer, then Oslo Gardermoen to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Standard transfers
Transfers can be arranged from Ringebu train station at 18:51, and back to Ringebu train station at 09:15.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 10pm today) or email

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.


I really enjoyed my first trip to Norway, although the landscape wasn't as varied as some other places I've walked. The local guide was lovely and even sang happy birthday to two of us in Norwegian. I think you need to be an experienced walker to do this holiday as you go over some difficult terrain, such as rocky paths and slopes, steep ascents and descents and river crossings, and you need stamina for the long walks! Our group was small (5 people) but luckily we all got on well. The hotel is a bit 'rustic' but has excellent and plentiful food and friendly staff. We were lucky with the weather most days, but you'd need to be prepared to walk in rain and chilly winds, even in July :-)

Margaret Hunter, 28 Jun 2024


Excellent all round, except for holiday grading. Would definitely travel with you again.

Nandita Nelson, 1 Sep 2023


It was a relaxing and carefree holiday, thanks to Headwater’s sorting of all the travel and accommodation details and the excellent service from the hotel and guides. They really covered all the bases, so all I had to do was turn up and enjoy my holiday.

Bonnie Lynch, 1 Sep 2023


The whole experience was excellent. Travel arrangements worked well. Walking level of group and local guides were very good. Hotel accommodation appropriate for activity. Food was exceptional.

Susan Nash, 1 Sep 2023


Great holiday, well organised.

Sharon Theaker, 1 Sep 2023


The initial problems with my booking were frustrating but afterwards, all the admin was correct & provided at the right time. The hotel location was excellent and would make a good location for snow showing. The hotel team & our guide, Wenche, were also excellent.

Stephen Arthurs, 21 Jul 2023


I was very impressed with all aspects of the holiday. The only thing I'd change would be the length of the wait for the train.

Gabrielle Fuller, 21 Jul 2023


I have been to Venabu 3 times to ski and I wanted to see the area without snow (totally different). The week's walking is designed to show the culture and scenery of the area and the guide (Wenche) was very knowledgeable and interesting to be with. She had to cope with a wide spread of ability in the group which she managed to do as well as the weather which was not the best. We visited old churches, summer farms and an exhibition during the week either as part of the walk or afterwards. The staff in the hotel are very friendly and efficient speaking very good English. The food is plentiful and as a vegetarian I enjoyed all the evening meals especially the Norwegian meal. I was also glad to be able to arrange my own flights as those offered by Headwater did not suit my needs.

Frances Wilson, 21 Jul 2023


I especially enjoyed the little things that were not in the itinerary and were unexpected - like a visit to an old stave church, a stop to talk to an old farmer, and a second visit to the summer farm where we were given rhubarb pie.

Sylvia Planer, 21 Jul 2023


Generally fine - and helpful with extra add-ons. Communication was good. As I've said above maybe the trip notes need a little fine tuning -and Exodus and Headwater need to agree on a standard grading for the holiday.

Anne Gimingham, 20 Jul 2023


Guided group walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 2+
Moderate plus

20.0Kg CO2e

7 nights from £2269


Call: 01606 720199