"The land of giants" is a mountain range and a national park covering an area of roughly 1,350 square miles. You can ski for days, from hut to hut, or take a day trip from one of the traditional hotels, inns or lodges. For real cross-country ski enthusiasts, Jotunheimen is even a great place in spring and summer.
The small towns of Vågå and Beitostølen are good starting points for your cross-country skiing adventure. If you want to reach high peaks, start out from Hindsæter and go for the peak of Nautgardstind (7,408 feet above sea level), or start from Valdresflya and aim for the peak of Rasletind (6,906 feet above sea level).
The Troll Trail
This is a continuous marked ski trail, which passes through miles of untouched nature from Høvringen and Rondane in the north, via Ringebufjellet, to Lillehammer in the south. It offers a large degree of variation, sometimes it goes through high mountain areas. The trail is about 105 miles long and is normally marked from 1 February until after Easter.
The Peer Gynt Trail
A well-marked and well-prepared trail which passes through the mountains on the west side of the Gudbrandsdalen Valley. Destinations along the way include Espedalen, Fefor, Gålå, Lauvåsen and Skei - all well known ski resorts with long traditions in winter tourism.
The trail is an excellent cross-country alternative for families who are interested in a bit more challenging – yet still enjoyable – skiing experience. An important safety feature is that there are mountain lodges and hotels at regular intervals along the trail. You will also be able to enjoy a continuous view of the national parks Jotunheimen, Rondane and Dovrefjell along the trip.
For a spot of Arctic skiing, travel up north and take in the vastness and wilderness of Finnmarksvidda. The undulating tundra of one of Norway’s largest mountain plateaux makes for an impressive sight. And if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the northern lights.
Oslo - capital of skiing
Here you can combine the buzz of the capital with skiing and fresh air. Less than 30 minutes from the busy city streets you have more than 1,240 miles of prepared cross-country ski-trails bringing you deep into the peaceful forests. Learn more about skiing in Oslo.
Famous for offering cross-country skiing in varied terrain, Rauland has a total of 95 miles of well groomed tracks. Both mountain and forest trails can be found in Rauland, of which 8 miles are lit up for night skiing.
You will find cross-country trails at most ski resorts, such as Geilo, Hemsedal and Trysil, enabling you to combine cross-country with alpine skiing and other fun winter activities.
Safe cross-country skiing
Bear in mind that the weather can change suddenly (especially in the mountains). Never venture out without a map and remember the Norwegian Mountain Code. You can buy maps of the trails from tourist information offices, bookshops or the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT).
Learn more about winter safety in the Norwegian mountains through this PDF.
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