Ski Safari: Off Track Nordic Ski Holiday

Holiday dates

2023 dates:

26th February – 4th March places available

Holiday price

From: coming soon!

Please contact us to enquite about our off track holiday

Per person, based on a twin/double room share

Cross country ski grade

We rate this holiday as advanced, suitable for experienced cross country skiers.

Guests should be confident that they can:

• control their speed and line downhill

• have an effective snowplough

• ski uphill effectively off track

• be able to ski in variable snow conditions away from the tracks

• get up independently after a tumble in soft snow

• have good ski fitness to ski off track with a day pack, on consecutive days, upto 25-36 km long tours

See our cross country ski grades page.

Small group size

Minimum 4, maximum 8.

Minimum age

18 years.

Good to know

Our blog articles have useful information to help you get ready for your cross country skiing holiday.

Ski Safari: off track cross country skiing holidays in Eastern Norway

Venabu´s Ski Safaris are a superb winter cross country ski experience.

Explore the mountains away from the ski tracks and visit some of the more adventurous ski terrain accessible on cross country skis. Our Ski Safari holiday is a centre-based, guided cross country ski holiday for experienced skiers. With five days of guided tours you will discover panoramic summits and ski in wild reindeer country. Join us for ski adventures to remember.

The majority of the skiing is offtrack, though some tours may be on track. The character of the tours is adventurous, whether on or off track and these day tours can be challenging. We will be skiing in some beautiful, wild and remote areas so guests should have experience of skiing in the mountains. This holiday suits confident skiers with off track experience and good fitness.

Our skilled, experienced ski guides make remote areas accessible on day tours. We ski on stable, metal-edged nordic skis and use back country ski boots. This equipment is well suited to the terrain: light and narrow enough to fit the tracks with good stability for effective descents on variable snow.


This holiday suits:
  • Experienced cross country skiers who enjoy longer day tours in beautiful, wild landscapes
  • Skiers who like to ski with a day pack and return to the comfort of a hotel each night
  • Cross country skiers who would like to build experience and prepare for multi-day, hut to hut tours

Read more about other cross country skiing holidays at Venabu.

holiday highlights

  • Discover these Norwegian mountains in winter: rolling terrain, summits, forests and wild open land
  • Five days of expert ski guiding, making this wild area accessible to our guests
  • Small group size
  • Ski carrying only a day pack, returning to our comfortable hotel each night
  • Delicious, plentiful food and our traditional Norwegian Dinner on Wednesday evening
  • Ideal for solo travellers, share you ski holiday with like-minded people
  • Venabu, Norway, has a great snow record

Holiday itinerary

A group of eight skiers ski uphill in the mountains
Day 1. Arrival day

19.00: Dinner is served.

After dinner we will meet for the holiday briefing and to issue equipment. We will talk about the week ahead and answer any questions.

Many of our guests choose to stay an extra night before the start of the holiday, to give them an extra day. They ´free ski´for the day, to find their ski legs, before the start of the itinerary. This night can be added when you book your holiday.

Day 2

8.00 Breakfast is served

9.00 Ski waxing and preparation

9.30 Departure, some days may have earlier starts

Dynjefjellet 15km
This tour weaves through the ski area before ascending Dynjefjellet, 1151m, one of our local peaks. The views from the top are spectacular: to the Rondane and even to the Jotunheimen in the West. We then descend through trees to the summer farms and pastures before threading our way back to the hotel, between the tracks.

15.30-17.00 Return to the hotel

19.00 Dinner is served.

Day 3

8.00 Breakfast is served

9.00 Ski waxing and preparation

9.30 Departure, some days may have earlier starts

Svabudalen 20-25km
We depart on a remote tour today. A short minibus transfer takes us to the start point from where we ski into the Rondane National Park. We aim to visit Svabu, a hunting cabin that nestles behind the peak of Ramshøgda.

15.30-17.00 Return to the hotel

19.00 Dinner

Day 4

8.00 Breakfast is served

9.00 Ski waxing and preparation

9.30 Departure, some days may have earlier starts

Trolløypa and Måsaplassen, 25km
On this tour we follow the Trolløypa between Venabu and Måsaplassen. This is a marked track that is prepared once a week later in the season. It is a remote route all the way and takes us through wild reindeer country. We cross the river Remma, where we often stop for lunch creating a ‘picnic bench’ in the snow and perhaps having a fire.

15.30-17.00 Return to the hotel

19.00 Venabu serves its special dinner: ‘A Taste of Norwegian Tradition’.

Day 5

8.00 Breakfast is served

9.00 Ski waxing and preparation

9.30 Departure, some days may have earlier starts

Rondablikk 36km

If we have very good weather and a strong team we may ski the section of the Trolløypa between Rondablikk and Venabu. It is a long and impressive day.

After a minibus transfer through Gudbrandsdalen to Rondablikk. The route takes us around Furusjoen lake and into the Rondane National Park. We pass above the DNT cabin of Eldåbu and on, before making a welcome return to the tracks for the final 10km or so to Venabu.

There are many superb tours in the area, so if we need to change our choice of tour there are great options to suit the conditions and the team.

15.30-17.00 Return to the hotel

19.00 Dinner

Day 6

8.00 Breakfast is served

9.00 Ski waxing and preparation

9.30 Departure, some days may have earlier starts

Gunstadsætra 20-25km
A minibus transfer takes us out to our start point. We then ski into wild reindeer country again, below Muen and past the site of the old DNT cabin, Gråhøgdbu, before skiing alongside the impressive canyon of Dørjuvet.

15.30-17.00 Return to the hotel

19.00 Dinner is served


Day 7. Departure day

8.00 Breakfast is served

Departure after breakfast

Please note that while we ski off track as much as possible there will be on track skiing during the tours.

Your holiday day to day:

Expect to be out for about 6 to 8 hours in total. We give approximate distances for the tours. It’s important to understand that when skiing off track it’s the snow and weather conditions that determine the time for the tour and how ‘easy or difficult’ it feels. On each tour we may make adjustments to take account of this.

The itinerary described above illustrates typical days and tours. It is likely to change to adapt to the snow and weather conditions, and to the needs of the group.

Thank you all for a most wonderful week of skiing!”

Everything was fabulous. We will be back for sure!”

Esther and David (UK)

What’s included

  • Expert ski guiding on five days
  • Six nights accommodation. There is the option to book an extra night when you book your holiday.
  • Breakfast and dinner, which are substantial! Packed lunch made up at breakfast
  • Thermos filled with your choice of hot drink
  • Venabu’s renowned “Taste of Norwegian Tradition” dinner is served on Wednesday evening
  • Ski hire and ski wax
  • All transfers for guiding
  • Use of saunas and yoga room. Yoga classes and sports massage are available (optional extras) during the week to help you recover and relax


“The best place I have ever skied .. Brilliant! Thanks for a very welcoming friendly stay.”

Ava and Christine (UK)

Travel to Venabu

We haven´t included travel to Venabu in this package since many of our Ski Safari guests travel to Venabu from other ski areas in Norway. Getting to Venabu is straightforward. We are 3.5 hours north of Oslo by train. Rail and also bus services arrive in Ringebu. It is then a short transfer by minibus from the station in Ringebu.

Choose the transfer that best suits you: direct transfers to and from Oslo Gardermoen airport are available on Saturdays. Alternatively, the hotel offers minibus transfers from the railway station in Ringebu which takes 20 minutes. For more information about travel to Venabu please visit our travel page.

You will find these travel options presented to you by our booking system when you book your holiday.

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“Fantastic holiday!”

“We had a fantastic holiday, new snow, fantastic tracks, superb hotel, food out of this world, staff so helpful and polite. Already booked for Christmas.”

Martin, Ruth and Keir (UK)

Questions about the activity?

Joy O'Flanagan

Head of Guiding