When you hear the words “skiing” and “Europe,” the first country that may come to mind is Switzerland. The ski resorts in this alpine country are truly exceptional. But if you want to broaden your horizons, you will realize that Europe actually has other countries with magnificent places perfect for skiing and sightseeing. And Norway is one of them.
Norway is not just full of majestic fjords, kind people, and pleasant weather. It is also home to many iconic ski resorts that you may want to visit with your family and friends soon.
If you are currently planning your Scandinavian sojourn, you may want to include these following Norwegian ski resorts. Don’t forget to pack the right winter wear: snow boots, Spyder ski jackets, goggles, and thermal underwear!
SkiGeilo is undeniably one of the country’s biggest ski resorts. It’s also one of the oldest. You can find this stunning resort in the small and charming town of Geilo, which is just between Oslo and Bergen. It welcomes both beginners and advanced skiers, as it has 39 slopes. Among the most popular spots in Geilo are Slaatta and Geilo Skiskole, which are located near the Geilo’s town centre. Kids can enjoy magic ski carpets while experienced skiers can try the varying jumps and rails. Other than skiing, families and friends can also enjoy homemade Norwegian cuisine offered by a number of restaurants there.
If you do not want to go far from Oslo, Norefjell is the place for you. Just one and a half hour’s drive from the Norwegian capital, you can do more than just skiing here. Norefjell is also an award-winning resort famed for its beautiful mountain scenery and exceptional spa experiences. This is a perfect venue who wants long and cozy relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Not planning on skiing? You can come back in summer and still be treated by the verdant sceneries while you enjoy breezy weather.
For those who want to challenge themselves and are into cross-country skiing, you can visit Skeikampen. Since the late 1890s, Skeikampen has been a popular spot for cross-country skiers. It has over 20 downhill slopes that welcome both beginners and intermediate skiers. But there is also a large spot that is highly kid and family-friendly. Off winter, the venue is perfect for hiking. And because Skeikampen is a mountain range, you can climb your way to the top and see the glimmering surface of Mjosa, the largest lake in the country.
Located in the south of Norway and in the Setesdal Valley, Hovden attracts tourists with its more than 30 slopes. The slopes also welcome both adults and kids with varying skiing skills. During the non-winter months, the place is perfect for a wide range of activities, such as biking, hiking, and fishing.
When you visit Norway, you have an assurance that you will not just be treated to great traditional Norwegian cuisines and hospitality. You will also experience a one-of-a-kind skiing experience at the popular spots mentioned above. Have fun!