Magic of Norway – Autumn hiking 2023

Duration
7 Days
goat guide
price
£1200

DATES Sat 16th September 2023
- Sat 23rd September 2023

7 nights

Norway is such a popular destination and we are visiting our favourite Dalseter to try out all the seasons - this time to walk in the Autumn colours before the snow falls. We hope the lake won’t have frozen over and we might get some chilly dips. Come and experience the Norway wilderness in all its splendour. One guest from our summer trip said “ this has been such a unique and joyful experience for me. Thank you all for making it happen “ Come and see for yourself what this very special place has to offer.

SUMMARY

Dates: Saturday 16th September to Sat 23rd September 2023

Guide: Local english speaking Guide – Wenche Løfsgaard

Walking Grade: 2 Goats with an option of some more stretching climbs to see magnificent, breathtaking views

Base: Dalseter Mountain Hotel – 3.5 hours from Oslo Airport.Transport will be arranged or it is possible to travel by train from Oslo via Lillehammer and be picked up by a taxi.

Our airport transfer will leave Oslo airport approx 2pm so please arrive by then. The return transfer will leave after breakfast on Saturday  to arrive at Oslo airport at 12 noon so please book flights from 2pm.

If you need help please use Helen our travel concierge service on  – helen.wheatley@travelcounsellors.com
Call – 01522 716180/07775 927746

Price:£1,200 person fully inclusive:

  • Ensuite accommodation with a view
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Lunches will be picnics outside which each guest makes from the breakfast buffet. Please bring thermos flask for coffee/tea. 
  • Use of pool and sauna
  • Local guiding
  • Group Airport transfer from Oslo to Dalseter and return.
  • Trip to visit Lillehammer on one day

Not included:

  • Travel to Norway
  • Additional  drinks from the bar

DETAILS

WalkingWomen has had winter holidays here for the last few years. Now is the time to experience the wide open spaces, the uncrowded mountains and what Espedalen and the autumn has to offer. We believe it is definitely a destination to explore every season.

The highest point is Ruben at 1517 m above sea level. We will hike here to see the fabulous mountain views across the Jotunheimen and Rondane National Parks.

The terrain is friendly and does not present any very high challenges. Walks will be from 3-6 hours a day with plenty of rests. Each day we start around 9.30am and walk until approx 4pm – you need to be comfortable walking for up to 7 hours a day with stops for drinks and lunch and of course to admire the landscape.

There are also opportunities to get closer to the lake and swim if weather allows.

This is another brand new holiday and we are excited to add it to our 2022 programme.

ITINERARY

The itinerary is proposed walks and may change depending on the weather and at the discretion of our local guide. There are options to take rest days or to do shorter walks as we mostly walk from the door of the hotel. Wenche will discuss with the group each evening.

Day 1 Arrival and settle in 
​19.00 Dinner served.
This evening we will meet after dinner for the holiday briefing.

Day 2: ​​The peak of Rundho at 1268m 6-7 km total,  300m ascent and descent . A gentle introduction through birch forest and easy mountain terrain.

Back at the hotel in good time for an afternoon swim or just relaxing in the lounge.

Day 3: ​​Bingsbu at 1152 m 11-12 km total,  200 – 400 m ascent and descent to one of the winter warming huts the hotel runs together with their neighbour Ruten Mountain lodge. This is open the shores of a lake that it is possible to swim in.
There is an option to include the peak of Sprenpiggen (1329 m) before we return to the hotel

​​Day 4: ​To Storhøliseter (970 m) 11 km total,  200 – 400 m ascent.

We will walk down to the Lake Breidsjøenhike and through the forest up to the old Fredrikseter summer farm. Beautiful scenic views as we pass the small lake at the top and head down to where we are collected with a minibus and transported back to the hotel (appr 45 minutes drive)

Day 5: A rest day with an option to visit Lillehammer 

Day 6 : Historical walk 13 km total,  200 m ascent and descent

This day we mostly stay in the lower areas and hike around the lake Breidsjøen.  We get closer to local history as we look at Verksodden, where we see Espedalen mountain church (1974) , the unique graveyard and the remains from the mining period. (1850 – 1870’s).  Before returning to Dalseter we will have a short visit to the “Elgtårn” – a unique accommodation tower in Espedalen.

Day 7: An Option :The Ruten (1 517 m) massif 13 km total,  600 m ascent and descent located between Espedalen and Gudbrandsdalen, and a popular peak hike  – a great trip in summer as well as in autumn. If the weather allows we would like to have this as an option to walk one of the days.

Beautiful views of 360 degrees when we reach the cairn at the top. We take another path back in beautiful landscape down to Bingsbu. Familiar hike from Bingsbu back to Dalseter as this is where we walked up on day 2.

Day 8:  Departure after breakfast 

 

 

CALL 01784 664063 – EMAIL CONTACTUS@WALKINGWOMEN.COM

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