Myrkdalen is the largest ski resort in western Norway, and famous for being deluged with snow throughout the winter season. The broad slopes cover all difficulty levels, making it a perfect base for beginners. Here you'll discover family-friendly ski zones, slopes from gentle to vertical, cross-country areas, slalom slopes and amazing off-piste terrain. All in all it's an ideal skiing break for active families, couples and friends seeking a short winter-activity getaway.
Season: Winter, from snowfall in November/December to Mars/April. Duration: 3 nights/4 days. Variations with more/less activities, more/less nights can be tailored.
Price per person (based on two traveling together) from: NOK 12 500 (€ 1 320/ $ 1530)
Includes: 3 nights at Myrkdalen Hotel including breakfast, 3 dinners; ski pass; 6 hours private ski instruction; alpine and cross country gear rental; all transfers including Flåm railway and Nærøyfjorden cruise experience, Up Norway Digital Travel Guide.
DAY 1: CRUISING FROM OSLO to VOSS
Myrkdalen valley is located in Voss, a 5 hr train ride from Oslo on the Bergen railway. Myrkdalen has a detour well worth taking on the route. Alight at Myrdal – the last stop on a route Lonely Planet Traveller has described as one of the "Best train journeys in the world" . Take a 55 minute railway journey from Myrdal to Flåm, followed by a cruise on Nærøyfjorden, before continuing the last stretch by bus to Voss and Myrkdalen. The fjord's UNESCO World Heritage status makes it a tourist magnet in summer, but during winter you can enjoy a tranquil cruise experience on a hydroelectric boat. Follow up with a three course dinner and general R&R.
DAY 2: alpine ski session
Wake up in a comfy bed refreshed and ready for action. To become a better skier, all it takes is practise, and today a ski instructor is on hand to give you a full day private alpine skiing lesson tailored to your level.
Norwegians love an après-ski party as much as anyone: simply ski directly into the pub as the slopes shut down, and by the end of the day you might even find yourself getting into the local swing of things, dancing and singing on the tables in your ski clothes.
Enjoy a evening massage if desired. Three-course dinner
DAY 3: downhill from here
Enjoy breakfast with a view over the hillside from hotel restaurant. This is a day for trying out the slopes at your own pace. When you've got the hang of turning from side to side, you'll be ready to gently exit the prepared tracks and venture off piste. You're now on a softer, powdery surface – it feels like flying! With over five metres of snow piled on the mountainside, you can cruise down to Vetlebotn Cafe, located at the middle station. Take a well earned break with hot chocolate and enjoy the beautiful view.
After two long days speeding down the hills at Myrkdalen Resort, you will be served the hotel's special three course meal including wine/beer and cheese tasting.
DAY 4: cross country circuit
This morning, time to change it up and try cross country skiing. The main difference from downhill is that you now power yourself forward – on much thinner skis – using your arms as a motor. We will arrange all the correctly prepared equipment, as well as a typical Norwegian "matpakke" (sandwich, oranges, hot drink and a Kvikklunsj; the Norwegian Kit Kat). Cross country-skiing in Myrkdalen has the spectacular fjords as a constant backdrop. Be sure to bring a map and compass – one of the nine safety rules when walking in Norway's mountains.
Afternoon train transfer to Bergen International Airport.