Experience a little piece of Norway!
PACES to Norway 28th July – 3rd August 2018
We savor one of Oslo’s closest mountain areas, less than two hours from the capital, with its fantastic and diverse nature. A mixture of mountain tops, open landscape, water and forest makes this a popular hiking area, with Gaustatoppen at its heart.
Close by we find another amazing mountain summit – Blefjell.
At 1342 meters above sea level (MASL), Blefjell is absolutely not Norway’s tallest mountain, but it towers majestically, relative to its surrounding landscape.
We walk in the Blefjell area, surrounded by mountains, high land and beautiful spring water. The forest bares blueberries, raspberries and cranberries for our pleasure.
The Søstrene Storaas Hotell is characterized by its family history and local cuisine. We enjoy our breakfasts and dinners here along with the most important activity of all – socialising! This is where we share our experiences with our new friends. We have local guides as well as Expa’s team of experienced guides.
- Walking amongst amazing Norwegian nature with its mixture of mountains, forests, streams and waterfalls.
- Hiking around Blefjell with its magnificent nature and fantastic scenery.
- Follow your team at Norway Cup – world’s largest youth soccer tournament.
- The Søstrene Storaas Hotell with its culinary experiences and nature as your nearest neighbour.
- Evening swim in the very nearby lake, Buvannet.
The Søstrene Storaas Hotell has forty-six rooms and is located approximately 110 km from Oslo and 20km outside Kongsberg, towards Rjukan. The hotel’s design is based on exciting family stories from around the world. It was established in 1990 as a result of developments within Kongsberg’s industry and is part of a farm that keeps pigs and sheep who graze on the land surrounding the hotel.
Day 1 (28th July) – Day of Arrival in Oslo
Your accommodation the first 2 nights is Comfort Hotel Grand Central in Oslo located at Oslo Central Station. With the express train (Flytoget) from Oslo airport Gardermoen, you reach Oslo Central Station in 20 minutes.
Day 2 (29th July) – Follow your team in Norway Cup and/or experience Oslo, the capital of Norway
You may follow your team in Norway Cup and/or visiting different attractions during the day. In the evening we (Expa Norway) will arrange an information meeting in your Hotel.
On request we can also arrange a sales evening at the sport store, Sport 1, located close to the hotel this evening.
Day 3 (30th July) Norway Cup and Oslo, and departure to Søstrene Storaas Hotel
After another day at Norway cup and/or in Oslo, we travel by bus from Oslo Central Station at 16.00 PM to the Søstrene Storaas Hotell. The hotel is located in Jondalen in Buskerud, 20km from Kongsberg and bordering Telemark. It will take us about 1 hour and 45 minutes to reach the hotel.
We will have a nice dinner at the hotel around 19 PM.
Day 4 (31st July) First hiking day 10-15 km and approximately 400 height meters (Estimated hike time 4-6 hours)
After a nice breakfast we bring with us a packed lunch, drink and a little extra energy for the tour. We start out from the Hotel with two kilometers in a flat terrain. Then we have a steep ascending until we reach over the threeline, to a more bare mountain area. Here we have a beautiful wiev to the mountains surrounding us. We will have our packed lunch up here.
After lunch we walk some kilometers in the same terrain before we start the descending. On the way home we make a stop at Dusanfoss, a nice waterfall where everyone who wants can take a small swim.
When we reach back at the Hotel, a shower and relaxing is on the program, before dinner. Those who wish to may gather in the hotel’s courtyard after dinner to continue their evening.
Day 5 (1st August) Day 2 of hiking, 15-20 kilometer and 450 height meter. (Estimated hike time 5-7 hours). Alternative route 8-10 kilometers.
After breakfast, we bring with us a packed lunch, drink and a little extra energy for the tour. We walked out from the Hotel in the opposite direction than the day before. We crossing over to Telemark region from Buskerud. We are following a very old “road” to Rjukan. The terrain varies, up and down before we climb slowly up to Selsli and Baklifjell. Here you have a fantastic wiew over Telemark, Lifjell and Gaustatoppen.
We enjoy lunch in this beautiful surroundings. After a nice break we take another route back to the Hotel. Dinner in the evening.
Day 6 (2nd August Final hiking day. 14-17 kilometer and 750 height meter). Different alternative routes. 8-12 kilometers.
After a delicious breakfast we climb on board the bus that takes us a little higher up in the Blefjell area. We walk on good paths over gently rising terrain through forest and open spaces with delightful streams. The trail then becomes steeper and leads us up the mountain with less vegetation and an amazing view. We find ourselves at 1100 MASL and move onto the Blefjell plateau. Those who wish to may climb the Blefjell summit at 1342 MASL, before we eat lunch (that we have brought with us from Storaas) together at a cabin called Sigridsbu.
After lunch we begin our journey home and head into the forest again. Our walk finishes near an area where we may bathe in incredible mountain water on a sandy beach, before travelling home.
Back at the hotel, we have time to take care of our bodies and recap on our day’s memories, before we meet for our final dinner.
Day 7 (3rd August)
A good, long breakfast before we journey back to Oslo on the bus. We plan to arrive in Oslo about 1 pm.
Suggested Clothes and Equipment
(The weather may vary from Summer to Winter temperatures)
- Hiking boots or hiking shoes that are water resistant. E.g. Gortex
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Windproof jacket
- Walking trousers
- Warm hat and gloves / mittens
- Backpack for hiking
- Water bottle
- Sun cream
- First Aid Kit
- Bathing costume
- Evening clothes and shoes for dinners and around the hotel
- 2 nights with breakfast in a double room in Oslo at Comfort Hotel Grand Central
- 4 nights in a double room at the Søstrene Storaas Hotell
- All meals from our arrival at Storaas until breakfast on our final morning
(Breakfast, lunch/packed lunch/energy bars and dinner).
- Bus transfer Oslo-Storaas-Oslo
- Bus/taxi to Storli/Blefjell the third hiking day.
- Local guide
- Expa tour guides
- Accommodation in Oslo above the 2 nights before the hiking.
- Single room (single room supplement: in Oslo 550, – NOK per night, at Storaas 300, – NOK per night)
- Drinks with dinner
- Personal hiking gear, such as backpack, clothes, boots etc.
- Personal insurance and travel insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory on our tours. All participants are responsible for their own personal travel insurance.
Tickets and Passports
All participants must have a valid passport.
For more information please contact Erik Holme, e-mail email@example.com / mobile +47 95 86 19 68.
Our detailed itinerary is preliminary. EXPA NORWAY AS reserves the right to make changes en route when circumstances require. EXPA NORWAY AS will have no liability for any typos.