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Number of Reviews: 14 Overall score: *****
Cross-country skiing at Espedalen, Norway
Review posted by John Moore
***** Written

Espedalen Cross Country Skiing 1st to 8 8th March 2015

The first two days of the trip had the best skiing I have ever enjoyed anywhere. This was helped by the metal edges on the cross country hire skis I was given. My rooms were spacious and comfortable and had controllable heating unlike so many places I have stayed with Waymark and Exodus in the past. The large bathroom had underfloor heating which was excellent for drying clothes. The cold water supply was from a mountain stream, so the tap water tasted better than all water form the tap at my home and better than most bottled water. The Thai food cooked by our hostess Surina was outstanding, better than most Thai restaurants. She and her assistant also did very well to cater for the diverse requirements of her guests some of whom required gluten free, some no fish, and some were vegetarians. Stefan was an exceptional host, helping to cut tracks for skiing, and on Wednesday 4th driving an hour to Lillehammer and back on the same day twice, to visit the hospital with injured skiers. The second time he waited with me while I was being treated, helping to keep my morale up by listening to my rambling conversation, while I was under the influence of first shock, and then hospital administered morphine.
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Cross-country skiing at Espedalen, Norway
Review posted by Anna Cheer
***** Written

This has to be the very best place to learn to cross-country ski.

There is a lake right in front of the hotel for finding your feet on skis, gentle slopes right beside it to start learning to snow-plough, all manner of terrain onto which to progress and some lovely circuits only a short minibus drive away. Perfect! Staying at The Strand is like being (exceptionally well-fed) guests in someone’s home. If you like your winter holidays to be active, in beautiful, remote, peaceful settings, without having to rough it at all, this is the place for you.
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Cross-country skiing at Espedalen, Norway
Review posted by Meena Jefferys
***** Written

Beginner cross country week in Espadalen

We have had a great week of learning to ski with Albert. He was very patient and was always happy to meet our various problems. Great instructor who never panicked. Fantastic accomodation(basic but relaxed and homely). Stefan was always ready to help with all our needs. Surena produced such amazing Thai and European food despite having a three week old baby. Both always cheerful.
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Cross-country skiing at Espedalen, Norway
Review posted by Helen Davey
***** Written

Unbeatable experience and value!

This was mine and my husband's first cross country skiing trip and we are so pleased we booked the beginners course. We consider ourselves fit individuals and did consider the intermediate course which is listed as suitable for 'fit beginners'. Several other very fit individuals on our trip also considered this option, but if you are a total novice to cross country skiing do not be tempted! It is much harder technically than you can imagine, but Albert our instructor was outstanding in gently encouraging and teaching us the basics so we could all achieve an excellent holiday experience. His skill is superb and because we were beginners he was able to give us the time to develop; but, if as one of our group was, you are skilled then Albert managed to find routes suitable for this skill level to practice on your own and which did not compromise the novice bulk of the group! In addition to the excellent leadership from Albert the hotel is also outstanding! Serena and Stefan make you feel like you are staying in their own home rather than a hostel and the food is exceptional. So by Norwegian standards of food quality and cost this holiday is value for money by the meals alone. Serena really goes out her way to cater for individual food requirements such as being a vegetarian (which I am) or having very specific food allergies - no one felt their meals were different or uninspiring because they were of the same excellent standard as the main catered food. If you are thinking about this holiday don't - just book it!
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Cross-country skiing at Espedalen, Norway
Review posted by Jo Stockton
***** Written

Great skiing and wonderful food

We had a very enjoyable week of skiing - good snow most of the time and impressive scenery. We were extremely well fed at The Strand - Surina and Stefan made us all feel very welcome. They were attentive at all times despite having a one-week old baby! I am a vegetarian and was well catered for with a selection of dishes each night.
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Cross-country skiing at Espedalen, Norway
Review posted by Martyn Martyn
***** Written

Cross country skiing Espedalen

A brilliant holiday in a remote valley, outstanding accommodation and food, and wonderful ski trails.
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Cross-country skiing at Espedalen, Norway
Review posted by Robert Davies
***** Written

Ski thrills and culinary delights

Espedalen is an attractive location far from any urban sprawl. It overlooks a lake and is closeted on both sides by snow covered mountains. The Strand Hotel is well managed in a welcoming manner. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts Stephane and Surina. Facilities include sauna and hot tub to ease those inevitable twinges after a day on skis. Ski equipment is modern and well maintained. The area has a good selection of well maintained loipe and many opportunities to explore the area on snowshoes.
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Cross-country skiing at Espedalen, Norway
Review posted by Mark Smith
***** Written

Cross Country Skiing - Espedalen

A wonderful location for anyone with some skiing skills, great hosts (Sefan and Surina) at the Strand, wonderful food, and an excellent leader.
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Cross-country skiing at Espedalen, Norway
Review posted by Anonymous
***** Written

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: ESPEDALEN

A great week learning how to cross country ski with a competent and relaxed leader and a very comfortable hotel with excellent food and welcoming hosts.
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