Lillehammer Bobsled Weekend

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Trip code: 
CNL
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Short Breaks
Activity:
Winter
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Experience high adrenaline activities in the Olympic city of Lillehammer 

The Winter Olympics take place in Pyeongchang in 2018 and it's one of the few times many of us see winter sport on television. Most of the excitement comes from all the crazy ways the competitors throw themselves down the mountain at ludicrous speeds, and one of the most dramatic has to be the bobsled. Whether it's hurtling down the ice in the larger bob-raft or the even more hair-raising taxi-bob - the true Olympic discipline - this is your chance to experience pure adrenaline in a wonderful weekend in the Olympic city of Lillehammer. 

Highlights

  • Experience 5G bobsledding and taxi-bob 
  • Air Boarding on the Olympic Ski Jump
  • Team up for curling
  • Optional downhill skiing

Key information

  • 3 nights at the 3-star Rica Victoria Hotel
  • 2 days of winter activities
  • Group normally 4-16, plus the guide. 
  • Travel by train and minibus 

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and vaccinations 
  • Single supplement
  • Skeleton run 
  • Downhill skiing
Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Lillehammer.

    Join our group at the hotel in Lillehammer

    Start Lillehammer

  • Day 2

    Bob-raft and taxi-bob, optional skeleton; afternoon curling

    Morning at Hunderfossen Olympic Park. We include bob-raft and taxi-bob. Skeleton optional.
    Bob-rafting: A basic box-shaped bobsleigh with foam sides, and slower wooden runners for use on the standard ice bobsleigh track. It accommodates 5 passengers per trip and speeds reach 70-80 km/h. This is a good try-out to see if you are up for the Taxi-bob.
    Taxi-bob: This is the real thing, just like you see in the Olympic games. The taxi-bob is driven by an authorised pilot and takes three passengers per trip. You will reach speeds of 120 km/h and forces of almost 5-G. Entitling you to a bob-certificate and you become a member of the 5-G club. 
    Optional Skeleton: A skeleton is the type of one-man sledge where you lie (head facing downhill) on your stomach. You will reach speeds of up to 70 km/h - with your nose 1 cm from the ice. This is guaranteed to get your adrenaline flowing! Cost: not confirmed at time of writing, but around 500Kr.
    At the end of an exciting morning, we head back to Lillehammer. After lunch walk to the Olympic Hall to try our hand at curling. Depending on group size we will split into teams and have a go at one of Great Britains most success Winter Olympic sports - it's a lot harder than it looks! 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Morning airboarding in Lillehammer. Afternoon transfer to Hafjell ski area (10 mins) for downhill skiing or tobogganing (both optional)

    Morning airboarding: This fast-paced activity takes place at the Olympic Park towards the base of the ski jump and a real adrenalin kick. An airboard is a large plastic mattress filled with air. Which you ride head first down the outrun in the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena, moving further up the hill on each run as you start to feel more confident. In the afternoon you may wish to take the short transfer to Hafjell ski area (10 mins) for downhill skiing (optional). Non-skiers can remain in the Olympic park for tobogganing, or return to Lillehammer for shopping, or a swim at the local pool. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    End Lillehammer

    Our tour ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Norway

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Norway

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts are included. The Rica Victoria offers an extensive buffet, included Norwegian and continental options.

Lunch can be bought at the Olympic Park or in town. Lillehammer offers a wide variety of bars and restaurants for evening meals where you can try international and local cuisine. Reindeer and salmon are a local speciality. 

Weather

Winters in this region of Norway are usually quite consistent with average daily temperatures of -4. The track is artificially frozen if weather conditions are unusually mild. Daylight hours are relatively short, but still significantly longer than in northern Norway at this time. There will be no period of 24-hour darkness this far south. 

Is this trip for you?

Bobsledding: This trip is graded as challenging, and is designed for adrenalin junkies; however everything is optional if you change your mind at the last minute. On the course, your body will be subjected to considerable pressure, up to 5G - meaning your body will feel five times heavier than normal. During your time on the bobsled, you will be accompanied by a fully trained instructor/pilot and provided with the necessary safety equipment and training.

Airboarding: Relatively high speeds are possible on toboggans, however, participants will be shown how to control their speed. This reduces the likelihood and impact of any fall.

Downhill skiing or boarding: As with all resorts, you will find the pistes graded to show difficulty level. It is important you do not attempt a descent that is beyond your ability. The Olympic Park will ask you to sign an 'acknowledgement of risk' form before undertaking some of the more adventurous activities included as part of the tour.

In signing this you will not be limiting your legal rights, as these are governed by our booking conditions and your contract remains with Exodus. 

Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Accommodation

Scandic Victoria - 3 Star

A modern hotel in a convenient location in the centre of Lillehammer, 400 metres from the train station. Primarily a business hotel, in the last few years the Scandic Victoria has been extensively modernised in both public areas and rooms, and offers good service and value for money.

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2015
    Sarah Turner

    Fantastic Trip

    What can I say about his trip? I was a little apprehensive prior to he trip as I had read several reviews detailing how the bobsledding was quite rough on your body due to 5G and up to 120kph speeds, I needn't have worried, it was probably the most exhilarating activity I have ever taken part in! It is fast but as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness you'll just enjoy the ride. This is however only a small (if indeed the main) event in a fantastic weekend. The tobogganing was superb and the airboarding on Sunday morning was possibly my favourite, as you got to experience several runs from various heights - providing you could keep climbing the steps to get back up!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching members of my group take the skeleton down the bob track. I have nothing but admiration for those who were brave enough, I sadly wasn't that brave but if you have the guts I think it is an opportunity not to be missed.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bente was a fantastic leader. She was very knowledgeable about Lillehammer and the surrounding area and made the trip all the more memorable by ensuring the smooth running of all the activities.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not hesitate to book this trip. I would go on the trip again in an instant. If you think it may be dangerous don't worry, as long as you follow he instructions from all of the instructors and drivers you will be fine.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would love to see a longer version of the trip. Lillehammer has all the facilities to take part in many other winter sports and I think a 5-6 day trip filled with bobsled, tobogganing, airboarding which the addition of downhill skiing, cross country skiing, curling, ice skating and husky trekking would be the most spectacular trip!
  • Reviewed April 2014
    Alan Staniforth

    LILLEHAMMER BOBSLED WEEKEND

    Bob sledging and tobogoning was brilliant. As this is the first time exodus has run this trip since 2008. I think that some thought needs to be done on filling up time from activities no longer included from 2008. As this was sold as an adrenalin filled weekend we found ourselfs sitting around a lot.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The bobsledging, Feeling the speed and the G force.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very knowledgable about her town.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're planning on drinking, purchase from duty free on the way in. One beer = £10 a pint!!!!!!

    Reply from Exodus

    Reply from Exodus

    We were disappointed to read that Alan felt there was too much free time on this trip. We have taken this feedback on board and have now altered the schedule to ensure that groups get the most out of their time; we will now be offering air boarding - an exciting new activity perfect which we think will complement bobsledding. The trip notes have been updated to reflect these new changes.

    Simon Clifford - Product Manager for Norway

  • Reviewed January 2008
    Anonymous

    LILLEHAMMER BOBSLED WEEKEND

    This was a life long dream fulfilled, the best fun ever, I would do it again tomorrow, it is all that exodus say and more.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I suppose I expected the Bobsled to be 'toned down a bit for tourist', but not a bit, it was exaclty as it is in the olympics, and I was lucky enough to do it twice. The snowmobiles were great fun a full 2 hour guided run in woodland with crisp snow, everyone was really helpful and friendly and our Exodus guide was excellant, throughout. I am in my late 50's and loved every minute.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was great, he was local, so had helpful local knowledge, friendly without being overbearing, had a great sense of humour, and was also a paramedic which was reasuring considering the activity we were doing.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't think your to old for this, just do it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The best fun I have had in years, just waiting for that call from the olympic bobsled team!!!!! A very well organised trip.
  • Reviewed October 2007

    5G

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The reason for going on the trip was to go down the Olympic Bobsleigh run in Lillehammer. In the morning of the "big" day, it looked that it was cancelled. Fortunately, a driver was found.We went down the run twice, one practicve run and then the real thing. It was scary!! But it was an experience I would not have missed for the world.As a result of the problems in the morning we had a whole day skiing in Lillehammer the next day as compensation. Great snow, great runs, another fabulous day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    It was his first trip on his own. lacked leadership.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go down the bobsleigh run. Become a member of the 5G club!

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