If you are a cycling skier looking for a fairly easy tour of the Norwegian mountains, the area to look out for is the mountain hill to the west of Espadlon, which is a long valley located 70 km northwest of Lillemmer. Has been. to the

In the mid-nineteenth century, Espadlon was a very crowded place because at that time it was the largest nickel mining center in the world and hundreds of people worked there. But today there are few signs of that activity and the valley is calm and empty.

You can take the morning train from Oslo Airport to Lillehammer and then the afternoon bus to Espadlon. Buses drop off at all three Valley hotels. For logistical reasons, it is best to spend the last night and day of your vacation in one of these hotels, as you will definitely want to use their means of transportation at the end of the tour. (You may also want to use their shipping at the beginning of the tour, perhaps to shorten the first day.)

After your first night at your hotel you can travel, staying overnight in cabins operated by DNT, the Norwegian Mountain Hiking Association. All but one of the cabins in the area have no staff, but are well equipped with food, utensils and firewood, and have bunk beds. Unemployed cabins are locked, but you can borrow a key from the DNT (after first joining that organization).

In general, during the period between mid-February and Easter, the paths between the huts are marked with canes that are placed at regular intervals in the snow. But you should still be able to move, only if you move away from the cane in bad weather.

There are several possible itineraries, but the following version is fairly standard. As you will see, this tour is short. However, many skiers spend more than one night in each cottage, taking advantage of the opportunity to take day trips in light packages.

Step 1 Depending on your starting point, it takes you to the Storholiseter cab, 15 to 20 km away. This route passes mainly through birch and spruce forests, until a few kilometers before reaching the Storholiseter, you come out of the trees, which is a cluster of cabins that previously served as a high farm. DNT accommodation is spread between two cabins: there are a total of 18 beds.

Step 2 It takes you to the Storkvelvbu cabin, about 12 km away. On the way, you will gradually climb to an altitude of 1,200 meters and you should have a beautiful view of the Jotunheim mountains, the highest in Norway, on your right.

Step 3 Goes to Haldorbo, a 16-bed cabin located at an altitude of 1025 meters above sea level. The distance is about 14 km.

Step 4 Goes to Leumster (915 m), which is a personnel cabin. (Or anyway, in the busiest part of the tourist season, it usually works two weeks until Easter. In the rest of winter, a small part of it, with only 10 beds, can be used in one room. Distance between Haldorbo And Leumester is about 16 miles[16 km]and you get about 100 feet[100 m]high and go down the train line. Some in a larger dormitory, where staff serve food, and you can also enjoy the luxury of a hot shower.

Step 5 To end your tour, you will ski to a separate place called Synsgardsætra, a little further than a car park at the end of a small road, about 15 km from Leumster. Your best bet is to return to the hotel where you spent the first night. By prior arrangement the hotelier will pick you up from the Synsgardsætra and take you back to the hotel. Early tomorrow morning you can return to Lillehammer by bus and from there by train to Oslo Airport.

Source by Stuart Montgomery