Skiing - winter sports and activities in south west Norway
Norway is the home of some types of skiing, and there are plenty of opportunities
here. There are many downhill, or alpine skiing resorts, many of which are expanding and improving
their facilities. In addition to conventional skiers, you will see many snowboarders, quite a few
telemark skiers - like the one on the right - and many children. Norway skiing is family-friendly.
Sirdal, Sauda and Røldal are the closest alpine ski areas to Stavanger and
Sandnes - all with bus or
boat services to get there. Hovden and Hemsedal are also popular destinations.
Sauda and Røldal are closest, and both have skibuss services from Karmøy
Voss is the closest ski resort to Bergen, with Geilo further away. You can get to
both on the train.
Go north on RV9 to Hovden (passing Byglandsfjord along the way). Sirdal and Telemark
are other popular destinations
Go west to Hemsedal or Geilo, south west to Telemark, or north to Lillehammer and many
From Torp airport, head west into Telemark, or north and west for ski resorts like
Cross-country skiing - also called nordic, or langlauf - is very popular here, with
many kilometers of prepared tracks of various difficulty, and quite a few tracks lit
up in the evenings. Expect to see Norwegian families out on skis - including the baby,
in a special covered sledge called a pulk, pulled along by one of the parents.
There are places to go nordic skiing all across south west Norway, not just up in the
mountains but also in or close to the cities - although not everywhere will have
useful snow for the whole winter.
Whether it is for a short day tour on a prepared loop, or a trek from hut to hut across the
Hardangervidda - or the many other upland areas - there are plenty of choices.
cross-country skiing around Sauda
Hovden "Noose" loop
Furuasen loops in Sirdal
Giljestolen SE of Stavanger
Brekko SE of Stavanger
Tjørhomfjellet - Sirdal Alpint
Sirdal is the area closest to Stavanger - under
2 hours by car or bus - with 4 skisenters
that are growing fast. The two biggest are now linked together by new lifts and slopes at weekends and share a single lift pass system
to make a large ski centre.
Hotel accommodation is very limited but more hyttes (cabins or cottages) being
built all the time, and there are plans for more hotels.
Stay the weekend in Stavanger and take the ski bus
Sirdal Ski & Brett Skole gives lessons at all the skisenters in Sirdal.
Sauda is about 3 hours from Stavanger by boat and bus - 2 hours
from Haugesund. 3 hotels and some hyttes, but accommodation is limited - so
you can also stay in Stavanger
and take the skibåt service at weekends.
Røldal is the other skisenter with skiboat and skibuss services from Stavanger, and also
other places including Haugesund and Bergen-Odda (Hardanger).
At the top end of Setesdal, Hovden has several hotels and many apartments and hyttes.
On the main Oslo - Bergen railway line in Hallingdal,
Geilo is a popular and
long-established resort with many hotels,
apartments and hyttes
Sometimes called the scandinavian alps, Hemsedal is big, has good facilities and a big vertical drop
Voss resort is the original ski centre right beside the town of Voss
Voss Fjellandsby - Myrkdalen is a new growing skisenter 30 km north of voss.
Rauland is the biggest ski area in Telemark with 3 skisenters and a large cross-country ski network.
In Telemark there is also Lifjell, Gaustablikk near Rjukan and others
This vast nearly inaccessible plateau sits across parts of Buskerud Hordaland Agder and Telemark.
Much loved by kite skiers and cross-country skiers with packs and snow-shovels on their backs
(so that they can dig a hole and hide from bad weather)
Other winter sports and activities
Ice skating - either on indoor or
or on the lakes
when it is safe to do so.
Kite skiing - especially near
Haugastol on Hardangervidda