Sunday, 24 January 2016

Norwegian Ski Resorts: Hafjell, Kvitfjell and Skeikampen

HAFJELL 

Hafjell is the third largest ski resort in Norway with exciting landscapes: wide and even tracks are sometimes so steep, that you may be sure: it is a real "black level"! Still, you will find there green slopes, and more difficult – blue and red – serpentines in the forest. 

Hafjell, Norway

Anyway, you will surely find something that suits particularly you among 30 tracks 39 km long. Try to go down a bob-sled chute at the speed of 120 km per hour or participate in a quad bike race with your friends! The tracks are well maintained and illuminated. The youngest guests of Hafjell also have a lot to do! 

Hafjell: Facts and Figures 

Hafjell: Facts and Figures

• 3rd largest ski resort in Norway 
• 15 km from Lillehammer 
• 160 km from Oslo Airport 
• Season lasts from November until April 20 
• 30 slopes: 10 green slopes, 9 blue slopes, 7 red slopes, 4 black slopes 
• Overall lengths of tracks – 39 km 
• Elevation changes – 835 meters
• The longest track – 7 km 
• 7 km of illuminated tracks 
• 15 lifts able to carry 15,200 persons per our 
• Hafjell ski-pass is valid in the neighbor resort of Kvitfjell 
• Free of charge lifts for children under 8 years old 
• 80 per cent of tracks are equipped with snow cannons 
• 6 restaurants at the slope and next to the tracks 
• 350 km of tracks for cross-country skiing 
• Deer safari, quad bikes, snow mobiles, toboggans, dog-sledging and Olympic Park with a bob-sled track 
Hunderfossen Familiepark – the unique winter family park with Troll Gallery, Ice Chess, Ice Hotels and other attractions 

KVITFJELL 

Kvitfjell is one of the truly unique ski resorts in Norway that combines silence and calm of the grandiose natural landscapes with the highest quality of tracks and equipment. 

Kvitfjell, Norway

Built in 1994 for the Olympics in Lillehammer, the resort is still rapidly developing. Annually, Kvitfjell hosts downhill World Cup – the most difficult and dangerous discipline in mountain skiing. 

However Kvitfjell is not just extreme. It offers a lot for the beginners, like seven green and five blue slopes. The remaining three black and six red tracks will make happy advanced skiers. Children will also find what to do: lessons of skiing, special kids' competitions, events and programs. 


Kvitfjell: Facts and Figures 

• 2.5 hours from Oslo Gardermoen Airport 
• 21 slopes: 7 green slopes, 5 blue slopes, 6 red slopes and 3 black slopes 
• Overall lengths of slopes – 25 km 
• The longest slope – 3.5 km 
• Illuminated tracks – 2.6 km 
• 9 lifts able to carry 11,300 persons per our 
• Elevation changes – 854 meters 
• Season lasts from end of October until end of April 
• 85% tracks are equipped with snow cannons 
• Kvitfjell ski-pass is valid in two neighbor resorts: Hafjell and Skeikampen 
• 2 children zones 
• Snowpark for snowboarding 
• A new track for ski-cross
• A ski-cross course 
• A ski school for all levels of preparation 
• 600 km of tracks for cross-country skiing 
• Various accommodation: hotels, cottages, apartments 

SKEIKAMPEN 

Skeikampen is located 38 km from Lillehammer, in a picturesque mountain valley. 

Skeikampen, Norway

Skeikampen: Facts and Figures 

• 3 hours from Oslo and just 38 km from Lillehammer 
• 17 tracks: 3 green tracks, 5 blue tracks, 6 red tracks and 3 black tracks 
• 10 lifts 
• Overall lengths of tracks – 21 km 
• 2 children tracks and 2 lifts for children 
• Ski school for kids and adults: mountain skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing 
• Children zone with toboggan slopes, ice-skating and camps 
• Snow park
• 270 km of tracks for cross-country skiing 
• Sport equipment rentals 
• Accommodation: 100 cottages, 150 apartments, 2 hotels, 1 mountain hotel 
• Airboards, toboggans, ice-skating, dog sledges and more! 


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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Norwegian Ski Resorts: Hemsedal and Geilo

HEMSEDAL 

Hemsedal is the second largest and the most popular international resort in Norway. It is often referred to as “Chamonix of the North” – and for a reason: you will find there breathtaking mountain peaks, snow valleys and multiple ski-tracks. 

Norwegian Ski Resorts: Hemsedal and Geilo

Annually thousands of beginners and advanced skiers visit this small mountain village. The peak Totten (1497 meters) dominates the area, with magnificent Tinden (1444 meters) by its side and massive Rogjin (1370 meters). All peaks are connected with the net of lifts, giving the opportunity to observe various landscapes in one day. 

Hemsedal has 22 lifts and 48 tracks with overall lengths of 43 km. The longest slope counts 6 km. Freeride lovers will find endless untouched lands that you can discover together with local guides. The season lasts from mid-November until early-May. The snow is abundant and of the highest skiing quality – light dry powder that crumbles under a ski board or skis as a beautiful plume. 

Hemsedal offers a lot for everyone

Hemsedal offers a lot for everyone. Here, beginners, elderly people and, certainly, children feel themselves very comfortable. 

Hemsedal: Facts and Figures 

Norway Skiing

• 220 km from Oslo 
• Season lasts from mid-November until May 4th 
• Average winter temperature is –6 degrees Celsius 
• 22 lifts able to carry 28,500 persons per our 
• 48 slopes: 19 green slopes, 12 blue slopes, 9 red slopes, 8 black slopes and 2 module tracks 
• Overall lengths of tracks – 43 km 
• The longest slope – 6 km 
• Elevation changes – 810 meters 
• 26 km of tracks are equipped with snow cannons 
• 8 illuminated tracks 
• 2 snowboard parks 
• Children's zone: 7 slopes and 8 lifts, numerous attractions 
Trollia kindergarten 
• 6 equipment rentals 
• 2 ski schools 
• 704 comfortable hotel rooms, 5035 houses/apartments 
• Dog-sledge riding, horse-riding, snow-scooters, mountain climbing, glacier climbing, bowling etc. 
• For cross-country skiing: 130 km of prepared tracks and 80 km of "wild" tracks in the mountains 
• 14 restaurants 
• 12 bars/pubs/after-ski's 
• 2 night clubs 

GEILO 

This famous Norwegian resort attracts tourists for more than 100 years. In Geilo, you will find magnificent landscapes, active leisure pastime, sophisticated cuisine and relaxing spa in the end of an intense day. 

Geilo, Norway

Geilo: Facts and Figures 

• 3 hours from Bergen and 3.5 hours from Oslo 
• 39 slopes: 10 green slopes, 9 blue slopes, 15 red slopes, 5 black slopes 
• 5 children's slopes 
• Overall lengths of tracks – 34 km 
• The longest slope – 2 km 
• Elevation changes – 378 meters 
• 20 lifts able to carry 25,000 persons per our 
• 3 snow parks 
• 4 skiing schools 
• Morning cross-country skiing in the wilds 
• 4 illuminated tracks 
• High quality equipment rentals 
• For cross-country skiing: 220 km of prepared tracks 
• Dog-sledge riding, snow-scooters, toboggan, glacier climbing, skating ring etc. 
• 5 discos/night clubs 
• Scandinavia's only spa-center Shiseido 


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Saturday, 9 January 2016

Lærdal Tunnel – Innovation in the Heart of Nature

The Lærdal Tunnel is a 24.5 km long road tunnel connecting Lærdal and Aurland, located approximately 175–200 km from Bergen. It is the longest road tunnel in the world. It carries two lanes of European Route E16 and represents the final link on the new highway connecting Oslo and Bergen without ferry connections and mountain crossings during winter. 

The Lærdal Tunnel, Norway

The constriction works were carried out from 1995 until 2000 with the overall cost of € 120 million. The Tunnel was opened on November 27, 2000 by the king of Norway Harald V. And the pass there is free of charge. 

Norwegian geographic particularities, like mountain relief, risks of rock falls, harsh northern climate and multiple fjords, make it difficult to ensure solid auto transport infrastructure, and ferries cannot afford stable connections all year round. That is why in recent 20 years the focus has been made on building bridges and tunnels (the Eiksund Tunnel which is the deepest in the world, is also situated in Norway). 

The Lærdal Tunnel

The Lærdal Tunnel is divided in four sections with grottos. The grottos serve as turning points for automobiles as well as places to stop and have some rest. Specially designed lighting of the grottos makes the journey more exciting and engaging. It takes about 20 minutes to drive along the Tunnel. 

Safety measures there are cutting edge, with urgency telephones placed every 250 meters, fire-extinguishers placed every 125 meters and 15 turning points supplementary to the grottos. The Lærdal Tunnel was the first one that uses both air ventilation and air purification equipment. 

The Lærdal Tunnel, Norway

In average, 1000 vehicles pass the tunnel daily. The mountains through which the tunnel goes, reach up to 1600 meters. 

Lærdal is famous for its Salmon Center, the old street with the houses dating back to the 17-18 centuries and Borgund Stave Church built in 1180. 

Borgund Stave Chirch

TOP 5 LONGEST TUNNELS IN THE WORLD 

1. The Gotthard Base Tunnel is a railway tunnel through the Alps in Switzerland expected to open on 1 June 2016. With a route length of 57 km and a total of 151.84 km of tunnels, shafts and passages, it will be the world's longest and deepest traffic tunnel and the first flat low-level route through the Alps. 

2. The Seikan Tunnel (53.85 km) is a railway tunnel in Japan, with a 23.3 km long portion under the seabed. The track level is about 240 meters below sea level. 

Seikan Tunnel, Japan

It travels beneath the Tsugaru Strait – connecting Aomori Prefecture on the main Japanese island of Honshu with the northern island of Hokkaido. 

3. The Channel Tunnel (50.5 km) is a rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France, beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover. 

Channel Tunnel

4. The Lötschberg Base Tunnel (34.57 km) is a railway tunnel cutting through the Alps of Switzerland some 400 meters below the existing Lötschberg Tunnel. It runs between Frutigen, Berne, and Raron, Valais. 

5. The Guadarrama Tunnel is a railway tunnel across the Sierra de Guadarrama, along the high-speed route Madrid-Valladolid in Spain.  

The Guadarrama Tunnel, Spain

The tunnel has two tubes. The western tube is 28,407 meter long and the eastern tube 28,418 meter long.


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