Friday, 5 February 2016

Norefjell Ski Resort: Winter Delight

First tourists appeared in Norefjell in the 1950s after the resort hosted the downhill and giant slalom competitions of the 1952 Winter Olympics. 

Norefjell, Norway

The highest peak of Norefjell is the Høgevarde mountain (1459 meters). Skiing starts at the hight of 1188 meters – from the Ravnos mountain peak. Local tracks have the highest elevation difference in Norway – 1010 meters. It is an attractive place for wild cross-country skiing as well because of its wide-open slopes and difficult wood areas. 

Norefjell offers 22 tracks: 3 black tracks, 8 red tracks, 7 blue tracks and 4 green tracks. Their overall length is 23 km. Ten lifts carry more than 14 thousand people per hour. 

Norefjell ski tracks

The resort is equally suitable for advanced sportsmen and families with little children. You will find there 120 km of tracks for cross-country skiing, a snow park with a half-pipe, a ski jump for snowboarders and a kinder park for the youngest guests of Norefjell. There is also a school where experienced instructors can help you to learn skiing or snowboarding. 

Among multiple special tourist attractions, it is worth to mention 4-meter skis for five skiers, snow-tractor riding, dogsledding, horse-sleigh riding, and many other entertainments. 

WHAT TO SEE 

It takes just 1.5 hour to get from Oslo to Norefjell, do not lose a chance to visit the Norwegian capital and spend a day there. Even closer, there is a small picturesque town of Hønefoss. 

Villa Fridheim, Norway

Villa Fridheim, a manor which houses a folk museum, is one of Norway's largest timber buildings. The building was erected in 1890-92 as the country house of Drammen based timber merchant. 

Krøderbanen Museum, Norway

Krøderbanen Museum is a railroad museum headquartered in the former Krøderen Railroad Station at Krøderen. Krøderbanen was opened in 1872 as a narrow gauge line. It was converted to standard gauge in connection with the Bergen Railway opening in 1909 and remained in operation until 1985. Both rolling stock and fixed installations along the line are kept in running condition. Krøderbanen is also a center for the restoration and maintenance of railway equipment. 

ACCOMMODATION 

Norefjell offers high quality service and almost domestic comfort. Historical Fjellhvil Hotel, built in 1901, is located at the height of 750 meters. A hundred meters lower, you will find a Norefjell Hotel.

Norefjell Hotel, Norway

Sole Hotel was built in 1910. Among popular places there are Norefjell Hytteutleie and Bjertnes Turistgaard, as well as Sandumseter, Hoegevardehytta and Krøderen Kro & Motel guest houses. 


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