Cross country skiing in Venabu, Norway is how we have spent every February half term for the past eight years.  This year the first few days were marked by cloud and snow.  There had been lots of snow but very little wind meaning that the trees were laden with snow.

Snow laden tree Venabu

Lots of fresh snow also made for good gliding along the wood lined paths.

Cross country ski Norway

When we opened our curtains on Tuesday morning, what a difference!  We could see the mountains and just how far we needed to ski before we got to climb up them and whoosh down.  The big mountain you can see, we skied up round the back of it before gliding back for lunch.

Sun snow Venabu NorwayHere is Oscar ready to get going on the newly groomed tracks.

Cross Country Ski trail Norway

As we climbed up my eye was caught by these mounds of snow in the middle of a running stream.  Venabu is a very beautiful place but that Tuesday was the most stunning that I have seen it.  Bright blue sky, snow clinging onto trees and even onto rocks in the middle running water.

Snow mounds icy stream

When we first visited Venabu the boys were young and we weren’t sure whether or not they would enjoy it, we needn’t have worried!  Over the years we have skied by moonlight, seen the signposts change from wood to metal, had years where the temperature has dipped down below minus thirteen and enjoyed a spot of mother and son bonding.  We book our holiday at the Venabu Fjellhotel with Headwater Holidays.

Do you have anywhere that you return to year after year?


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    • March 4, 2018 / 10:06 am

      Yes but it is in Northern Norway!

  1. March 4, 2018 / 7:50 am

    Alas our school holidays are generally spent in Scotland seeing family so this kind of thing simply doesn’t happen sadly. It does look like an amazing place and I’d like to know the secret of the snow in the river. #mysundayphoto

    • March 4, 2018 / 10:08 am

      I think that there must be rocks and there had been so much snow and so little wind that the snow settled on the rocks.

  2. March 4, 2018 / 7:54 am

    So many lovely memories. I like going back to the same place – although for us that means not leaving Norfolk! The blue sky pics are fabulous, it looks like an amazing place and I can see why you keep going back. #MySundayPhoto

    • March 4, 2018 / 10:10 am

      I only left Norfolk to visit relatives in Yorkshire and Suffolk for eighteen years and still return very often. Norfolk is the best of counties

  3. Catie
    March 4, 2018 / 8:56 am

    Stunning captures I particularly liked the snow laden tree such a magical shot 🌟 #mysundayphoto

    • March 4, 2018 / 10:10 am

      Thank you, it was a magical day

  4. March 4, 2018 / 9:07 am

    More snow that we had here! I love the look of the cross country skiing – much more my style of skiing! #MySundayPhoto

    • March 4, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Cross country skiing tends to be less crowded than downhill

  5. March 4, 2018 / 9:11 am

    I can see why you return every year, its stunning

    • March 4, 2018 / 10:12 am

      We keep on thinking that we should try somewhere else but the people at the hotel are fantastic and so we never do!

  6. March 4, 2018 / 9:34 am

    It looks simply stunning. I have never attempted skiing, it looks so much fun x

    • March 4, 2018 / 10:13 am

      If you get the chance skiing is great fun

  7. March 4, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Wow this is so beautiful, I’ve always wanted to give skiing a go

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • March 4, 2018 / 10:14 am

      You would take stunning photos!

  8. March 4, 2018 / 10:09 am

    Wow weekday a stunning landscape and an amazing opportunity for the boys to experience a totally different culture and way of life. I especially love the photo of the snow laden tree. Beautiful!

    • March 4, 2018 / 10:14 am

      The boys love the Norwegian food as well

    • March 4, 2018 / 10:23 am

      Venabu or Norway in general

    • March 4, 2018 / 11:21 am

      It is and soooo quiet when you stop

  9. ourlittleescapades
    March 4, 2018 / 11:57 am

    I had to double check where you were as that first photo looked like the world outside my window this week ;0) #MySundayPhoto

    • March 4, 2018 / 2:01 pm

      Sadly it didn’t get that deep down here!

  10. March 4, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    It’s all so white and pretty and I can see why you go back so much. I’ve heard it reached about -40 in some parts over there. Hope you’ve had a fun week!

    • March 4, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      We once had frosted eyelashes in Sweden!

  11. March 4, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    Now this is a good idea. I like the idea of skiing and making the most of the snow but hate sliding down anything, be it a slide or a hill or a rollercoaster. Cross country skiing might be my sort of thing. #mysundayphoto

    • March 4, 2018 / 5:47 pm

      You still get to slide down but have to climb up to the top first!

  12. bavariansojourn
    March 4, 2018 / 9:22 pm

    So gorgeous! I have only visited Norway in the summer so far, but this sounds amazing! (:

    • March 4, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      I’d really like to go back to the same place in summer but twice a year seems an extravagant use of precious school holiday time!

  13. March 4, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    Oh these are such fabulous pictures. I would absolutely love to visit Norway!

  14. March 5, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    We do try and go skiing in France (where I’m from) every February mid term too, but even at its best, it doesn’t look like this! I remember reading your moonlight skiing post last year – so dreamy!

    • March 5, 2018 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you! We once went skiing the Auvergne before children but there was no snow and so we ended up having a lovely walking holiday instead!

  15. Kirsten Hesketh
    March 5, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    So beautiful! Would love to try cross country skiing …xx

  16. March 7, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    What a beautiful place to ski! I would love to have a winter trip like this with my partner.

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