(Simon writes:) To see more of the Norwegian landscape, I visited during Winter. This combined with a little cross-country and downhill skiing, and a lot of train travel!
Train tickets are easy to buy, as here at Oslo Gardemoen airport. The airport - the main one in Norway - is on the train line between Oslo and Lillehammer.
Skiing above Lillehammer, a short loop.
Looking North in the direction of the lower Rondane hills.
Lillehammer's high street with the ever-present Norwegian flag. In Norway the flag is flown with pride from shops and houses as well as public buildings.
Coffee in Lillehammer.
I stop in Oppdal, up the train line towards Trondheim. The hill in the morning glow hosts the ski area.
Great conditions and a few skiers out. Scottish skiers will be at home in Norway!
One of the home runs and the valley floor.
Time for the train!
Colourful hats. Much in evidence are Norrona and Bergans, Norwegian makes.
A staple in Norway and Sweden, the cinnamon bun - kanelbulle
A typical Norwegian hotel breakfast involves a fish station with preserves and salads. This is quite apart from the meat section and all the breads.
A still morning in Trondheim.
At Trondheim airport. Norwegian, SAS and Wideroe offer many internal routes in Norway. The country is so long North to South that this is essential.
We board the Wideroe flight to Sandefjord, South of Oslo. This is an hour-long flight, the length of the Southern 'bulge' of Norway.
A ferry system connects Oslo's centre with the islands in the Oslofjord and some nearby residential areas.
A calm library at one of the loveliest Oslo hotels we have stayed in. Please ask us for our recommendations or see your Travel Notes on booking!
Riding the tram system after a snowy night.
The DNT (Den Norske Turistforening, the Norwegian tourism and trekking organisation) maintains a good little shop in the middle of Oslo. Trekkers can ask advice on routes and buy maps and kit. In fact Oslo does very well for outdoor clothing with several large outdoor stores, including Norrona and Haglofs emporia.
Please join us in Norway, on our Summer treks!
- our new Norwegian trek