Lillehammer bobsled weekend in Norway

“A weekend of bob sledding, bob rafting and taxi bobbing. This is adrenaline, Norwegian style. And totally awesome. ”


Hunderfossen Olympic Park | Bob raft | Taxi bob | Curling | Air boarding | Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena | Downhill skiing at Hafjell ski area

Description of Lillehammer bobsled weekend in Norway

This Lillehammer bobsled weekend in Norway, at the famous Hunderfossen Olympic Park is not, surprisingly, for those experienced in bob sledding. Beginners are welcome, although a desire for the daring and a love of adrenaline does help. Perfect for those who are physically fit, who want a challenging outdoor experience but who have never skied. It is worth noting that you can’t jump straight into a professional style bob sled, Cool Running style. You will start off with what is known as a bob raft, which you can self guide and self brake. You then also get a chance to do a taxi bob, where a professional pilot drives you down the course at hair raising speeds, in true Olympian style.

The weekend also includes some curling, and a morning of airboarding at the Olympic Park, a new activity which involves riding downhill on a large air mattress really, in the famous Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena. From here to the Hafjell ski area for those who want to try their hand at downhill skiing, an optional extra on this holiday. Tobogganing is also a calmer but wonderful alternative here.

For this weekend, we fly to Oslo and then take a train to Lillehammer (just over two hours), where we stay in the city centre in a 3 star, modern hotel.

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Lillehammer bobsled weekend in Norway

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Leaders & local suppliers
Since the Olympics came to Lillehammer in 1994, it helped generate investment into the stadium and other venues around Norway. We hope to continue bringing clients to this wonderful area and showing them how the investment has helped shape and change the winter landscape in this corner of Scandinavia. Our leader is a local with many years experience brining toursts to Lillehammer, and the continued business to the Olympic Park ensures the structures and invsestments made during the Olympics continue to generate income for the area.

Our selection of alternative winter activities seeks to make the most of the natural environment in its pristine state, rather than changing it. The Bob sled takes place on the purpose-built track, which has helped to generate income and employment in the area.

1 Reviews of Lillehammer bobsled weekend in Norway

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The Bob Sled run

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

To buy wine from the UK to drink in your room

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes as your putting money into local area

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Great adventure

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