Beitostølen is a tiny village in the mountains of Eastern Norway. Under 400 people call Beitostølen home but thousands come to the town every year to soak up the beautiful surrounding nature. Even though it’s small, Beitostølen is packed full of fun activities and adventures. Just a 3.5 hour drive from Oslo and a short hop from the famous Jotunheimen National Park, Beitostølen is a charming base for experiencing the Norwegian mountains throughout the entire year.
Beitostølen in winter
Beitostølen is a true adventure paradise in the wintertime. The winter season begins in mid-November (depending on snow) and continues until April. There are ski slopes right in the centre of town and over 300 km of cross-country ski trails in the surrounding area. Just 6 km away lies the Raudalen alpine ski center, perfect for those seeking some more challenging slopes – you can even use the same lift pass.
If, like me, you’re still trying to find your feet on the slopes, the highly regarded Beito Aktiv runs a ski and snowboard school for all ages and abilities. They also have loads of fun family activities like snow-rafting and snow-tubing or air-boarding for the thrill-seekers.
When thinking of winter in Norway, many dream of sled rides through the snow. Beito Husky Tours offer incredible half-day dog sledding trips as well as ice-fishing and other fun winter adventures. If horses are more your style, Fjellrittet offer magical evening and daytime sleigh rides.
Beitostølen in summer
While well known as a winter destination, the surrounding landscape means Beitostølen has plenty to offer in summer as well. Beito Husky Tours take full and half-day pack-rafting tours down the Raudøla river. No snow doesn’t mean no husky tours, with their husky cart safari.
For something a bit different, Fjellrittet have multi-day horseback riding treks. They organise weekend trips as well as three, four, and six-day trips, with accommodation in mountain lodges along the way.
Beitostølen tourist information
Due to it’s small size, you’ll get to know Beitostølen pretty quickly. Still, with so much on offer the right maps can help you get your bearings and plan your trip. Here are some of the best Beitostølen maps:
- Alpine ski trail map
- The best outdoor adventures around Beitostølen.
- Cross-country ski trails in the Outtt app for iOS and Android. Turn on the trails by accessing Map -> Map Layers -> Cross-Country Skiing.
- Beitostølen 1:50,000 for those who like the feel of a paper map in their hands
For a look at the current conditions in Beitostølen, there are a few different webcams available at onthesnow.com.
Beitostølen on Instagram
Check out the latest #beitostølen photos from Instagram for a look at the latest conditions in Beitostølen and some of fun the activities available.
Cover photo: Jarle Naustvik.