Our second stop in Norway was in Norefjell where we balanced outdoor adventure with quiet rejuvenation. We stayed at the Quality Resort & Spa which certainly proved to be ideal for both winter adventure and spa relaxation.
Reconnecting with Nature
The drive to Norefjell from Lillehammer was a scenic three hour bus ride and from the Oslo airport it takes about two hours (1.5 from the city center). Perhaps the thing I enjoyed most about Norefjell was how close it was to nature and how far it was from the rest of civilization. Sometimes you need a few days to disconnect from the outside world and rediscover peace within yourself.
On our second day here, we spent a few hours skiing and this photograph was taken at the top of the mountain. I actually had to stop in my tracks just to snap a few quick pictures. The view from my hotel suite was equally stunning. It was extremely motivating for me to wake up and see the sun rising over the mountains and neighboring cottages.
Time for Relaxation
After a long day on the slopes it’s always nice to give yourself a little reward. For me, that came in the form of a massage at the resort’s impressive spa. I also made sure to check out the other amenities including the pool, sauna and hot tub. As an avant-garde traveler, I genuinely appreciated the unique design that went into not only the spa facilities but the entire resort. It helps set the mood for a quiet retreat.
I’ll be completely honest – I’m not the best cook in the world. It’s the patience I lack but I’m hoping to improve my skills this year. One option that Norefjell Resort offers guests in the ability to take cooking classes in a separate kitchen and dining area. After you prepare and cook the food you get to eat it in the next room. I’ve never done anything like this and I found it thoroughly rewarding.
Home Away From Home
Last but certainly not least, my suite became my home away from home. Unlike some hotel rooms that can feel cold and isolating, I honestly felt comfortable and cozy inside my not so little room. The bathroom, kitchen, living space and master bedroom were decorated as any bohemian traveler would appreciate and the view from the bathtub overlooked the snow-covered mountains in the distance.