Trysil, Norway’s ultimate ski destination

A few weeks ago, I went on a weekend trip to Trysil, the largest ski resort in Norway. Located about 200 km (2.5 hours by car) northeast of Oslo, the resort is run by Skistar and occupies the Trysilfjellet mountain.

Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil

We stayed at the Radisson Blu Resort behind the Tourist Centre for the duration of our time in Trysil and found the location extremely convenient, as there was only a short walk to the ski lifts and buses to the downtown area. Most of the rooms have a nice view of the slopes outside.

The hotel has several restaurants on its premises, as well as facilities such as spa, swimming pool, and bowling alley. On the right side of the lobby, there is a large ski shop for guests’ last-minute ski needs. Between the bar and the reception, there is a large lounge area as well as a round table with a fire pit in the centre.

Downtown Trysil

Though there are buses from downtown Trysil to the slopes, their running times are limited and are mostly designed to get you to the slopes and back. Since Trysil is a ski town, there is not much to do here other than snow sports. The downtown area was mostly devoid of activity but can be worth a trip if you want different food than that offered at the mountain hotels.

Trysil-Knut monument in Trysil

Trysil City Hall

Trysil City Hall

Trysil Ski Museum

Trysil Ski Museum

We stopped by Trysil Hotel to check out the microbrewery located there, but it seemed like the workers had gone skiing.

Trysil hotel

The microbrewery inside Trysil Hotel

The microbrewery inside Trysil Hotel

Because of the later sunrise and earlier sunset during the ski season, skiing in Norway ends earlier than in many other ski destinations. Around 4 PM, the on-mountain pubs begin to fill with people in ski gear looking to unwind after a day in the slopes. This Norwegian “afterski” closely resembles clubbing, just in the afternoon and with ski gear.

Overall, I had a nice time in Trysil but wish that I could ski better so that I could fully enjoy the resort. There are plenty more things to do here in the summer as well, so I could imagine returning then 🙂


Snapshots from Stavanger

Hope you are all having a fabulous week! 🙂 As promised, here are some pictures and thoughts from my trip to Stavanger 😉

View of Stavanger from Valbergtårnet (Valberg tower)

Stavanger is a compact, coastal city. The water lends an atmosphere of leisure to the city and provides a calming presence as you walk around the shops and restaurants.

You can get a great view of the town and harbour from Valbergtårnet (Valberg tower). Strategically situated on a hilltop at the centre of the city, the tower was where watchmen would keep a lookout for fires and alert the townspeople. Now, it is home to the Watchmen’s Museum.

Stavanger is known as the oil capital of Norway. The lucrative petroleum and energy sector attract people from around the world to this region, resulting in a multicultural city. Because of this strong connection to oil, the Norwegian Oil Museum is located here.

Norsk Oljemuseum / The Norwegian Oil Museum, Stavanger, Norway

Things to keep in mind:

  • The west coast of Norway is notorious for rain. Stavanger is no exception. Be ready for your umbrella to break (as mine did) in the strong wind.
  • You have to strongly indicate that you want to take a bus. The driver will not slow down if you do not wave to him as soon as you see the bus approach the stop.

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂