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 🙂


The FireLake experience

“Created by nature, inspired by fire”

Fire played a vital role to the Vikings, not only for survival purposes like meal preparation, but also in discussions, folklore, and even death. Viking funerals often involved cremation, whether the dead were buried in the ground or sent out into the open sea. At the heart of Stavanger, where the Vikings once roamed, FireLake Grill House returns to these roots by providing a unique grill experience that encourages amicable conversation and familial sharing.

“Connecting ancient Norwegian food culture to you”

You can tell that FireLake takes pride in its vision because the staff takes time to explain the restaurant concept to you—how everything, from the name to the menu items to the portions, revolves around the idea of fire uniting people. Here, you can really take time to enjoy your meal and your company.

Viking "Mjød" bread at FireLake Stavanger

Viking “Mjød” bread was traditionally made from water, spices and honey.

Hand-picked limousin sirloin and 12 hours brisket with smoked chili mayonnaise at FireLake Stavanger

Hand-picked limousin sirloin and 12-hour brisket with smoked chili mayonnaise

From the impeccable service to the delectable taste and presentation of food, FireLake provides an outstanding experience for locals and visitors to Stavanger alike. I highly recommend the 12-hour brisket with FireLake rub (pictured above).

If I ever visit Stavanger again, FireLake is definitely a stop I will make! 😉