If you are looking for a family summer holiday with a difference, look no further.
Trysil is a beautiful forest and mountain village, only a 2 hour drive from Oslo airport. Perhaps better known as Norway’s largest ski resort, the area has a lot on offer in Summer as well. In fact its inspiring nature has fostered some of Norways finest authors and artists and is undoubtly a destination to consider for your next holiday. Let me explain…
Sports and Activities
The number one reason to visit Trysil in Summer is the brilliant bicycling facilities, Norway’s largest mountain biking area, suitable from beginners to professionals. In other words, an activity for the whole family with no previous experience is required.
The climbing park ‘Høyt og Lavt’ (High & Low) offers endless of tree top adventures and forest segways. For the even more adventurous, through 10 kilometers of the wildest rapids, rafting in Trysil is challenging, exciting and beautiful.
If you prefer to stay grounded, a good old fashioned hike will take you through a vast forest landscape, alongside rivers, water falls and lakes and up the mountains, offering splendid views. Or how about horse hacking with Trysil Equestrian Centre , from 10 minutes children’s sessions to a full weekend, riding into the wildness in a group?
Or simply unwind with mountain golf.
Bicycling trails in Trysil.
Horseback riding with Trysil Equestrian Centre, up the mountains with the backdrop of the the midnight sun.
Fresh water lakes and rivers invites to a dip on a hot summers day.
Guided wild life experiences
Did you know that in Trysil the locals say fish(e) instead of the Norwegian word fiske? Perhaps some english influence there, but nevertheless, the guided fishing experience is a must when visiting Trysil. We recommend guided drift boat trips from half a day up to drifts that last a whole day, long into the evening, with Call of the wild. Several companies also offers guided elk safari. I recommend asking the hotel reception to book this.
Trysil Bygdetun, founded in 1901, is located in Trysil town centre and is considered the country’s oldest rural museum, with the oldest building is from about 1650. Throughout the summer the museum hosts family friendly event with storytelling, horseback riding, traditional food etc. We also recommend visiting the Ski Museum, which is an interactive experience, especially fun for children.
Why not teach your kids about the concept from farm to table with a visit to a local summer farm, up in the mountains. Visit Bryn Ysteri, located on a 200 years old farm, to see the goats in their natural environment and find out how cheeses are made. There’s a small farm shop and a charming cafe to visit as well. Do not leave with out the Norwegian brown (goats) cheese and their version of the feta cheese is also a must for ‘things to take home’.
Trysil best bars & restaurants
Knettsetra, a charming cluster of historical buildings up in the mountains, is simply a must visit. They serve amazing lunch after a mountain hike – or head up in the evening for a fondue night. Our favourite hang out is Bar Trysil, located in a converted old barn in the village centre. They offer simple but amazingly tasty food, served alongside local brewed beer – and lingonjuice!
So, where to stay?
With adventurous days out and about there’s nothing better than to stay in comfort in a 4-star hotel, centrally located in the midst of everything, next to the lift which will take you up to the mountains, the cycling trails start outside hotel and it’s only a short stroll to the village centre with shops, cafes and museums. If you’ve forgot to pack anything for your adventure holiday this hotel has in fact its own sports shop conveniently located next to the check in Reception desk.
Sas Radisson Blu offers comfortable rooms, from cozy standard double rooms and connected family rooms to wonderful penthouse suites with amazing views to accommodate the whole family, or group of friends. The hotel breakfast is among the best I ever have had, with everything you could wish for; from freshly baked bread and pastries, smoothies, müsli and yoghurts to hot food – and of course yummy pancakes. There’s four in-house restaurants so you can have a different dining experience every night. My best recommendation is Brasserie T with local produce served with a french twist. The pizza restaurant is a strong runner up, and the Trysil pizza with moose meat, mushrooms, local goat cheese (from the cheese farm listed above) is arguably the best pizza I’ve ever had.
If you still have some energy left in the evening there’s also a bowling alley on the basement floor. And there’s a popular water world, which provides endless of entertainment especially for the children, complete with boulder climbing wall and a surf-wave facility. So don’t forget to pack swimming costumes.
And before I forget… the SPA, a sacred haven for body and soul. Pamper yourself with a facial, body-wrap, massage or exfoliating treatment, or unwind in the hot pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam room, and aromatic laconium to emerge from your vacation feeling peaceful and renewed.
Then ending the night in front of the fireplace in the lobby bar, before a good nights sleep – as tomorrows adventure awaits!
Sas Radisson Blu, Trysil
Brasserie T, our favourite restaurant, Sas Radisson Blu, Trysil
From the UK, you can fly with British Airways, SAS, Norwegian or Ryan Air. Tickets from £9.99,- per person one way.
These suggestions are personally tried and tested and several of the ideas above is on our list for our own family holiday to Trysil this Summer. If you have any further questions or would like to add anything to this post, please comment below. x