Newly groomed ski pistes, beautiful, powdered snow in the hills, rock-hard skating ice on the lakes. Travelling to Norway for this year's winter holidays? In the Stavanger region, you can find your winter's paradise.

The snowy landscapes are only a short travel time away

We don't always have snow in the lowlands, however, the distance to frolicking possibilities in the snow is short.

Brekko, for instance, is only 45 kilometres from Stavanger. The area is an ideal outdoor space for families with runs for sledging and cross-country ski pistes. You can borrow snow sliders for the kids on site. Also, you don't need to travel with all your skiing equipment, everything you need can be rented at, just remember to do so two days in advance. There are facilities for cooking food over an open fire as well as benches and tables for picnicking.

Stavtjørn is another popular ski destination, some 80 kilometres from Stavanger with slalom facilities and family areas for both skiing and sledging.

Sirdal – a winter's paradise

In less than two hours you will reach Sirdal from Stavanger, with winter activities in abundance. Around 200 kilometres of prepped cross-country pistes for all different levels are scattered all over Sirdal, suitable for both long and short ski expeditions. Load your backpack like the Norwegians would do it; with oranges and Kvikklunsj chocolate (similar to KitKat, but it's not the same :)) and go cross-country skiing.

Additionally, choose between four ski centres from north to south in the Sirdal valley if you prefer slalom or snowboarding. Both Sirdal Ski Centre and Ådneram ski centre have dedicated areas for kids and heated areas for breaks. As you might expect, you can rent skis and equipment on-site.

Stay at a cabin or a hotel

Rent a cabin or an apartment with Sirdal Hytteformidling or Sirdal Resort. Sirdal høyfjellshotell is also a popular mountain hotel, with an excellent restaurant, cosy lounges with comfy couches near the fireplace, and it has an indoor pool! Frikvarteret at Ådneram is an ideal place for larger groups to stay the night. Byrkjedalstunet is another traditional hotel to stay the night.

Ski bus

The ski bus to Sirdal is easy and comfortable transport for those who come without a car.

Polar dogs in Sirdal

At Sirdal Huskyfarm, explore family-friendly activities, such as dog sledging, visiting the dog kennel or going on family expeditions - they offer adventures with and without accommodation.

Experience Sirdal in exciting ways

Sirdal Safari and Adventures give you the best of the best in terms of adventures, nature, food and culture. Their base is located at Kvæven in Sirdal, where they start their guided tours with experienced nature guides. They furthermore offer traditional food at Kvæven cafe as well as accommodation in museum buildings and glamping at Sirdal mountain museum. Or perhaps a night in an eco-lodge sounds tempting?

Bon appétit in Sirdal!

The Sirdal region boasts a restaurant with perhaps the best view in the region. The restaurant is built on top of the hill Hoppmannsknuten, a hill popularly called Slottet (the castle) by the locals. Naturally, it became the name of the restaurant - Slottet i Sirdal (The Castle of Sirdal). Enjoy waffles, coffee and hot chocolate here after your ski trip, or splurge on a lavish evening meal.