We were a family of 6, four adults and two children and the four bedroom cabin worked well for us for the four nights we stayed in July. All four bedrooms are on the ground level -- two with two single beds and two with bunk beds. The cabin was about twenty years old as were the furnishings, but it was neat and clean. There are great views from the cabins, but you are in a ski area in summer. There's not much going on so you have to find your own activities, such as hiking or kayaking on the local lake.
There is one toilet room, and one shower/sink room which we had to work out sharing with six people.
The wi-fi was only available in the hotel reception area. The cabin did have a TV with a choice of stations, most in Norwegian. The hotel has a pool, but it's not heated. The kids didn't mind but the adults thought it was too cold.
The kitchen was small but had enough kitchen items to get us through the stay. It did have a small dishwasher and a stove with oven and broiler.
There's an outdoor deck with chairs, which was a great place to have a happy hour at the end of the day and view the snow covered mountains.
There wasn't a washing machine.
Since we visited in July, sunrise was at 4AM and sunset was at 11PM but it never really got dark. It would have helped to have curtains with blackout lining and also window screens, as we needed to leave the windows open for ventilation but it let the bugs in.
In the summer, both sheep and cows graze throughout the resort area, which is quaint at first, but the bells they wear ring all day and night and they all leave droppings everywhere.
There was a grocery store right at the top of the road, very convenient but a bit limited.The main hotel did serve meals and offered breakfast, and a dinner buffet for 300 Kroner a person. Bring money, it's expensive in Norway!
We took a day trip to Lillehammer and saw the Maihaugen open air museum of 200 historic Norwegian buildings. Highly recommended for adults as well as children.
You need to clean the cabin before you leave, including emptying the dish washer, which took a long time to cycle through, so plan on spending some time on this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gala Hogfjellshotell & Cabins is located in the heart of Gudbrandsdalen, some 930 metres above sea level. With stunning views over lake Galavannet and the Jotunheimen mountains, it is ideal for mountain adventures - all year round. At Gala you can enjoy skiing in winter, explore the lush, green scenery in spring, breathe fresh mountain air in summer or take in the spectacular colours of autumn. If you opt for a cabin holiday or short-break, you are guaranteed plenty of atmosphere mixed with the comfort of modern facilities. You can then return to everyday life feeling refreshed and rested, with renewed energy and wonderful memories. All cabins are within easy reach of Gala’s skiing facilities. Simply step outside, put on your skis and enjoy the 15 alpine runs or 230 kilometres of cross-country ski trails. Galaseter offers Gala’s most affordable accommodation. From Rondane and Jotunheimen, the two apartment types available, you can enjoy breathtaking views over Gala’s vast countryside, lake Galavannet or the Jotunheimen mountains. All apartments are newly refurbished and are equipped with everything required for a self-catering holiday. ... more less
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- Gala Hogfjellshotel Hotel Gala