From charity bike rides to 56-mile cross-country skiing races, Pippa Middleton is always up for a challenge - especially an adventurous one. The little sister to the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, has found her latest string of adventures in Norway, where the 31-year-old recently embarked on an action-packed holiday that saw the sporty brunette stay in a “dream Norwegian mountain ski lodge,” fishing, skiing in the Sunnmore Alps, sailing and experiencing a snow spa.
Writing about the account of her whirlwind holiday in The Telegraph, Pippa reveals that the first stop was the chic boutique Hotel Brosundet in the sea port of Alesand, which was previously a “packing house for the busy klipfish trade”.
Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Maki, was a highlight, she writes, with, “fresh crayfish that melted in the mouth, …mussels, crab and crispy potato skins, followed by krea, a local dish of meaty cod on a bed of creamy mashed potato, with ox and truffle jus, celeriac and caramelised onions.”
After a traditional Scandi breakfast, Kate’s sister enjoyed the breathtaking Norwegian landscape dotted with sun-capped mountains, and salty air, during a boat ride to Hjorundfjorden, which, she says, is “renowned for its lovely hotels, and often voted one of the most beautiful places to ski in the world”.
It seems the holiday went from strength to strength – the next night on the itinerary saw Pippa stay at the remote Sagafjord Hotel, which she calls “the dream Norwegian mountain ski lodge”.
The “whistlestop tour” saw the pretty brunette indulge in one of her favourite sports, skiing, as well as try her hand at cod fishing, and experience a snow spa at the Hotel Union, situated by the famous Geiranger Fjord, a Unesco World Heritage Site.
She also stayed in the first landscape hotel in Europe, the Juvet Landscape Hotel, which is set in a forest wilderness by the River Valdolla and designed to appreciate the surrounding raw nature – artificial lights are not encouraged.
Pippa concludes her travel diary with a recommendation she was repeatedly given by the locals throughout her stay: “The fjords and Sunnmore Alps are breathtaking in winter, but I was told, over and over, ‘Come back in summer’, when a different beauty takes hold.”
She adds: “It is a place to which, if you love the outdoors, you’ve simply got to go”.