Over one hundred young cross-country skiers joined the Royal Family for the celebrations at the Skimuseet on Saturday, 11 March 2017, as part of the Holmenkollen Ski Festival.

Princess Märtha Louise watches as King Harald adds some sauce. Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen, Det kongelige hoff

The Pølsefest (sausage festival) was held in honour of King Harald’s 80th birthday at the Skimuseet (Ski Museum).

Two skiungdommen representatives, Lars Young Vik from Vestre Aker Skiklubb in Oslo and Frida Haugskott from BUVIK IL in Sor-Trondelag, gave a speech before sausages and bread, soft drink and cinnamon buns were served.

The Royal Family had an opportunity to speak to several ski enthusiasts during the event.

Skiforeningen, the Norwegian Ski Federation (Norges Skiforbund) and the Norwegian Confederation of Sports organised the King Harald Youth Relay as part of the celebrations.

Skiforeningen Chairman Jon Hindar presented King Harald with the King Olav Trophy on 11 March 2017, which is given to individuals who have made special effort to promote skiing at an international level.

The trophy is a miniature copy of a statue of King Olav skiing, accompanied by his dog Troll, which stands at the Holmenkollen ski resort, created by sculptor Annasif Døhlen, which was unveiled 30 years ago.

The King Olav Trophy. Photo: Liv Anette Luane, Det kongelige hoff

King Harald presented the trophy in February 2016 to the former organiser of the Holmenkollen Ski Festival and Vice President of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Sverre Seeberg.

The Royal Family have been attending the Holmenkollen Ski Festival every year which was held this year from 10 to 12 March.

Earlier that day, the King and his sister Princess Astrid Mrs Ferner watched some events, including the team jumping.

On Sunday, cross-country skiers competed in the King Harald youth relay.

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