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Cycling in Golsfjellet is easy and family-friendly fun for all involved Photo: Nils Erik Bjørholt
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Hemsedal and Golsfjellet

A mountain paradise halfway between Oslo and Bergen, Hemsedal and Golsfjellet can offer excellent hiking, biking and fishing, among other things.

Whether you prefer to be active or to relax during your free time, Hemsedal and Golsfjellet has just what you need. Try tough summit hikes or family-friendly mountain walks, cycling mountain roads and paths, or race down the slopes at Hemsedal Bike Park. Pet animals at a mountain pasture farm or perhaps spend a week on horseback or go flyfishing for big trout. Let the kids take delight in trout biting at the worm on the end of their line or swim in bracing mountain lakes. In both Hemsedal and Golsfjellet you can enjoy your free time exactly as you please.

Mountain and offroad biking

With more than 600 kilometres of waymarked routes on good mountain roads and exciting mountain tracks, families can feel sure to find the route that suits them best. Mountain bikers can enjoy miles and miles of good, easily accessible mountain tracks suitable for beginners and experts alike. The downhill park at Hemsedal Ski Centre has challenging and exciting routes for mountain bikers who love speed. Brochures and cycling maps for the Hemsedal, Golsfjellet and Valdres area are available at the tourist information offices, accommodation enterprises and in sports shops.

Hemsila, a fly fisherman's dream

Hemsila is known as one of the best trout rivers in Scandinavia, and has special facilities for fly fishing. Crystal-clear water, a well-cultivated stock of brown trout as well as the unique scenery along the river make fishing here a experience you won't soon forget. You can use other fishing equipment outside the fly fishing zones and in the mountains, if you prefer. There are many easily accessible mountain lakes and rivers that are suitable for anglers of all ages. 

Mountain walks for the whole family

Whether you want to climb some of the highest summits south of the Jotunheimen mountains or go for a ramble and enjoy the view, you will find waymarked, prepared paths that take you safely to your destination and back. Well-known summits such as Skogshorn, Harahorn, Høgeloft, Hydnekjeften, Storefjelltoppen and Nystølvarden are just a few of the many options in the Hemsedal and Golsfjellet area.

Top 20 summits – Hemsedal
Waymarked walking trails to 20 fantastic summits in the Hemsedal area, categorised by degree of difficulty, from a one-hour walk to full-day hikes up to an altitude of 1,900 metres. Each summit has its own badge, and children in particular enjoy collecting them. This is Hemsedal's most popular activity, with more than 25,000 visitors every year.

Top 11 summits – Golsfjellet
Top 11 is a summit trip programme especially designed for the whole family. Free maps and registration cards are available at hotels, sports shops and in boxes on the summits themselves. If you register at five or more summits, you will be included in a draw in which you can win prizes.

Get to know the animals in the mountains

Take the children on a visit to a summer pasture farm. In Hemsedal, you can visit Ulsåkstølen summer pasture farm, where you can pet the animals, try your hand at farm work and baking and enjoy a hearty meal of authentic mountain farm food. At Golsfjellet, you can see the tractor Gråtufs, feed the animals at Barnas Bondegård or go on horse-riding trips. Alternatively, you can watch the deer at Hemsedal red deer farm and the dogs at Hemsedal Huskies.

Boating and water activities

With many small and large mountain lakes, the area is a dream for people who like canoeing and kayaking. You can hire rowboats, motor boats, canoes or kayaks at several places in the area.

If you would like to go for a swim, feel free to just jump into a bracing mountain lake or a small waterfall – or enjoy the water slides at a water amusement park. You will also find many natural bathing spots, in addition to both indoor and outdoor swimming pools at many hotels and campsites.

Stay, eat and shop

Live and eat like a lord at a luxury hotel, or stay at a friendly campsite. There are plenty of places to stay and good eating options, so you can choose exactly what you prefer. The same applies to shopping, as there are several shopping centres and specialist shops in both Hemsedal and in Gol town centre.

How to get there

  • By car: From Oslo 222 kilometres. From Bergen 276 kilometres.
  • By air: Oslo Airport, Bergen AirportFagernes Airport. From there, take connecting buses or trains, or rent a car.
  • By bus: There are several daily departures from Oslo and Bergen.
  • By train: 3 hours from Oslo and 4 hours from Bergen, several times per day.
  • By sea: Color Line, Stena Line, Fjord LineDFDS. From there, take connecting buses or trains, or rent a car.

Accommodation

Where to stay in Hemsedal 
Where to stay in Gol

Contact information 

Hemsedal Tourist Office
Phone: +47 32 05 50 30
Email: info@hemsedal.com
Web: hemsedal.com 

Gol Reisemål
Phone: +47 32 02 97 00
Email: gol@golinfo.no 
Web: golinfo.no 

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Last updated:  2014-07-01
In Hemsedal there are 21 marked cycle routes to follow - Photo: Tommy Aslaksen
In Hemsedal there are 21 marked cycle routes to follow
Try downhill cycling in Hemsedal - Photo: www.hemsedal.com
Try downhill cycling in Hemsedal
Hemsedal is also known as the alps of Scandinavia - Photo: Nils Erik Bjørholt
Hemsedal is also known as the alps of Scandinavia
Rjukandefossen is an impressive and powerful two-part waterfall - Photo: Nils Erik Bjørholt
Rjukandefossen is an impressive and powerful two-part waterfall
Golsfjellet mountain area can offer excellent hiking opportunities for all ages - Photo: Thorgeir Røer
Golsfjellet mountain area can offer excellent hiking opportunities for all ages
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Cycling in Golsfjellet is easy and family-friendly fun for all involved - Photo: Nils Erik Bjørholt

Hemsedal and Golsfjellet

A mountain paradise halfway between Oslo and Bergen, Hemsedal and Golsfjellet can offer excellent hiking, biking and fishing, among other things.

Hemsedal and Golsfjellet

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