The main best hiking season in Nesbyen is July - August. In June the terrain can be wet in the high mountains. In September there can be both a summer and a fall climate, but nice fall colours. From around mid-October there can be snow.
Hallingnatten – from Imlan
Bare mountain, steady incline and some flats - 950 – 1,315 meters above sea level
The whole hike runs through beautiful mountain terrain. Cross the river at Imlan and follow the trail southwest. Splendid views most of the hike, especially from Nordre Rantetjern to Øyvatn and Hallingnatten, the highest peak in the municipality of Nes. On clear days you can see from Hardangerjøkulen in the west to Hallingskarvet, Reineskarvet, Hemsedalsfjellet and Skogshorn in the east. Beyond that you can catch a glimpse of Jotunheimen. Gaustatoppen’s characteristic shape towers in the south.
Distance: Approximately 6 kilometers
Time: Approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes
Starting point: Imlan Stølslag
Directions to starting point: From rv. 7 at Bromma, take the road to Eggedal. After approximately 7 kilometers turn onto the farm road towards Myte/Imlan (toll road) and drive for approximately 7,5 kilometres to Imlan.
Lake Reinsjøen from Buvassli
High mountain terrain, 930 - 1,192 meters above sea level
Park by the gravel deposit at the summer farm Buvassli seter. Follow the road for approximately 100 meters and get on the trail by the old shed. Follow the trail and keep to the left when it forks (some marshland) up Buvasslia (1 kilometre). Keep going over some rocky flats overlooking Lake Rantetjern, before the incline to the outlet of Lake Svarleintjern.
Follow the trail upwards until you can see Lake Reinsjøen, approximately 1 kilometer. In the late summer there is a good chance that you will encounter reindeer herds. Just sit down quietly and watch the animals. Follow the same route back. Alternative route back: Follow the heights from Lake Svarleintjern to the outlet of Lake Øyvatn, and keep going down the trail on the north side of Lake Søndre Rantetjern and down to the summer farm Gørbu seter. Follow the road and then the trail back to the summer farm Buvassli seter.
Distance: 12 kilometers
Time: 3 hours
Starting point: Buvassli
Parking: Parking space at gravel deposit
Road decription: Drive rv. 7 from Nesbyen to Bromma, get on the road to Eggedal. After app. 7 km, get on the farm road towards Myte/Imle (toll bar). After the car parking at Myte, go left on the road in to Buvassli. Drive almost to the end of the road.
Round trip of Timmermannsstølen - Nystølen
Small car roads in farm and cabin area - 950 – 1,030 meters above sea level
Take the road to Kuluset from Nystølen. It is possible to hike to Kulusetberget from the summer farm at Kuluset. The road continues through a right turn and forks after approximately 600 meters. A waymarked path to Bøgaset starts on the left-hand side, but your route continues to the right and follows the road for approximately 500 meters.
A bit up a steep hill there is a small road to the left leading to Timmermannsstølen (road barred with chains). Right after Timmermannsstølen you will find the road that leads to Trommenatten (Øyvassrunden). These trails join to the next crossroad and back to the starting point. Be sure to follow the wooden sign at the last crossroad (not the bicycle sign), the bike route is a little longer.
Distance: 3.5 kilometers
Time: Approximately 1 hour
Starting point: Trondrudmarka
Parking: Nystølen or Storhalle
Recommended stop: Kulusetberget
Directions: From Nesbyen, follow Rukkedalsvegen for 8 kilometres towards Tunhovd. Then turn left over the river and drive towards Nystølen for approximately 3 kilometers, then turn to the right towards Nystølen and drive for approximately 5 kilometers.
Øyvassrunden - Nystølen
Mountain terrain - 970 - 1,150 meters above sea level
Follow the marked trail from Nystølen over Båtstjernlia. The trail forks after Båtstjernene. Here you can take the shortcut to the left, it will take you back to the route right above the crossroads to Trommenatten. The trail inwards meets up with Drifteslepa. The route forks on a small mound just before the hill up to Åkrefjell (1,208 meters above sea level).
Great view from the heights between Åkrefjellvannet and Øyvatn. The trail forks in the steepest hill by Øyvatn. Go left towards Timmermannsstølen. You will cross some mounds and marshes (the marsh trail is reinforced with planks, but good shoes are recommended). This is where the shortcut joins the trail. Further down, get on a grassy car road to Timmermannsstølen. From there the starting point is not far away.
Distance: 10 kilometres if you start at Jordeslivegen, 11 kilometers if you start at Nystølen
Time: 3 - 5 hours
Starting point: Trondrudmarka
Parking: Nystølen or Storhalle
Recommended stops: Åkrefjell and Trommenatten
Directions: From Nesbyen, follow Rukkedalsvegen for 8 kilometers towards Tunhovd. Then turn left over the river and drive towards Nystølen for approximately 3 kilometers, then turn to the right towards Nystølen and drive for approximately 5 kilometres.
Dynarunden/Bergstien - Myking
Birch forest and bare mountain - 960 meters above sea level - 1,212 meters above sea level
Start by the locked bar on Skålsrudstølvegen. Follow the sign "Bergstien". The trail runs over the heights south of the small lake Ausa, follows the heights onwards, and passes south and west of the peak Butten. Onwards up on Vesledyna and Dyna (1,212 metres above sea level). Go back down towards Steinstølen, walk past Brisketjørnan, the south end of Svartevatn and over Holmevassnatten and back. The old sledge trails from Western Norway used to run over Skålsrudstølen.
Distance: 13.7 kilometres
Time: Approximately 4 hours
Starting point: Skålsrudstølen
Good rest stops: By the outlet of Øvre Fiskebutten, Dyna, Svartevatn, Holmevassnatten
Recommended stops: Mseveral good fishing waters, remember your fishing licence. Butten, Dyna and Holmevassnatten.
Forest, slight incline - 900 – 1,000 meters above sea level
The hike is a small part of an old sledge road that went from Aurland in Western Norway to the areas of Kongsberg and Drammen in Eastern Norway.
The hike follows the stream Driftevassbekken upwards. Cross the small bridge over the stream after approximately 200 meters. After approximately 3 kilometers you will pass a giant pine tree, the Kvilingsfuro. Continue walking and you get to Kvilingsberget where the view to Hemsedalsfjella, Reineskarvet and Hallingskarvet is really good. The sledge road ends where it joins the trail to Åkrefjell.
Distance: 5.3 kilometers
Time: 1 hour
Starting point: Jordeslivegen
Parking: Along the car road
Recommended stops: Kvilingsfuro and Kvilingsberget.
Directions: Drive towards Tunhovd from Nesbyen, turn off to Jordesli after approximately 15 kilometers.
Postvegen (the postal route) to Garnås
Medium challenging forest walk with some steep parts - 150 – 600 meters above sea level
Postvegen is the oldest known road up to Garnåsgrenda from the main road through the valley. It is several hundred years old, but was named Postvegen when it was used for postal delivery during the nineteenth century.
Start off at Dokken/Ulvund by road rv. 7. Just after you start, you will get to an info sign. The road runs along Dokkelva River. There is an old dancing place just by the rest stop. Continue to Garnås. According to legend, King Hadding lived here when he ruled over Hallingdal. Hallingdal was originally called Haddingjadalr, named after King Hadding.
Distance: Approximately 3 kilometers
Time: 45 minutes
Starting point: Dokken by rv. 7
Parking: By Dokken, approximately 1 kilometer after the sign to Garnås on the left side
Recommended stops: Brekkesteinen - large moraine from the ice age and an interesting geological area. Kitilstugu - ruins of an old farmyard, with nice views of lower Hallingdal and the meteorite crater in Garnås. King Hadding’s kingdom at the peak.
Directions: Drive from Nesbyen towards Gol.