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Hol Old Church, Norway - Photo: Marius Rua
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Hol Old Church, Norway Photo: Marius Rua

Attractions in Geilo

Experience Geilo as it used to be century ago. Visit stave churches, local museums and learn about the knife and tool manufacturing in the area.

Knife and tool production

The blacksmith's trade has long traditions in Geilo. Today's industry has grown from the earlier farm and regional smiths. Brusletto & Co was established in 1896 and in 1946 began Geilo Jernvarnefabrikk with cutlery.

Today, knives, axes and tools from Geilo are exported worldwide. The knife and tool factories have shops where products may be purchased.

The Geilo Smithy

The smithy houses a museum that portrays Geilo's iron industry development through 2,000 years. Groups can order in advance a storytelling theatre - "From coal-burning pits to robots" with instructive and humorous insights into the history of production from its beginning to today.

Geilojordet

This is a farmyard with old buildings from the 18th and 19th century in the centre of Geilo. A very pleasant place to visit with an outdoor café and various activities.

Cultural monuments

Around Lake Ustedalsfjorden you can follow a 12-kilometre long path and experience cultural monuments such as:

  • Fekjo Culture and Heritage Park
    A burial place from the Viking Age was found at Ustedalsfjorden. There are also several coal-burning pits that where part of an iron extraction site. An outdoor sculpture exhibition opened in 2001. Read more about Fekjo Culture and Heritage Park 
  • Tufte Bridge
    Bridge built in the traditional log construction method – a true copy of the old listed bridge from 1884. More info about Tufte Bridge
  • Hol Old Church 
    Hol Old Church is beautifully situated by Lake Holsfjorden, 15 minutes from Geilo. The church was originally a small stave church, but it has been expanded several times. The first expansion dates from the 15th century. The second large expansion took place around 1798-1799. Of particular interest are the church living room and the priest living room. The latter was built in 1844 to accommodate the priests on their official journeys to Hol.
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Last updated:  2012-07-12

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Hol Old Church, Norway - Photo: Marius Rua

Attractions in Geilo

Experience Geilo as it used to be century ago. Visit stave churches, local museums and learn about the knife and tool manufacturing in the area.

Attractions in Geilo

Source: Visitnorway

About Geilo

Tourist information in Geilo

The tourist information office is located in the centre of Geilo, and provides all the information you need to make the most of your stay in the area.

Key facts about Geilo

Geilo has 2,500 inhabitants. The village centre is located 798 metres above sea level.

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