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Experience a unique flora in Geilo, Norway - Photo: Marius Rua
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Key facts about Geilo

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

District: Hol
County: Buskerud
Mountain district: Hallingdal

Altitude: 798 meters above sea level.
Hallingskarvet Mountain Plateau: 1,933 meters above sea level.
Nearest cities: Oslo (245 kilometers) and Bergen (239 kilometers).
Airport: Fagernes (1 hour and 45 minutes by car from Geilo).
Oslo Gardermoen (243 kilometers).
The Bergen Railway: Geilo station in the village centre, approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes from Oslo and Bergen.

About Geilo

Geilo has a population of 2,500 inhabitants and is located halfway between Norway's two main cities, Oslo and Bergen.

Geilo has developed into a popular destination – winter, spring, summer and autumn.

Here you will find a selection of restaurants, shops and activities and a wealth of accommodation options. From Geilo it is also only a short distance to the fjords of Western Norway, and the journey by train from Geilo station is an experience in itself.

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History

It is over 100 years since Geilo welcomed its first ski tourists. As early as 1867, the first English tourist, Lord Garvagh from London, came to the area around Hallingskarvet. In 1880 his son had the well-known Lordehytta built at Folarskaret on Hallingskarvet.

Modern ski tourism began in 1935 when one of the country’s first slalom races was organised in Geilo. That was the beginning of the exciting development that has brought about today’s modern, all-round sports resort.

Some of the greatest events that have marked the development of Geilo have been the opening of the Bergen Railway in 1909, the establishment of an active ski school in the 1950s, the first chair lift, Geilo Taubane, which opened in 1954 and Norway’s first piste preparation machine in 1972.

Geilo’s first hotel, Gjeilo Hotell (now Geilo Hotel), was established in 1880. Later came Haugs Hotel and in 1909 – the same year as the opening of the Bergen Railway – Dr. Holms Hotell.

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Last updated:  2014-09-22
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Experience a unique flora in Geilo, Norway - Photo: Marius Rua

Key facts about Geilo

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

Key facts about Geilo

Source: Visitnorway

About Geilo

Tourist information in Geilo

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

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