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Hiking at the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, Norway - Photo: Bente Holsing
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Hiking at the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, Norway Photo: Bente Holsing

Hiking in Geilo

Recommended hiking areas around Geilo include the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau and Geilotoppen Mountain.

Tour suggestions

Here are three recommended hikes in the Geilo area:

1. Geilo - Prestholtskarvet

  • Geilo – Prestholtskarvet (1,859 meters above sea level)
  • Duration:  Approximately 4 hours each way
  • Distance: 8 kilometers from Geilotoppen to Prestholtseter + ascent

Start in Geilo and hike up to Geilotoppen (1,078 meters above sea level). From here a signposted path leads west through easy terrain, past Gullsteinhovda and Urrundberget. The last kilometers follow the road to Prestholt.

Prestholt café is open in July and August and on weekends throughout autumn. A stop is recommended here before the real ascent starts. There is a 600-meter altitude difference between Prestholt and the top of Prestholtskarvet, a hike that usually takes about 1.5 hours. The route is weather-dependent, and should only be tackled in clear weather. It is possible to travel by car to Prestholtseter (toll road.)

2. Geilo - Ustetind

  • Geilo (Tuftebrua) – Ustetind (1,376 meters above sea level)
  • Duration:  Approximately 3.5 hours each way
  • Distance: 10 kilometers 

Family-friendly hike on the Hardangervidda.

Ustetind lies in the northeast of Hardangervidda, and provides a fantastic view southwards over the mountain plateau. On clear days you can see Gaustatoppen Mountain far to the south, and Hallingskarvet to the north.

The hike from Geilo takes about 3.5 hours, but Ustetind can also be reached from Ustaoset or the private tourist cabin Tuva. The ascent from Ustaoset takes well over 2 hours, the descent about 1.5 hours. The ascent from Tuva takes about 1.5 hours, the descent about 1 hour. The hike is suitable for most children with previous hiking experience.

The path starts at Tuftebrua, in the far west of Ustedalsfjorden. The bridge Tuftebrua is an unusual log construction. From here on, the path ascends steeply up the birch-clad hillside. Above the tree line you will be rewarded for your effort - there is a fantastic view over Ustedalen and Geilo.

The path runs southwest through open, easy terrain. A steady ascent starts before Lake Tindevatnet (1,264 meters above sea level). When the lake is behind you a new, shorter ascent awaits before you reach the top. Remember to bring food and drink, as the café at Ustetind is no longer open.

3. Children's route

Go on a family search for the forest nymph Huldra. This hike is one of many activities in "Eventyrferden". Perhaps we will find Huldra in the cave? This is an exciting guided hike for people of all ages. Meeting point: Tourist office in Geilo center. The trip starts at 10 am and finishes at 1 pm. Tel: +47 97 54 18 60 for more information.

Seasons

Winter: November - April
Summer: June - August
Autumn: August - October

Safety

The area around Hallingskarvet is among Norway’s most exposed, so it is important to be prepared for wind, thick fog and rain.

Maps and information

Maps are available at the tourist information. For other summer routes, see Ugland’s map over Hardangervidda, Geilo or Hallingskarvet.

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Last updated:  2013-07-16
Hiking in Hallingskarvet, Norway - Photo: Marius Rua
Hiking in Hallingskarvet, Norway
Tuftebrua Bridge in the west of Ustedalsfjorden, Norway - Photo: Marius Rua
Tuftebrua Bridge in the west of Ustedalsfjorden, Norway

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Hiking at the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, Norway - Photo: Bente Holsing

Hiking in Geilo

Recommended hiking areas around Geilo include the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau and Geilotoppen Mountain.

Hiking in Geilo

Source: Visitnorway

Hardangervidda Mountain Guiding

Bring your walking boots and join a guided hike on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau between Oslo and Bergen.

Summer activities in Geilo

Hike from the top of Geilolia, join a riding trip, try river rafting in Numedalslågen or go off-road biking - all this is possible in the Geilo area.

Tour suggestions in Geilo

Here are some suggestions for excursions in and around Geilo. Drive your own car, use a bicycle or go for a journey with the Bergen or Flåm Railways.

Winter in Geilo

Geilo offers a selection of family-friendly slopes, some of which are floodlit at night. There are 341 miles of prepared cross-country trails.
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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.

Key facts about Geilo

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

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