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WINTER IN GEILO

A true winter wonderland

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Discover Geilo in summer

Alpine skiing in Geilo .
Photo: Vegard Breie
Alpine skiing in Geilo .
Photo: Vegard Breie

Have fun – together!

The ski resorts in Geilo, centrally located between east and west, are among the largest and most versatile in the country.

With a total of 40 slopes, both fearless youngsters and total pros will find excellent skiing opportunities here.

Alpine skiing in Vestlia, Geilo .
Photo: Paul Arthur Lockhart
Alpine skiing in Vestlia, Geilo .
Photo: Paul Arthur Lockhart

Skilled ski instructors are happy to teach you how to master that elegant curve.

Ski school in Geilo .
Photo: Vegard Breie
Ski school in Geilo .
Photo: Vegard Breie

The Hallingskarvet ski resort is particularly great for daredevils who like to disappear in-between trees and enjoy pristine powder.

Alpine skiing in Geilo .
Photo: Emil Eriksson
Alpine skiing in Geilo .
Photo: Vegard Breie

But skiing can be more than just going fast downhill.

Strap on a pair of cross-country skis to explore more of Geilo! Well-prepared tracks lead the way in every direction, and you’ll have no trouble finding a route that suits your skills.

Cross-country skiing in Geilo .
Photo: Yngve Ask
Cross-country skiing in Geilo .
Photo: Yngve Ask

Appreciate the beauty of the Hallingskarvet mountain in its sparkling winter coat, and try the sour cream porridge at charming Prestholtseter, one of several rural eateries in the area that serve freshly made goodies.

Cross-country skiing in Geilo .
Photo: Yngve Ask
Cross-country skiing in Geilo .
Photo: Yngve Ask

The wonders of snow are not limited to skiing, however. How about going on a guided fat bike adventure?

The extra-wide (or “fat” if you will) tires give you added grip and make the experience similar to regular mountain biking – but with an added element of newness and fun.

Fat biking in Geilo .
Photo: Emile Holba
Fat biking in Geilo .
Photo: Emile Holba

… but the surest way to have an absolute blast in the snow is to try sledging at Dagali Fjellpark.

To get back to the top, you can just jump on the ski lift. That adds a lot to the experience, doesn’t it?

Tobogganing in Geilo .
Photo: Kari Schibevaag
Tobogganing in Geilo .
Photo: Kari Schibevaag

The area is a treasure trove of fun activities for everyone – especially in the winter.

How about trying something different, like snowshoe trekking or dog sledging?

Snowshoeing in Geilo .
Photo: Paul A. Lockhart
Snowshoeing in Geilo .
Photo: Paul A. Lockhart

For a completely different kind of excitement, you should pay Kulturkyrkja a visit.

It is a church in all the traditional aspects but also a hub for cultural events, concerts and art.

The modern, wooden construction is a place where you can ponder over the big and small questions in life.

The Kulturkyrkja church in Geilo .
Photo: Sakaris Ingolfsson / CC by 2.0
The Kulturkyrkja church in Geilo .
Photo: Sakaris Ingolfsson / CC by 2.0

Or maybe let those questions soak away at one of the many spas in the area, for example at Vestlia Resort.

Here, they also have a family pool area named “The bath of fairy tales”, thanks to the images of figures from Norwegian folklore that decorate the walls.

Swimming at Vestlia Resort in Geilo .
Photo: Vestlia Resort
Swimming at Vestlia Resort in Geilo .
Photo: Vestlia Resort

Geilo, which is a certified Sustainable Destination, is centrally located between Bergen and Oslo.

The easiest way to get here is by train, and lucky for you, the Bergen Line is considered one of the world’s most beautiful train rides!

At the height of the Bergen Line, at 1,222 metres …

Take the train to Geilo .
Photo: Øivind Haug
Take the train to Geilo .
Photo: Øivind Haug

… you’ll find Finse 1222, a hotel that can only be reached by train or foot.

This is a place of pure bliss, with a priceless view of the surrounding wilderness that is enhanced by the frosty grip of winter.

The area is also a paradise for snowkiting!

Finse 1222 .
Photo: Svein Ulvund
Finse 1222 .
Photo: Svein Ulvund

If you stay at Finse 1222 in February, you have to visit the Ice Music Festival.

Far from cars or trains, this unique festival combines natural silence with perfect harmonies in order to bring out the best in all the talented musicians that perform.

Ice Music Festival in Geilo .
Photo: Emile Holba
Ice Music Festival in Geilo .
Photo: Emile Holba

To cover your need for a culinary adventure, make sure to stop by Hol, Geilo’s neighbouring “cheese village”.

Let your mouth water from the wide variety of award-winning cheeses and other local products at Hol Ysteri.

And the good news is, you’ll get to taste some,  too!

Hol ysteri .
Photo: Christine Baglo
Hol ysteri .
Photo: Christine Baglo

The restaurant Hallingstuene is another place where you can experience the local culture through your stomach.

With rose paintings on the walls and traditional interior, this red timber restaurant is an old heart beating with local history.

Hallingstuene restaurant in Geilo .
Photo: Emile Holba
Hallingstuene restaurant in Geilo .
Photo: Emile Holba

The adventures and experiences in and around Geilo are yours for the taking.

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Alpine skiing in Geilo .
Photo: Paul A. Lockhart
Alpine skiing in Geilo .
Photo: Paul A. Lockhart
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