This is the national sport of Norway, and it is said that Norwegians are born with skis on their feet. That may not be true, but most Norwegian children are able skiers long before they start school.
Geilo is one of the best areas in Norway for cross country skiing, with more than 550 kilometers of tracks both in the valleys and on the mountain plateaus. Season starts in October/November and last until May. The most eager cross country skiers can go skiing in the higher mountain areas until June.
Geilos cross country trails are maintained to a high standard throughout the winter. They are free to use, and there is a wide range of trails from short and flat beginner's areas to challenging routes alon the mountaintops.
You can hire equipment at the ski rentals or join a cross-contry course in one of the ski schools.
The map shows the cross country trails around Geilo. They are color coded by difficulty level:
Green trails are suitable for beginners. These are trails that lie under the tree line. There are no steep slopes here. Height difference is maximum 100 meters and the track is up to 5 km.
Blue trails are for medium trained skiers. Height difference maximum 300 meters and length up to 10 kilometers.
Red trails are for experienced and well-trained skiers. The trails are mostly in high mountain areas and can also be unprepared. Height difference max 600 meters and length up to 20 kilometers.
Black trails requires trained skiers and good equipment, as well as knowledge of map and compass. There are no restrictions on the height difference and length.
Hallingdal, the valley that stretches between Geilo and lake Krøderen has a varied and easily accessible terrain suitable for cross country-skiing. The region offers 2,000 km of well-marked, high-quality cross-country tracks. Cross country skiing, in combination with other winter activities, makes Hallingdal the perfect region for your holiday.