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HALLINGDAL

The family valley

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Summer in Ål, Hallingdal .
Photo: Paul Lockhart
Summer in Ål, Hallingdal .
Photo: Paul Lockhart

Bears. Amur leopards. Crocodiles and pythons. Bjørneparken is where the wild things are.

The Bear Park in Flå in Hallingdal .
Photo: Bjørneparken
The Bear Park in Flå in Hallingdal .
Photo: Bjørneparken

Don’t be surprised if a fox comes up to say hello, and if you’re lucky, you may get to pat a moose!

The Bear park in Flå in Hallingdal .
Photo: Bjørneparken
The Bear park in Flå in Hallingdal .
Photo: Bjørneparken

A visit to the mountain farm Langedrag is also highly recommended. Get cuddly with the cute farm animals and watch wolves and lynx at a close but safe distance.

Polar foxes at Langedrag in Nesbyen in Hallingdal .
Photo: CH / Visitnorway.com
Polar foxes at Langedrag in Nesbyen in Hallingdal .
Photo: CH / Visitnorway.com

And do take the opportunity to run through the wind-swept, heather-covered mountain areas nearby ...

... or conquer a mountaintop! A few examples of hiking-friendly mountains within reach are Høgevarde, Reineskarvet and Hallingskarvet.

Hallingdal stretches out like a big smile across southeast Norway, with high mountains on both sides - from Flå in the southeastern corner and all the way to Hemsedal and Geilo on the northern side.

If you travel between Oslo and Bergen, you pass Hallingdal on the way whether you go by bus, by car, or by train.

Hiking in Hallingdal .
Photo: Paul Lockhart
Hiking in Hallingdal .
Photo: Paul Lockhart

But don’t just drive through!

Hallingdal is a place to be experienced. With the whole family.

Take a seat behind a team of eager husky dogs ...

Dog sledding in Hallingdal .
Photo: CH / visitnorway.com
Dog sledding in Hallingdal .
Photo: CH / visitnorway.com

... challenge yourselves in the climbing parks in Ål, Geilo and Hemsedal ...

Høyt og lavt in Hemsedal .
Photo: Nils-Erik Bjørholt
Høyt og lavt in Hemsedal .
Photo: Nils-Erik Bjørholt

... or go exploring on two wheels!

With a myriad of trails in untouched forest and mountain terrain, Hallingdal is also an eldorado for mountain biking. Head to Nesbyen (pictured), for example ...

Mountain biking in Nesbyen in Hallingdal .
Photo: Lars Storheim
Mountain biking in Nesbyen in Hallingdal .
Photo: Lars Storheim

... or to one of the three local bike parks for downhill fun.

In the summer, the ski lifts in Hemsedal and Geilo are open for cyclists.

Who’ll make it down first?

Mountain biking in Hallingdal .
Photo: Paul Lockhart
Mountain biking in Hallingdal .
Photo: Paul Lockhart

If you’re unlucky with the weather, the water park Tropicana in Gol is a fab choice. Another suggestion is the enormous activity park Hallingdal Holiday Park, which also houses a 5-star camping site.

Tropicana in Gol .
Photo: Tropicana
Tropicana in Gol .
Photo: Tropicana

Still – Hallingdal also encourages you to wind down a notch or three.

Sit back and enjoy the calm ...

... or go trout fishing in a lake or river.

Will the fish bite?

Fly fishing in Ål in Hallingdal .
Photo: Vegard Breie
Fly fishing in Ål in Hallingdal .
Photo: Vegard Breie

Well, let’s say that with a fishing rod in your hand, you probably won’t leave hungry!

And on the subject of food: Thanks to strong food traditions, every corner of Hallingdal is a culinary adventure. The food network Hallingkost helps visitors find local specialties like this delicious soup, gommokaku (sourdough teacakes), lefsekling and rummebrød (two kinds of flat bread).

Yum!

Traditional food from Hallingdal .
Photo: Hallingkost
Traditional food from Hallingdal .
Photo: Hallingkost

Stop by the dairy in Ostebygda Hol, where you can stock up on the finest cheese.

Taste your way through Hallingdal with a cheese platter full of mature white goat cheese, semi-hard red cheese and other delicious farm cheeses made from pure, thick mountain milk.

Hol ysteri in Hallingdal .
Photo: Christine Baglo
Hol ysteri in Hallingdal .
Photo: Christine Baglo

As you can see, local traditions are still very much alive …

Hemsedal .
Photo: Nils-Erik Bjørholt
Hemsedal .
Photo: Nils-Erik Bjørholt

… and whether you go up the mountains or down the valley, you're never far from idyllic nature – like here at Old Nes.

For a night in historical surroundings, make a trip to Gol and Hesla Farm.

Gamle Nes in Nesbyen in Hallingdal .
Photo: Lars Storheim
Gamle Nes in Nesbyen in Hallingdal .
Photo: Lars Storheim

If you want more action, Hallingdal stretches all the way to activity meccas like Hemsedal and Geilo. Another classic holiday activity is to cycle along Rallarvegen, Norway's most popular cycling route.

In short, Hallingdal is a fantastic holiday destination in the summer ...

Cycling Rallarvegen .
Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik / Visitnorway.com
Rallarvegen .
Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik / Visitnorway.com

… as well as in the winter.

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Skiing i Hemsedal .
Photo: Nils-Erik Bjørholt / Visitnorway.com
Skiing i Hemsedal .
Photo: Nils-Erik Bjørholt / Visitnorway.com
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