Explore our top hiking tips in the mountains around Hemsedal, a well-established skiing resort which is a favourite for holiday makers in the summer too.
Hemsedal is a well-established skiing resort but also a favourite for holiday makers in the summer, and thanks to the jagged mountains in the area the valley has become known as "the Scandinavian Alps".
Try one or more of Hemsedal’s Top 20 hikes – marked hiking paths to twenty different peaks. This is the most popular summer activity in the area with more than 20,000 registered visits every year.
You don’t have to be a hardcore hiker to enjoy the mountains and scenery in Hemsedal. Here are over 40 marked and graded hiking trails, offering amazing views and beautiful scenery with waterfalls, mountains, rivers and lakes.
The easiest peaks are great for beginners and families, or as short evening hikes for experienced hikers. The longer hikes are suitable for intermediate to experienced hikers.
The drive from Oslo to Hemsedal takes around 2.5 hours. Follow the E18 towards Drammen and Sandvika. Come off at Sandvika and follow the E16 towards Hønefoss for approximately one hour (45 kilometres). At the roundabout, take the exit towards Rv7 and Gol. Take a right after Gol, onto Rv52 towards Hemsedal.
Form Bergen, follow the E16 towards Lærdal to Borlaug. After Borlaug, exit towards Hemsedal and follow Rv52. The trip takes around 4 hours.
There are daily express buses between Oslo and Hemsedal, every day all year round. The buses go via Oslo Airport and Hønefoss.
Travel by plane to Oslo or Bergen and continue by car or bus to Hemsedal, around 200 kilometres from Oslo.
Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.
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