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The Scandinavian Alps

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.

Summer in Hemsedal


Guided trip to Høgeloft, the highest mountain in Hemsedal

Conquer the highest point in Hemsedal (1,920 metres above sea level) on a combined cycling and hiking trip. We start by cycling 4.5 kilometers to the foot of the Høgeloft mountain, followed by 12 kilometers of hiking.

This is a rather demanding hike with a rise of 800 meters, but it is worth the effort: From the top of Høgeloft you get a wonderful view over the Hemsedal valley and the Jotunheimen mountains.

Recommended for people from 12 years in decent physical shape.

Price from NOK 950 per person, including bike and guide.

Guided tour to the hidden pearls of Hemsedal

Find some of the most scenic views in Hemsedal with the help of an experienced guide, who knows the hidden gems outside the marked routes. The hike takes around five hours to complete. It is quite easy and suitable for most levels, so you can bring the whole family.

The tour is available every Wednesday from 5 July to 30 August 2017. Meeting point: Hemsedal Tourist Office at 9.45 am. Please arrive by car as the starting point of the hike is a short drive away.

Price from NOK 150 per person (adults) or NOK 75 (children). Family price: NOK 400 (2 adults and 2 children).

Hiking in Golsfjellet

Enjoy the scenic mountains and beautiful views on Golsfjellet. The location between the region of Hallingdal and Valdres offers a vast and varied landscape with easy peaks reaching above the tree line. You have views towards the famous Jotunheimen as well as Skogshorn in Hemsedal.

The hiking program includes a brochure with a description of the hikes and the hikes are well signed onsite and with clear paths. The hikes are suitable for families as well as seniors.

Hike at Golsfjellet and stay at Storefjell Resort

Get to know the friendly mountain terrain around Golsfjellet in Hallingdal.

Accommodation in Storefjell Resort including a map and hiking suggestions. Deals including half board/full board available on request.

Price from NOK 690 per person.


On the map

Check the specific location of the hikes in Hemsedal and Golsfjellet below.

Hiking in Hemsedal
Top 11 - hiking program for the whole family “Top 11” - is a hiking program for everybody. All trails are marked so that it will be easy to find your… Read more
Topp 11 - Golsfjellet
Hike to the top of 11 different mountains on Golsfjellet and get the chance to win a winter holiday stay at Storefjell. The mountain tops are… Read more
Storefjell Top 11
From Hemsedal town centre drive to the end of the lake of Eldrevatn, ca 26 km, on the road 52 direction Lærdal/Bergen. Take the small gravel road to… Read more
Høgeloft 1920 masl
The footpaths in Hemsedal are a natural feature of the surroundings, following old cattle tracks, farm roads and paths. The paths provide beautiful… Read more
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    Getting here and around

    • By car

      By car

      The drive from Oslo to Hemsedal takes around 3 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.

    • By plane

      By plane

      Travel by plane to Oslo or Bergen and continue by car or bus to Hemsedal, around 200 kilometres from Oslo.

    • By bus

      By bus

      There are daily express buses between Oslo and Hemsedal, every day all year round. The buses go via Oslo Airport and Hønefoss.



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