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Adventures of all kinds Basecamp Geilo
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A hotspot for summer adventures
Activity packed summer holiday

With its long-standing tradition as a mountain resort, the Geilo region has been a hotspot for adventurers of all kinds for more than a century. Even though this town is probably most famous for its alpine skiing, it is also a great basecamp for adventures in the summertime – with its prime location at the doorstep of two great national parks, including Norway’s largest: the mighty Hardangervidda plateau. The hiking options are endless, and you’ll also find several great cycling routes in the area, including the famous Rallarvegen.

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Families with children

Suitable for all members of an average family. 

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Perfect for those seeking an active vacation. 

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Hiking the mountains The hiking options are endless when you are visiting Geilo. Join in on a guided tour, or explore the mountains by yourself.
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Fun on the water Join in on some serious fun on rafting on Numedalslågen - one of Europe’s best rafting rivers. Explore exhilarating rapids and waterfalls, which is guaranteed to give you a smile and a wet hair due.
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Glacier hike Discover the blue ice on Hardangerjøkulen. A guided glacier hike on the sixth largest glacier in Norway is an experience of a lifetime.
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Cycling the famous Rallarvegen This route has several times been awarded the most beautiful cycling route in Norway, with good reason! The road by itself is an attraction, but it also brings you through a fantastic highland area.
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Horseback riding in the mountains Experience the scenic areas around Geilo from the horseback. Geilo Hestesenter offers tours with their Icelandic horses and the Norwegian breed Døle-horse.
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Stay in the national park village Geilo Geilo is a national park village, with a prime location nestled between two National Parks. The cosy town offers a large variety of shops, cafés and restaurants.
Activities for every taste
Activity suggestions

Geilo has something to offer for everyone, regardless if you're looking for action-packed thrills or family-friendly strolls. 

With all the major activity companies now cooperating through Geilo365, it has never been easier to find and book the perfect activity for your holiday at Geilo. Choose between a variety of ready-made trips, or hire a guide to tailor-make your perfect day of adventure. 

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Activity 1: Rallarvegen Rallarvegen, Navvy Road - long bike tour
Activity 1

Rallarvegen, Navvy Road - long bike tour

The Rallarvegen bike route brings you from the rocky and bare mountains in Finse over the highest point at 1340 meter above sealevel, to the lush landscapes by the fjord in Flåm in just under 6 hours. This route is not only a spectacular bike ride but also a journey through history. The Rallarvegen starting point is technically in Haugastøl, but the most popular route is the shorter version from Finse to Flåm.

It’s important to pay attention to the weather report, as you will be traveling from the high mountains to sea level. It may be well below 10°C in Finse, but by the time you reach Flåm the temperature can be 22°C. The biking season of this route varies every year and is dependent on t…

Map & details Activity 2

Accommodation:

Distance/time:

78.4 km/9 hrs

Elevation gain:

560 m

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Activity 2: Prestholtrunden Prestholt round - Difficult hike
Activity 2

Prestholt round - Difficult hike

The Prestholtrunden loop is arguably the most popular hike in the Geilo area. This trail ventures into the Hallingskarvet National Park and ascends to its peak at Skarvsenden, reaching 1,705 masl. The panoramic views encompass the surroundings, offering stunning views of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and the Hardangerjøkulen glacier to the west. The trail commences and concludes at the Prestholtseter mountain café, which specializes in traditional Norwegian cuisine. While parts of the trail are steep, a project led by Nepalese sherpas has installed stone steps, making it accessible even for younger hikers.

From Skarvsenden, you'll enjoy breathtaking views over the valley and Hardanger…

Map & details Activity 3

Accommodation:

Distance/time:

6.4 km/3 hrs

Elevation gain:

500 m

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Activity 3: Vøringsfossen Vøringsfossen Waterfall Base
Activity 3

Vøringsfossen Waterfall Base

If you’re feeling energetic a trip to the base of Vøringsfossen Waterfall is a great option in combination with a visit to the viewpoint above. Hiking to the base is the best way to fully appreciate the raw power of the falls and you can also experience the intriguing atmosphere down in the steep Måbodalen Valley. Down by the river the trail leads over large, slippery rocks so hiking boots or shoes are recommended.
Map & details Activity 4

Accommodation:

Distance/time:

1.3 km/2 hrs

Elevation gain:

250 m

Difficulty level:

Expert
Activity 4: Urundberget Urundberget round tour or Pil tour - day hike
Activity 4

Urundberget round tour or Pil tour - day hike

If the Geilohovda hike barely gets your pulse up, continue along this route towards Urundberget mountain at 1,218 metres above sea level. The trail then descends and joins the path along Ustedalsfjorden.

The "arrow hike" is a nice round trip from Geilo. It follows the marked "pilvegen" trail up to Geilohovda, starting by the old ski lift Geilo taubane. Along the trail are several yellow benches, perfect for a little break. From the top of Geilohovda you follow the trail at the edge of the mountain, passing Gullsteinhovda, Verpehovda and in the end Urundberget. The name Urundberget ("Mount Urund") derives from when Chief Urund stood at the mountain and drew his bow so tight the arrow hit Ust…

Map & details

Accommodation:

Distance/time:

13.8 km/6 hrs

Elevation gain:

470 m

Difficulty level:

Demanding

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