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Geilo is an accessible starting point for hiking in the mountains, whether you want to go straight from the centre, drive or take the train to start your trip in the middle of the mountains. Take a short afternoon hike by taking the chairlift up to the National Park views or walk across the Hardangervidda to the West Coast.
In Hol municipality, where most of the area is mountainous and outlying areas, you’ll find a network of naturally formed paths and trails. A large part of this network is paved, marked and signposted. In the area, there are high peaks and deep canyons, colourful flora and windswept plains, and even small cabins that welcome you with traditional food and nice beds.
From Prestholtseter you can walk the Sherpa steps up to Skarvsenden on Hallingskarvet, 1705 meters above sea level. The stairs are made by Nepalese handicraft to fit into the terrain and to make it easier to walk in the national park.
Hardangervidda is Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau. Hardangerjøkulen, one of Norway’s largest glaciers, and Hårteigen is visible from most of the open landscape. Hardangervidda is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages with many well-marked hiking routes. Trails and paths are suitable for both hikers and bikers. Lakes and rivers for fishing and swimming. All this gives you the opportunity to choose the activity that suits you best.
For varied summer maps of Hardangervidda, Geilo and Hallingskarvet, talk to Bardøla Resort’s receptionists or the tourist information office.
“We decided to stop over in Geilo on our way to Bergen from Oslo and spend two nights. We did not rent a car, but rather walked to the summer park from the hotel and then took the ski lift up the mountain and went hiking. There are miles of hiking trails at the top, and they are incredibly beautiful – amazing scenery and fauna. We then walked down the mountain and went in to town to have lunch – in all about 10 miles. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend this to folks who are in good shape. You can also take the ski lift down..”