Geitholet Hiking

A spectacular pothole

  • Photo: Maria Kampesæter Kleiven

  • Photo: Yvonne Jørgensen

  • Crossing the river Vangsåe.

    Crossing the river Vangsåe. Photo: Maria Kampesæter Kleiven

Essential info

  • Destination: Lesja
  • Season: April–October
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 9.2 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 290 meters
  • Duration: 2.5–5.5 hours

About Geitholet

The hike to Geitholet gives you a dramatic view of a steep gorge in the river Vangsåe. Way down in the gorge you can spot a big pothole with the name Geitholet. Standing on the edge you can feel the nature elements suck you in.

Getting there

By car you turn off E136 at Aurstad. The signs say to Aursjøen and Dalsida. Toll road. After 20 km on dirt road take a left and follow the signs to Kvita and Gåsbue. Drive about 11 km further until you end up where the road stops. Here you find parking, information and a simple outhouse.

Trail description

It's an easy - medium hike to Geitholet. A great place to bring the entire family. The trail is not marked, but visible. It winds up along the North side of the river in easy terrain. From the parking lot at Gåsbue you'll take the trail to the left of the cabins there. Walk the bridge across the river and follow the trail up through some birch woods. Pretty soon you´ll gain height and a beautiful view over the valley Dalsida and the elongated lake Ausjøen will appear.

Walk past the viewpoint of Geitholet for a couple of minutes and you'll find a small creek where you can fill your water bottle with fresh mountain water and eat your packed lunch. For the adventurous it's possible to go down in the gorge, but it's very steep - so it's at your own risk. On a sunny, hot summers day we recommend you go for a swim in the river, just downstream for the bridge.

Facts

For the most part of this hike you walk in a protected area named Dalsida landscape protection area. Make sure you do not harm nature, animals or plants.

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