Havsdalshovda Hiking Trail
Circle Havsdalshova for views of Geilo, Budalen, and Hallingskarvet
- Destination: Geilo
- Season: June–September
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 7.4 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 170 meters
- Duration: 2.5–3.5 hours
Up above Geilo, the circuit around Havsdalshovda offers views of the peaks and valleys to the north as well as Hallingskarvet mountain range.
Hike or drive to the Havsdalen Ski Center, just north of Geilo. There is parking available.
The trail starts at the Havsdalen Ski Center. From there, it follows the Fjellheisen chair lift up. Cross the road to Prestholt and then head right (eastward) along the upper part of the cabin hamlet. You should see a sign for “Havsdalshovda Rundt”. As the trail rounds Havsdalshovda you'll be rewarded with views toward Geilo, the valley below, Vesle-Budalen and Odnakk.
The trail turns westward and the Hallingskarvet mountains will appear before you. There are beautiful views to the north out over Budalen and Budalsvatnet pond, Belvatnet pond, and Reineskarvet in the distance. At the crossing by Snøhovda, you will find the trail that heads north to Vestreim at Budalen. Turn left here. It will be a little marshy before the trail dries up as you continue back to Havsdalen.
Where to stay
Geilo has a range of accommodation options available, including cabins, hotels, and Airbnbs.
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