Ustedalsfjorden Hiking Trail
Enjoy an easy walk around the Ustedalsfjorden lake
- Destination: Geilo
- Season: June-October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 10.2 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 120 meters
- Duration: 2-3 hours
This mostly flat 10 km nature trail is perfect for families looking to explore on foot or bicycles. Starting at Geilojordet, just south of Geilo center, the path loops around the Ustedealsfjorden lake. Information boards along the way tell the history of Geilo’s flora and fauna. In warm weather Geilo beach, which sits about 2 km along the trail, is perfect for a quick dip to cool off. There are also several fishing and barbecue spots on the route.
The trail starts nearby Geilojordet, just south of Geilo center. There is parking at Geilojordet or alternatively at the Vestlia resort.
Not far from Geilojordet, with its collection of ancient buildings, the popular nature and culture trail begins to wind around the Ustedalsfjorden lake. Information boards placed along the route provide information about the local plant and wildlife. Along the northern shore, just over 2 km from Geilojordet, you will find Geilo Beach. Here you can relax and swim on warm, summer days.
The trail continues on past the Fekjo Cultural Heritage Park, with a landscape art installation, old farming structures, and burial mounds from the Viking era (dated to about the year 900). About 1km further west, the trail passes over Tuftebrua bridge. The bridge has a special log construction and is a true copy of the old, protected bridge from 1884. On the southern side, the trail winds up a small, birch-covered hill before descending again towards the lake. The trail continues back towards the center of town via the golf course in Vestlia. If you are riding bikes, be sure to stop for some fun at Skurfen. Along the way, there are several fishing spots and rest areas with barbecue facilities, not to mention many fine viewpoints.
Where to stay
Geilo has a range of accommodation options available, including cabins, hotels, and Airbnbs.
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