Prestholtrunden Hiking Trail
Hike on a path created by Nepalese sherpas
- Destination: Geilo
- Season: July–October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 6.4 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 500 meters
- Duration: 1.5–3 hours
Prestholtrunden brings you to the top of the Hallingskarvet mountain range, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and the Hallingdalen valley.
From July it is possible to drive to the beginning of the trail at Prestholtseter, about 10 km from Geilo. From Rv 7, turn on to Nye Havsdalsvegen by the Geilohallen sports center. After around 2 km, turn on to Havsdalsvegen road. This road is a toll road, so have some coins handy.
It's also possible to walk to Prestholtseter from Geilo. Follow the trail to Geilohovda (Pilvegen) and then continue west past Gullsteinhovda and Urundberget.
The entire trail is very well marked and begins at the Prestholtseter café, about 200 meters from the parking lot. From Prestholtseter the trail, made of stones laid by Nepalese sherpas, rises almost 500 metres before reaching Skarvsenden at 1,705 m.a.s.l. The trail then turns east, descending gradually and passing an old hunting trap for wild reindeer, before looping back to Prestholtseter.
- Even if it's a nice day, bring warm clothes as it can be considerably colder at the top than down at Prestholtseter
- Reconsider hiking this trail in bad weather as the conditions can be very tough
- Food and drinks are available at Prestholtseter café. You can find some Norwegian specialties like cured meats, sour cream porridge (rømmegrøt) and soft potato bread (lefsekling)
- Try the water from the streams along the route, it is very fresh
Where to stay
Geilo has a range of accommodation options available, including cabins, hotels, and Airbnbs.
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