Hakkesetstølen Hiking Trail
Discover a network of hiking trails close to the town center of Geilo
- Destination: Geilo
- Season: June-October
- Difficulty: Easy
- Distance: 9.8 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 310 meters
- Duration: 2.5-4 hours
The hike to Hakkesetstølen is easy-going and family-friendly, taking you up to the tree line where the landscape opens up and offers far-reaching views. Starting from the center of Geilo, you’ll hike along walkways before going uphill through the forest. Alternatively, take the summer ski lift from Vestlia Ski Center to avoid the ascent.
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods as you hike through varied forest terrain. If wishing to extend the hike, Hakkesetstølen is an excellent starting point for several great trips, such as Birgithovda, Ustetind or Kikut.
Located on the borderline between eastern and western Norway, Geilo is easily accessible from either Bergen or Oslo. Road Rv7 over Hardangervidda, Fv50 Hol-Aurland, and Rv52 over Hemsedal is open all year round, as long as the weather conditions are not too harsh. Call the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen) on + 47 815 48 991 to ensure that the roads are open.
The journey takes 3 hours and 30 minutes from Oslo and 4 hours from Bergen.
There's a big parking lot at Geilojordet in the town center, on the opposite side of Rv7 from the tourist office. Alternatively, if wishing to take the ski lift, park in front of Vestlia Ski Center.
From Oslo, take the bus Vy Ekspress from Oslo bus terminal. The journey to Geilo takes 3 hours and 40 minutes. Book your tickets and check schedules here.
TrainGeilo is about halfway on the train route between Oslo and Bergen. The journey takes 3 hours 30 minutes, departing five times a day. Book your tickets and check schedules here.
This trail description begins from the tourist office in Geilo. Coming out of the office, take to the right and walk around the corner of the building. Walk down the stairs to the right and take the passage underneath the road. Once on the other side, follow the walkway as it travels between the farmyard and parking at Geilojordet, in the direction of Road Fv40.
Continue on the walkway as it runs eastwards alongside Road Fv40 and crosses the bridge. About 180 meters after the bridge, the walkway runs underneath the road, and once on the other side, you’ll see a large brown sign reading Vestlia Resort. Here, you can either follow the signs to the resort and take the ski lift from the ski center, saving your legs the ascent, or hike to Hakkesetstølen.
If choosing to hike, continue uphill along the walkway as it runs alongside the farm road. You’ll see signs to Hakkeset along the way. About 150 meters after having passed Geilo Horse Center, the road splits in two. Continue on the road running straight ahead (Gamle Skurdalsvegen).
Follow Gamle Skurdalsvegen as it winds its way uphill. In the third bend, take to the right. Follow the signposted trail to Hakkesetstølen, continuing further uphill and into the woods. The trail crosses a marsh and can become wet in rainy conditions. About 220 meters after passing the marsh, the trail crosses a graveled road and continues straight ahead.
Upon reaching the slalom hills, follow the green signs with a wanderer guiding you across the ski slopes. Having passed the final slope, follow the trail as it continues into the forest. After about 600 meters, you’ll reach a fork in the trail. Take the path to the left, leading south-eastwards to Hakkesetstølen. From here, it’s about 500 meters left until you reach your goal. You’re close to the tree line now, and the views are wide-ranging.
If wishing to take the ski lift down to Vestlia on your way back from Hakkesetstølen, take the trail leading straight ahead at the first fork (where you turned to the left on your way up, about 500 meters before Hakkesetstølen). You’ll reach the ski lift after about 700 meters after the fork. The lift operates between 10am and 5pm.
You’ll have to cross a marsh, so be sure to wear waterproof footwear in rainy conditions.
Bring water as there are no water sources available before you reach Hakkesetstølen.
The summer ski lift from Vestlia Ski Center is open between 10am and 5pm.
It’s possible to stay overnight at Hakkesetstølen. The lodge has a café serving hot dishes as well as coffee and pastries.
There are several shops, hotels, and restaurants in Geilo.
Questions or comments? Let us know.