Geilohovda Hiking Trail
Experience the stunning views from the slalom hills above Geilo
- Destination: Geilo
- Season: June-October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 5.1 kilometers (loop)
- Elevation Gain: 320 meters
- Duration: 1.5-2 hours
If looking for a short hike with sweeping views from the center of Geilo, trekking to the top of Geilohovda is an excellent option. As you cross the slalom hills on your way to the top, splendid vistas of Geilo, the Hargangervidda plains, and Hallingskarvet Mountain Range open up before you. Along the trail are benches, allowing you to take a break and soak up the views.
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.
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 about 3 hours 30 minutes, departing five times a day. Book your tickets and check schedules here.
From the tourist office in Geilo town center, head towards the train station. Follow the road in the direction of Dr. Holm’s Hotel (the big white wooden building on the other side of the railway). Cross the railway by walking through the underground passage. Having passed the hotel, take the first road to the left, a wide graveled road running uphill (Slaattavegen).
Upon reaching the timber houses in the second bend in the road, either continue along Slaattavegen uphill towards Geilo Panorama cabin area or take the marked hiking trail running uphill to the right to Geilohovda.
If taking the hiking trail to the right, you’ll pass a grazing area. Keep to the left when the trail splits. You’ll see the Geilo Panorama cabin area down below. Continue uphill by following the signs for Pilvegen.
Soak up the splendid views of Geilo and the plains of Hargangervidda as you cross the slalom hills. Take a well-deserved break at one of the many benches by the ski lift at the top of Geilohovda.
Continue by walking under the bridge at the back of the ski lift, then walk straight ahead. Enjoy as the views open up again. Hike downhill by following the signs for Pilvegen. Reaching the viewpoint towards Geilo Panorama, choose whether to descend along the hiking trail or take Slaatavegen to the town center.
- There are several shops, hotels, and restaurants in Geilo.
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