Photo: Emile Holba

Centrally located between Oslo and Bergen, Geilo is one of Norway’s most famous mountain resorts.

Discover Geilo

In the summer, Geilo is most well known for beautiful hiking and mountain biking trails. But many other exciting activities are fast gaining popularity, including white water rafting, canyoning, and horseback riding. Numerous local lakes are coveted fishing spots. The town can also serve as an excellent stop before embarking on the popular Rallarvegen bike route.

Due to Geilo’s high altitude (798 m.a.s.l.), the winter is long and stable with lots of snow. Some of the first ski areas in Norway were developed here and there are slopes on either side of the valley. Geilo offers alpine skiing all the way down to the centre of town, providing a quick connection between the ski slopes and the village. It is a true ski town with slopes for all abilities – perfect for families and beginners. A massive network of cross-country trails winds its way out of and around Geilo. For a break from skiing, there are options for husky dog sledding, snowmobile safaris, snowshoeing, and ice fishing.

The quaint town maintains an active yet relaxed pace. Take a stroll in the village center, go shopping, or try a Norwegian speciality in one of the many restaurants. The area is also home to many festivals and events throughout the year.

Geilo offers adventures for all seasons and abilities. The Bergensbanen railway between Oslo and Bergen passes through Geilo, as does one of the main roads between the two cities, making Geilo easily accessible.

Why choose Geilo?

  • Easy access on the Bergen railway – 3.5 hours from Bergen or Oslo
  • Hiking and skiing from the center
  • Gateway to Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet National Parks
  • Varied activities all year round including dog sledding, white water rafting, and horseback riding
  • Family friendly – many activities are suitable children
  • Wide selection of accommodation, restaurants, and cafés
  • Focus on sustainable tourism

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Ski slopes at Geilo

Horseback riding in the mountains around Geilo. Photo: Emile Holba

How to get to Geilo

Geilo is easily accessible from both Oslo and Bergen. National Road 7 passes through Geilo and and is a main route between eastern and western Norway. Additionally, Geilo is a stop on the famous Bergensbanen railway that connects Oslo and Bergen. Make sure to grab a window seat to enjoy the views. From Geilo it is a short train ride to either Haugastøl or Finse for the Rallarvegen bike route. If you are taking your own bicycle you are required to buy a ticket for it.

Oslo to Geilo
The drive to Geilo from Oslo is 220 km and takes about 3.5 hours. From Hønefoss the route joins National Road 7 which leads up through the beautiful Hallingdal valley. There are many places to stop and explore before reaching Geilo.

The 3.5 hour train journey to Geilo from Oslo is an experience in itself. There are five trains per day from Oslo to Geilo with three in the morning, one in the afternoon, and an overnight service.

Bergen to Geilo
The spectacular drive from Bergen to Geilo is 250 km and takes 4 hours. The route passes through Voss, before joining National Road 7 and travelling over Hardanger Bridge (Norway's longest suspension bridge) and into Eidfjord. From Eidfjord to Haugastøl the road forms the scenic route Hardangervidda and a stop at Vøringsfossen waterfall is a must.

The train ride from Bergen to Geilo is around 3 hours and passes over the fascinating Hardangervidda mountain plateau. There are five trains daily, with two in the morning, two in the afternoon and an overnight service.

Skiing at Havsdalen, north of Geilo. Photo: Vegard Breie

The best time to visit Geilo

Geilo is a year-round mountain resort with plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained. That being said, if you want to optimize your chance at having the best conditions or dodging the crowds, there are a few things to keep in mind. Geilo and the Hallingdal valley are popular locations for locals to have cabins and you can expect them to make the most of summer and winter weekends, as well as school holiday periods.

The true beginning and end of the seasons varies depending on snowfalls and general weather conditions. The Norwegian national weather service provides detailed weather reports and forecasts for Geilo in English.

The winter season builds throughout December and the period between Christmas and New Year is popular for skiing. January and February are the coldest months with a daily average high of around -4°C. Norwegian winter school holidays are staggered over several weeks in February and if families haven't fled south for some sun they will likely be in the mountains skiing. True winter experiences like dog sledding, ice fishing, sleigh rides and snowshoeing are available.

Easter for Norwegians means escaping to their cabins for ski trips and reading by the fireplace. Expect roads, public transport, and services to be busy. It starts to really feel like spring in May and hiking becomes possible in lower-lying areas. Water-based activities are beginning to kick off but remember to wear layers to stay warm.

The hiking season begins in earnest in July with warmer days and thinning snow cover at higher altitudes. Norwegian summer school holidays begin in late June and last until late August with July being the busiest month. Summers are cool, with high temperatures under 20°C. Rafting and canyoning are in full swing throughout the summer.

The weather starts to cool off in September and the beautiful fall colors appear across the landscape. Hiking and other summer activities draw to a close in early October and the first snowfall is usually not far away. Some cross-country skiing may be possible later in October and the ski resorts often open in November.

Rafting near Geilo. Photo: Emile Holba


Nestled in a valley and close to both the Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet National Parks, Geilo is home to many wonderful hiking trails. Whether you're looking for a quick escape, a full day out, or a week traversing the plateau, you can find it in Geilo.

Prestholtrunden is probably the area's most famous hike, taking you up into Hallingskarvet National Park for a fantastic panaroma. Part of the trail consists of stone steps laid by Nepalese sherpas.

Guide: 5 Best Hikes in Geilo

The hiking season can begin as early as May in the valleys and lower-lying areas. The season fully kicks off in late June/early July and typically lasts until late September.

Recommended Hikes


Hiking Trail
6.4 km · 1.5 – 3 hr


Hiking Trail
18.9 km · 5.7 – 7 hr


Hiking Trail
3.1 km · 2 hr

Cross-Country Skiing

The broader Hallingdal area is home to over 2,000 km of cross-country trails. Trails are easily accessible from central Geilo and take you through the woods or into the high mountains. There is a floodlit trail at the Geilo ski stadium.

Whether you’re looking to ski for a couple of hours or the whole day, it’s easy to find a fun circuit through peaceful surroundings. For the ultra-ambitious, the Hallingdal Trail runs for 135 km all the way to Norefjell.

Guide: Cross-Country Skiing Trails in Geilo

The cross-country skiing season usually starts in October and ends in May. Cabins located along the trails make excellent stopping points before continuing on or returning. Be sure to check the opening hours of the cabins before departure, as they can vary significantly.

Recommended Ski Trips


Cross-Country Skiing
13.6 km · 2 – 4 hr


Cross-Country Skiing
10.4 km · 1 – 3 hr

Ustaoset–Prestholt Loop

Cross-Country Skiing
14.5 km · 2.5 – 3.5 hr

Mountain Biking & Cycling

During the summer, both casual cyclists and downhill mountain bikers can find plenty of fun trails around Geilo.

Mountain biking around Geilo is increasing in popularity. At Geilo Summer Park you can take the chairlift with your bike and ride around various trails, including some suitable for children. They also have a wide range available of bikes for rent, as well as a workshop. If you’re cruising around Ustedalsfjorden, be sure to drop into Skurfen, a custom-built biking track.

The famous Rallarvegen, Norway’s most popular cycling route, begins in Haugastøl and takes you all the way down to sea level in Flåm.

Recommended Bike Trips


11.8 km · 2.5 – 3 hr

The Factory Route

7 km · 1 – 2 hr


52.4 km · 6 – 7 hr


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