Discover an easy-going roundtrip hike from Hakkesetstølen
- Destinasjon: Geilo
- Sesong: juni-oktober
- Vanskelighetsgrad: Middels
- Lengde: 14.3 kilometer (rundtur)
- Stigning: 430 meter
- Varighet: 4.5-5.5 timer
This roundtrip trail takes you from Hakkesetstølen via the cabin area Kikut to a viewpoint where sweeping views of Hallingskarvet Mountain Range await. You’ll hike along graveled trails that are easy to follow.
The summer ski lift from Vestlia Ski Center to the top of the slalom hills makes this hike easily accessible and suitable for a family outing. Hiking from Geilo town center to Hakkesetstølen is more demanding, as the first few kilometers run uphill.
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 about 3 hours 30 minutes, departing five times a day. Book your tickets and check schedules here.
From the tourist office in Geilo to Hakkesetstølen
Coming out of the tourist office in Geilo, 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 below 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 walkway. 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 Hakkesetstølen. 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 ski lift operates between 10am and 5pm.
From Hakkesetstølen to Kikut
From Hakkesetstølen, follow the graveled road eastwards. After about 670 meters, take the trail to the left. Having hiked for about a hundred meters along the trail, you’ll reach another graveled road that you follow straight ahead. You’ll soon get a view of the small forest lake Geilotjørne, apartment complexes, cabins, and a small slalom hill to the left. Follow the trail as it runs downhill on the left side of the lake. Upon reaching the northern edge of the lake, having crossed the bridge, follow the trail to the left.
The trail travels alongside Road Fv40. After about 500 meters, cross the road by walking over the bridge. Continue along the path running northwards to the left. You’ll soon reach the graveled Lomtjødnvegen Road, which you take southwards. Here you’ll discover the best viewpoint of the entire hike. Just before the road turns sharply to the left, follow the road about 50 meters down to the left to get sweeping views of Hallingskarvet Mountain Range and Geilo.From the viewpoint, follow Lomtjødnvegen for about 1.3 kilometers until you arrive at Road Fv40 again. Cross the road to reach the graveled parking lot on the other side. Here you can either follow the walkway along the southern side of Geilotjørne Lake or take the graveled road up to the fork where you turned to the left of the lake when coming from Hakkesetstølen. Reaching the fork, follow the same trail back to Hakkesetstølen.
- The summer ski lift from Vestlia Ski Center is open between 10am and 5pm.
- Bring water as there are no water sources available before you reach Hakkesetstølen. Hiking from Hakkesetstølen, fill up your water bottle in Geilotjørne Lake.
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.
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