This roundtrip trail takes you from Geilo living city center up to a cozy farm cabin Hakkesetstølen, this is a summer farm and now cafe and accomodation whole year around. There is a big diffrence in atmosphere between Geilo and Hakkesetstølen. Via the cabin area Kikut to a nice little lake, if you want you can swim here!
You’ll hike partly over wide cross country trails, graveled roads that are easy to follow in the cabin area and some part small single tracks. A nice mix of everything, but the elevation up and down can make this trail a bit demanding if you are not used to this. This rout is only partly signposted, so you will need a map, or the app to follow the route.
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.
Start this tour in a easy and cool way by taken the summer ski lift from Vestlia Ski Center. Please use some time at the viewing point just aside the top station from the ski lift. You will get a magnificant view to the Hallingskarvet National Park and a great look out over the little mountaint town Geilo.
From the top of the chairlift there is a sign posted trail towards Hakkesetstølen.
Tips and hints
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.
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.
Geilo 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