This roundtrip hike from Geilo to Ustetind (1,376 m.a.s.l.) takes you along the vast plains of Hardangervidda, passing by Hakkesetstølen Lodge and the peak of Birgithovda (1,173 m.a.s.l.) on the way. Upon reaching the top of Ustetind, you’re awarded astonishing views of highlights such as Hardangerjøkulen Glacier, Hallingskarvet Mountain Range, and Reinheimen Mountain. On bright days, you can even see Gaustadtoppen Mountain (1,883 m.a.s.l.) in the far south-east.
The considerable length and elevation gain make this a demanding hike. However, you’ll follow well-marked trails that run through smooth mountain terrain, and there are many scenic spots to have a rest along the way. A tip is to take the summer ski lift from Vestlia Ski Center to save your legs the ascent to Hakkesetstølen.
Bring water as there are no water sources available before you reach Hakkesetstølen. Between Hakkesetstølen, you’ll pass several lakes and streams where you can fill your bottle.
The summer ski lift from Vestlia Ski Center is open between 10am and 5pm. Open from the halv of June til halv of August all days, then only during the weekends until the autumn holidays. In the autumn holidays open alle days again.
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 3 hours 30 minutes, departing five times a day. Book your tickets and check schedules here.