The hike to Hakkesetstølen is easy-going and family-friendly, taking you up to the tree line where the landscape opens up and offers far-reaching views. Starting from the center of Geilo, you’ll hike along walkways before going uphill through the forest. Alternatively, take the summer ski lift from Vestlia Ski Center to avoid the ascent.
Enjoy the peace and quiet of the woods as you hike through varied forest terrain. If wishing to extend the hike, Hakkesetstølen is an excellent starting point for several great trips, such as Birgithovda, Ustetind or Kikut.
You’ll have to cross a marsh, so be sure to wear waterproof footwear in rainy conditions.
Bring water as there are no water sources available before you reach Hakkesetstølen.
The summer ski lift from Vestlia Ski Center is open between 10am and 5pm.
Tips, hints and links
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.
TrainGeilo 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.