This roundtrip hike takes you from the center of Geilo up to Geilohovda via Urundberget to Prestholtseter. You’ll experience a diverse landscape along the way, as the trail leads you through forests, across vast mountain plains, along rivers and waterfalls. Reaching the top of Urundberget, you’re awarded stunning views of Geilo, Ustedalsfjorden Lake, Hallingskarvet Mountain Range, and the Hardangervidda Plains. Treat yourself to a hearty traditional meal at Prestholtseter before looping back to Geilo.
The hike is demanding because of the considerable length and elevation gain. However, you’ll hike along well-marked trails that are easy to follow. An option is to return to Geilo from Urundberget if wishing a shorter hike. Remember to take breaks along the way, to enjoy the views and the quiet nature around you.
Geilo has a range of accommodation options available, including cabins and hotels.
- Situated at the base of Hallingskarvet, Prestholtseter is the starting point for Prestholtrunden, a roundtrip trail going into Hallingskarvet National Park and up to the top of Hallingskarvet Mountain Range. If you are planing to do the Prestholtrunden as well, make sure you are fysicly opp to this. Prestholtrunden is ''just'' 6km but a very demanding tour because of the hight (1705 m over sealevel) eleveation and stony underground.
Tips and hints
- Food and drinks are available at Prestholtseter café. You can find some Norwegian specialties like cured meats, sour cream porridge (rømmegrøt) and soft potato bread (lefsekling).
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.
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.
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