The hike to Birgithovda takes you southwest of Geilo for stunning views of the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. After leaving the town, the trail runs through the woods to Hakkesetstølen cabin. From Hakkesetstølen, observe how the landscape changes as you pass the tree line and the views open up to the open Hardangervidda mountain plains. From there, it continues past numerous ponds before rising above the tree line and allowing you to take in the surrounding landscape.
The route runs via Birgitstølen on the way back. Here you'll pass several old summer mountain farms and experience a landscape marked by hundreds of years of grazing. From Birgithovda and back towards Geilo, the route crosses Tuftebrua bridge and passes along Ustedalsfjorden.
The summer ski lift from Vestlia Ski Center to the top of the slalom hills makes this hike easily accessible and more suitable for a family outing. Hiking from Geilo town center to Hakkesetstølen is more demanding, as the first few kilometers run uphill.
Are you not up to such a long hike is it possible to park your car with Hakkesetstølen Fjellstue and start from there. Then this roundtour is about 9km. Parking can be paid inside the cabin.
Bring water as there are no water sources available before you reach Hakkesetstølen. Between Hakkesetstølen and Birgithovda 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. (alle days by the end of June til the midle of August, weekends from the end of August til autumn holidays, all days in the autumn holidays)
- You will pass nice fishing lakes, you can buy a lisens at Hakkesetstølen Fjellstue.
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.
There is a big parking lod on the south side of Geilo center.
There is a payed parking lod just by the road crossing between road 50 and the dirt road to Hakkesetstølen. There is a smaler parkiing lod just with the cabin, payment inside the cabin.
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