Why Geilo

Geilo is one out of five national park villages in Norway, with two national parks: Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet. The town centre of Geilo has an altitude of 800 m. This means we have snow guarantee for a long and stabile winter season. In this pleasant mountain village there is a close proximity between the skiing areas and the town centre.

  • Geilo ski resort offers a unique variety of experiences and activities and has all facilities within a short distance.
  • Geilo is particularly suitable for families with children.
  • Geilo is one Norway’s biggest destinations for health, well-being and SPA.

Skiing in the National Park Village

Alpine and Snowboard

In the Geilo area, you will find over 50 alpine slopes, large and small snow parks, and many frolic areas. There are 39 slopes of different level and 18 lifts situated in Geilo.

Geilo devotes considerable resources to pave the way for everyone who uses the ski facilities. Well-groomed slopes in all categories, efficient ski lifts, ski patrol, and separate areas for the small ones, ensure safe and good ski experiences regardless of skill level. The ski slopes are located close to the center. You can ski down the slopes, take off your skis, and walk right into the stores and restaurants. Several nights a week Geilo offers night skiing. If you like snow parks, you can choose between four parks in Geilo, in which both beginners and more skilled skiers will find challenges.

In Geilo, you can rent modern equipment in all categories. At the ski rental, you can also get help to adjust bindings, and prepare and upgrade your own equipment.
Do you want to fine tune your skiing techniques? The ski schools in Geilo have knowledgeable and experienced instructors that can teach you and give tips on how you can become better on snow.

A ski bus runs all day, from your accommodation, to the slope, between the two mountains, and back to your accommodation again. Free of charge.

Cross Country

Geilo is an eldorado for cross country skiing. In the Geilo area there is more than 550 km of well prepared and marked cross country tracks. Let the peacefulness and nature envelope you. Stop at one of Geilo’s traditional mountain cafés and treat yourself to hut buns and waffles. In addition, there is a 5-km lighted track at the Geilohallen sports arena. The tracks around the Ustedalsfjorden Lake is made for families with children, with information boards about the areas nature and culture.

Geilo is known for its many cozy dining offers in the mountains. These can almost be a trip goal in itself. Some of these are located just a short ski trip away, and work well for those with small children. Others again demand a little longer trip. Common for all of them is that you can come in and warm yourselves while you enjoy something hot in a cup and real home-baked goods.


Geilo is the vibrant mountain village, situated between Norway’s main cities Oslo and Bergen, 3,5 hours between each city. At the foot of the mighty Hallingskarvet and the gateway to Hardangervidda, Northern Europe’s largest mountain plateau, lies the beautiful mountain resort of Geilo.

The pleasant resort with 2500 inhabitants is a unique destination where you can find everything in one place. Here you will find a varied selection of restaurants, shops and activities and a wealth of accommodation opportunities. Geilo offers you a taste of the “Good life”.

Two of our most spectacular events take place in the winter time. In January we have IceMusic Festival, where all instruments are made out of snow. In April you can join Skarverennet; a cross country tour race in Hallingskarvet National Park with more than 12000 other participants.

Geilo is also only a short distance to the fjords in the western part of Norway.

Geilo has long traditions in taking good care of their guests, offering its visitors great variety and easy access. It is 150 years since Geilo welcomed its first ski tourists. As early as 1867 the first English tourist came to the area around Hallingskarvet.

We know how to please our guests – Geilo aim to serve you well!

Things to do

Winter Sports

Winter Sports

Geilo (pronounced “yay low”) is situated on the edge of Norway’s largest National Park, the Hardangervidda, the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities

Geilo will particularly appeal to families and those looking for an overall winter experience with its great choice of winter activities and excursions including;

Relax & Spa

Relax & Spa

On the slopes, Geilo is undoubtedly a great choice for newcomers to skiing/boarding with unintimidating and uncrowded slopes.

Getting there

The shortest route between Oslo and Bergen is RV 7/FV. 7, and right in the middle of it lies Geilo. RV. 7/FV. 7 over the Hardangervidda mountain plateau and along the Hardangerfjord is a national tourist route.

You can also reach Geilo by following FV. 50 over the mountains from west to east. The road runs through magnificent nature between Aurland and Hol. From Hol it is 10 kilometres to Geilo.

From Geilo, FV. 40 runs through Numedal, Kongsberg, Larvik and onwards to Tønsberg and Sandefjord.


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