Geilo downhill skiing
is one of the most famous Norwegian ski resorts, and the longest established.
The Oslo - Bergen railway passes through and there are several good hotels.
The town sits in a valley close to the Hardangervidda mountain plateau,
by the south-facing slopes on the north side of the valley, which have
three ski centres. Another ski centre is 2 km to the south, on the north-facing
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the north side of town are the Halstengaard, Geiloheisen, Taubanen and Slaatta
ski centres, with mainly south and east facing slopes. On the south side
of the valley is Geilolia skicentre, with north and east facing slopes.
In periods with low snow depth some of the south facing slopes may be rather
The town is at 800m, with slopes having vertical drops of 200 - 300 metres.
There is a large network of cross-country trails all over the Geilo area, extending west to Ustaoset, and beyond.
Kite skiing: There is now some kite-skiing high on the north side of Geilo (if you want to try it out as part of a ski holiday) but for the real deal go further west to Haugastol and beyond
Geilo is on the RV 7 road, which goes from Hardanger to Oslo. It can be closed by snow and wind to the west of Geilo. The RV 40 south from Geilo goes to Kongsberg and Larvik to the south west of Oslo.
All the ski centres have car parking.
Trains stop here on the Oslo - Bergen main line.
Distance from Stavanger: 350 km
Distance from Oslo: 250 km Bergen: 240 km
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Travel time from Stavanger:
7 hours by car
Duration of the visit:
1 or more days
small town with hotels, guest houses, restaurants, bars, shops and railway.
As is common in Norway, children are well catered for, with a range of facilities and entertainments.
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