Geilo uttered Yei-lo, is a beautiful Ski town located halfway between Oslo and Bergen. I concluded my Flamsbana journey at Myrdal, and from there, I took a train to Geilo, a 1.30 hours journey with a brief stop at Finse. From across the train window, I was gazing at the moving lanes like a curious child. It was summer, and so, a lot of cyclists and hikers had taken to the roads. Some were walking with backpacks, some riding bicycles strapped with GoPro Chesty while a few others, were riding a horse. This entire Rallarvegen route is accessible for glacier trekking, horse riding, white-water rafting and river boarding. Geilo is another experience altogether!
Most tourists that were travelling with me in the train were visiting Geilo to enjoy its cross-country Ski trails and grand snow-capped mountains. Only one couple and a family was headed, to the same resort as I was. Upon reaching Geilo, I couldn’t help but admire the old world charm that encircles its modest railway station. The snow specks glistening on the roof of this sunflower yellow-painted building mirrored dewdrops on a flower. Enroute Vestlia Resort, my Ski hotel for the weekend, I saw many forest cabins with outdoor trampolines. For a small village, Geilo has on display an excellent selection of hotels, forest cabins, apartments and shops.
These are commonly accessed by residents and tourists that come to this region to participate in enthralling Ski adventures. Shortly, I arrived at Vestlia Ski Resort, tastefully decorated inside out. Helene Hennie, a renowned interior designer, has designed this gorgeous hotel. While the exteriors feature a Viking house alike framework, the interiors exhibit world-class luxurious fittings. Alternatively, you can stay in a forest cabin. I was told that staying in a forest cabin over Christmas also entitles us to a complimentary Christmas tree and a surprise visit from Santa Claus. Something, I’m saving for my next visit.
Staying at Vestlia introduced me to the authentic Geilo culture. Even though luxury is a preferred lifestyle in this town, locals prefer to eat simple food and possess a very kind nature. This resort hosts door to door Ski during winters and stocks on some great Ski equipment. During summer, you might like to take a look at the small town where you will find tourist information, supermarket, Cafe Capri, newsagents, police station and Geilogrillen. The centrum of Geilo consists of two large wooden buildings. Down the road, there is a small cinema, a library, and a school.
While here, try the classic dishes such as grilled grouse breast, herb-baked trout, Skårapølse lamb sausage and reindeer fillet. The rich cuisine of Geilo lets you sample the authentic taste of ancient Norway. That pretty much sums up the commercial outlook of this village. As for Ski and other snow sports, the opportunities are endless. Towards the rear of Geilo Cinema, is a cross country track illuminated with floodlights. That along with a summer park and a biathlon shooting range. Biathlon is a Nordic skiing event that allows the participants to engage in cross-country skiing and rifle shooting at the same time. Geilo Skiheiser, however, is the leading cross-country Ski trail in this area, including 39 slopes that slouch across 33 km.
Nearly 20 different lifts are fitted, as a means to transport you to these zig-zag slopes. Besides, these snow routes continue to unfurl another comprehensive trail stretching 220 km to extended skiing tracks. Somehow the vastness of these cross country trails invites you to explore its never ending scenic frost. Whether I chose alpine skiing, orienteering, a rejuvenating spa or to dine in one the fine resort restaurants, the ridiculous snowscapes, warm hospitality and the relentless old-world charm of this small town continued to amaze me with its goodness. If you like quiet, then this tranquil village nestled amidst nature has a lot of love and peace to offer.