From Finse, we were booked on Bergen Railway to further, proceed to Geilo, which made one of the first Ski Areas of Norway. In a nutshell, Geilo is a small luxe village featuring some of the best exorbitant Ski resorts of Norway. Yet, another iconic village sprawling with ‘traditional’ wooden homes, modern Ski-trails, and phenomenal-landscapes. On the whole, Geilo, also features, two important Norwegian National Parks worth visiting.
First, Hallingskarvet National Park is famous for steep-cliffs and arctic foxes. While, Hardangervidda National Park, is popular for its numerous lakes, a massive plateau, and wild-reindeers.
Inhabited by 2,300 people, Geilo is one of the most beautiful villages you will visit in the valley of Hallingdal. When we first arrived at the village, we didn’t know what to expect! More so, because, we were visiting during the summer, leaving no scope for Skiing. When winter strikes, Ski enthusiasts from all across Scandinavia and Europe, arrive in Geilo to experience World’s oldest cross-country Ski trails. This village is between Oslo and Bergen, which makes it convenient to reach from both ends. Summers, however, aren’t boring either! You still get to try your hand at hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, and glacier walking.
The local tourists usually book a cabin amid the organic scenic beauty, however, for our first trip we chose to stay at the most luxurious Vestlia Ski Resort. It’s here, we learned about Geilo’s three serene lakes namely, Slattaholen, Vestlefjorden, and Ustedalsfjorden.
Skiing, The Preferred Lifestyle of Geilo
Skiing is the preferred lifestyle of Geilo! Wherever you go, you will find Ski-boards hanging down the shelves as a piece of decoration. In fact, most Ski resorts offer door-to-door Skiing opportunities during the peak season. Geilo is at an elevation of 2605 ft and the Ski season does not end here, until early May. We may not have experienced the actual sport, but, we did get a chance to speak to the Ski training team at the Vestlia Resort. They told us that during winter, the resort facilitates Skiing all the way down, to the centre of the town. (Only professionals take the long routes between the slopes and the village) The Ski experts told us, that while we are here, we must explore Geilo’s small shopper’s market and the century-old theatre, worth visiting.
Besides several downhill slopes and cross-country trails, this village also features small Ski centres or the Skiheiser. This interesting centre offers free Ski-helmets to children. All in all, Geilo is the King of all luxurious sports, may it be, alpine skiing, telemarking, snowboarding, dog sledging, or the toboggan. Summers are great for paragliding as we did spot a few paragliders in the sky, during our travel. But, with all might, we want to return to this village in winter, to experience the best of Skiing.