The National Park Days 2024

A whole week with a wide spectrum of activities which are connected with the national parks in one way or another. Guided walks, traditional wedding, local marked and storytelling.

Here we mention only a part of all the possible activities that take place at Geilo and near the two National Parks Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet. Feel free to use the opportunity to take a (bicycle) trip to one of the cozy tourist cabins in the mountain.

We are already working on the program for 2024, until we have some more details you can take a look at the program from 2023 below.

The program is updated continuously, with both individual events and ongoing activities.

INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES

Friday 28 July - Girl Rides, advanced mountain bike course for ladies
We kick-start the National Park days with a popular cycling course from the local cycling guide Nina. If you took Girl Ride's mountain bike course last year, you can now join a intermediate course.
For more information and to book your spot on this course, follow the link https://www.geilo.com/nb/girl-rides-viderekommende-terrengsykkelkurs-damer

Friday 28 July - Farm festival at Hamarsbøen in Havsdalen
Hamarsbøen has a farm in Kvisla and a mountain farm in Havsdalen, they are part of the cooperation Ostebygda, where local farms work together and sell the local cheeses and other local farm food. In the weekend of the 28th of July to the 30th of July Hamarsbøen arranges a Farm Festival. The speeches will be hold in Norwegian, there will be seminars about farming in the Norwegian Mountains as well as a variety of activities.

Saturday 29 July - Traditional wedding during Holsdagen
Experience how a wedding took place in the 19th century. Holsdagen starts at 11:00 at Hol Old Church with a service, then the bridal procession starts at 11:30 along the Holsfjorden lake to Hol Bygdemuseum where the party continues with a wedding party from 12:45 p.m.
For more information and tickets see www.bondebryllaup.no

Saturday 29 July - Yoga Retreat Ustaoset
Welcome to a yoga retreat in Ustaoset, join Rachel Brownbridge & Hilde Karlsen to the beautiful mountains of Ustaoset for yoga, mountain hiking, swimming and sauna which ends with deep relaxation Yoga Nidra. You get delicious local food delivered by Omattgjort, gluten- and dairy-free so that everyone can enjoy the food. The 29th of July is national park day and we can't think of a better way to enjoy nature than to be with you.
The program consists of two yoga classes, shared lunch, a mountain hike and a sauna with a dive in fresh mountain water.
For more information: https://www.geilo.com/nb/yoga-retreat-ustaoset

Saturday 29 July - In the wild reindeer's story with a boat trip on the Halnekongen
Join a guided tour with storytelling about reindeer hunters on the Hardangervidda including a boat trip on the Halnekongen and the Halnefjorden lake. Sour cream porridge and dried meats are served.
For more information and booking tickets: https://www.geilo.com/nb/i-villreinens-rike-inkl-battur-med-halnekongen

Sunday 30 July - Farm Day at Langedrag Nature Park
This will be a journey back in time, join us on Farm Day and experience the farm life as it was in the old days. Walk with the goats to the mountain farm, along the way you will learn everything about goat farming and you can make your own cheese. The trip is 1.5 km long and separate registration is required via Langedrag Nature Park's own website.

Thursday 3 August - Farm Day at Langedrag Nature Park
This will be a journey back in time, join us on Farm Day and experience the farm life as it was in the old days. Walk with the goats to the mountain farm, along the way you will learn everything about goat farming and you can make your own cheese. The trip is 1.5 km long and separate registration is required via Langedrag Nature Park's own website.

Thursday 3 August - Running camp at Fagerheim with Bergans Adventures
Treat yourself to both training and relaxation in the beautiful autumn mountains! The area around Fagerheim is fantastic for mountain running. Here you will find easy-to-run paths with little stone and little incline. We run for three days with Fagerheim Fjellstugu as our base. Here we get both good beds, delicious locally produced food and yoga for runners included. Get ready for a great run and pleasant running community! Look at the calender at this website for more information and booking link.

Friday 4 August - Gourmet fishing trip
Together with the guide Hilde from Vinternatt, you get a fishing experience with some rich hours where you get to take part in pulling nets from a boat in Ustevatn lake, cleaning and gutting the fish. Then it's time to prepare the fish and sit down for a pleasant dinner.
This tour can also be booked as a private event. For more information and ordering see here: https://www.geilo.com/nb/gourmet-fisketur

Saturday 5 August - Market day at Tuva Turisthytte
As one of the first cabins along the Nordmannsleppa, there has always been a lot of activity in Tuva. There was a lot of sales of goods that came over the mountains from west to east, and Tuva was an important meeting place for friends and families who have not seen each other for a long time.
For more information and updated program see here: https://www.geilo.com/nb/markedsdag-pa-tuva-turisthytte

Saturday 5 August - In the wild reindeer's rich story in the stone arch at Halne
In the stone arch at Halne Fjellstugu, you can join in the storytelling of three hundred generations of reindeer hunters who travelled the Hardangervidda, short-leavened sour cream porridge and dried meats are served.
For more information and registration follow the link: https://www.geilo.com/nb/i-villreinens-rike

Saturday 5 August - Half way festival at Halne
Halne Fjellstugu invites for a concert with Daniel Kwammen and Wick Street Band. Join the magical music in the mountains with other mountain people where west meets east. Festival starts at 19:00 an tickets are Kr. 590. Book online: https://www.geilo.com/en/halvvegs-festivalen-5-august

Sunday 6 August - Cultural walk with Fekjos Friends
Joins a guided cultural walk from Fekjos Venner over Gamle Kyrkjevegen from Nord-Skurdalen to Geilojordet. Meetingpoint at Geilojorde at 09:00, a bus will be set up to Skurdalen
Price NOK 200 per person
More information is available on this page: https://www.geilo.com/nb/fekjos-venners-kulturvandring

Sunday 6 August - Farm Day at Langedrag Nature Park
This will be a journey back in time, join us on Farm Day and experience the farm life as it was in the old days. Walk with the goats to the mountain farm, along the way you will learn everything about goat farming and you can make your own cheese. The trip is 1.5 km long and separate registration is required via Langedrag Nature Park's own website.

Saturday 29 July, Thursday .3. August and Saturday August 5 - Sauna and bath at Ustaoset
Winter night offer a 90-minute private sauna experience. Located on the pier at Ustaoset with good bathing conditions right outside the door. A perfect ending for the mountain trip. Ustaoset lies in the middle between the two national parks and is a great starting point for a mountain trip up to Ustetind and on to Tuva Turisthytte up to Hardangervidda. On the north side you can get up to Prestholtseter or Tvergastein as two well-known hiking destinations.
This is a private arrangement, if the activity is fully booked then unfortunately there is no more space.
For ordering and more information follow the link.
https://www.geilo.com/nb/90-minuters-badstue-og-bad-pa-ustaoset

DAILY ACTIVITIES
Saturday 29 July to and including Sunday 6 August

Glacier Walks on Hardangerjøkulen
Taking the train from Geilo up to Finse is an experience in itself. At the train station you will be picked up by a tour guide and given equipment for a trip up the Blåisen on Hardangerjøkulen. This is an activity that creates memories for life, and where you gain great respect for the nature around us.
The activity requires registration, more information can be found here:
https://www.geilo.com/nb/breforing-pa-hardangerjokulen

Visit Langedrag Nature Park with the five exotic animals from Norway: moose, reindeer, arctic fox, wolf and lynx. Great other activities with animals at Langedrag https://www.geilo.com/nb/aktiviteter/langedrag-naturpark

Horse riding with one of Geilo's two skilled activity providers, Geilo Horse Center and Stall Brusletto - Geilo Activity Centre. Both offer horse riding in both summer and autumn, here you can choose between a 1–4-hour horse ride. https://www.geilo.com/nb/aktiviteter/sommeraktiviteter/ridning

Meet and Greet the husky’s on a Husky Farm and get a guided tour of the kennel and meet all our fine athletes and future superstars.
https://www.geilo.com/nb/husky-meet-and-greet

Geilojordet is an open cafe and theater storytelling every day between 11 and at 16

If you like art, you can visit the permanent art exhibition at Vestlia Resort and a changing exhibition in Geilo cultural church. In Huldeskogen behind Geilo Kulturkyrkje you will find an outdoor exhibition about the Huldre people.

Canyoning with lunch - literally get closer to nature with canyoning, here you abseil and slide through a river gorge. Needs to be pre-booked
https://www.geilo.com/nb/juving-med-lunsj-rappeller-og-skli-i-kulper-stryk-og-elvejuv

On Ustedalsfjorden and Veslefjorden you can rent a canoe , try your luck with fishing, explore the small islands or just enjoy the silence of the water. https://www.geilo.com/nb/sommeraktivitte/b%C3%A5ttur-og-kanooutleie

Farm visit Gurostølen in Hovet and Fagerdalen on Bergsjø have open stalls this week, welcome for a visit to a live stall and get to know them.

Tourist cabins on Hardangervidda National Park such as Hakkesesetstølen fjellstue, Tuva Turisthytte, Halne Fjellstugu and Torsetlia Fjellstue, and tourist cabins in the Hallingskarvet National Park such as Prestholtseter, hotel Finse1222 and Storestølen Fjellhotell are open every day. Welcome in for a break before, during or after your visit in the National Park.

Most activities must be booked in advance via our website. Follow the link to the total overview https://www.geilo.com/nb/node/1954

*On the event calendar at geilo.com you will find more information about the special events this week marked with
https://www.geilo.com/nb/planlegg-opphold/arrangementkalender


// NATIONAL PARK DAYS – A GREEN EVENT //
Geilo is a Sustainable Travel Destination, Visit Geilo AS an Environmental Lighthouse Company and the National Park Days is a Green event!
We must document to the Norwegian Lighthouse Foundation that requirements for the working environment, purchasing, energy, transport, waste, emissions and aesthetics have been met.
We would like to encourage everyone to use public transport, carpooling or to get on foot or by bike, from and during the National Park Days, where possible. For the journey to and from Geilo, we recommend taking the train or bus. Look at the website or the app www.entur.no for departures.
We can also recommend the En-tur app for information on timetables for all types of public transport.

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