In the immediate vicinity of Geilo are two of Norway's national parks, namely Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet National Parks.
The national parks help put their mark on Geilo and the surrounding areas. Here are endless hiking opportunities both in summer and winter. Quiet mountain lakes, rushing rivers, breathtaking views, rich cultural monuments, bustling birdlife and Europe's largest wild reindeer tribe.
Hallingskarvet National Park
Hallingskarvet is the mountain massif that rises majestically over Geilo. If you head up to the top of Hallingskarvet you have a beautiful view over Hallingdal and Hardangervidda. In clear weather you can even see all the way to Gaustatoppen.
Summer and winter is Hallingskarvet's favorite destination. Especially in the summer, Hallingskarvet is easily accessible by road all the way to Prestholt and stone-built stairs to Skarvsenden.
Every winter, Skarverennet, a cross-contry-skiing event with over 12,000 participants, is arranged along the Hallingskarvet and during the National Park Days in August one can participate in "Lordemarsjen" to Lordehytta in Folarskardet.
Facts about Hallingskarvet National Park
- Hallingskarvet National Park was established in 2006 and is 450 km2.
- The highest point is Folarskardnuten at 1933 m.
- This is also the highest point in the whole of Buskerud. Cormorant means bare rock.
- The plateau itself is approx. 35 km long and varies in width from 1-5 km.