If you ski Geilo, you're in the second largest ski resort in Norway with plenty of slopes for intermediate and beginners and lots of family orientated activities to keep everyone happy and busy throughout the holiday. Read our guide to find out more.
The Geilo ski resort is located in-between the Norwegian cities of Oslo and Bergen and conveniently has its own airport approximately 20 minutes away. If you ski Geilo, then there's no necessity to hire a car as a taxi transfer is suitable for travel and there are shuttle bus' around the local village. You can also choose The Bergen Railway if you fancy being on the "most beautiful train journey in the world" according to Lonely Planet Guides - just over 3 hours from either Bergen or Oslo.
On the Slopes
The second largest resort in Norway, ski Geilo for plenty to do on the slopes for beginners and advanced skiers with 40 runs of which there are 16 beginners' runs, 17 intermediate runs, and five expert runs. Due its altitude and location snow is always a guaranteed at the Geilo ski resort so if you plan your holiday during the season you can count on having the right climate to try out the 28km of pistes.
While skiing you may even happen upon the Norwegian alpine ski team as these slopes are their training ground. With many ski instructors versed in English it is an excellent place for families and ski novices who are willing and ready to touch up their sport. For snowboarders the two snowboard parks will make the holiday enjoyable as well as the 2km run for high speed enthusiasts.
Off the Slopes
The après ski is not too vibrant until the weekend but there is plenty to do around the Geilo ski resort to keep you busy during your ski holiday. Geilo is Norway’s biggest destination retreat for health and wellness! The town itself is split into three parts with many local restaurants and bars with a quaint design that will make you feel like you are in a wonderland during the winter season.
The resort shuttle bus will take you around town to any shops you want to visit or you may want to check out the many activities around the resort. For true relaxation, you can rest your sore muscles at the outdoor heated pool, the indoor pool, or hit the gym. Plus, if you want an excursion of the slopes you may try out the ice rink, snowshoeing, or cinema.
Who's it Best For?
Great for families and children. Very good off the slope activities for the non skiers.
Geilo is not as cold as you may imagine, it normally sits at around -6 and has a long snow season until May. If you are tired of the overcrowded resorts and poor snowfall of some European resorts then maybe Norway is what you are looking for.
If you are looking for a ski holiday here then check out the deals we have available and get a great deal online. Or if you want to organise your accommodation separately then read our guide to chalets, apartments and hotels.
Why Choose Geilo in Norway
1. Great snow guaranteed until May.
2. Quiet, empty pistes, no lift queues.
3. 5 snowparks.
4. Good for children and families.
Is It Right For You?
If Geilo is right for you then check out the ski holidays we have available and book today. If however you want more information on accommodation alone check out the chalets, hotels and apartments we have and book direct with the owners.
Accommodation in most Norwegian resorts tends to be hotels, apartments and log cabins. Accommodation in Geilo is of a high quality so even if you don't have a big budget you will be pleasantly surprised. There are about 5000 beds to choose from.
These will be the closest thing you get to a chalet style accommodation and there is plenty of choice here. The cabins at Bardola for example are situated in a forest so offer great peace and quiet but you can also use the facilities of the nearby hotel.
A ski in ski out option is the cabins at Geilolia Hyttetun which is 1km from the village centre. They can sleep up to 12 people. Other cabins have access to swimming pools and play rooms for children.
In addition to the cabins check out the great hotels here, many of which are owned by the same people who run the cabins, often with shared facilities such as swimming pools, spas and fitness centres.
There are about 5000 beds in Geilo so quite a good choice of accommodation on offer here. The quality is good even at the budget level. As in most of Norway the accommodation here is all about log cabins, hotels and apartments.
There are a wide range of apartments on offer here. The Geilo Garden for example is a new build of apartments located right in the heart of Geilo within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants.
The apartments at Havsdalsgrenda are however ski in ski out and have an amazing mountain setting. Some of the apartments here have their own sauna. Then there are the apartments at Odegard which is a farm setting 4km from the centre of Geilo.
So whether you want an urban feel apartment in the centre of Geilo or something in a quieter location there are a wide range of apartment options here.
There are about 5000 beds in Geilo so you will have a good choice of accommodation. It is also of a very high standard, even the budget accommodation offerings offer really great value.
Accommodation in ski resorts in Norway tends to be focussed on apartments, hotels and log cabins. The hotels range from the cool, ultra modern to very traditional family run hotels.
What Type of Hotels Are On Offer Here
The Dr Holms Hotel is famous for being a focal point of the resort for over 100 years. It has a swimming pool and spa. Also close to the centre of the resort is the Ustedalen Hotel a family run hotel which has good, large family rooms and also apartments.
The Highland Lodge is great for those who love their fitness with a golf simulator, indoor pool and gym. For those travelling with children check out the Ustedalen Hotel which has great views over the mountain.
Geilo is centrally located between Oslo and Bergen in the southern part of Norway.The nearest airport to Geilo is Fagernes but you may find it easier to get a flight to Oslo or Bergen where you will have more flight options. The journey from Oslo to Geilo then takes about 3.5 hours.
Transferring from Geilo
If you decide to drive the journey from Oslo is 240km and will take you about 3.5 hours. There is also a bus you can take from Oslo airport which runs from December to mid April in line with the ski season.
You could also take a train from Oslo to Geilo which runs through the beautiful Norwegian scenery. The journey by train is about 3.5 hours and there are 6 departures daily to Geilo. Book your tickets online before you leave home.
If you want to take the train the whole way you could take the Eurostar from London to Brussels, then a train to Copenhagen then onto Oslo and then a train to Geilo. All very possible but with lots of changes. Another option is to hire a private car to drive you to and from the airport but this will work out an expensive option.
Compare Geilo ski schools and then book or reserve your ski and snowboard lessons before you arrive in resort! Reserve your spaces in group or private lessons in Geilo so saving yourself a lot of hassles!
Ski Schools in Geilo
Whether you want to have ski lessons or snowboard lessons, most Geilo ski schools offer a wide range of options including half day lessons, private or group lessons. Use GoSki.co.uk to find out more.