Geilo - the most popular ski resort in Norway
Geilo, located in the charming Hallingdal Valley, will appeal mainly to families with children, though even the amateurs of advanced skiing won’t be disappointed. It’s really worth to come here.
Norway is famous for the beauty of its fjords and the taste of delicious salmon. When it comes to ski resorts are not known enough, to tempt tourists as much as the Austrian and Swiss resorts. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that they are worse. On the contrary - they are very well equipped, they have modern lifts, and the raw beauty of the Norwegian mountains gives them this unique and amazing atmosphere. That’s Geilo, maybe not the biggest, but certainly the most popular ski resort in Norway.
Geilo - offer for skiers
Geilo is a small town, with just a few shops and services, but the region is a winter paradise for the whole family. Here, you can enjoy alpine and cross country skiing, or get a little crazy on a snowboard. It’s a place, where you can ski both in the day and in the evenings – the slopes are very well lit.
There’re a few tiny ski areas in the vicinity, together forming the so-called Geilo Skiheiser, offering skiers 39 trails operated by 20 lifts. The total length of all slopes is 33 km. In one of the centers, Geilolia, is located Trollklubben Kindergarden, in turn in Geilo Taubane – a snow park for beginners and advanced.
Ski pass prices in Geilo during season 2013/2014
Ski pass pricesare as follows: 1-day pass for adults costs 380 NOK, while for children and seniors - 285 NOK. Ski enthusiasts interested in using the slopes throughout the season must pay 4 750 NOK. In the case of the ski pass for a child, it’s a price of 3 550 NOK.
Apart from amazing slopes and great trails, guests can enjoy a wide range of entertainments offered by the resort. The so-called speedflying, or skiing with a parachute enjoys a growing popularity. Other attractions also include ice fishing, walking on snowshoes or dog sledding.
The moon determines the time, the weather determines the music
Skiers are attracted by a powdery snow lying on the slopes, while the lure for lovers of art and magic is the ice. If anyone missed one of the most beautiful events that take place in Geilo, for the next has to wait until next year. We’re talking about IceMusic Festival, a cyclical event, which takes place during the first full moon of the year. In 2014, it happened to be on January 16th.
It’s worth to devote some attention to the festival, because it‘s unique in every way. It takes place at the lake Geilotjødnet in Kikut, 4 km south of Geilo. All elements used during the event are made of ice, starting with the instruments, and ending on the rooms. So the concerts could be delightful, a proper aura is essential. The quality of the ice is dependent on weather conditions, just like wine - sour from the cool and rainy year, and sweet, made in a summer full of sun. The sound that comes out of the icy instruments varies depending on the temperature, so each show is a pretty unique experience. The magic of the festival lies in its dependence on nature – according to organizers, the moon determines its time, and the weather - the music.
The charms of Norway
If anyone wants to go on a trip to Geilo, and plans to visit Norway with a motorhome, can stop at Øen Turistsenter & Geilo Vandrerhjem. It's a big campsite located on the outskirts of town. Two people will spend a night here for 240 NOK - the price includes a Wi-Fi, showers, toilets and kitchen, as well as a sauna. Access to electricity costs 30 NOK per day.
Norway can enchant - after holidays in Geilo, everyone will confirm it.
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