Top Things to Do in Geilo
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Top Things To Do in Geilo

Geilo is a fantastic ski town that boasts some of the most incredible scenery, courtesy of its position between two National Parks. The resort can be reached by the famous Oslo Bergen Railway, which is a magical experience in itself. Travel in style through Norway’s Fjord region and feast your eyes on the incredible winter scenery. There is even a kids’ carriage to keep little ones entertained on the journey.

Once at the resort, there is a great range of slopes, catering well for skiers and snowboarders of every level. Enjoy everything from beginner areas to cruisy blues, and challenging back descents. Geilo offers blissfully quiet slopes for its visitors, which is a key benefit of a ski holiday in Norway. There is also fantastic off-piste and cross-country skiing to be had. For those looking to hone their ski or snowboard skills, there is a great snow park. Its features include rails, half pipes and jumps.

Geilo is a real hit with families for several reasons. The local ski schools are fantastic, and there are a number of unique winter activities to experience, both on and off the slopes. There is plenty to keep groups and families entertained across the resort. Here is our pick of the top things to do in Geilo.

Dog Sledding

Dog sledding is a magical experience and undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Geilo. Bond with your pack and learn about the psychology of these beautiful animals. Set off on a 5-10km adventure through the varied landscapes of Geilo. Feast your eyes on snowy forests, untouched tracks and magnificent mountain views along the way. Sit back and relax in the sled or drive your pack solo, the choice is yours! A trained professional will be by your side either way for your safety. Unwind with a hot drink around a cosy fire after your ride. It is no surprise that dog sledding is a popular activity, so our top tip is to book early!

Stay At:

A beautiful ski-in ski-out hotel with an indoor bowling alley and family pool, set just 50 metres from the ski schools in Geilo.

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Dog Sledding in Geilo

Ice Baths & Saunas

Geilo’s ice baths will be sure to get your endorphins running! In true Scandinavian style, submerge yourself in a cold, natural ice bath. These plunge pools are carved into an icy lake, with steps leading down for ultimate ease. Ice baths are fantastic for your mental and physical health. Once you have got your fix of the cold, step into a warm, steaming sauna. The wooden saunas boast impressive views of the surrounding mountains, the perfect spot for some post-piste relaxation. This classic Norwegian experience is the perfect way to ease those aching muscles after days spent exploring the slopes of Geilo.

Stay At:

A chic and modern hotel located in a peaceful area of Geilo. Guests can enjoy excellent spa facilities and stunning mountain views.

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Ice Baths in Geilo

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Ice Fishing

Ice fishing is an exciting and fun activity for the whole family. Local guides can take you to the best spots for some authentic Norwegian ice fishing. A small hole is drilled through the ice and it’s down to you to get a catch! Enjoy the serene lakeside surroundings and learn the intricacies of ice fishing from your expert guide while you wait eagerly for the bite. When finished, warm up around a cosy campfire with a warm drink and a mountain snack.

Stay At:

Traditional cabins set in a winter forest on the edge of Geilo. This cosy stay is perfect for those seeking an authentic Norwegian experience.

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Ice Fishing in Geilo

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Horse Sleigh Rides

Get a true winter wonderland experience on a horse sleigh ride around Geilo. Cosy up with warm blankets and relax as you explore the pretty town and its snowy surroundings. You can enjoy a sleigh ride with up to ten people, an unforgettable group activity. Horse-led sleigh rides have been operating in Geilo for decades. This is a must-do activity for an authentic experience of this beautiful ski town. As one of the top things to do in Geilo, horse sleigh rides get quickly booked up, so it is best to book in advance to ensure your spot!

Stay At:

A stunning, four-star hotel with ski-in ski-out access and breathtaking mountain views. Guests can relax in the large indoor pool or try out the indoor bowling alleys.

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Horse Sleigh Rides in Geilo


Thrill seekers will enjoy go-karting on ice (Is-karting). These speedy vehicles have special tyres that grip the ice, allowing you to zoom across the ice in a high-speed race. The is-karts have excellent control, allowing you to take calculated twists and turns around the course. The races take place on a frozen lake, surrounded by winter forests and mountain peaks. Not only can you enjoy a thrilling ride but also the beautiful scenery of Geilo.

Stay At:

Cosy cabins set in a peaceful area in Geilo, with ski-in ski-out access, the cabins are perfect for those looking to maximise their time on the slopes.

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Is-karting in Geilo

Photo Credit: Geilo


Dagali Fjellpark is proudly Norway’s largest groomed toboggan run. With modern lift systems in place, it couldn’t be easier to make the most of this exciting winter activity. The button-style lifts take you to the top of the hill. The descent consists of many twists and turns, as well as some straight tracks for picking up speed! The Horse Centre in Geilo also offers authentic toboggan runs. Speed down the tracks on a sledding mat or in a sledding bag. This area is also floodlit, so you can enjoy sledding guided by the Norwegian moonlight.

Tobogganing in Geilo

Photo Credit: Geilo

Snow Kiting

Geilo is set in a perfect location for snow kiting. This exciting activity is great for any age or ability. If you are new to the sport, you can take part in a two-day course to learn the ropes and snow kite independently. For experienced riders, the conditions are fantastic around the top of Havsdalen. Gliding through the soft snow at speed is a thrilling experience.

Snow Kiting in Geilo

Kick Sledding

Kick sledding is a long-standing tradition in Norway. As a popular winter activity, you can rent kick sleds from various spots around Geilo. Hold onto the frame, kick with one leg and then glide across the ice or snow. You can even have a family or friend sit on the front of your kick sled for fun in pairs! Kick sledding is not only a fun winter activity but a popular mode of transport around town. You might spot locals heading to the shops or restaurants on a kick sled.

Kicksledding in Geilo

Photo Credit: Geilo

To find out more about the top things to do in Geilo, call our ski experts on 020 7471 7700.

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