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Hemsedal

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Jan 13, 2022

Hemsedal is a valley and small town in Norway with ca 2000 inhabitants. Hemsedal is scenic located in the middle of South Norway, right between Oslo and Bergen, it is the northern branch of the great Hallingdal valley. The town is surround by high mountains, similar to the alps, and has a river, Hemsila flowing thru the valley. Hemsedal is known for its alpine skiing area, the second largest in Norway. It is also a fine place in summer with many activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, horse back riding and more.

View over Hemsedal

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Hemsedal is a 3 to 4 hour drive from Oslo.

From Bergen you can take Sognebussen or Øst Vestekspressen to Håbakken (near the small village Lærdal), and from there you can take the corresponding Sogn & Fjordane Ekspressen to Hemsedal.

  • Airport Transfer Bus[dead link] From Gardermoen Airport Oslo directly to Hemsedal on Fridays and Sundays during the winter.

Another option is to ride the NSB train from Oslo or Bergen to Gol, which departs around four times a day. The trip is three hours from Oslo and 4 hours from Bergen and costs from 199 to 499kr. From the train station at Gol there is a bus picking up immediately after the train arrives and ending in Hemsedal town center, about 40 minutes later. The timetable.[dead link] The trip costs NOK 46 for adults and 23 for children.

During the winter season there are busses going from town to the ski lifts which are free. There is also a good taxi service, but it is quite expensive. You can also walk, e.g., on the other side of the river which takes half an hour or more.

It is practical to have your own car, especially in the summer.

Parking is free of charge, except from the parking lot at Gravset, the main crosscountry area, in the wintertime.

Hydnefossen (waterfall)

There are quite a few things to see in Hemsedal:

  • Skogshorn (Located in Lykkja). One of the most known landmarks and mountains in Hemsedal. In summer there is a marked track to the peak. 
  • Rjukandefossen (Located at Tuv). A powerful and impressive double waterfall dropping 18 meters down a narrow ravine. The waterfall is a popular spot in summer and used for ice climbing in winter. There is also a suspension bridge in the area. 
  • Hydnefossen (Located close to Torsetstølane). This large waterfall plummets 140 meters from Veslehorn mountain. Also a popular ice climbing spot in winter. The waterfall is best seen from the mainroad (r52), after Ulsåk towards Gol. 
  • Hemsedal Bygdatun (Located at Ulsåk). This museum is a restored coutyard from ca 1730. There are guided tours during the summer. 
  • Hydalen (Located in Grøndalen). Hydalen is a nature reservoir and one of the most beautiful areas in Hemsedal, rich in flora and fauna. 
  • Ulsåkstølen (Located in Lykkja, under Skogshorn), +47 922 31 413. Ulsåkstølen is a popular summerfarm for families. Here the children (and parents) can see animals such as rabbits, goats and pigs, experience the summerfarm life and taste products made at the farm. In the wintertime the farm is a cafe for crosscountry skiers. 

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