A few of the most enchanting villages in the world are the ones found in the mountains. In the Scandinavian Alps of Norway, the town of Hemsedal is such a village, bustling with various experiences awaiting any adventurous individual. Here, you can explore the mountains in a multitude of ways, such as hiking to the town’s most beautiful gems, horseback riding through the countryside, or strolling through the pastures. Read more to discover the best ways to spend your time in this snowy corner of Norway.
1. Drive a sled of snow dogs over a frozen lake with Hemsedal Huskies
For an unforgettable experience, it is absolutely imperative that a visit to Hemsedal includes this one-of-a-kind adventure! With Hemsedal Huskies, you can lead a team of 5 to 6 Huskies through the glittering, snowy landscape of the town’s frozen slopes. The dogs are all extremely friendly and eager to accompany you on this breath-taking trek. The sled accommodates two passengers, one standing up and driving the sled and the other seated and enjoying the ride. This trip will allow you to experience snow dog travel at its most authentic, so call ahead to book your next visit to Hemsedal!
Phone: +47 48276199
Address: Eikre 3560 Hemsedal
Website: Hemsedal Huskies
2. Try a guided hike to Hemsedal’s most beautiful hidden gems
One of the most exceptional ways to spend your summer in Hemsedal is by partaking in a guided hike that leads you to the most scenic spots in the town. Offered from early July to the end of August, this five-hour hike is suitable for beginners and expert hikers alike. An experienced hiking guide will lead you through the mountains, pointing out Hemsedal’s various picturesque landmarks. This hike is perfect for any groups visiting Hemsedal, and a family discount is also offered.
Hemsedal Tourist Office
Phone: +47 32055030
Address: Hemsedal 3560 Hemsedal
Website: Hemsedal Hiking
3. Go skiing on Hemsedal’s slopes at the Solheisen Ski Center
For a family-friendly, relatively secluded skiing experience, visit the Solheisen Ski Center about 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) north of the center of Hemsedal. The center offers six different slopes with three lifts to reach the top of each peak. There is also a free ski bus that travels to the center every weekend and on certain holidays throughout the winter season. A skiing school for both children and adults is offered every winter, providing a great opportunity to gain more skiing techniques.
Solheisen Ski Center
Address: Grondalen, 3560 Hemsedal, Norway
Website: Solheisen Ski Center
4. Experience the countryside on horseback with Hemsedal Hestesenter
For another authentic outdoor traveling experience no less spectacular than the Hemsedal Huskies, visit the Hemsedal Hestesenter for an exemplary horse-back riding journey through the mountains and valleys of town. For the duration of your visit, you will be taught how to saddle and care for your given horse. Hold on tight and appreciate the scenery as the horse leads you through various places in Hemsedal’s countryside that are only accessible by foot or horseback.
Phone: +47 32060202
Address: Lykkja, 3560 Hemsedal, Norway
Website: Hemsedal Hestesenter
5. Visit the mountain pasture at Ulsakstolen
As Hemsedal is a village within the mountains, one of the ways in which some of its residents make a living is through mountain farming. At Ulsakstolen, you can experience firsthand what mountain farming is like by participating in various activities such as caring for the farm animals, learning how to make dairy products such as butter and sour cream, and going on beautiful nature hikes throughout the pasture. The farm also has a restaurant that serves traditional rustic Hemsedal food, as well as cabins for visitors who would like to stay at the farm for longer than a day trip.
Phone: +47 92231413
Address: Skogshorn, 3560 Hemsedal, Norway
6. Go river snorkeling in the river of Hemsila
One of Hemsedal’s exciting summer activities is river snorkeling in the Hemsila River. Every snorkeling participant is provided with a wetsuit, life jacket, and scuba mask. A snorkeling professional will guide your group through the bottom of the river’s floor. All you need to bring for this watery adventure is a swimsuit, extra clothes, and a towel. The snorkeling guide will point out some of the river’s wildlife, including schools of golden brown trout.
River snorkeling in Hemsila
Phone: +47 94214111
Address: Postboks 68, 3561 Hemsedal
Website: Hemsedal Fjell Sport
7. Mountain bike to a variety of Hemsedal's landmarks on the Panorama Road
Although the Panorama Road is also accessible to cars, it is much more rewarding to experience its wonders through bike in order to fully appreciate the refreshing outdoor views that it offers. The road is nearly 50 kilometers (31 miles) long, and it is home to a variety of Hemsedal’s landmarks, including Ulsakstolen, a visitor-friendly mountain farm, Skogshorn Peak, one of Hemsedal’s most well known mountains, Lykkja, one of Hemsedal’s farming communities, the town of Fagernes known for its range of shopping options and a myriad of mountain views, such as the Valdres, Hemsedal, and Grunke mountain ranges.
Address: 3560 Hemsedal
Website: Panorama Road
8. Experience wild nightlife and bowling at the Stavkroa
For those who seek a contrast from the silent serenity of Hemsedal’s quiet outdoors, Stavkroa is an essential nightclub to visit to get a taste of the more rambunctious side of town. Spend your night at this infamously entertaining bar for a memorable time filled with alcohol, bowling, and dancing, an unmistakable combination! Occasionally, the club will also host live entertainment such as comedy or music performances. This is truly the place to be for an exciting night in Hemsedal!
Phone: +47 32055410
Address: Skiheisveien 1, 3560 Hemsedal, Norway
9. Go paragliding above Hemsedal’s scenic landscape with the Oslo Paraglider Club
Nearly every summer weekend, the Oslo Paraglider Club flies above Hemsedal’s landscape for a truly unique experience offered to any daring adventurists. The club’s base is in Hemsedal, where they offer nine-day training sessions to those dedicated to learning how to paraglide by experienced professionals. Every summer, the club trains about 100 new people in the art of paragliding. The sessions usually last from Saturday to Sunday, but they can vary depending on weather conditions.
Phone: +47 92819545
Address: PO Box 100, 3561 Hemsedal
Website: Oslo Paraglider Club
10. Try mountain-carting at the Hemsedal Ski Resort
Another exemplary way to explore the mountains is through the unparalleled activity of mountain carting. Offered at the Hemsedal Ski Resort, mountain carts are low-riding tricycles providing an easy and exciting way to scale the mountain passes. Mountain carts do not have pedals, so the ride is not particularly strenuous, though they do have brakes and handles for ease and precision when riding. They come in various sizes, from small to extra large, to accommodate for different sized people. Mountain carting is an imperative outdoor activity, perfect for families, couples, or just individuals looking for a thrilling ride through the mountains.
Hemsedal Ski Resoirt
Phone: +47 48276199
Address: 3560 Hemsedal
Website: Mountain Carting
Winter or summer, Hemsedal has got you covered!
The village of Hemsedal changes with the seasons, but regardless of whether it is cold or hot out, one thing is for certain: there will always be excitement that awaits any traveler to this multi-faceted destination.
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