Geilo is a ski resort in Norway. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the westerly Hardangervidda National Park. It is located at about 800 meters above sea level and is 250 km from the capital Oslo. The village belongs to the municipality Hol and is the administrative headquarters.
Geilo is over 800 meters above sea level already in the subarctic climate zone, since only two months have an average temperature of about 10 ° C and the coldest month is below -3 ° C ( Effective climate classification: Dfc ).
After the opening of the Bergen Railway from Oslo to Bergen in 1909 the first tourists came with the new transportation in the city. During the Second World War was in Geilo in 1940 a German Lebensborn home.
Geilo has a station on the mountain railway. Geilo is located approximately midway between Oslo and Bergen.
Blacksmithing has a long tradition in Geilo. Today's industry has started with local agriculture and forging. Today, knives, axes and tools of Geilo be done anywhere in the world.
Tourism and Sport
In the winter
The place has a 220 km long network of trails and 18 lifts. The runway length is a total of 25, the longest run 2 km away. The ski area is located at an altitude 900-1175 meters ( maximum difference in height: 275 meters). 1980 found the Winter Paralympics held in Geilo.
In the summer
In the summer of Geilo is popular with hikers, fishermen and mountain bikers. The Navvy Road along the Hardangervidda was created as a construction road for the mountain railway and is now used as a cycle path.
In Geilo further offers the possibility of good food to go in winter and has bars for après-ski. Culinary offers the city a little highlight with the restaurant Hallingstuene, where the famous Norwegian TV chef Frode Aga cooking.
Sons of the city
- Terje Isungset (* 1964), Jazzperkussionist