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Nesbyen – a cross-country skiers paradise

The beautiful and friendly mountains surrounding Nesbyen are as created for cross country skiing. In high season, you can enjoy more than 450 km of groomed tracks, both in the valleys and on the mountain plateaus.

Our cross country trails are maintained to a high standard throughout the winter. They are free to use, and there is a wide range of trails from short and flat beginner’s areas to challenging routes along the mountaintops. At Skisporet.no (or in the app with the same name), you find a detailed map of all the cross country trails in Nesbyen. You will also see which cross country trails are groomed at any given time (also see embedded map below). Free paper ski maps are found in a number of places in Nesbyen, including the Tourist Office.

Below you will find recommended ski trips.

Nesbyen ski tracks right now

The best cross-country ski trips in Nesbyen

“Natten” with children

Starting point: Nesfjellet Alpinsenter
Distance: Approx. 6 km
Time: Approx. 2 hours (with chilren)

One of Nesbyen’s most child-friendly ski trip starts at Nesfjellet Alpinsenter.

Take the ski lift to the top (not possible with pulk) and start off in the direction of the mountain Trommenatten. 1.5 km after Lake Ålsvatnet, turn right into the Gurili-junction and follow the signs down to the golf course. This is an easy trip, suitable for skiers with short legs. We have all been small, and know that long, heavy slopes may not be at the top of the wish list.

The yellow round

Starting point: Nystølkroken Kafè
Distance: 11 km
Time: Approx. 2 hours

Awarded Norway’s best ski track

A favorite in Nes Sørmark. The terrain is pleasant, but at the same time varied. Follow the yellow marks from the large parking lot at Nystølkroken Kafé. You quickly enter the high mountain platou and see the mountain Åkrefjell (1208m) in front of you. You pass the mountain Trommenatten before speeding downhill back to Nystølen. You can make this trip longer by visiting the mountain Hallingnatten (1314 m), Nesbyen’s highest point (approx. 25 km out and back).


Starting point: Nystølkroken Kafè
Distance: Approx. 25 km
Time: Approx. 3-6 hours

Very popular trip to the highest peak in Nesbyen.

This is the great Easter classic for the “cabin dwellers” in Nes Sørmark. This trip can be a great experience earlier in the winter too, but the peak is exposed to heavy winds. The view from the top is wonderful.

You can start this trip from a number of places, but here we suggest Nystølkroken Kafè as a starting point. Follow “The yellow round” to Øyvatn, before heading towards Hallingnatten. The last 2-3km up the ridge has a though climb, but you get rewarded for the effort with the view at the top. On clear days you can see, among other things, Hallingskarvet and Gaustatoppen. On the way back it is nice to choose the tracks that goes past Austre Brynhildstølen and Trommenatten.

Imle round

Starting point: Myte
Distance: Approx. 10 km
Time: Approx. 2 hours

Explore beautiful Buvassli and Imlan.

Park by Myte. Follow the tracks towards Buvassli and over to Imlan. From Imlan, continue towards Fekjan (about 1.5 km) to Vadli. This is a great spot for lunch. To make it a round trip, continue a few kilometers towards Fekjan. If you turn right at the first intersection and right also at the next intersection, it will be an easy trip back to Myte.


Starting point: Myking or Skålsrudstølen
Distance: Approx. 17 km from Myking, 11 from Skålsrudstølen
Time: Ca. 2 – 5 hours

One of the best views in Nesbyen.

Dyna is one of the great classics in Nes Nordmark. You reach the top from many different starting points (also from the Ål side), and it is possible to compose a number of different round trips including Dyna. From Dyna you see Hallingskarvet, Hardangerjøkulen, Skogshorn, Hallingnatten, Reinskarvet and parts of Hardangervidda. Here we suggest a trip fromMyking, passing the open shelter “Håkonbue” at Holmevatn. Another great starting point is Skålsrudstølen.

Såtenatten round trip

Starting point: Grønhovd
Distance: Approx. 12,5 km
Time: Approx. 2-4 hours

Great tour from Grønhovd

This trip starts at the spacious parking lot at Grønhovd. Follow the ski track south past Såtestølan. Continue west through a  gentle and open mountain terrain. You soon see the mountain Såtenatten right in front of you. The top is easily climbed from the west side. Here you are on the border between Nesbyen, Nore and Uvdal and Ål municipality, and the view is great. The ski tracks goes back toward Lake Olfisken. Follow the ski track on the north side of the lake, back to the parking lot at Grønhovd.

Skålsrudstølen – Saupeset

Starting point: Saupeset or Skålsrudstølen
Distance: 22 km (shorter options available)
Time: 3 – 6 hours

Both Saupeset and Skålsrudstølen are beautiful examples of the traditional Norwegian agricultural landscape. The ski trip between them goes in hilly forest terrain. In this trip suggestion we have included the loop “Syningen ound” on Saupeset, but this can of course be skipped.


Starting point: Parking lot by Lake Langevatn
Distance: Approx. 6 km
Time: Approx. 2 hours (with children)

Easy ski trip to the highest peak in Eastern Nes.

If you get yourself to the top of Vardefjell (1182 masl) you will be rewarded with 360 degree views of Gol, Hemsedal, Jotunheimen, Valdres, Vassfaret, Norefjell, Reineskarvet and Hallingskarvet. Vardefjell is reached via groomed ski tracks, so this view is easily accessible through the winter. From Langevatn you follow blue marked tracks to Buvasstølan (approx. 2 km), and on to the northeast of Storelifjell where there is a map. Follow the red marked tracks. The last 400 meters up to the summit are quite steep. Apart from the last section up to the top, this trip is child friendly.

The starting point for this trip is the Vassfarvegen road which runs between Nes and Hedalen. From Nesbyen, follow signs for Vassfaret and drive this road about 20 km east (toll road, 70 NOK credit card). We recommend starting from the parking lot at the east end of Langevatn, but you can also start from Buvasstølan.

Parts of this trip follow the route “Eventyrløypa”, a 120 km long ski track that runs from Hemsedal, through Gol and Nes, to Flå. Maybe a goal for the winter?

Blåfjell round trip

Starting point: Dypilen
Distance: Approx. 10 km
Time: 1-3 hours

Child-friendly trip in high mountain terrain

From Dypilen, a good place to park, there are approx. 1 km to the start of this trip as indicated on the map.

This tour is located in a charming and quiet area of Eastern Nesbyen, unknown even to some locals.

From Nesbyen, take the R7 towards Oslo, turn left over the bridge by Liodden (after 6 km). After 1 km, passing the railway over the second bridge, take left. Up and into Liemarka (toll road) above Storeli. Drive to the Dypilen and park.

Multi day trip across Hallingdal

Southern Hallingdalsløypa – from Ustaoset to Norefjell

Starting point: Ustaoset
Distance: Approx. 138 km
Time: Approx. 2-5 days

A magnificent ski trip in high mountain terrain along Hallingdal, from Ustaoset in the west to Norefjell in the east. Southern Hallingdalsløypa, formerly known as Eventyrløypa, offers challenging and exciting stages between well-known tourist areas in southern Hallingdal. Along the way you will be rewarded with a fantastic panoramic view. Plan for a week or do the entire trip in one go.

If you want trips over several days with accommodation indoors, there are several possibilities along the way. Most accommodations require small avalanches from the main course, but the large road network makes this unproblematic. See more details about accommodation further down the page. If you are traveling with a tent, you will of course be free to lay down the steps at your own discretion.

The route
The route starts at Ustaoset and passes through Grønebakken to Kikut. From there on the south side of the valley to the mountain Sangefjell, Veståsen and Nesbyen. Then pass Haglebu and Tempelseter (alternatively via Høgevarde) in Eggedal you end your journey at Norefjell (maybe you have earned a stay at the Spa-hotel?). If you want a shorter trip, alternative starting places are Kikut at Geilo, Sangefjell or Veståsen in Ål, Myking or Nystølkroken in Nes, or Haglebu.

Use the app / webpage www.skisporet.no for detailed navigation in addition to the map “Eventyrløypa 1: 150 000” which can be purchased at www.nesbyen-booking.no. In addition, the local hiking maps Geilo 1:50 000 (Nordeca), Nesbyen 1:50 000 (Nordeca) and Norefjell Eggedal 1:50 000 (Nordeca) can be useful. All maps can be purchased at www.kartbutikken.no.

Most of the Hallingdalsløypa south are being groomed on weekends and daily during holiday weeks from Friday in week 7 until mid-April. Preparations are done mainly with snow grooming machine, but some places with snowmobiles. Snow, weather and wind will always determine the quality of tracks. As the trails are mainly in high mountain terrain and affected by wind, it is impossible to keep the trails in perfect conditions at all time.

Hallingdalsløypa south is marked with signes. You can also use the local signs along the route to see the distance to the next crosspoint.

Distances (approximately)
Ustaoset – Hakkestølen – 14 km
Hakkestølen – Fagerhøy – 50 km (if break required, accomodation in Ål can be reached by taxi from Tullestølen (approx. 600,- NOK), west end of lake Rødungen, approximately halfway. Another alternative is to ski all the way down to Hallingdal Feripark via the local track network. The next day, take a taxi up Høgehaug/Bosset (approx. 450,- NOK) and follw to local ski track network towards Hallingdalsløypa south).
Hakkestølen – Tullestølen – 20 km
Høgehaug – Fagerhøy – 15 km
Fagerhøy – Langedrag – 15 km
Langedrag – Haglebu – 30 km
Haglebu – Høgevarde – 25 km
Høgevarde – Norefjell – 11 km
Total – 138 km

Accommodation options along the way (sorted west to the east)
Ustaoset/Geilo, a number of accommodations (www.geilo.com)
Hakkesetstølen, open accommodation, breakfast, dinner (tel. +47 32 09 09 20, post@hakkeset.no, www.hakkeset.no)
Hallingdal Holiday Park, Thon Hotel Hallingdal (both requires transport by Hallingdalsløypa)
Fagerhøy Fjellstue, accommodation, breakfast, dinner (tel: +47 479 08 582, post@fagerhoy.no, www.nesbyen-booking.no)
Langedrag, accommodation, lunch, dinner (tel: +47 32 74 25 50) , post@langedrag.no, www.langedrag.no)
Haglebu Fjellstue, accommodation, breakfast, dinner (tel: +47 32 71 33 50, post@haglebu.no, www.haglebu.no)
Haglebu Feriesenter, accommodation (tel: +47 32 71 33 23, post @ haglebuferiesenter. no, www.haglebuferiesenter.no)​​​​
​​Tempelsetra, accommodation, food service (ak.magraff@gmail.com, www.tempelsetra.no)
Høgevarde: Høgevardehytta DNT, accommodation, self-served food storage, requires DNT-key (contact DNT): (tel: +47 32 25 51 40, kontor@dntdrammen.no, www.ut.no/hytte/3.2577)
Norefjell, a number of accommodations (www.norefjell.com)

You can also find photos, maps and information at www.ut.no.

For more information, contact Nesbyen Tourist Office at info@nesbyen.no

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