Rjukan – Geilo
23rd of May 2015
Total distance stage: 167 km
It is over 100 years since Geilo welcomed its first ski tourists. As early as 1867, the first English tourist, Lord Garvagh from London, came to the area around Hallingskarvet. In 1880, his son had the well-known Lordehytta built at Folarskaret on Hallingskarvet. Modern ski tourism began in 1935 when one of the country’s first slalom races was organized in Geilo. That was the beginning of today’s modern, all-round sports resort. Some of the greatest events that have marked the development of Geilo have been the opening of the Bergen Railway in 1909, the establishment of an active ski school in the 1950s, the first chair lift, Geilo Taubane, which opened in 1954 and Norway’s first piste preparation machine in 1972. Geilo’s first hotel, Gjeilo Hotell (now Geilo Hotel), was established in 1880. In 1909 – the same year as the opening of the Bergen Railway – came Dr. Holms Hotel. Skarverennet was first organized in 1974. It is a cross-country skiing race, arranged by the club Geilo IL. The race begins in Finse, and runs along Hallingskarvet, before it finishes at Ustaoset, a total of 37 km. More than 12 000 people participate every year.
Hol has fostered several great athletes such as the freestyle skiers Andreas Håtveit and Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen, the ice skaters Hege and Håvard Bøkko and Christoffer Fagerli Rukke. In addition, the upcoming singer/songwriter star, Daniel Kvammen, is from Geilo.
Geilo has developed into a popular destination – winter, spring, summer and autumn. You will find a selection of restaurants, shops and activities and a wealth of accommodation options. From Geilo it is also only a short distance to the fjords of Western Norway, and the journey by train from Geilo station is an experience in itself.
Information about Telemark: www.visittelemark.com
Information about Geilo: www.geilo.no