Hemsedal – Skiing in Norway

Hemsedal, Norway

After a crazy weekend in Oslo filled with amazing restaurants. Hip bars and amount of Akvavit which I do not want to mention publicly. Time has come to go skiing in Hemsedal The main reason of my trip to Norway (this time).

Hemsedal is a little village idyllically set up in the Hallingdal Valley. Norway’s best ski resort. Well-established in whole Scandinavia. Premier ski and snowboard destination. I have never before ski in Norway. I was very excited and curious. Have heard many good, but as usual needed to check myself.

Skiing in Hemsedal!

Skiing in Norway was a very unique experience and a lot of fun. Natural, unspoiled environment. Friendly locals. Relaxed pace of life. And numerous thrilling winter activities. From horse sleigh riding. Through night skiing and snowboarding. Ice climbing. Paragliding. Snowmobile safari. And sledding. You can drive your own team of huskies, how cool is that?!

Norwegian people love skiing. Especially cross-country skiing. If you are a fan you will be in paradise. One can enjoy 120km of well-groomed cross-country tracks. And 90km of mountain tracks in beautiful, wild surroundings.

Snow is always guaranteed. Hemsedal boast one of the highest and consistent snowfall levels in Europe. From early November to early May you can go ‘crazy white’ every weekend. Nice! All that with outstanding and breathtaking views. A true heaven for all ski lovers.

No matter what is your level you will enjoy the slopes. Choices and challenges are plentiful. From crazy off-piste. Through fast and smooth reds to long and wide blue ones. Five fun parks will keep all the snowboarders and kids occupy for hours. Big hits, fun boxes, quarter pipes, rails, half pipes and much much more. 

Hemsedal is well known for its excellent off-piste conditions. I can’t say much about it myself. I do not feel comfortable enough for off-piste skiing yet. those who are interested but do not know the area can easily hire a guide. To enjoy the best what the region has to offer (read some extreme action).

The village poses an alpine charm and relaxed atmosphere. Great après-ski bars, Skogstad Hotel’s bar, Bar(t) and Hemsedal Cafe. Where you can have fun even on the week days. Ending up a party at 6am with crazy American guys.

I have stayed in Skarsnuten Hotel with a great restaurant and après-ski bar. Another great restaurant Kjokken Kroken is located in the centre of the village. My personal favourite is a Japanese restaurant in Skogstad Hotel, Jonoe. Outstanding! Hotel Skogstad has as well great Norwegian restaurant with microbrewery. 

Generally I had a lot of fun in Hemsedal. Skiing was good. People fun. Restaurants and hotels high standard. Just one little thing that put me off a little bit. They don’t serve gluhwine. I was shocked. After days of research I have found two bars which does. But only after 1pm.

10 thoughts on “Hemsedal – Skiing in Norway

  1. I love the snowy mountains! Currently in Colorado now for the season and had my first full day of snowboarding today. I’ve got the next 2 days free so you know I’ll be ripping it up!

    • I’m so jealous, neve skied in Colorado, and still didn’t start the white season yet, but very very soon, off to France to ski a bit :)
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  2. Becky Padmore

    I really love Scandinavia, looks such a pretty place to go skiing!
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  3. Ellen

    One of my dream is to travel Europe like Norway because I heard so many nice places to go there. I love looking at those snow which is also one of my dream – to Ski.
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  4. Looks like a winter wonderland!
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    • It really does, instead of skiing I could stare for hours for this view :)

  5. flip

    I’ve never tried skiing before but it looks fun! Gorgeous pictures by the way!
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    • Thanks a lot, Norway was a lot of fun, but Switzerland still remains my favourite :)

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