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There are many fantastic nature experiences in Hemsedal in summer and many beautiful mountain hikes. We have listed some of our "must-sees" in Hemsedal that are guaranteed to create unforgettable summer memories.
By: Isabel Müller Eidhamar & Destination Hemsedal
10 min
Updated 20 May 2022

New 8 km long continuous blue flow trail

Play in the brand new blue flow trail, Silverstone, from the top of the chairlift in Hemsedal ski resort and all the way down to the bottom of the resort. The trail goes through the forest with berms and jumps and it will be enough for riders of all skill levels to hone in. Since it is a blue flow path, it will suit most people.

We recommend that you start biking in Tottelia and when you feel confident in your skills there, you can go over to take the lift up and try your hand at the new trail. This summer, a new green family trail is being built on top of the Hollvin Express as well as a red flow trail that goes down towards Fyri resort.

The view from the flow trail is amazing, the trail starts off on the high mountain going into the birch forest and winds down towards Skigaarden and further down the hill side til you reach the lift again.

- Rollercoaster. -Coolest flow trail in Norway. -Adrenaline and challenges. -You can make it as difficult as you want. -Amazing view.
These are somethings that has been said about the new flow trail.

So make your reservation now and come and try it yourself. Remember also that Hemsedal is part of Hallingdal Rides which is trail biking throughout Hallingdal. Together we can offer some of the roughest in trail biking in Europe. If you are travelling by car, you can reach all destinations within the hour from Hemsedal.

Skigaarden, Fjellkafeen, Lodgen Spiseri, Fyri Resort - Roa Matbar are open this summer and offer both good food and coffee with snacks for the break.

Ps. you can also go on and lovely mountain hike to Totten starting from the chairlift and try on the Mountain cart.

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The new blue flow trail
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Enjoy the view from our mountain peaks

When you ask the locals in Hemsedal what their favourite hike is, most of them will mention Storhøvda as one of their all-time favourites. Not only does it offer one of the most spectacular views in all of Hemsedal, it is also one of the easiest hike in our Top 20 brochure. It is easy to get lost in your daydreams while enjoying the view from the top. The view of Skogshorn is the best in town and you can see lakes as far as the eye can wander. On a clear day Hydnefossen waterfall on the opposite side of the valley is also clearly visible in the distance. It is also a great hike if you want to take an evening stroll or take the dog for a walk. It is as they say, when you go to New York don't climb to the top of Empire State, climb the Rockefeller Center so that you can marvel at the Empire State, just as you here can marvel at Skogshorn mountain from the top of Storhøvda. Suitable for the whole family! Happy hiking!

The hike to Veslehødn and Storehødn has more to offer than a view of Hydnefossen. A small "detour" up to Hydnekjaften is definitely recommended. There are several Hemsedal legends about how this erosion in the rock was created, and rumors say that the rock mass that disappeared is Klokkersteinen by Ulsåk. The trip goes up the mountain, past the upper side of Hydnefossen, around the lake Hødnetjedne and up to the top with fantastic views over Storehødn and the whole of Hemsedal down towards Gol and up towards the center of the village.
The detour to Hydnekjeften offers dramatic views down the mountainside, so if you have a fear of heights, you may want to take the trip to Veslehødn first (blink, blink). But fear not, this is a perfect day trip for the whole family that can be extended or shortened as needed! If you are in our Top 20 competition, you can manage two in one day if you continue up towards Storehødn before returning to the car, and if you take some nice photos, feel free to tag us with #hemsedalcom and # hemsedaltopp20 on Instagram!

In Horntjerne which is located at the top of Hydnefossen you can fish with the fishing license to Hemsedal. Bring your tent and enjoy the silence of the mountains during the night.
We have many great peaks in Hemsedal, these can be found in our Top 20 brochure or online at Top 20 Hemsedal

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Hydnefossen and Veslehødn
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Hydnekjaften
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Biking in Hydalen is a spectaculare experience

Cycle on an electric bike to Hydalen nature reserve

Have you tried e-biking before? If not this is your chance! The last couple of years electric bikes have boomed in popularity, and that is no exception in Hemsedal. If you get easily tired, but love biking, and want some extra help in the steep inclines, this is a great option as it helps you with electric power when it gets tough. We guarantee you have never bikes this fast before! You can rent an e-bike at the sportshops MOH+ and SkiStar Sportshop in Hemsedal town centre. We recommend biking to Hydalen, a nature reserve north in the valley. Hydalen is known for its incredible views of mountains Harahødn and Ranastøngji, as well as the beautiful Vavatn lake. It is also a great way to get to the starting-point for the Hydalshjallen hike! This day trip is also great during the autumn months to view the amazing foliage in Hydalen. Enjoy!


Daydream while canoying at the Vannen lake or try SUP at Fagersetvatn

Canoying in the summer is medicine for the soul and a great and active activity for the whole family. Rent a canoe from Hemsedal Fjellsport by the climbing park Høyt & Lavt in Hemsedal town centre and set out on your dream day on the lakes. You will enjoy a marvellous view of Skogshorn mountain and the surrounding islands. It is also a great place to go camping, and the first island on Vannen is especially equipped for exactly this with a campfire spot and places to sit. For canoe-rental prices check Hemsedal aktiv.

Do you also love to go SUP paddeling? Hemsedal Fjellsport has SUP for rent. There are many great places to discover with your SUP, both along rivers and mountain lakes. You pick up your SUP and life jacket at Hemsedal Climbing Center, it is easy to inflate and you are ready to paddle away in a few minutes.

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Beautiful canoe spots in Hemsedal
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Swimming in Grytevatn

Cool off with a swim in Grytevatn

On a hot summer day, there are few things that are more delicious than taking a dip in Hemsedal's many fine mountain lakes, and our perhaps best kept secret is Grytevatn towards Lykja. The idyllic bathing place has both nice rocks to sunbathe on, but also a small beach where the youngest can go out into the water, and not least Grytevatn Hemsedal's warmest bathing water! Pack a fresh summer salad and enjoy lunch overlooking the lake and nearby mountains. Here you can easily spend the whole day! Here it can be nice to bring the SUP board if you have it, or you can rent it for the day at Hemsedal Fjellsport.

We have several bathing spots in Hemsedal, including the sandy beach in the center, which is our most child-friendly beaches. Here you swim in Hemsila and have a cafe and restaurants just around the corner and a little further down the river is Høyt & Lavt Klatrepark which is suitable for children and adults from 2 years.

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Fekjan waterfall and creek

Follow the path from Fekjan and swim in the waterfalls

The walk from Fekjan to Hemsedal town centre is a beautiful alternative for anyone who fancies a less steep hike that still offers spectacular views and sights. The walk is not as famous as the other Top 20 hikes, but it is just as beautiful! The walk takes up most of the day and takes a couple of hors, so remember to bring some food and enough to drink. It might also be an idea to bring swimwear as one of Hemsedal's most beautiful waterfalls Fekjanfossen is nearby. It has quickly become one of the local's favourite swimming spots, and it is nice to cool down and wash of the sweat on a warm summer's day! This is also a great starting-point for camping.


Go snorkling for Trout in the Hemsila river

Do you enjoy snorkling during the summer holidays? You might find it surprising, but you can also snorkle here in Hemsedal! One of our most beloved summer activities is river snorkling in Hemsila! It is a fun, unqiue and action-packed activity in the water with great odds at seeing the Mountain Trout in its natural habitat. The visibility is surprisingly good too! A local guide will accompany you on the 3 hour experience, and you don't have to worry if you get easily cold, because you will be given a wetsuit to keep you warm. For booking please see bookhemsedal.com.

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River snorkling
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Fyri Pool Club

Food and experiences around the valley

Visit our fantastic restaurants this summer and enjoy the flavours of the mountains. The restaurants buy vegetables and meat from the local farmer and some of the chefs, also loves going out in the mountain a pick herbs and berrys that accompanies the dishes.

Take the trip into Grøndalen and up the mountain to Harahorn Fjellgård, here you can enjoy everything from delicious summer lunches to luxurious 7-course dinners with flavors from the mountains. Check out our article about the Head chef at Harahorn, Jørgen Kolderup. Harahorn can also be a starting point for the mountain hike or stop on the road when you are out with the electric bike to Hydalen. Here they have in collaboration with MOH +, chargers for electric bikes so you can cycle all the way to Hydalen and back to the city center again without risking running out of power on the bike.

Fyri Resort is the new gem in Hemsedal. Enjoy delicious snacks and drinks i the Pool Club or a lovely dinner in Liv Bistro, here the food is of the highest quality and the view is impeccable. In the town center of Hemsedal you'll find many restaurants offering local food such as Hemsedal Cafe which has a partnership with Brandvoll Fjellgaard, read more about their collab in our article.

At Skogstad hotell is Elgen Bar located, which opens for breakfast and you can enjoy for example croissants and "over night oats" and stays open all day. Kroken Bar & Bistro serves the valley's best burgers and here you can also enjoy the sunset on the outdoor terrace.

We also have several cafes in the center where you will find everything from baked goods to light lunches.

Self care

If you feel like taking care of both your body and mind when on holiday, you can join Yoga Hemsedal on one of their yoga sessions. At Fyri Pool Club you can order a treatment at Fyri Spa give your face a new glow or take care of your feet after the mountain hike.

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Fyri Pool Club treatment
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Enjoy a sunset from a mountain peak

Test your fishing luck and go camping by Helsingvatn

If you love fishing Hemsedal is the perfect place for you! There are endless choices and plenty of lakes to choose from all across the valley, though the lakes in Lykkja remain a favourite among many. Who knows, perhaps you will catch tonight's dinner in one of the lakes? Up by Helsingvatn in Lykkja you can fish while enjoying the view of the incredible Skogshorn mountain and its surroundings. Why not bring camping gear and spend the night? It is sure to be one of the best places you have ever enjoyed your morning coffee! You can buy your fishing license with us here at the Tourist Office, in one of Hemsedal's sportshops or online at inatur.no


Enjoy the sunset at Harahødn

The hike up to Harahødn is great in summer and during the autumn months, and as a part of our Top 20 hikes many people visit every year. The top boasts of amazing views of the Vavatn lake, the nature reserve Hydalen and Grønndalen, and if you enjoy climbing you will love the climb up the ridge to the top. Harahødn is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Hemsedal to enjoy the sunset, and if you want a souvernir, why not buy the 'Harahorn' gin named after the mountain at the airport on the way back home? If you climb the mountain during the sunset hours, remember to bring a headlamp for the journey home.

Welcome to the mountains!

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