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Introduction

Geilo is located northwest of Oslo and offers beautiful scenery with a friendly and charming village that has been welcoming international visitors since 1890.

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Sights and Activities

Skiing

Geilo enjoys a typically long Norwegian winter season that stretches from early November until early May. Geilo Skicenter opened its first chair-lift in 1954 and has currently 20 ski-lifts of different types. Its maximum capacity is more than 25,000 passengers per hour. There are rarely queues, and there are 40 alpine slopes of varying degree of difficulty and length. Geilo also offers 220 kilometres of cross country tracks, giving skiers of all abilities the ideal conditions to enjoy this Nordic sport. From easy tracks in and around Geilo centre to expert tracks up in the mountains. Uncrowded pistes and very snow sure conditions coupled with warm and friendly makes Geilo a great place to go on a ski holiday!

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Getting There

By Plane

Flights go to/from Oslo Gardermoen Airport or to/from Bergen Airport. From there, you have to transfer by bus or train, approximately taking 4 hours.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
HI Geilo Youth HostelLienvegen 137hostel-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Most Norwegian households are connected to the Internet in some way (often broadband), making cybercafés hard to find outside major cities, due to a relatively small market. Most public libraries have free public access to the internet, but a limited number of computers and limited opening hours.

However, if you bring a laptop with a wireless connection you will find wireless internet zones just about everywhere (gas stations, city centres, cafés, shopping centres, hotels etc.), sometimes free, but be prepared to pay for it though. It is not unusual for hotels to have a terminal for guest use. Well over half of the camp grounds have wifi internet, but if it's crucial for you, best to ask before paying for your camping space.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The international calling code for Norway is 47. Emergency numbers include Police at 112, Fire at 110 and Emergency Medical Services at 113.
If you are unsure which number to call, 112 is the central for all rescue services and will put you in contact with the correct department. For non-emergencies, the police is to be called on 02800.

Cell phone Coverage generally is very good, except maybe some of the valleys, fjords and mountains. The company with the best coverage is Telenor. The other main operator is Netcom. These two deliver coverage to a multitude of other companies (Tele2 and Network Norway are two smaller companies that deliver coverage in the main cities, but utilize the othe two's net when outside).Prepaid sim card are available in all shops that sell phones and also petrol stations and kiosks. Prepaid has been in a slump in Norway after forced registration was effected, so prices are a bit higher for these than for subscriptions.

If you plan to do quite a bit of websurfing on the phone then Telenor's Prepaid (or "Kontant" in Norwegian) might be the ticket. You can surf as much as you wish, but the card doesn't get charges for more than 10 NOK per day (worth it if you use more than 2MB per day on the days you surf - though after 500MB the speed get's axed to 100kb/s).

Post

Red mailboxes are found easily and post offices are plentiful, with opening hours on most being 9:00am to 5:00pm, with usually shorter hours on Saturday. Stamps can usually only be found at post offices although some popular tourist venues might carry them. Norway's postal system, "Posten", has a good website with a lot of English information including up to date prices and also details about the opening hours of the nearest post office. The most commonly sent format for travellers are letters and cards up to 20 grams, check their website for current prices. If you want to send packages, you might also use international courier companies lik DHL, UPS or TNT.

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