Hemsedal is one of the most popular ski destinations in Scandinavia and is about as close to the Alps as you will get in Norway. The downhill skiing in Hemsedal is of high quality, although the number of connected kilomtres of slope is less than Alp enthusiasts will be used to. Hemsedal is between 625 and 1,920 metres above sea level with a very stable winter climate making Hemsedal snow safe in the downhill season from mid November till early May. With average lift queue times of 2-3 minutes you will be skiing or boarding your way down wide open expanses of snow covered mountain.
Hemsedal is located between Oslo and Bergen, 220 kilometres north-west of Oslo and 277 kilometres northeast of Bergen. A main road connecting Oslo and Bergen runs through Hemsedal.
The closest airport to Hemsedal is Fagernes airport, but this is only used by some charter flights from England. The airport that is closest and accessible on standard flights is Oslo's Gardermoen airport, which is 237 kilometres away. From the middle of December to the middle of April it's possible to get a bus from Gardermoen airport directly to Hemsedal on Friday's and Sunday's.
From the city of Oslo there are daily departures to Hemsedal. Lavprisekspressen 'Low cost express' buses run between Oslo and Bergen and stop in Hemsedal. Tickets can be as cheap as 49 NOK one way if you book in advance. Nor-Way is another express bus option and their website also has an English section. Although generally more expensive, this bus has a 'seat guarantee', so you don't have to book in advance. If the departure you wanted to make is full, they'll put in an extra bus.
Using Norway's national train network, NSB, you can get a train to Gol and take a local bus from there to Hemsedal.
There are around 6,500 beds in Hemsedal in the numerous hotels, guesthouses, apartments and cabins available. A lot of these are ski in, ski out and in close proximity to the Hemsedal or Solheisen ski centres. For those further away, there is a free ski bus to, from and between the two ski centres. Solheisen ski centre is a smaller, more family oriented skiing area, about 10 kilometres away from the centre of Hemsedal.
Hemsedal ski centre has a total of 21 lifts of which 4 are express chair. The drop is 810 metres from the highest top Totten, located at 1,450 metres. In total there are 43 kilometres of prepared slopes.
There is something here for everyone, with long green runs (longest is 6 km) for beginners, red and black runs for more advanced skiers, a large child- and family area and two snowboard parks (blue and red/black). The snowboard parks are considered among the best in Europe. You can rent ski equipment at both the Hemsedal and Solheisen ski centres.
Hemsedal has 18 restaurants, 13 pubs and after-ski facilities and 3 nightclubs. It is especially renowned for it's after-ski which has a fantastic atmosphere.
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