The 10 Best Things to Do in Nesbyen, Norway

November 17, 2017 Toi Mattera

Discover the best top things to do in Nesbyen, Norway including Langedrag Wildlife Park, Nesbyen Alpisenter, Gardnos Meteorite Crater, Trommenatten, Fossan, Rukkedalen Landhandleri, Trytetjern, Nesbyen Turistkontor, Kulusetberget Nature Trail, Tops in Nesbyen.
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1. Langedrag Wildlife Park

Langedrag, Nesbyen 3540, Norway +47 32 74 25 50
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Langedrag Wildlife Park

The houses at Langedrag are situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty. They look like fairytale Castles, 1000 metres above sea level with a breathtaking view over Mountains and lakes. Eva and Edvin K. Thorson started building the farm in 1978. They wanted to realise their dream of a farm where visitors could experience nature and animals at a closer range than anywhere else. ‘In awe of life’ is the motto at Langedrag. In the Nature Park you can find animals like reindeer, mouflon sheep, mountain fox, horses, goats, wild boars and lynxes. Few other places in the world would let you enter the wolf enclosure, like you can at Langedrag. Every Thursday and Friday in summer you can accompany us on a trip to our summer farm in the Mountains. At the farm we make crisp bread on traditional hot plates and tell the stories of the area and its people.

Reviewed By Starnurse2 - Crowthorne, United Kingdom

Visited with family who had been several years before. The aim is to preserve the reducing numbers of Norwegian wildlife die to hunting. I think the wolves were the primary concern, but there are Lynx, Moose, Arctic Foxes, types of goat and sheep plus plenty of not so wild rabbits! The wolves are beautiful, and there are two who remain from a pack that have been brought up with a human Alpha Male. He goes in to feed the wolves and howls and pretend to eat making them wait their turn. It is very important for wolves to have a hierarchy. For me, the best was the Lynx kittens, although one was camera shy. There is a good cafe here and it is possible to stay onsite. I was amazed how little signage there was for it. One small sign several miles down the road just with the name Langedrag, but no mention of a wildlife park. Eventually you reach the entrance and there is a sign and that is it! But definitely worth the trip:)

2. Nesbyen Alpisenter

Nesbyen 3540, Norway +47 32 07 01 70
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Nesbyen Alpisenter

Natten Most think of this area as a paradise for downhill skiing, but there is also a selection of cross country tracks. The steepest hills can be avoided, just use the ski lift! Nesbyen Alpine Centre (760 - 1315 masl.) Tracks are generally prepared every day during Christmas, one week during the winter holiday and during Easter. Otherwise the tracks are prepared on Saturdays and on Sundays when needed (+ 5 cm fresh snow). The tracks are normally supposed to be done by 11:00. Plenty of parking at Nesbyen Alpine Centre, and Skistua café and restaurant is open every day. Nesbyen Alpine Centre is responsible for preparing the tracks. Tel. +47 32 06 74 00. Trip suggestion: Natten - The Children’s Trip - (app. 6km) The Natten area is also ideal for cross country skiing. If you have young children, ride the ski lift to the top and follow the tracks towards Trommenatten over Lake alsvatnet and down through Tverrlia to the golf course. This is an easy trip, suitable for children. This trip can easily be extended towards Bogaset and Nystolen. Starting point: Nesbyen Alpine Centre. For ski rental, see the alpine Centre. Slope preparation General agreement on the preparation each day as needed during Christmas, winter holiday week and Easter. Outside of holiday periods the slope is preparated every Saturday, and Sundays as needed (+ 5 cm fresh snow)

Reviewed By KRN-NO - Gjovik, Norway

Went to Nesbyen Alpinsenter last weekend. The slopes are steep, but there is also a quite good slope for beginners on one side.
Despite being small, the slopes should have been marked better. We went as a family, and our youngest had to walk down part of the slopes as we went down one that in other skiing places would have been marked as at least red.
For a family of 4 and buying 1 keycard (NOK 75), it cost us around NOK 1100 for skiing 3 hours. This gives access to 4 medium-short slopes and a T-hook "elevator" that takes a long time to bring you up. Compared to other places I've been that cost about the same, you get very little action and service for your money.

3. Gardnos Meteorite Crater

Garnas, Nesbyen 3540, Norway
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Gardnos Meteorite Crater

About 546 million years ago, a meteorite with a diameter of 300 meters struck Garnas in Nesbyen. Large forces formed a crater wit a diameter of 5 kilometers. The bedrock was ground up and rock flour was squeezed into the smallest cracks. The impact created the distinctive rock called Breksjestein. You can drive all the way to the centre of the crater, where the waiting guides will take you exploring. Exploring nature in this way is exciting for both adults and children. The Gardnos crater is one of the most easily accessible meteorite craters in the world, especially because the crater itself and the evidence of the impact are easy to find along the nature trail. A visit to Gardnos meteorite crater will give you a better understanding of the forces the area was exposed to. In the service building, there's an exhibition that details the events. The service building has a kiosk and bathrooms. Groups are welcome outside opening hours. Guiding with or without catering. Please contact us for an appointment. Directions: Drive Rv. 7 towards Gol and follow the signs from Garnas to the crater.

Reviewed By mlukow - Stockholm, Sweden

Good place to make a short break during a trip - you can take a walk in the meteor crater and in the forest next to it.
We could not fully enjoy the place because they had problem with a credit card terminal and we didn't have cash, so we were not able to pay for a guide or eat something. We only read some info in the paper guide we got at the entrance.

4. Trommenatten

Jordeshagen 5, Nesbyen 3540, Norway +47 32 07 01 70
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Trommenatten

Reviewed By Tore S - Røyken, Buskerud, Norway

This place is actually a part of my childhood to adulthood. From 1956 to 1983 I visited this mountain allmost a hundred times summer and winter. Last time in september 2014.
Easy to reach from the Bogaset seter close to the Nesbyen alpine resort. Fint trip for families with children. There also are several small lakes nearby where one can bath (Beware of the temperature though) or fish. Cloudberries and blueberries at random. During winte, there are good skiing tracks. If you wish, you also can go further into the Mountains to Hallingnatten (3 hours during winter - a long days walk during summer)

5. Fossan

Rukkedola River, Nesbyen 3540, Norway
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Fossan

Excellent bathing places along the Rukkedola river are to be found near the Hallingdal Museum. Try to glide in the small Waterfalls and bathe in the warm stream.

Reviewed By Gianluca B - Foligno, Italy

We made a stop while driving from Bergen to Oslo...definitely a magic atmosphere when you get close to the Waterfalls and look down! I was in company of my good friend Lino Valentini, we really enjoyed!

6. Rukkedalen Landhandleri

Rukkedalsvegen 564, Nesbyen 3540, Norway
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Rukkedalen Landhandleri

Reviewed By Elisabeth S - Oslo, Norway

Søt, liten butikk med et ganske godt utvalg lokale varer. Huset er veldig sjarmerende, og ligger flott plassert like ved Nesbyen. Her finnes det blant annet egg, spekemat, syltetøy og ulike type sirup av f.eks. granskudd og rognebær. Betjeningen er veldig imøtekommende, og slår gjerne av en prat. Det er også mulig å ta seg en kopp kaffe i kaféen.

7. Trytetjern

Nes Ostmark, Nesbyen 3540, Norway
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Trytetjern

Gravel road and good trail. Approx. 400 m.a.s.l. The Trytetjern area is a popular leisure area in Nes. The area has both a shooting range and a great swimming spot. The high water temperatures in Trytetjern are well-known from the radio reports. Route: Drive Hedalsveien up the valley side from the east side of Nesbyen. Park on the large parking lot on the left of the road after app. 5 km. Walk the gravel road to the swimming spot and onwards on the trail around the water. Follow the car road the last part back. Locals often use the hills up from the town center for exercise. East side of the valley Starting point: Parking lot by bath lake Trytetjern Distance in km: 1,7 GPS: 6715349 North 508580 East (UTM zone 32)

Reviewed By SWF57 - Bergen, Norway

Her er det fint å slappe av i varmen, enten bare som en pust i bakken eller som et turmål i seg selv. Det finnes benker i terrenget, og badeplass med toalett og garderobe.

8. Nesbyen Turistkontor

Alfarvegen 139, Nesbyen 3540, Norway +47 32 07 01 70
Nesbyen Turistkontor

9. Kulusetberget Nature Trail

Nystolen, Nesbyen 3540, Norway +47 32 07 01 70

Mountain and forest, mostly forest. 900 – 1000 m.a.s.l. Forest hike with information on the local environment. The trail starts just below the gate to Kuluset summer farm. It goes left and straight up onto the mountain Kulusetberget. A rock is placed here, showing the directions and names of several visible mountain peaks. The trail then runs down the ridge to the summer farm Solbrekkka. It ends there by a reconstructed bear trap, used for hunting in the old days. Information in Norwegian and German. Starting point: Kuluset. Parking: Nystolkroken Kafe or Kuluset Directions: From Nesbyen town center, Rukkedalsvegen 8 km towards Tunhovd. Go left over the river towards Nystolen 8 km, after 3 km take right in crossroad. Follow signs to chosen parking point. Km: Approx. 1 km. Normal pace: 1 hr. Skilt: Sign-posted and marked with blue color. Rest stops: Kulusetberget. Hiking map can be bought at the tourist information, bookstore and tourist businesses.

10. Tops in Nesbyen

Jordeshagen 5, Nesbyen 3540, Norway +47 00 47 32 07 01 70

These are 12 mountain tops in Nesbyen with different starting points. The mountain tops can be climbed on skis or with hiking boots both in the winter and the summer. All the hikes that start off in the Mountains should be manageable for most and go through pretty easy terrain. We recommend the hiking maps Turkart Nesbyen 1:50.000 or Nes Nordmark 1:35.000. Trommenatten Trommenatten (1175 masl.) is a small mountain with a big rock beacon in Nes Sormark. In the winter, it’s about a 2 hour trip from Liaset or Fekjan, a bit less from Nystolen or Bogaset. There are self-service toll bars on the road to all these places. You can also start off from the alpine centre at Natten. Go to the top of the ski lift, and the terrain is easy from there on. In the summer, there’s a great hiking trail to Trommenatten from Bogaset. akrefjell akrefjell (1209 masl.) is in the northwest of Nes Sormark. This is a popular skiing area in the winter, but it’s great in the summer too. There’s a dirt road and a nice trail from Nystolen and Timmermannsstolen and up to the top. There’s a trail from Liaset as well. The trip from Liaset takes about 2 hours in the summer and just over an hour in the winter. Storevarden Storevarden (1232 masl.) is a rock beacon that marks the boarder of Nes municipality situated in the middle of the largest high mountain area in the municipality, on the boarder to Nore og Uvdal. The top is quite far away from any car roads and might be easier to reach in the winter. There’s no market track to the top, but you’ll get pretty close by following the Mikkelsplassloypa from Liaset or the other tracks from Nystolen, Bogaset or Fekjan app 10 km, the last two using a map. Hallingnatten Hallingnatten (1314 masl.) is the highest peak in the municipality and a popular destination. Several tracks and trail from several starting points. In the summer, it’s great to start off from Fekjan, Imle, Gorbu or Buvassli. You might be able to go further in the winter, in which case you can follow the Mikkelsplassloypa from Liaset, which runs over the top and further on to Flenten, or start off at Nystolen, Bogaset or Natten. The total distance is about the same from all starting points, 14-15 km. Beia Beia (1081 masl.) is the most prominent mountain area in Nes and offers great views of the valley. It’s a 3 or 4 hour hike on a T-marked trail from Nesbyen. It might be easier to follow the ridge to the top from Leirtjern. If you like steep terrain, Bjodnaskaret may be a good starting point. You could also hike to the top from the south. Drive the Fekjan road to Saupeset and hike for about an hour (Toll bar at Sanden). Dyna Dyna (1212 masl.) is the highest mountain top in this mountain area. The rock beacon here marks the boarder to al municipality. In the winter, there are marked tracks from Gronhovd, Fagerhoy Fjellstue and Ranten hotell (app. 8 km). You can also get to the top in the summer from the same starting points. Then the trail runs through Steinstolene in al. You can also hike to the top from al, in which case the hike is a bit shorter. If you want a longer ski trip, we recommend a round trip from Ranten/Gronhovd via Satenatten and Dyna, app.25 km. Satenatten Satenatten (1137 masl.) is a boarder beacon between Nes and al and Nore og Uvdal. In the winter there are several marked tracks, the most popular starting point is Gronhovd, app,7-8 km. There are also tracks that run from Lyseren, Bruset and from Tunhovdsiden. You can get to the top in the summer by starting off from Satestolen or the summer farm areas on Tunhovdsiden. Long ski trip: Gronhovd-Satenatten-Dyna-Gronhovd, app. 25 km. Klevarudnatten Klevarudnatten (808 masl.) is one of the tops used in the first geographical survey of the valley. There’s a large wooden tower on the top used at the time. There is one tower for the surveyor and an inner tower for the scope. The tower has not been safe for a long time. The shortest route to the top runs from the nature trail at Trytetjern, about a 1 hour hike. Or would you like to go the hard way from the residential areas? Vardefjell Vardefjell (1182 masl.) is the best known mountain in Nes ostmark. The top is near the boarder to Gol and Valdres. The usual route in the winter is Buvasstolan via Valdresli, or from Langevassenden, up the hills land east of Storeli. Somewhat steep hills, but otherwise great cross-country terrain. In the summer, you can follow several trails. Check out your map. Blafjell Blafjell (1154 masl.) is the highest top in Liemarka. The top is easily accessible both in the summer and the winter. There’s a marked trailed (yellow markings) from Dyplien. There are two routes, making a round trip of app. 8 km possible. There are usually good ski tracks from Dyplien, but if you want a longer trip, there are also tracks from Veneli and Domfet in Flasiden and from Langevatn in Nes ostmark. There’s a great views of parts of Vassfaret from Blafjell. Stroslifjellet Stroslifjellet (1107 masl.) is close to Vassfaret and right next to Bringen. The view from the top is well worth a visit! The best way to conquer the mountain in the winter, is to approach from Northern Lake Oddevatnet. The terrain from the water to above the tree line can be a bit difficult in places. You can get to N. Oddevatnet: - Nes ostmark: Langevatn – Elomstjern – Brenthol – Oddevatnet. - From Tomarka: Lyseren/Syningset – Brenthol – Oddevatnet. - From Liemarka: Dyplien – Sandvatnet – Oddevatnet. In the summer, you can follow trails and roads pretty close to the mountain. Pretty easy ascent through the birch woods from Skardtjern. The top hiking trips are part of a leaflet distributed by the orientation group in Nesbyen sports club (IL). The leaflet is part of an activity programme where you visit12 selected mountain tops in different mountain terrain in Nes. The leaflet plus a punch-card costs NKR 50 and is available at the tourist information. The price includes a participant badge which you get when you’re done and have sent in the punch card.

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