Hemsedal is located 220km northwest from Oslo and 273km from Bergen. Hemsedal lies on the Rv.7, the main road from Oslo to Bergen - view map here.
The nearest airport for commercial airlines is Oslo’s airport Gardemoen, about 225km southeast of Hemsedal. However, Charter flights from England and Denmark fly to Fagernes airport 77km from Hemsedal.
The township of Hemsedal has a population of 2000. Tourism is its main industry but it also has a strong farming community.
There are approximately 7000 beds in Hemsedal’s hotels, guesthouses, apartments and cabins. Many of these are ski in and ski out from the Hemsedal Ski Area. The remaining accomodation is serviced by a free skibus.
Tourism in Hemsedal
One of the first tourists in Hemsedal was the famous Norwegian polar explorer Fritjof Nansen who visited in 1898 and stayed at the Bjøberg Fjellstue. Tourism had little impact on Hemsedal before 1960. Before then people only came to spent Christmas and Easter in the Mountains. Activities were primarily hunting, fishing and hiking. The main industry was still agriculture. In 1961 Hemsedal Ski Area was formed and the first ski lift installed.
Until 1980 the development was quite conservative, but from the years 1980-85 there was a significant growth and new hotels, apartments, cabins, restaurants and shops have been built alongside the development of new activities and attractions.
The largest growth has been from 1985 until today. Today Hemsedal is a popular destination where Hemsedal Skisenter is the main attraction.
Tourism in summer has grown with its winter counterpart. Hemsedal’s close proximity to Sognefjørd in Grøndalen with its beautiful mountain landscapes, a wide range of activities and two golf courses have aslo given summer tourism a rise.
Read more at hemsedal.com.
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