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Geiterygghytta (1229 AMSL)
Geiterygghytta lies at an elevation of 1224 m, midway in the Skarvheimen ranges west and northeast of Hallingskarvet. It was opened in 1914 and has become a vital node in an extensive route network, connecting routes from Hol, Aurland, Finse and Hallingskeid.
Hike choices: With Geiteryggshytta as a base, you can pick and choose among "top level" hike destinations. Many choose to start the hike down the Aurland Valley from here. It's among the country's most popular and most described hikes, as here you experience dramatic, impressive western Norwegian topography. DNT offers group tours to Geiteryggshytta and Aurlandsdalen.
For families with children and others who prefer shorter tours, there are marked hiking trails and ski tracks near the lodge. As you hike or ski, maybe you'll see Arctic fox or reindeer. And the lodge is accessible for adults as well as children, just an easy hike of 3 km along a fountain wall from the nearest road.
For those who prefer longer tours, DNT's marked trail and track networks are close at hand.
Facilities: The lodge has 78 bunks, 32 in the main building in two- and four-bunk rooms, and 48 bunks in a dormitory annex.
Seasons: In winter, the lodge is open from the school winter vacation (usually week 8, late February) until mid May. The summer season is from 1 July to 1 October.
Extended stays of two days or more may be booked by contacting the lodge directly.
Access: The lodge is easily accessible by train to Ål on the Bergen line, and from there by bus to the Geiterygg Tunnel. The bus schedules are coordinated to match the eastbound and westbound train schedules, so there's little waiting at Ål. By car, you can drive on National Road 50 to one of the carparks at the ends of the Geiterygg Tunnel. In summer, both carparks are open, but in winter, only the carpark at the west end is open. From the carparks, which also are bus stops, it's just a 3 km hike to the lodge.
At Easter, there's a daily bus from Ål to the western end of the Geiterygg tunnel, from where there's a 5 km staked route to the lodge. Over snow transport of people or baggage may be booked with the lodge warden.
Summer: Daglig buss med korrespondanse med togene fra Oslo/Bergen til begge ender av Geiteryggtunnelen. Kommer du med bil, kjører du fv. 50 (Hol-Aurland) til Geiteryggtunnelen. Det finnes gode parkeringsmuligheter i begge ender av tunnelen om sommeren, Fra parkeringsplassene / busstopp er det 3 km inn til hytta.
Winter: Hytta ligger lett tilgjengelig med tog til Ål i Hallingdal, derfra med buss videre til parkeringsplassen ved vestenden av Geiteryggtunnelen. I påsken går det daglig buss fra/til Ål til parkeringsplassen ved vestenden av Geiteryggtunnelen. Herfra er det ca. 5 km langs kvistet rute til hytta. Person- og bagasjetransport kan bestiller hos bestyreren.
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