I cycled from Haugastol to Flåm, using the bikes supplied by Haugastol tourist centre. The route was way more adventurous than I had anticipated and the weather a little colder, but the views were amazing. Luckily the bike I rented was more prepared and took me down Navvies road without too much walking. I would definitely recommend the experience to anyone who enjoys wild nature and has some experience of off road cycling.
We stayed here for three nights (2 adults plus 2 boys aged 12 and 10). We travelled by train from Oslo and were the only people to get off at the Haugastol stop! We walked to the hotel which was a bit tricky as it was a gravel path and we had suitcases but we were later told we could have called for a pick up. We asked them to give us a lift back at the end of our stay and it was no trouble. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. We had gone for half board. There’s nowhere else if you don’t have transport. Luckily, the food was fantastic. Amazing spread of meats, cheeses, cereal and fresh bread for breakfast (which you could make a packed lunch from) and really good quality food in the evening. There was no choice for dinner but it was nothing too far out! Extensive list of craft beers to enjoy. Note that they also offer wood fired pizzas if you don’t go for the half board option. On our first day we hired bikes and cycled to Finse and back. Weather was amazing and, although it was challenging, we were never in danger of not making it. Quite a few uphill sections on the way but made for an easier return. Total distance 54km. No refreshments or facilities between Haugastol and Finse despite a cafe advertising itself to be open. We had planned to hike on our second day and we did get out a little but weather was pretty wet so we ended up relaxing in our room. The sleeping arrangements were the only slight downside as the “family beds” in each room of the type B apartment consisted of a very small double with a bunk above. The small double was not very comfortable for two adults. Also note that the room was not serviced during our stay and you help yourself to soap, toilet rolls and fresh towels from the corridor. Beautiful view from our balcony. In my opinion, the total cost of our stay was reasonable given the very high cost of food and drink in Norway.…
As a German family of four we followed the Webpage advise and pre-booked a weekend package which included excellent half-board, bunk-beds in the B-type apartment, bikes and train transportation. On a perfect sunny day we decided to take the train to Finse and bike down to Flam, which was the right decision. The landscape is absolutely stunning and one of the best experiences of our 2 week Norway visit. We took three basic bikes (8 gears one single frame size, approx 40€;) and one mountain bike (80€ !! crazy rental price). The upper third of the track to Flam still has many larger rocks and therefore required focus on the track instead of the landscape. This could easily improved with a couple of truck loads of sand. People at the Turistsenter have been very friendly and helpful. All perfectly organized with a 19:30 and a 20:15 dinner shift. The two buffet dinners have been by far the best food experience of our holiday. Thanks to all who have been preparing food for us. Several vegetable and salad choices, a delicious freshly prepared meat meal and an absolutely stunning selection of home made cakes and other fresh deserts. Our B type apartment had a relatively large lake-view living room and a kitchen. The latter was really not needed since we had dinner and breakfast in the restaurant. Most of the interior was already quite old and functional. We spent a perfect time in Haugastøl but the high price charged is not acceptable in my view. If it wasn’t for that I would have given 5 stars. …
What it lacks in amenities, it more than makes up for in genuine appeal. Spent a night here in advance of riding the Rallarvegen. To be clear, this is an older property; things are worn and the accommodations are modest. But the feel is of a real country lodge; the staff are attentive; and the pizza is wonderful. They also have a full bike shop for equipment rental.
I have a cabin at Haugastøl so I will stay here 10-20 times every year. Walking/running in the mountains.The nature is fine all the year. Bicycling, take the train to Finse and walk to run back. The weather can be hard, but still I like it.
Just loved the five days we spent there. The family who run the hotel couldn't be more helpful and supportive. Nothing was too much trouble for any of them. The food was absolutely delicious every night, way exceeded our expectation. You can make your own packed lunch with the breakfast buffet which was brilliant as it is so remote and far from any shops or cafes. We went there for our first time snowkiting and thought the location couldn't be better with so many spots to choose from, and if the wind is too light or too strong, there's always the skiing resort of Geilo nearby. All in all a 150% would recommend it to snowkiters in the winter or anyone looking for a special location in Norway for an active holiday.
Stayed here for a weekend combined with a kitecourse in january. I had a great stay and the staff is doing everything to make your stay unforgettable. Breakfast and diner were great. I stayed in a shared room which was clean when I arrived. The shared bathrooms were clean on arrival but it would be nicer if they got an extra fresh up during the day. I will definately stay here again when I will travel to haugastøl.
We did the 2-day all inclusive bike package as a family of 4 including two teens. Getting there was easy via train. There's a 15-20 minute walk from the station. Our room was very nice, with a bunk bed plus two singles, with a lovely lake view. The food was hands down the best we had in Norway. Delicious and fresh. Breakfast included a wonderful choice of fresh-bake breads, and you make your own lunch from the same buffet. Dinner was delicious and different each night. The main dish was meat but my vegetarian daughter was able to find plenty to eat among the many hearty side dishes. We enjoyed being some of the only Americans there. We felt like we were being let in on a little secret and were glad to be just a bit off of the Nutshell madness. Biking -- we are not experienced mountain bikers. The road from Hallingskeid to Flam was pretty difficult, with a lot of loose rocks. We had to stop and walk often. Still, the ride was absolutely gorgeous and we finished the ride in ample time to catch the train back. But it was physically quite difficult. We had a feeling of accomplishment when we made it to the bottom! We planned to ride toward Finse on the second morning but my family was a little gun-shy of more riding, so we walked instead. The road was in much better shape in that section! Riding it would have been fun. The one thing that was a little disorganized was getting the bikes on and off the train. There were about 30-40 people with bikes that got on at Haugastol and off at Hallingskeid. I think the folks from the Haugastol center were there to help load the bikes on, but it was still pretty disorganized and slow. Same thing getting off -- a bunch of us had to work pretty hard to get all the bikes off, and I'm not sure how the people getting off at earlier stops got their bikes through the mess. I'm also not sure that all the bikes we unloaded at Hallingskeid were meant to be taken off there. It was chaotic.…
The rooms were spotless, painted and refurbished. Friendly and helpful staff. A beautiful setting. New bicycles and gear for rent. Hiking and biking was wonderful. Near the train station (a couple km). Enjoyed time here as we were the first since reopening.
A very friendly Family-run hotel. We came to Snowkite in Haugastøl, all the staff were helpful every day, the premises were what we expected and the food was delicious. Will come back again! The kiting spots around are fantastic.