Hardangervidda

Description

Hardangervidda

Hardangervidda is a high altitude mountain plateau in the west of Norway. Its vast expanses – the largest such Alpine plateau in Europe – makes it a fantastic place for those who like to wander around endlessly. The area is one of the most popular hiking areas of Norway and should be mentioned along with Jotunheimen and Rondane.

The area differs from Jotunheimen, for instance, in the absence of deep valleys and high peaks. The majority of the area lies between 1000 and 1250 meters altitude. There are the occasional outliers, like Hårteigen (1681) and Hardangerjøkulen (1876, glacier). The ice left countless lakes.

For nature lovers, the Hardangervidda has a lot to offer: a special flora and many rare breeding birds. Another interesting feature is that the whole area lies above the tree line. Elsewhere in Norway, mountains are intersected by wooded valleys. But Hardangervidda is rather barren, only comparible to the tundra north of the Arctic Circle.

Walking in this area is facilitated by the dozens of huts - staffed and self-service - interspersed with well-marked trails. Apart from the DNT huts there are dozens of private cabins in and around the area. Membership in DNT is of course a must.

Anyone can plot his own route. Some pretty obvious routes start in Rjukan and then cross to the northwest in about a week time, finishing in Kinsarvik. A longer route of about 9 days starts in Finse (north of the plateau) and runs south to Haukeliseter or Røldal. There are many other possibilities.

Opinions

Rate 10.0 | 2 votes | No 1. in Norway
  • Henk Nouws August 2014
  • Rate 10
  • Positive The Hardangervidda is not exactly a secret for hikers. The immense size of it and the uncompromising wilderness is impressive. A light backpack suffices, since one can walk from hut to hut.
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Map

Map of Norway Hiking Regions South

Hike Reports

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  • Troncquo August 2010
  • 3 week travel with hiking to the Preikestolen,in Hardangervidda, Jotunheimen ( Galdhoppigen, Jostedalbreen glacier, Gjendesheim ) and Rondane. Superb hiking area!
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Photo Albums

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Books

Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Norwegen
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO Norwegen intensiv von Oslo bis zum Nordkap - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie sofort in Norwegen an. Erfahren Sie, welche Highlights Sie neben Europas größter Hochebene, der Hardangervidda, und dem Bilderbuchfjord Geirangerfjord nicht... Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • Walking in Norway
  • Guidebook includes 20 walking and trekking routes in the main mountain areas of Norway from the Far South to the sub-Arctic regions. Includes Hardangervidda, Aurlandsdalen, Rondane, Jotunheimen, Alvdal Vestfjell, Tafjord, Douvre, Trollheimen, Sylene, Femundsmarka, the mountains of Narvik, Troms Border Trail and Finnsmaksvidda. Read more
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  • Stanfords, United Kingdom
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Norway Walking
  • Connie Roos’ Cicerone guide to Walking in Norway explores the best walking areas of Norway ranging from the far south to the Arctic regions. 20 walking routes are covered in total, varying in length between a few days to over a week. Norway’s landscape is ideal for walking: there are mountains relatively free from crowds and few roads... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Walking in Norway
  • This book describes 20 walking routes in the mains mountain areas of Norway, ranging from the far south to the Arctic regions. Here you will find mountains relatively free from crowds, and few roads criss-crossing the remote landscape; within this ideal setting for walkers, cairned routes twist through splendid scenery and link up with... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2014
  • Walking in Norway
  • This book describes 20 walking routes in the mains mountain areas of Norway, ranging from the far south to the Arctic regions. Here you will find mountains relatively free from crowds, and few roads criss-crossing the remote landscape; within this ideal setting for walkers, cairned routes twist through splendid scenery and link up with... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Norway the Outdoor Paradise
  • This book is the story of James Baxter's 2700 kilometre ski up the entire length of Norway, followed by his 3100 kilometre kayak down the whole of Norway's coast. This eight month journey took him through Europe's most pristine natural wonders; the empty snow-covered spine of Scandinavia's mountain chain, the Arctic taiga forests and tundra,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Norway the Outdoor Paradise
  • This book is the story of James Baxter's 2700 kilometre ski up the entire length of Norway, followed by his 3100 kilometre kayak down the whole of Norway's coast. This eight month journey took him through Europe's most pristine natural wonders; the empty snow-covered spine of Scandinavia's mountain chain, the Arctic taiga forests and tundra,... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hardangervidda East Nordeca 2556
  • Hardangervidda East area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational Turkart maps at 1:100,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but includes local footpaths, in some cases distinguishing between easy... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hardangervidda West Nordeca 2558
  • Hardangervidda West area in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational Turkart maps at 1:100,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but includes local footpaths, in some cases distinguishing between easy... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hardangervidda West Nordeca 2659
  • The Odda – Litlos – Hårteigen - Kinsarvik area in the western part of the Hardangervidda region of Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hardangervidda Tourist Route
  • This Hardangervidda National Tourist Route Map belongs to a series of 18 map and postcards sets describing popular tourist routes all over Norway. The map set includes a map in 1: 50,000 presenting an accurate topography (based on the Norwegian topographic survey) which describes local footpaths, cycle or ski routes, sport and recreational... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Rallar Road - Haugastøl - Finse - Myrdal - Flåm Nordeca 2744
  • Rallarvegen: Haugastøl - Finse - Myrdal - Flåm area of the Hardangervidda region in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but includes local footpaths, in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Southern Norway North - Oslo - Bergen - Rondvassbu - Galdhopiggen
  • Southern Norway North: Oslo - Bergen - Sognefjord - Ålesund region at 1:335,000 from Cappelen, covering several national parks including Jotunheimen and Rondane (both also shown on contoured enlargements), plus city maps of central Oslo and the Bergen area.Coverage extends from Oslo and the Hardangervidda NP northwards to Ålesund and Røros and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Finse Nordeca 2241
  • Finse area in the northern part of the Hardangervidda at 1:50,000 in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps from Nordeca with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. The map is centred on the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier and includes most of the Hallingskarvet National Park. Contours lines are drawn at... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Geilo Nordeca 2515
  • Geilo area of the Hardangervidda region in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but includes local footpaths, in some cases distinguishing... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hallingskarvet Nordeca 2517
  • Hallingskarvet area of the Hardangervidda region in Norway in a series of GPS compatible recreational maps at 1:50,000 with cartography from Norway’s topographic survey and additional tourist information. Contours lines are drawn at 20m intervals. The overprint varies from title to title, but includes local footpaths, in some cases... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Hardangervidda 1 : 150 000
  • Een éénzijdige overzichtskaart van de hele Hardangervidda met alle doorgaande wandelpadne en berghutten duidelijk vermeld. Ondanks de grove schaal is deze kaart toch goed te gebruiken voor deze tochten. Topaktuelle detaillierte topographische touristische Landkarte der Hardangervidda in Norwegen (touristische topographische Landkarte). Mit... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Hardangervidda 1 : 150 000
  • Een éénzijdige overzichtskaart van de hele Hardangervidda met alle doorgaande wandelpadne en berghutten duidelijk vermeld. Ondanks de grove schaal is deze kaart toch goed te gebruiken voor deze tochten. Topaktuelle detaillierte topographische touristische Landkarte der Hardangervidda in Norwegen (touristische topographische Landkarte). Mit... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Sognefjord
  • Reis per boot door de imposante Sognefjord. Overnacht in fraai gelegen en comfortabele hotels aan de oever. Maak wandelingen naar mooie uitzichtpunten, hoog boven het water. Fiets ontspannen langs het heldere water. Loop vanaf de fjord naar de rand van de Hardangervidda, door een groen dal vol watervallen. Maak een panoramische treinrit naar... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Noorwegen - Hardangerfjord
  • Wordt de Sognefjord in Noorwegen gezien als de koning onder de fjorden, dan is de Hardangerfjord met zijn 179 km lengte de koningin! Verken al wandelend en varend over de een na langste Noorse fjord,  het majestueuze landschap aan de rand van de Hardangervidda en geniet van de watervallen in het Husedalen en de Vøringsfossen. Overnacht in fraai... Read more
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