Photo: Silja Lena Løken / Statens vegvesen

Norwegian Scenic Route Hardangervidda: Hiking Trails and Viewpoints

Travel across Europe’s largest high mountain plateau and down to the shores of the Eidfjord over a 67-kilometer journey along Norwegian Scenic Route Hardangervidda. Along the way stop and admire Norway’s most well-known waterfall, Vøringsfossen, as it plunges into the steep and narrow Måbødalen Valley.

The route passes along the northern edge of Hardangervidda National Park, with an array of opportunities to stop and hike into the park. Choose a day hike, or consider spending several days hiking from cabin to cabin. The vast plateau can seem stark and inhospitable, but offers truly raw and compelling nature experiences. As you approach Vøringsfossen and ultimately Eidfjord, the landscape changes to steep, sharp mountainsides and lush fjord scenery.

The route can easily be combined with a trip along Norwegian Scenic Route Hardanger which explores the lush region around the various branches of the Hardangerfjord.

Road Closures

The road is open year-round, but the road over the plateau may be closed in winter during periods of bad weather.

Tips

  • Stay at one of the many tourist cabins in the area, either along the route itself, or in the national park. Full-service cabins offer room and board and hiking trails from the doorstep.
  • For anglers there are great fishing opportunities in the rivers and lakes, including delicious mountain trout. Buy a fishing license online before you drop in a line.
  • There’s a great chance of seeing summer snow as you cross Hardangervidda (snow that’s still on the ground from winter).
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Haugastøl to Eidfjord

Storekrækkja Lake

Geilo

Hiking Trail
Medium
11.8 km · 3 – 4 hr

Storekrækkja Lake

Tourist cabins are dotted all around Hardangervidda, offering hot meals and warm beds in cosy surrounds. Fagerheim Fjellstugu sits right alongside the scenic route, and a trail leads from Fagerheim around the large Storekrækkja Lake, passing Krækkja cabin about halfway.

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Halnekollen

Hardanger

Hiking Trail
Easy
2.7 km · 1 – 1.5 hr

Halnekollen

Another cabin along the roadside, Halne Fjellstugu, is well worth a stop. From here a short trail leads up to Halnekollen, a peak with views over Hardangervidda and Hallingskarvet national parks as well as the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier.

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Halnefjord

Hardanger

Hiking Trail
Easy
2.3 km · 3 – 4 hr

Halnefjord

Across from Halne is the Halnefjord Lake. The cabin operates a boat during July and August that crosses the lake and stops at two separate docks. Spend a couple of hours walking between the two before returning on the boat or take the opportunity to hike to cabins inside Hardangervidda National Park.

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Tinnhølen Triangle

Hardanger

Hiking Trail
Medium
19.9 km · 6 – 8 hr

Tinnhølen Triangle

Hike at the edge of the national park with this triangular route between tourist cabins. Starting by Tinnhølen Lake and Trondsbu cabin, the trail leads through easy-going terrain to Stigstuv cabin and on to Bjoreidalshytta cabin (closed) before returning to the lake.

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Vøringsfossen Waterfall

The newly constructed viewpoint at Fossli provides the best opportunity to admire the spectacular Vøringsfossen Waterfall from above as it plunges 182 meters into the Måbødalen Valley. Afterwards, relax with a cup of coffee at the historic Fossli Hotel.

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Vøringsfossen Waterfall Base

Hardanger

Hiking Trail
Medium
2.6 km · 1 – 2 hr

Vøringsfossen Waterfall Base

For the adventurous there’s a trail that leads down into the valley and up towards the base of the powerful waterfall. Considering the steepness of the valley the trail is relatively moderate, but it does become rocky and wet as you approach the falls.

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Måbøberget

Hardanger

Hiking Trail
Demanding
9.7 km · 4 – 5 hr

Måbøberget

To fully appreciate the landscape around Vøringsfossen, stop at the Måbødalen Cultural Museum and hike the centuries-old trail up to Måbøberget. From the top of the mountain the trail leads to the Fossatromma viewpoint and along the old road on the edge of the mountainside back to the museum. Optionally add in the base hike for an extra thrill.

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Vivelid and Storesåta

Hardanger

Hiking Trail
Demanding
10.3 km · 3 – 5 hr

Vivelid and Storesåta

A short detour from the scenic route, the drive up the picturesque Hjølmadalen Valley is an unexpected delight. At the end of the road a trail leads in towards Vivelid cabin and the national park. Stay at the cabin or simply hike back over Storesåta with wonderful views back down the valley towards Eidfjord.

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Hæreid

Hardanger

Hiking Trail
Easy
5.6 km · 1 – 1.5 hr

Hæreid

The village of Eidfjord marks the western end of the scenic route and completes the transition from mountain plateau to fjord. Explore the surrounding history and nature with a loop to the Eidfjordvatnet Lake, taking in burial mounds from the Iron and Viking ages and the Hodna viewpoint.

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Kjeåsen Mountain Farm

Hardanger

Hiking Trail
Demanding
3.6 km · 2 – 3 hr

Kjeåsen Mountain Farm

Perched high above the Simadalsfjord, a small branch of the Eidfjord, sits this seemingly inaccessibly mountain farm. A steep trail leads directly up from the edge of the fjord, with ropes, logs, and ladders placed to help you up the steep mountainside. The reward is a stunning fjord view. 

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