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Hallingskarvet National Park

Address: Prestholtseter, 3580 Geilo Show map

Address: Prestholtseter, 3580 Geilo

The mountain massif Hallingskarvet rises from the surrounding moorland, with steep cliffs towards the north and south and Folarskardnuten towering on top at 1,933 metres above sea level. Between the barren high mountain plateau and the fertile area around lies the characteristic steep cliff edge, which has given it the name Hallingskarvet. Skarv means bare mountain or rock.

If you visit Hallingskarvet you can find jumping hares or follow the sound of the wind whistling down from the bare mountain. You can follow paths others have walked before you, or you can wander around without anyone showing the way. In wintertime you can follow miles of marked or prepared ski trails keeping you on the right path, or you can make your own tracks in the snow. In the summertime the marked paths take you from cabin to cabin through mountain passes and fertile hillsides.

The cliffs, several hundred metres high, that characterise Hallingskarvet are almost inaccessible , but the high mountain plateau shows the signs of some harsh years. The deep hollows cutting inn from the north reveal the wear and tear of time. The erosion has left the hard gneiss of Hallingskarvet on its own, towering above the surrounding plains.

It’s a hard life in the mountains. Some have learned to tackle the conditions however. The wild reindeer wander around the mountain all year round, looking for pastures, and the glacier buttercup turns her face towards the sun to gather light and warmth.

A marked path from Prestholtseter leads you upwards, up to the plateau with views across Hallingdal and Hardangervidda.

Hallingskarvet is also easily accessible for families with children. Use an environmentally friendly mode of transport when you visit Hallingskarvet: The Bergen Line railway almost brushes the boundary of the National park.

Facts about Hallingskarvet National Park
- Hallingskarvet National Park was established in 2006 and is 450 km2.
- The highest point is Folarskardnuten at 1933 m.
- This is also the highest point in the whole of Buskerud. Cormorant means bare rock.
- The plateau itself is approx. 35 km long and varies in width from 1-5 km.

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