Hardangervidda National ParkShow map
Hardangervidda National Park is the largest national park in mainland Norway with its 3422 km2 distributed in the counties Hordaland, Buskerud and Telemark. In the west, the national park comprises areas belonging to the municipalities of Odda, Ullensvang and Eidfjord, in the eastern Hol and Nore and Uvdal, and in the southeast Tinn and Vinje. The national park was established in 1981 and half the area is on private grounds.
Hardangervidda stretches over 8600 km2 over Buskerud, Telemark and Hordaland. The plateau is Northern Europe's largest. Hardangervidda invites you to great walks both summer and winter. DNT's well-marked trails take you to seven servants and five unattended tourist cabins in the national park. Traces of human use of nature are prominent in the Hardangervidda, with several old tows and roads, catch plants, settlements, arches and castles.
Hardangervidda is easily accessible from many edges. Highway 7 goes just off the border of the national park and makes it easy to take a short or long trip. Otherwise, Tuva and the Dagali Saddle Valley are good starting points for hikes in the Hardangervidda.
A visit to the Hardangervidda National Park is fantastic, but remember that you do not necessarily have to be within the national park boundary to feel the wit on your body! The whole plateau offers great nature experiences and views.
Plant and animal life
An important intention with the national park was to secure the areas of the wild strain which is Europe’s largest. Here the wild herring still allows natural walks without excessive obstacles.
Hardangervidda is considered to be the southern boundary of several arctic plants and animals, especially the mountain fox and snow owl. Within the national park, we also find rich vegetation and an animal and birdlife with many species. In addition, Hardangervidda is known for its many lakes and waters with rich fishing opportunities.
Facts about Hardangervidda National Park
- Created on April 10, 1981.
- The national park itself is about 3422 km2.
- The whereabouts of Europe's largest wilderness tribe.
- Sand float is the highest peak at 1721 meters above sea level. The characteristic peak Hårteigen is 1690 meters above sea level.
National Park Center
There are two national park centers for Hardangervidda. Hardangervidda nasjonalparksenter in Skinnarbu, Tinn and Norsk Natursenter in Eidfjord.
In Skinnarbu you will also find Norsk Villreinsenter, a center of competence that will promote the conservation and sustainable management of wildlife populations and wildlife mountains in Norway.