Welcome to Hallingskarvet National park
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.
Welcome, please look after our nature
Welcome to a trip in the National Park! There is room for many if we show consideration for the people and animals around us. The National Parks are the best of Norwegian nature. The conservation order contributes to taking good care of the landscape and the diversity of animals and plants. So we can still add to our memories of this place in the future.
Common right of access
You can go wherever you wish on foot or on skis. Feel free to follow a marked footpath or marked trail in the National Park. Put up a tent wherever you wish as long as it is more than 150 metres from any house or a cabin where people are living. In Hallingskarvet you are free to pick berries, mushrooms and common plants for your own use. Showing consideration for the vegetation and animal life is important, especially during the nesting and breeding season.
Cultural heritage sites
Cultural heritage sites such as old homesteads and hunting pits are protected, so stones from old stone walls must be left in place.
Remember to tidy up after you and take your rubbish home.
You can light a fire between the 15th of September and the 15th of April and the rest of the year where it is obvious that it will not lead to a fire. Take note of local prohibitions. Show consideration for nature when gathering firewood.
Hunting and fishing
You can hunt and fish in the National Park as in other mountain areas as long as you have a hunting licence and/or fishing permit. You are not allowed to use live bait. You must not take live fish or wet fishing equipment.
Dogs in the National Park
Dogs are welcome along for the trip. From 1st April to 1st November (20th August in Hordaland) all dogs must be kept on a leash. You are obliged to show consideration for wild animals, grazing animals and people all the year round. The reindeer especially is vulnerable during the winter.
Motorised vehicles and drones
As a general rule, motorised vehicles and drones are prohibited in the National Park.
Clothes and equipment
The weather in the mountains can change very quickly, in both summer and winter.
You must evaluate the weather and conditions based on your fitness and skills and prepare yourself with suitable clothes and equipment. Taking a trip with a mountain guide provides safety and useful tips. Good planning makes for good experiences!