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