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6 days - Group Hike in Hardangervidda National Park.
This trek, in the Hardangervilla region, is a great way to get out there and explore the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe. This all inclusive group tour is escorted and accommodation is in staffed lodges and self-service cabins.
What's more natural than starting at Finse when hiking across Hardangervidda. We will hike the eastern parts of Hardangervidda and enjoy the beautiful view it has to offer. During the hike we will pass several landmarks, such as Hardangerjøkulen, Hallingskarvet, Hårteigen and Gaustatoppen. The terrain is hilly without steep climbs and no open sections. A ferry will take us across the Halnefjorden. Accommodation will be in staffed lodges.
This region is home to the largest wild reindeer herds in Europe and is spectacular in summer. The landscape of the Hardangervidda is characterised by barren, treeless moorland interrupted by numerous pools, lakes, rivers and streams. The east side is much flatter and more heavily vegetated.
- Day 1
- Train/Bus from Oslo to Kjeldebu
- Day 2
- Kjeldebu to Krækkja hut
- Day 3
- Krækkja - Halnefjorden - Rauhelleren
- Day 4
- River crossing by bridge & then hike to Mårbu
- Day 5
- Marsh walking to Kalhovd
- Day 6
- Stigstuv - Tinnhølen, return Oslo
- Start/End Place
- Oslo, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 6 Days
Travel on foot through the magnificent Norwegian mountain plateau. Ferry across the Halnefjord. Bus/train from Oslo return.
Transport from/to Oslo, accommodation, tour leader, all meals (breakfast, sandwich/thermos, normally three-courses dinner) except of: First day only dinner and last day only breakfast, sandwich/thermos.
International flights, travel insurance, gratitudes and items of a personal nature.
Day 1 - Train/Bus from Oslo to Kjeldebu
Meeting point at Oslo Central railway station at the entrance to the platform, 20 minutes before departure. Look for the correct platform on the monitor. Departure by train to Bergen at 08:25, arrival at Geilo 11:53. Bus from Geilo at 12:00 to Dyranut, by foot east of Dyranutane and down in the direction against Langatjørndalen. Further north to Kjeldebu (1060 m.a.s.l.). We cook dinner together and use the evening to introducing each other, information about the tour and the equipments.
Day 2 - Kjeldebu to Krækkja hut
Northwest, along the river Kjeldo, over the bridge to the crossroad against Liset, Rembesdalseter and Finse. Along the north side of Fisketjørnan an further in Kjeldedalen. Up towards Olavsbuhæa (1310 m.a.s.l.) past the crossroad to Stigstuv,Halne and Dyranut and down against Drageidfjorden to Krækkja (1161 m.a.s.l.).
TransportationFinsehytta - Krækkja, aprox. 24 km
AccommodationThe lodge has 85 bunks in two-bunk, three-bunk and four-bunk rooms, a larger room and a dormitory. The lodge has a washroom, showers and a diesel generator and serves breakfast and dinner, either three-course or individual dishes. Fully licenced.
Day 3 - Krækkja - Halnefjorden - Rauhelleren
In hilly terrain from Krækkja we walk towards Halne Fjellstove, where the boat will take us across Halnefjorden, and follow the trail towards Rauhelleren (1221 m.a.s.l.).
TransportationKrækkja - Halnefjorden - Rauhelleren, aprox. 15 km
Day 4 - River crossing by bridge & then hike to Mårbu
We cross the river Djupa by bridge, and hike to Mårbu (1130 m.a.s.l.).
TransportationRauhelleren - Mårbu, approx. 20 km
Day 5 - Marsh walking to Kalhovd
From Mårbu the trail goes on towards marshy parts to Syvra. The trail continues over Mårsbrotet until we reach Kalhovd (1100 m.a.s.l.).
AccommodationMårbu - Kalhovd, aprox. 19 km
Day 6 - Stigstuv - Tinnhølen, return Oslo
Departure from Kalhovd with extrabus 10:45 to Mæl, continue with bus to Notodden and Oslo Bus Terminal, arrival 15:30.
Hardangervidda is Norway's biggest National Park and the largest high mountain plateau of Europe. The landscape of the Hardangervidda is characterised by barren, treeless moorland interrupted by numerous pools, lakes, rivers and streams. There are significant differences between the west side, which is dominated by rocky terrain and expanses of bare rock, and the east side, which is much flatter and more heavily vegetated.
Note: The duration given in the program is estimated walking time without breaks.
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Summer Trekking with the Norwegian Trekking Association
The hikes have different degrees of difficulty and duration. Some areas are wilder and more challenging than others, and it is important that you choose a tour suitable to your physical abilities. You should be able to hike in different types of terrain, from relatively flat and soft to more hilly and rocky, carrying a backpack (weighing 8-12 kg), even in bad weather. We highly recommend that you do a couple of test hikes with the backpack you are going to use on the hike before you leave home.
Norway shares the same latitude as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia, but compared to these areas Norway has a pleasant climate. However the weather in the mountains is quite changeable, so it is important to be prepared for all kind of weather. The temperatures in the mountains can be from around 5-20°C in the summer. Exceptional is frost or more than 20°C. The Norwegian mountain terrain differs from green areas to places with less vegetation. The high mountain passes and peaks are often covered with rocks and the trails are therefore less comfortable than in other mountain areas in Europe. The great variations make the mountains in Norway so fascinating.
All the tour leaders for the Norwegian Trekking Association are volunteers with extensive mountain experience, and have completed either the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) special course for summer tour leaders or similar training. The tour leaders are highly valued members of the DNT family.
The DNT-cabins are known for their cozy and intimate atmosphere and good comfort. Three meals are included each day: Breakfast-buffet, lunch pack with a filling of thermos flask and 3-courses dinner. The first meal is normally dinner at the first lodge. The last day breakfast and lunch pack only. Accommodation will be in rooms with four beds or more.
The lodges are open to everybody, so at busy times you need to be prepared to share rooms with people you do not know. If the cabins are very crowded, it may even be necessary to sleep on mattresses on the floor.
Packing List - Summer Trekking in Norway
Proper equipment is essential for hiking in the mountains. The weather can be unstable and may change quickly, so it is important to bring warm clothes, raingear as well as shorts. Mountain boots are recommended, and they should be well broken in. Bedding, dishes and cutlery are available at all lodges. A sleeping sack and towel are necessary for all tours. Correct packing requires good planning. Your backpack should not weigh more than 8-10 kilos. We suggest you bring the following clothes and hiking gear during your summer hiking in Norway.
wool, part wool or synthetic underwear
wind jacket/anorak or all-weather jacket
shirt or light sweater of wool or fleece
In pack or pockets
rain jacket (if your jacket isn't all-weather)
rain trousers (if your trousers isn't all-weather)
sweater/jacket, wool or fleece
wool, part wool or synthetic long underwear
sleeping bag/sleeping liner
first aid kit
extra underwear (trousers, shirt, socks)
extra indoor trousers (optional)
map and compass
map case (with pencil and paper)
thermos or water bottle
Total weight: 7 - 12 kg.
For tent camping you also need
cook set and fuel
plate and cutlery
you can leave out a thermos
Total weight can easily be 15 - 20 kg for tenting
Other useful gear
"Til fots i Norge" guidebook
In forests you can get along with less gear and need not have the quality needed for mountain tours. The same applies to sheltered areas along the coast.
Spring and autumn can have winter weather in the mountains, so extra warm clothing is essential.
Pack light and don't take too much!
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/