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Hardangervidda National Park | Hiking from Hut to Hut

Hardangervidda National Park | Hiking from Hut to Hut

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It’s often debated that the best way to travel is to go off the tourist beat, travel like a local and go away from the standard route. A brilliant destination to do this is Hardangervidda National Park in Norway.

 

Did you know that the Hardangervidda National Park is Norway’s largest park? As noted by VisitNorway Hardangervidda has been recognised as a national park since 1981 and spans from the East to the West covering the Hardanger mountain plateau.

 

Likewise, it covers 3,442 square kilometres. Across those miles host some magnificent wildlife, locals, mountain huts and picturesque views. Making it a wonderful destination to hike, climb, fish and skii.

 

Here at Ethical Travel Portal, we cover the hiking option by offering you an unforgettable journey into the Hardangervidda. This journey will allow you to connect with locals, discover hidden gems, taste delicious traditional food and challenge yourself physically whilst hiking through stunning surroundings.

 

Trip Highlights:

  • Meet a local specialist
  • Fishing trip with a local
  • Take a boat across the Halne fjord
  • Picturesque views whilst hiking
  • Visit the beautiful mountain village of Geilo

 

Interested? Enquire with us today. Want to know more? Click on the trip plan above for further information!

  • Destination
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    Hardangervidda National Park | Hiking from Hut to Hut
    Local Guide
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    Transportation
    Dinner
    Lunch
    Bed & Breakfast
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Day 1: Arrive in Bergen and meet a local
Welcome to Bergen! Norway's former capital situated on the west coast. This wharf city is home to around 300,000 residents and is one of Europe’s oldest port cities. It is surrounded by ocean, mountains and fjords. Likewise, this city has huge historical importance as it dates back to the Viking age! It is also rich in culture and its seafaring history allows Bergen to boast a vast selection of cultural as well as outdoor activities!   Today you will meet one of our local specialists upon arrival for an introduction to your time in Norway. You will meet the local expert at a nearby coffee place which serves delicious local coffee/or if not your thing other local alternatives. During this meeting, we will talk about your trip, provide recommendations for restaurants, activities and talk about Norway. Furthermore, talking about any interests of yours such as politics, history, trekking conditions and so on.
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Day 2: Train to Geilo and Hiking
Devour an early breakfast and then embark on a train journey out of the city towards the gorgeous mountain village of Geilo. Which is located on the scenic Bergen Railway, Geilo is in close range of the country’s two best national parks Hallingskarvet and Hardangervidda. Geilo also hosts dazzling mountain scenery and fun-filled activities for all ages.   Hiking season in Geilo begins at the end of June and lasts until the snow starts to fall (October). Also, there are several trails for all ages and fitness levels. Take a nice and relaxing hike around Ustedalsfjorden. In total this walk is around 10 km which hosts informative signs about the local plants. The alluring landscape that surrounds you has a beautiful beach and golf course nearby.   We recommend restaurants to dine as such as Hallingstuene's wine bar for Norwegian food and Perle Porten.
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Day 3: Explore Geilo and enjoy a fishing trip with a local
Today our local guide will take you on a fishing trip in the mountains. This guide knows where the fish bites. Moreover, there is magnificent nature on the menu; everything from small colourful flowers, majestic mountains and wildlife. Experience the fresh air, piece of mind and the great outdoors. This makes it a fine family trip, as well as a terrific experience for friends or individuals. All equipment will be provided, including fishing license, packed lunch and hot drinks. Should anyone get a fish, fresh fish will be on tonight's menu!   Then, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
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Day 4: Bus to Halne, boat trip and hike.
As of today, your hiking journey begins! You will commence this by travelling like a local via the local bus to Halen. Once here, you will take a boat across the Halnefjord and start your hike lasting around 4 hours showcasing splendid scenery throughout till you reach your last stop, Rauhelleren. Next to here is a delightful beach.  
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Day 5: Rauhelleren to Heinseter
This morning enjoy a tasty traditional Norwegian breakfast. Then afterwards, hike through the gorgeous landscape of Hardangervidda National Park to the beautiful Heinseter. This should take around 4 hours.   It was a primitive little cottage, made of materials from a cabin of Fridtjof Nansen had on the plateau, still, the “Nansens table” is a memory of the place. Today, the cottage has been restored and remodelled to meet the wishes of hikers. However, goals and traditions have been preserved.   During the rebuilding of the cottage, the emphasis has been placed on preserving old traditions in the form of rosemaling, wood carvings and other memories of former times. The staff at Hein are a minor part of the experience yet an important part when you need shelter, food and drinks.
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Day 6: Heinseter to Ustaoset via Tuva and train to Geilo
Demolish a heavenly breakfast and then commence your hike back to Geilo.   You will go from Tuva to Ustaoset and get the afternoon train from there back to Geilo. The hike from Hein to Tuva is filled with breathtaking scenery and you will really feel that you are in the middle of nowhere! We can assure you, you’ll be hard pushed to find as many places as peaceful as this!   There is a comfortable, flat landscape towards Ustetind. Then, from there you will walk down a steep land towards Ustebergstølen. Where you will have 2 km left before you reach the train station. Once at the station, take a short ride from Ustaoset to Geilo and enjoy your evening!
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Day 7: Train to Oslo
Make the most of your morning today in Geilo and relax amongst the tranquil environment. Later, catch the train to Oslo. Throughout this three-hour journey, you will pass through beautiful villages such as Gol, Hønefoss, waterfalls and stunning mountain landscapes. We recommend you grab a window seat!   Upon arrival into Norway’s capital take pleasure in enjoying your day. We suggest to visit the up and coming Grünerløkka, or "Løkka", neighbourhood and check out a slew of hip restaurants and bars.
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Day 8: Depart Oslo
Today, say goodbye to Norway and grab some last-minute souvenirs. Likewise, take time enjoying your remaining hours here by relaxing in a hip café or visiting local boutiques. Then make your way to the airport for your departing flight home. We hope to see you again soon!

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