The fact that the road crosses the biggest high mountain plateau in Northern Europe tells you something about what lies in wait, but not everything. Here you will encounter vast plateaus, deep, lush valleys, high mountains, glaciers in the far distance, waterfalls and azure fjords. Hardangervidda offers a variety of experiences starting from where the road snakes lazily across the wide plains to the narrow, steep, untamed valley of Måbødalen, until suddenly you are no longer in the high mountain region but in the little village of Eidfjord innermost in the Hardangerfjord. In winter, road conditions over the mountains change from hour to hour and often you will find yourself driving in a convoy behind large snowploughs striving to clear the road for drivers. This is also a thrilling experience. The plateau can be inhospitable in wintertime but in summertime it is far more welcoming. The terrain is ideal for walking and you have the chance to catch your own dinner if the fish are biting in one of the many wonderful mountain tarns. Remember that at this high altitude the weather can be changeable even in summer but that in itself is an integral part of your contact with nature. The Hardangervidda plateau boasts one of the biggest populations of wild reindeer in Europe and if you are very patient and very lucky you can marvel at these amazing animals in their proper element. Perhaps that’s when we first understand who belongs here and who is just a passing guest.


People have crossed the mountains for perhaps more than 1,000 years but it was only at the beginning of the last century that roads were established. Many of these follow the original paths and cart tracks, so even though much has changed, it’s gratifying to think that we are often following in the footsteps of those who roamed the mountains many centuries ago.


Vøringsfossen is Norway’s best-known waterfall, and it’s easy to understand why it makes such an impact on people. The water thundering down the mountainside in a free fall of 182 metres is an impressive sight. The valley of Måbødalen is a spectacular part of the route and can be admired from the car window although you should perhaps make a stop to discover the rare and beautiful flora. Once you’ve reached the high mountain plateau, you will experience a stunning panorama with the Hardangerjøkulen glacier in the background.


Cycling across the Hardangervidda plateau is a great experience, but in summer the impact of both light and heavy vehicle traffic is noticeable. Haugastøl is a natural place to start, and when you have worked your way across the extensive plateau you reach Vøringsfossen, which is worth a visit and a good place for a rest. The ride from there down through Måbødalen runs through a number of tunnels and is closed to cyclists, and the old road is also closed due to a number of rockslides. If you are lucky, you can take your bike with you on the bus down through the valley, so that you can continue your trip to Eidfjord and further westwards.


The scenic route across Hardangervidda provides an abundance of options to admire and explore this high mountain plateau. From the road it is easy to take short hikes down to some of the many mountain lakes, or embark on a hike over several days. Along the road and further inside the national park there are many tourist lodges that offer accommodation in enjoyable surroundings.Vøringsfossen and Måbødalen Valley can be explored from many directions. In addition to visiting the specially designed viewpoints, you can park at Fossatromma and follow the old road down to the old waymarked trail from 1872 leading into the waterfall. If you are ready for a longer and steeper hike, you can walk one of the old travel routes from Eidfjord and over Måbøberget.

As you approach Eidsfjord, you should consider a detour to Hjølmadalen. This is a wild and dramatic valley with precipitous walls on both sides. Where the road ends you can continue on foot along T-marked trails into Veigdalen. East of Eidfjord, the famous mountain farm of Kjeåsen is situated high up on the dramatically steep mountain side. The farm can be reached on foot if you are not afraid of steep trails with magnificent fjord views.

You will find more great roadside hikes in the Outdooractive hiking guide.

Norwegian Scenic Route Hardangervidda runs from Eidfjord to Haugastøl, a total distance of 67 km (Road 7). This route is open for traffic throughout the year. At times of bad weather in the winter, the road over the mountain plateau may be closed for short periods. In the menu below you will find useful links that we hope will be helpful. For more tourist information, please contact local and regional tourist agents.

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GPS: Eidfjord 60.457043, 7.087297 -
Haugastøl 60.510968, 7.851115