From high mountain plateaus to the nature of Western Norway
A journey filled with contrasts, from open mountain expanses to the encounter with the fjord landscape of Western Norway.
Vøringsfossen and Måbødalen constitute a rough passage from the east to the west.
With its 8,000 km², Hardangervidda is Norway’s largest national park and Europe’s largest high-altitude plateau. Hardangervidda has a diverse fauna and bird life, and is perhaps best known as the home of wild reindeer. The road over the plateau may occasionally be closed in the winter season to allow the reindeer to graze in peace.
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Norwegian Scenic Route Hardangervidda runs from Eidfjord to Haugastøl. This route is open for traffic throughout the year.
With its 8,000 km², Hardangervidda is Norway’s largest national park and Europe’s largest high-altitude plateau. Hardangervidda is perhaps best known as the home of wild reindeer.
Traffic and road information
Telephone +47 815 48 991
- GPS, Haugastøl:
- 60.510968, 7.851115
- GPS, Eidfjord:
- 60.454921, 7.09246
At times of bad weather in the winter, the road over the mountain plateau may be closed for short periods. The road over the plateau may occasionally be closed in the winter season to allow the reindeer to graze in peace.
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.
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.
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 Norwegian Public Roads Administration builds infrastructure in the form of rest areas and viewpoints along Norwegian Scenic Routes. We kindly ask that questions regarding tourist information be directed to local and regional tourism operators.
The 18 Norwegian Scenic Routes
The Norwegian Scenic Routes attraction comprises 18 selected drives through beautiful Norwegian nature. The experience is enhanced by innovative architecture and thought-provoking works of art at designated viewpoints and picnic areas. The development project is being carried out by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.