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This is a two day's hike where you see the dramatic changes in landscape from fjord and valley to high mountain. From Kinsarvik a trail marked by the Norwegian Trekking Association takes you through Husedalen, the valley with the four big waterfalls, to Stavali in Hardangervidda. It is possible to stay overnight in the trekking association's lodge in Stavali. The next day return the same way back to Kinsarvik, or follow the marked trails across Hardangervidda to Lofthus. On the way down to Lofthus the view to the Hardangerfjord is great.
Time: Kinsarvik-Stavali about 6-7 hours, Stavali –Lofthus about 7-8 hours.
Accommodation: Stavali Mountain Lodge.
Bus: Skyss bus line 990 between Kinsarvik and Lofthus. Timetable.
Parking: in Kinsarvik, next to the town hall (60.374771, 6.721917), or by the bridge across the river Vivippo (60.363347, 6.744060).
Map: Hardangervidda West, 1:50.000. Buy hiking maps at the local tourist offices, or order a map online, or by e-mailing the Norwegian Trekking Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a hike in the Norwegian high mountains. What you need to know before hiking in Hardangervidda:
In Hardangervidda you are in the wilderness. There are no shops, doctors, restaurants, ATMs, or telephones. You can be several days hiking from the nearest road.
You can buy provisions and stay overnight the lodges operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association. You can pay by leaving a cash payment, or by filling out a payment form. In the staffed lodges you can pay by debit or credit card. Read more here.
Hiking is possible when Hardangervidda is snow free, normally in July and August. Winter can come quickly and without mercy, even early in September.
Do not put yourself and others at risk by hiking outside the season, or by not being properly prepared and equipped. Every year there are tourists who are rescued by local volunteers.
Bring warm, water and wind proof clothing. The weather in the high mountains is different from the weather down by the fjords. Be prepared for low temperatures, also in the summer. Weather can change rapidly and unpredictably. It can be good weather down by the fjord, and be foggy and cold in the mountains.
Always have a topographical map (in at least scale 1:100.000) and compass (and even a GPS). In Norway, even if a trail is marked, it can be difficult to see it, and a map and compass enables you to orientate. Be especially aware of fog in Hardangervidda, which is not a problem in lower areas.
Buy hiking maps at the local tourist offices, or order a map online, or by e-mailing the Norwegian Trekking Association at email@example.com.You can also print you own topographical map (for free) in scale 1:25.000 or 1:50.000 by using an online map tool. The quality of hiking maps for sale is much better, as the paper quality is weather proof. The maps for sale contain more relevant information about marked trails, estimated time for the marked trails, mountain lodges etc.
If you travel on a low budget and do not want to spend money on appropriate clothing and map and compass, it is best to take day hikes, see list of all our beautiful hikes here.
Distances in the wilderness are given in time, NOT kilometers. Norwegian standard walking time is a fast pace. You will find this information given in hours in tour descriptions and in hiking maps. You need to add time to the standard walking time, and also add time for breaks. Which means that an 6 hour hike is really a full day's hike. An 8 hour hike is long day's hike. Be aware of height differences; 4 km in even landscape is very different in 4 km with an ascent of 1,000 meters! Downhill is just as demanding as uphill, especially if you carry a heavy back pack.
If you plan to hike several days in Hardangervidda, you need to be physically fit for it.
You have no access to electricity in the mountains; bring enough batteries. You use more power in cold weather.
You do NOT have mobile coverage in the mountains, and NO access to internet. If something happens, you will most likely not be able to phone for help. It can be several days hiking to the nearest road.
As a rule you can drink water in Hardangervidda, but there is no guarantee that it is safe. Be especially aware of the water in areas where many people go (like the trail to Trolltunga), and in smaller ponds.
Take all waste with you.
Nature in the high mountains is extremely vulnerable. Do not disturb animals and birds, do not destroy vegetation.
From 15th April to 15th September making fire near or in woodlands is prohibited.
If you fish in lakes and streams and rivers you need a permit from the land owner. Buy fishing permits online or at the lodges in Hardangervidda, or at the local tourist offices.
Read this brochure before hiking in Hardangervidda.
About the NorwegianTrekking Association
About the lodges/cabins
How does it work at the cabins/lodges?
Price list 2016
Planning tool Hardangervidda
What you need to know before hiking
By map online
Make and print your own map
Safety in the Norwegian Mountains