Hardangervidda National Park
The largest highland plateau in Northern Europe
Hardangervidda National Park is the largest national park in Norway, and is a unique mountain area. The area has a wide variety of animal species, and serves as a meeting point for species from Northern and Southern, Eastern and Western Norway. The mountain plateau is home to the largest population of wild reindeer in Europe, as well as many other vulnerable species, such as the arctic fox.
The animal population is limited by the access to winter pasture. The aim for nature conservation in the area is therefore to stabilise the number of animals according to the available winter pasture.
The national park is a great area for hiking. It is also a good place to go fishing, hunting and picking berries. The public right of passage allows access to Hardangervidda on foot, on skis or on horseback. Visitors may camp in tents or stay in mountain cabins.
Travel in motorised vehicles is prohibited according to the Act Relating to Motor Traffic on Uncultivated Land and in Watercourses. For certain practical purposes, it is allowed according to the conservation regulations of the park. These are available at www.lovdata.no, under «lokale forskrifter for nasjonalparker» (local regulations for national parks).
The sloping mountain formations of Hardangervidda once lay on the seabed, and have been exposed by ice erosion throughout millions of years. Remaining mountain peaks can be seen at Håteigen and under Hardangerjøkulen glacier.
The rock on the Western part of Hardangervidda is rich in lime, which contributes to the rich flora in the area. The plants form the basis for a varied fauna. Many bird species nest here, and lemmings are a colourful addition to any mountain hike.
Welcome to Hardangervidda National Park!