Norway’s national park region

Geilo - Marius Rua Located midway between Oslo and Bergen lie what are perhaps Norway’s most accessible national parks. All of three national parks are in our region of mountains and fjords: Hardangervidda National Park, Hallingskarvet National Park and Folgefonna National Park. All of them offer wonderful wilderness experiences. A rich network of trails and roads provides those of all ages with opportunities for hiking and biking - on their own or with an experienced guide.

Hardangervidda National Park
Hardangervidda National Park is Norway’s largest national park (3,422 square kilometres) and Northern Europe’s highest high-mountain plateau.  This is truly a paradise for those who love the outdoors, with vast mountain plateaus, towering waterfalls and thundering rivers. A myriad of fine mountain roads and well-marked, well-trodden trails are excellent for hiking and biking. The many mountain lakes and streams offer opportunities for bathing or fishing for mountain trout. Norway’s largest flock of wild reindeer graze here – if you are lucky, you may see snow owls or arctic foxes. Hardangervidda is known for its rich flora and fauna, and is the southernmost area in Norway where arctic vegetation and animals may be found. 
Our greatest explorers, Fritjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen, prepared for their expeditions here.

Hardangerjøkul is one of Norway's largest glaciers and here, with an expert guide, you can safely explore the blue ice of the glacier. 

We strongly recommend Norway’s most popular and impressive cycling route, the Naavy Road (Rallarvegen). Almost 80 kilometres long, the route goes over the mountain from Haugastøl and down to the fjord to Flåm.
Take RV 7 or the train along the Bergen Railway to get here. Geilo is the national park town, and here you will find overnight accommodation of all sorts, or you can spend the night at one of the Norwegian Trekking Association’s staffed or unstaffed mountain cabins (link).

Detailed maps of the area may be obtained from local bookshops or the Norwegian Trekking Association.

Hallingskarvet National Park
Hallingskarvet National Park is also easily accessible for outdoor activities year round. Its central location and a well-established network of trails make the national park a favourite destination for those interested in trips of a day or more.  We recommend the trip from Finse via the Geiterygg cabin to Raggesteindal and back to Finse. Frequent animal species in the area are common ptarmigan, willow ptarmigan, mountain hare, red fox, elk and deer, and wolverine are also found to the north. 
Skaverennet is a skiing competition through the national park that is arranged each year. 14,000 participants ski from Finse, along Hallingskarvet to Ustaoset during the last weekend in April.

Folgefonna National Park
Folgefonna is the third largest glacier in Norway. The landscape is characterised by short distances between mountains and fjord, a multitude of wild streams, deep-green glacial waters and lush vegetation. Experienced guides are available to help you explore the glacier up close, ski or participate in dog sledging up on the plateau. Or you could just enjoy the view of the glacier from below. In summer it is possible to drive to the glacial apron, and there are well-marked trails up to the top where there is a marvellous view towards Hardangerfjord and the surrounding mountains. It is even possible to ski on snowdrifts at Folgefonna Snowboard and Ski Camp. 

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