Forrest Mallard - May 14, 2021

Hardangervidda Plateau Traverse
Telemark, Norway
Start: Eidfjord
End: Uvdal
Distance: 71.4 miles (115 km)
Time: 7 days
Difficulty: Easy
Surface: Open Heathland, Moors


The Hardangervidda Plateau Traverse is located in the fjordland region of Norway which is a 3,861-square-mile (10,000 sq km) swathe of pure Norwegian wilderness. It has northern Europe’s largest stock of reindeer, is wonderfully rugged, and, although the weather can change as quickly as you can blink, it is without question one of the best off-the-beaten-path regions you’ll find anywhere.

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Hardangervidda Plateau Traverse – Norway

A good introductory walk can be made to the top of the plateau from the Sorfjord, followed by a descent to the town of Lofthus, with its stunning views of nearby Folgefonna glacier. You can also make a three-dayloop around the Hardangerjénkulen glacier along a steep and heavily exposed trail. Or if you are feeling intrepid, then why not attempt the “Across the Plateau” route, a seven-day traverse that takes you into the truly remote areas of the plateau, an often mist-shrouded world of wet and muddy paths through a carpeted realm of moorlands, mosses, lichens, and coarse high-altitude grasses, past ponds, lakes, and more than 250 excavated Stone Age sites.

The best time to hike the Hardangervidda Plateau Traverse is from June to October. The plateau sits entirely above the tree line and is home to twenty-six Norwegian Trekking Association huts that are a pleasure to stay in, as well as fifteen private huts.

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Hi! I'm Forrest Mallard

In 2005, I moved to Quito, Ecuador with $35 in my pocket and a small handful of online clients. Fifteen years and five continents later, there were moments of absolute glamour, as well as a number of brutal rough patches. But I always felt that a horrible day of travel is infinitely more preferable than a great day at the office. Oh the stories I could tell, and I will try to do that here in Tramposaurus Treks. You'll have access to the good times, the horrifying times, and a few well-deserved moments of travel glamour.

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