This is a magnificent trip, open to anyone who is in good shape and has a dream of walking the Hardangervidda plateau from north to south.
We stay at well-built and charming serviced lodges along the route and one night at a self-service cabin. Several of the day-hikes are between 20 and 25 km long.
The west plateau is more hilly than the east plateau, and the Hårteigen (1,690m) mountain dominates much of our route. "MASSIV IV Hardangervidda" is the last part of DNT’s 350km MASSIV route which starts north in Breheimen.
You can book a place on our trips through our online booking(only norwegian).
Maximum number of participants: 12 (plus two tour leaders)
Welcome letters are sent to participants 1-2 weeks before the start of the tour, with information such as the name and contact information of the main tour leader.
13 to 20. july
Non-membership supplement: NOK 1.500,-
The package includes: Accommodation, tour guides, all meals (breakfast, packed lunch/thermos, normally three-course dinner) except: First day only dinner and last day only breakfast plus packed lunch/thermos.
Tour grading: red
Norway’s mountains are beautiful in the summer, but even the easiest hike can be challenging if the weather turns; winds, rain and snow are possible. With proper equipment it is often these trips you remember best with their comradeship and memorable stories. Pack your backpack wisely.
Day 1: Arrival Finsehytta (1,223m), approx 400 m
The group meets at Finsehytta at 19.00. We have dinner together. After dinner we gather in one of the lounges for a briefing about the trip.
Dag 2: Finse-Krækkja (1,156m), approx 24 km/ 8 h
Eat a good breakfast and make a delicious packed lunch for the first long hike that starts today. In beautiful terrain, with the Hardanger ice cap west of us, we spend the day en route to Krækkja. We pass many lakes in the hilly terrain, the largest lake, Drageidfjorden, being the last before we head down to Krækkja.
Day 3: Krækkja - Stigstuv, approx 20 km/7h
Today we walk south towards the small privately run lodge at Stigstuv (1,245m).
Dag 4: Stigstuv - Sandhaug, approx 23 km/7h
We head south-west through gentler terrain to the large lodge at Sandhaug (1,250m).
Dag 5: Sandhaug - Litlos, approx 25 km/8-9h
We pass the cabin Besså and walk on through hilly terrain to Litlos (1,180m).
Dag 6: Litlos - Hellevassbu, approx 16 km/5-6h
We down the valley Buadalen to the self-service cabin at Hellevassbu (1,167m).
Dag 7: Hellevassbu - Haukeliseter, approx 21 km/7h
Through Sudskar, further on in hilly terrain down to Haukeliseter (1,000m).
Dag 8: Departure from Haukeliseter
Haukeliseter is on the southern road crossing Hardangervidda and the last stay on this trip. After breakfast we take the bus.
About the terrain:.
Hardangervidda is Norway's biggest National Park and the largest high-mountain plateau in Europe. The landscape of the Hardangervidda is characterised by barren, treeless moorland, with numerous lakes and rivers. There are significant differences between the west side, which is dominated by mountainous terrain and expanses of bare rock, and the east side, which is flatter and has more vegetation.
In all cabins the participants sleep in 4-6 bed rooms and must use a sheet sleeping bag.
Please read more about the cabins we will visit:
The cabins are equipped with everything you need such as tableware, kitchen utensils, preserved foods, wood, gas, and stoves. In self-service cabins we prepare the meals together. There is a limited choice of food for vegetarians and people with allergies.
How to get to / from the meeting place?
As a participant you are responsible for arriving in good time at the meeting place for the trip. Neither the tour guide, nor DNT administration, can - for various reasons - organize carpooling with private cars. It is important that you secure a transport solution before you sign up for the trip.
By public transport from Oslo:
Train from Oslo S to Finse station. See timetables on entur.no or vy.no
From Haukeliseter to Oslo:
Bus directly from Haukeliseter to Oslo. More information at entur.no
DNT Oslo og Omegn is not responsible for whether there are changes / errors in the timetable. The participants are responsible for checking whether the timetable is correct before registering for the trip.
Map and route descriptions:
Maps (Calazo maps; www.calazo.no): Finse, Hallingskarvet and Aurlandsdalen, Hardangervidda Nord, Hardangervidda sør – all in scale 1:50.000. Please see ut.no (in English with Google translate) for updated map and route descriptions.
What to bring:
For the safety of yourself and other participants, you need to bring appropriate clothing and equipment in your backpack. Please see our recommended
Summer Hiking gear list.
Important information about DNT tours
When you sign up for this tour, you confirm that you have read and accept the terms and conditions set out in the ‘Terms and conditions for participating in organised tours with DNT in Norway’.