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Suggested walks

There are plenty of opportunities along the National Park Route to get out of your car and experience some of the finest scenery that Norway has to offer. Whether you prefer exploring the mountains, the forest or the sea, you won’t need to go far to find it.

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Mount Gaustatoppen

Many people consider Gaustatoppen to be the most beautiful mountain in Norway. Each year it is climbed by over 30,000 people, and in clear weather you can see a sixth of Norway from its summit. During the summer season the Norwegian Trekking Association sells coffee, waffles and other food in the cabin at the top of the mountain. The best place to start your climb from is Stavsro, on the road between Rjukan and Tuddal. It is a four kilometre climb up a good, marked path, which takes three hours if you walk at a normal pace.

Gaustatoppen byr på en fantastisk utsikt

The saboteurs’ trail

The saboteurs’ trail is the route taken during the second world war by the famous Norwegian resistance fighters who blew up the heavy water plant at Vemork. The eight kilometre long path starts from Rjukan Fjellstue on the Hardangervidda plateau, and goes down into a deep gorge. It is well marked, and has information boards that tell the story of the path. The unique countryside helps to make the walk a wonderful experience. You can walk back the same way, take a bus or return along Sluskedilten (see below). Guided tours are available along the saboteurs’ trail both in summer and winter. The walk is eight kilometres each way.

Sluskedilten

This walk starts from Krokan Turisthytte, and goes along the old road used by the workmen who built the power stations in the area. From Krokan you take the road down to the top of the Rjukanfossen waterfall, where a footbridge crosses the river. From the gorge you carry on up to Vemorktoppen. Here you can see the building which used to be the gatehouse for the Vemork power station. There are also great views of the massive water pipes and the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum. The path then winds its way along and under the pipes right down to the museum. You can walk back the same way, take a bus or return via the saboteurs’ trail. The walk is four kilometres each way.

Rjukanfossen

In the area around Rjukanfossen, Maristien (“Mari’s path”) and Krokan, there is a network of small paths with information boards. These information boards tell the story of Rjukan in its days as the “cradle” of Norwegian tourism. There are two stages to the trip, with the first one starting around eight kilometres from Rjukan along Route 37. Here you can park your car before the tunnel and walk up the small road that turns off to the left. This takes you to a great viewpoint for looking at Rjukanfossen. The second stage involves driving through the tunnel and parking at Krokan Turisthytte. The next path starts on the left, slightly closer to the tunnel, and takes you further down into the gorge. The total distance is around three kilometres.

Grasfjell

This walk starts from Skinnarbu Høgfjellshotell on Lake Møsvatn. The loop to Lake Grastjønn is around ten kilometres long, but it is possible to vary it. It can also be used to get to various paths and fishing lakes in the higher mountains.

Falkenuten/Falkeriset, Rauland

From the centre of Rauland, drive around 5 km along the State Highway 362 towards Haukeligrend. Turn off to Kromviki and follow the road for a further 10 km. You will then come to a small car park, with a sign pointing to Falkeriset. The round walk is 1.5 km and takes around 20 minutes. Falkeriset is a gently sloping hill to the west of Møsvatn. The hill gets its name from the falconry activities that took place here. Tradition has it that the hunting birds were caught here by foreign falconers, primarily Dutch, up until the 18th century. Just below Falkenuten, you can see the remains of the old hunters' stone huts. The hunting grounds were to the northwest of the summit. The path is on easy terrain and the walk is not particularly strenuous.

Te-hytta/Raulandsfjell

The trail starts about 6 km from the centre of Rauland towards Haukeligrend. There is a small car park on the right-hand side of the road, with a sign pointing to Raulandsfjell on the right-hand side. The path is clear and well marked, and swings steeply up the side of the mountain. After about 45 minutes, you come to a lookout point by a small hut (the hut is privat), where the view of Rauland and Totak is breathtaking. From here, you can walk to Raulandsfjell. However, the path is not marked and it is recommended that you take a map and compass with you. To the west of the hut, there is an alternative path that will take you back down the road about 200 metres west of the car park.

Torsvegen through Urdbøuri stone scree in Arabygdi

In the upper end of lake Totak, in Arabygdi lies the several hundred metre wide stone scree Urdbøurdi. The story tells that it was the Norse God, Tor with his hammer, who made it. Tor was invited to two weddings. On the first farm he was served beer in a mug, on the other farm he had to drink from the bowl. He was offended by this and took the people on the first farm with him up to the top of the mountain and then he knocked with his hammer so hard that he caused a landslide covering the whole valley and all the people at the second farm. Just as he caused the landslide, he lost his hammer and he cleared a way through Urdbøurdi looking for it. This way is today called "Torsvegen" and is a marked hiking trail. The trail is approx. 1 km in easy terrain. The trail is identical with the old way that was used before the State Highway 362 was built.

Dansarsteinen, Rauland

From the centre of Rauland, drive along State Highway 37 to Austbø, then turn off towards Høydalsmo. After about 5 km, turn left towards Kvambekkheii. You will soon see a sign for the path to Dansarsteinen. Dairymaids and shepherds used to meet here to play and dance, as the flat stone is perfect for dancing. The walk is roughly 1 km long. Walking time 20-30 min. Gentle gradient. Great view from the Dansarsteinen.

Suggested walks on Hardangervidda

Rjukan – Helberghytta (The Helberg cabin)

a) From Gvepseborg – approx. 3h
There is a free car park at the base station of Krossobanen. The cable car takes you up to Gvepseborg at 886 metres. The walk follows a road for 800 metres, a road which also is used as a cycling path to Kalhovd. Continue past Kringehovda and Våerroi to the north end of lake Våer where the cabin is located. Return the same way.

b) From Rjukan Fjellstue – approx. 3h
Park your car at Rjukan Fjellstue. Follow a gravelled road from Rjukan Fjellstue to Ormefit in the Hjerdal valley. Continue on the trail upwards, west of lake Skarketjørn. South of lake Fagerhaug, over Kvannegrønnuten to Våerroi where you cross the river. From here the walk is the same as the one from Gvepseborg. Return the same way.

Kalhovd Turisthytte (The Kalhovd tourist cabin)

Kalhovd is beautifully located by the Kalhovd fjord in the eastern part of Hardangervidda. In the summer, you can drive your car all the way in to Kalhovd. The drive is approx. 45 min. from Atrå, 25 km east of Rjukan.

From Kalhovd, you may drive a bit further to Synken, park your car and take the ferry Mårfjord across lake Mår, to the Mårbu cabin. From Mårbu you may either walk back to your car at Synken, or return with the ferry. The walk is approx. 6 hours. The trip can also be completed the other way round.

Mogen

The M/B Fjellvåken takes you on a wonderful trip across Lake Møsvatn from Møsstrond Landhandleri at Skinnarbu to Mogen Turisthytte, a 40 kilometre trip. The boat passes mountain farms and sails through beautiful scenery on its journey, which lasts about 2 hours. Mogen is an ideal starting point for hiking on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.

The boat can also be chartered for extra trips and sightseeing trips.

There is a parking-fee at Skinnarbu. day: NOK 35, 24h: NOK 50, week: NOK 250, season NOK 500.

Falkenuten

From the centre of Rauland, drive around 5 km along the State Highway 362 towards Haukeligrend. Turn off to Kromviki and follow the road for a further 10 km. You will then come to a small car park, with a sign pointing to Falkeriset. The round walk is 1.5 km and takes around 20 minutes. Falkeriset is a gently sloping hill to the west of Møsvatn. The hill gets its name from the falconry activities that took place here. Tradition has it that the hunting birds were caught here by foreign falconers, primarily Dutch, up until the 18th century. Just below Falkenuten, you can see the remains of the old hunters' stone huts. The hunting grounds were to the northwest of the summit. The path is on easy terrain and the walk is not particularly strenuous.

Hikes in Tuddal/Hjartdal area

Hulderhola

Hulderhola cave is situated in the mountains on the east side of Heddersvatn lake on the border between Hjartdal and Tinn. The path starts at Stavsro, about 200 metres past the car park by the path up to Gaustatoppen. The last part of the trail involves some climbing, and it might be necessary to go through some water when it is much water in the river. The best place to cross is near by Heddersvatn. The Hulderhola cave is about 15 metres deep, with the roof varying between one and three metres. There is a small room, the so-called “sacristy”, deep inside the cave. The walk is about 4 km / 1.5 hours each way.

Runhellhovet

There is a path to Runhellhovet from Bitringsnatten, with a view over the beautiful Gausdalen valley west of Gaustatoppen. The path runs through easy terrain up to Fjellstul, while there is a steep rise further north. At Runhellhovet you will find an old rune stone; a naturally shaped stone pillar about one and a half meters high. The inscription reads “the rock as witness”, indicating that the rock may have worked as a border. The walk is about 4 km / 1 hour each way.

Bjårvatn

A loop around lake Bjårvatn in Tuddal. From the town it is also possible to walk up on Hovdeåsen for a great view. Walking time is about an hour.

Bondalsvegen

This is the old path used by travellers going from Tuddal to Bondal. The walk starts at Bøen, continues past Grasåsen and Blåtjønn, and ends at Reisjå. The path occasionally runs through older cultural landscape. The trail is not marked, but is clearly visible in the terrain and is also well suited for cycling. The walk is about 7 km each way.

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