Hardangervidda National Park
, at 3,422 square kilometers, is Norway's largest national park
. It spans from Numedal
in the east and Røvelseggi
in the west across the Hardanger
mountain plateau (Hardangervidda
). Designated as a national park
in 1981, today it serves as a popular tourist destination for activities such as hiking
, and cross-country skiing
. The Norwegian Mountain Touring Association
(DNT) maintains a comprehensive network of huts and paths across Hardangervidda
. The Bergensbanen
railway line and the main Highway 7 cross the plateau.
It has the southernmost stock of several arctic animals and plants. Its wild reindeer
herds are among the largest in the world.
Several hundred nomadic stone age settlements have been found in the area, most likely related to the migration of the reindeer. Ancient trails cross the plateau, linking western and eastern Norway; one example is the Nordmannsslepa
in the Numedal
valley with Hol
The name Hardangervidda is put together by the name of the district Hardanger
and the finite form of vidde
, 'wide plain, large mountain plateau'.
Geography and geology
The plateau is the largest peneplain
(eroded plain) in Europe
, covering an area of about at an average elevation of 1,100 m (3,500 ft). The highest point on the plateau is at the top of the Hardangerjøkulen
glacier, which reaches a height of .
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