[YOUR ADVENTURE] NORWAY, EPISODE 2: HARDANGERVIDDA NATIONAL PARK
For this second episode dedicated to the Norvegian adventure of Théo Giacometti and his friend Simon Faure-Vincent, you’ll be in complete immersion in the Hardangervidda National Park, the largest park of the country, where reindeer live in the wild.
In the first episode, Théo introduced his itinerary and all the important things to do to prepare a self-sufficient trek of 200 km, representing 4 000 meters of altitude gain and 87 hours of walking. With Simon, they faced difficult weather conditions, but the landscapes they crossed were a nice reward for the two adventurers!
— EPISODE 2: HARDANGERVIDDA NATIONAL PARK —
Hardangervidda National Park, located in the south-west of the country, at the foot of the Hardangerjøkulen glacier (which reaches a height of 1,863 m), is an immense plateau covering an area of almost 6,500 km2, the largest in Europe, located entirely above the tree-line.
The west, more mountainous section, from Kirkavik to Viveli, is surrounded by peaks in excess of 1,500 metres high. Further west, the terrain is gentler and more subtle, alternating between endless plains and small, deserted valleys, linked by mountain passes and gorges.
The majority of the Park stands at around 1,200 metres above sea level. Hardangervidda national park, in particular, but the centre of Norway, in general, experiences particularly hostile meteorological and climactic conditions.
In December, the region only enjoys a few hours of daylight and receives frequent, heavy rainfall.
Despite its relative southerly location, the park is also subject to the effects of altitude, which makes climatic conditions particularly difficult and changeable.
Clouds swirl around, constantly rolling from one valley to another and, in June, temperatures mostly hover around zero.
There can be significant snowfall, reaching up to 4 metres at 1,000 metres above sea level in mid-June, despite getting more than 20 hours of sunlight a day.
The Park is a popular location for ski touring and cross-country skiing and has numerous refuges, which fall into 3 categories: free cabins, self-service huts and more comfortable lodges. They’re open from early July to mid-September and are managed by the Norwegian Hiking Association.
The landscape, which mostly comprises sweeping expanses of barren land, is characterised by numerous crystal-clear lakes, surrounded by large expanses of treacherous wetlands.