Time  8 days 14 hours 2 minutes

Coordinates 24845

Uploaded April 10, 2019

Recorded April 2019

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near Finse, Hordaland (Norge)

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Norway - Hardangervidda National Park
Crossing with skis: 10 days - 7 stages, not circular
Departure / Arrival: Finsehytta (1.214 m) / Krossobanen (Rjukan, 465 m)
Highlight: Hardangerjøkulen Glacier (1,863 m)
Distances and cumulated altitude: 145 km, +1,650 m / -2,000 m

Warm up day: Finse - Attempt to Hardangerjøkulen
1st stage: Finse - Krækkja
2nd stage: Kraekkja - Heinseter
3rd stage: Heinseter - Rauhelleren
4th stage: Rauhelleren - Mårbu
5th stage: Mårbu - Kalhovd
Wild Card Day: Kalhovd - Mount Haraldshovde (1,289 m)
6th stage: Kalhovd - Helberghytta
7th stage: Helberghytta - Krossobanen (Rjukan)

Founded in 1981, the National Park of Hardangervidda conforms with its 3,422 square kilometers the largest national park in Norway. Its name, Hardangervidda , is composed of the name of the district of Hardanger and the finite form of vidde , "broad plain, extensive mountainous plateau".
The dominant landscape of the region is composed of high peaks such as the Harteigen, 1,690 meters, and deep valleys that house large lakes. The steep mountain slopes let rivers and streams flow that feed these lakes and attract every year many lovers of hiking, climbing, fishing, as well as cross-country skiing enthusiasts.
The rocky ground of the Hardangervidda is formed by the stones that descended from the mountains due to the effect of the glaciers in the Ice Age, leaving in sight numerous hieratic blocks, which determines the antiquity of the area in a billion years. Due to its height, the park is above the level of growth of the trees. However, there live numerous animal species typical of very cold climates such as the arctic fox, the wild reindeer and the beautiful snowy owl.

As indicated by the information leaflet of the National Park (photo "Legg skituren til Hardangervidda" ), the Hardangervidda is easily accessible and has many starting points to start a ski crossing, making stage in its many cabins. It is easy to determine how much time is needed and what route to take, where to start the crossing and where to finish it.
The starting point of this trip is the mountain refuge of Finsehytta (DNT), a magnificent base for excursions in the Hardangervidda or to access the beautiful Skarvheimen. The refuge is ideally located between the Hardangerjøkulen (the sixth largest glacier in mainland Norway) and the mountain range of the Hallingskarvet. The itinerary of the crossing takes place along 7 stages through the shelters of Krækkja, Heinseter, Rauhellerm, Mårbu, Kalhovd, Helberghytta and Rjukan. In case of need or adverse weather conditions, the route can be shortened three times by the following links: from Heinseter to Tuva (11 km), from Mårbu to Imingfjell (24.5 km), or also from Rauhelleren to Solheimstulen (30, 5 km), thus reducing the circuit to 3, 4, or 5 stages. The details of each stage and the contacts for each shelter are described below.

Approach to Finsehytta :
Arrive in Oslo by Norwegian at 11:25.
Between 14:13 and 14:59, a train takes us from the airport to the city of Asker. In Asker, first beer at € 11. In short, not ... € 10.90. To the parrot!
16:04 - 19:59, train from Asker to Finse.
As we move away from Asker, we go through wide valleys dotted with frozen lakes and forests, surrounded by ancient mountains. The splendor of Norway, its small redwood houses scattered in the middle of nature, parade through the window before us.
In Finse station, direct exit with skis to the refuge of Finsehytta (DNT - about half a kilometer). The arrival at Finse is shocking: as if you were kicked in the ass and warm so far on the train, suddenly you are on the platform, hit by the snow and wind. We loaded the backpacks, we mounted on the skis and half blinded by the bad weather, in the middle of the night we went towards Finsehytta. Check-in, dinner around eleven o'clock at night we are lying down. Outside a terrible wind blows; tomorrow you will see ...

Backpack idea:
Taking out your DNT card allows you to take advantage of discounts at the federal park refuges. Outside the country you can get it online, on the website of the Norwegian Hiking Association (DNT). For half the price there is the possibility of getting the card for a couple, whether they are real or not. In 2019, the card without reduction costs 695 NOK (about € 70).

Material: skis and backcountry boots, sealskins, canes with large washers, lightweight crampons (optional), gaiters, powerful underwear: tights and merino shirt, technical shirts (3-4), good socks and do not do sores (2-3), thick fleece, lung, primaloft or similar, ski-type blizzard pants, Gore-tex anorak with hood, buff or raisin, cap, gloves and blizzard mitts, hand and foot chemical warmers ( optional), sunglasses, goggles, sunscreen, lip balm, small vanity case (mini everything: towel, soap, toothbrush, wipes, etc.), front, whistle, first aid kit, survival blanket, lighter and newspaper, canteen with insulating protection, plugs, American tape, some bridle, toilet paper. Some sticks, gloves and spare glasses and a pair of rackets can be useful for the whole group. One shovel for every three people. No crockery utensils are necessary in the shelters of the natural park. Backpack 50/60 l (optimal weight not exceeding 10 kg). Sleeping bag type sheet (all shelters have blankets), slippers with waterproof soles. Passport / ID, money (the currency in Norway is the Norwegian crown, NOK), insurance of mountain and sanitary, GPS (maps NORWAY_TOP_06_47_2169, 06_48_2216, 07_47_2170, 07_48_2217, 07_49_2264, 08_49_2265, 08_50_2312 and 08_51_2359.rtmap), compass, knife, mobile and charger, camera, batteries and batteries for all devices. Nuts, chocolate, nougat, sausage, wine, cookies ...

Pulkas: in the month of March, a good part of the shelters of the Hardangervidda are open, so the use of pulkas is not essential. Still, to download the back we opted this year for the use of small sleds directed with ropes. The option is effective on flat terrain and climbs with little slope, but not on slopes and uneven terrain where there is a possibility that the sled could tip over. In this case, the sled will be tied to the backpack and carried as such, on the back.

Community:
Mountain shovel (one for three people), a pair of rackets, transmitters (2), paper maps, some wax and paraffin, sealskin and spare cane, spare gloves, spare sunglasses, first aid kit, some rope or cordino (10 m), cola-spray for skins.

Satellite phone:
In much of the national park we will have telephone coverage (even 4G) so it is not interesting to bring a satellite phone.

Shelters:
In all the refuges of the national park we will find firewood and / or gas stove with cooking material. Everyone has blankets.
The wood in the free shelters has to be replaced (cut) before leaving the building and said shelters do not have water, which will be, in the best of cases, water from a nearby river (breaking the ice) or melting water ( bring Isostar or Tang).
The toilet in these shelters is outside, sometimes a little far, but it has toilet paper.
There is no light, so everyone must calculate their needs in batteries for phones, GPS, camera, etc.
Telephone coverage generally, although sometimes one will have to move away and "search" for the ideal place.

Airplane:
The skis are grouped in two or three covers that will be left in a slogan at the destination airport for the return.
Billed backpacks, wrapped in some lightweight case (type big bag, bought in some Chinese) that will also be left at the airport.
In the cabin, the minimum. Snacks for the whole day. Exit with the post since the crossing is not circular and the arrival at the first refuge of Finse is done with skis, directly when leaving the train.
The minipulkas or sledges in the covers and invoiced along with the backpacks.

Contact with Finsehytta:
Tel: +47/56 52 67 32
Mobile: +47/482 57 055 - +47/908 52 245
eMail: finsehytta@turistforeningen.no / finsehytta@dntoslo.no
(Very attentive: from the Asker train we asked if arriving at 8pm will still give us some dinner - they answer the minute via mail: "Then you will get dinner at 9:00 pm", with smiling face).
Shelter

Cabaña (1.153 m)

Mountain pass

Collado (1.153 m)

Mountain pass

Collado (1.400 m)

Bridge

Ctra. y puente (1.156 m)

Intersection

Desvio a Tuva/Haugastol (1.155 m)

Intersection

Desvío a Kjeldebu (1190 m)

Lake

Drageid-fjorden (1.180 m)

Train stop

Finse Train station (1.220 m)

Bridge

Puente (1.180 m)

Refuge

Refugio Finsehytta (1.214 m)

Refuge

Refugio Heinseter (1.105 m)

Refuge

Refugio Rauhelleren (1.230 m)

Shelter

Cabañas (1.208 m)

Shelter

Cabaña Hansbu (1.217 m)

Shelter

Cabaña Kosadalen (1.303 m)

Shelter

Cabaña Larsbu (cerrada, 1.185 m)

Summit

Hardangerjøkulen (1.870 m)

Summit

Mårs-brotet (1.340 m)

Waypoint

Refugio Fagerheim fjellstugu (1.156 m)

Refugio_Fagerheim_fjellstugu_(1.156_m)
Refuge

Refugio Helberghytta (1.095 m)

Refuge

Refugio Kalhovd turisthytte (1.114 m)

Refuge

Refugio Krækkja (1.163 m)

Refuge

Refugio Lågaros (1.282 m)

Refuge

Refugio Mårbu (1.127 m)

Refuge

Refugio Rjukan Fjellstue (850 m)

Refuge

Refugio Solheimstulen Turisthytte (1.011 m)

Refuge

Refugio Stigstuv (1.245 m)

Refuge

Refugio Tuva Turisthytte (1.222 m)

Refuge

Refugio emergencia Appelsinhytta (1.353 m)

Refuge

Refugio emergencia Jøkulhytta (1.781 m)

Mountain pass

Collado (1.299 m)

Intersection

Desvío a Låharos (1.122 m)

Mountain pass

Falso collado (1.289 m)

Intersection

Cambio de dirección a Kalhovd (1.215 m)

Mountain pass

Collado (1.222 m)

Intersection

Desvío a Stordalsbu (1.214 m)

Lake

Salida del lago

Lake

Lago de Trolltjonni (1.133 m)

Summit

Repetidor de Vøgårhovde (1.260 m)

Summit

Haraldshovde ( 1.289 m)

Shelter

Cabaña Skånevatn (1.135 m)

Shelter

Cabañas (1.115 m)

Mountain pass

Collado (1.237 m)

Intersection

Desvío a Gvepseborg (1.055 m)

Intersection

Desvío a Gvepseborg por falta de nieve (1.095 m)

Intersection

Desvío a Rundloooype (1.090 m)

Parking

Gvepseborg - Llegada telecabina (902 m)

Bridge

Puente abajo (1.083 m)

Sports facility

Telecabina de Krossobanen (Rjukan, 465 m)

Waypoint

Verdens ende - World s end (988 m)

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